NORMAN — The Twitter handle for the University of Oklahoma's compliance department was inactive until late Monday after a Saturday tweet about OU's 33-24 Bedlam football win over Oklahoma State.
“I love being a SOONER. Millions $ loss for OSU. #bedlam,” the account posted following the game.
The message was quickly taken down — though not before plenty of people took screenshots — and three more tweets posted blaming the account on a hacker and apologizing for the initial tweet.
Monday, an OU athletics spokesman released a statement on the posts.
“It was an unauthorized use of the account and to the best of our knowledge the post was made by someone who is not employed by the university,” the statement read. “Once the posting was noticed, the account was disabled and it remains disabled at this time.”
The account was taken down over the weekend but was up again late Monday, though there had not been any posts since the apologies.
The compliance account, which has nearly 4,300 followers, was, until recently, run by Toby Baldwin, the compliance department's director of education.
The account typically features a combination of serious answers on NCAA rules — to both fans and athletes — and lighthearted exchanges relating to compliance. The hashtag #ComplyLikeAChampion is regularly used.
A typical exchange came in September when Sooners defensive back Kass Everett tweeted about not being able to afford the new Grand Theft Auto game.
Former Sooner Tony Jefferson, now a member of the Arizona Cardinals, responded that he would buy the game for Everett, adding “Ooops OU compliance” at the end.
The compliance account responded, “Yes @tonyjefferson1, former SAs are considered boosters and may not provide benefits to current SAs #GTAVWillHaveToWait.”
This isn't the first Twitter issue for the Oklahoma football team.
In February 2012, co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell tweeted publicly at several recruits in violation of NCAA rules. Norvell tweeted his phone number and said he would like to offer the players scholarships. The players messaged included Ra'Shaad Samples, who wound up signing with Oklahoma State.
Those messages were also quickly deleted, but the NCAA investigated the matter. The NCAA initially wanted to suspend Norvell for one game, but the school successfully appealed that decision.