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Recruiting and social media: Twitter leads to new set of compliance problems

The athletic compliance offices at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State each dedicate time and resources to monitoring social media activity, but the very nature of the Internet makes it impossible to stop all of it.
by Jason Kersey Published: February 3, 2013

Three-star cornerback prospect Adrian Baker — known on Twitter as @PrimeTimeBake — challenged Oklahoma and Clemson fans to convince him their football program was worthy of his commitment.

“#BoomerSooner or #TigerNation?” Baker tweeted Friday afternoon.

Several fans on both sides responded to the Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna standout, who plans to announce his college choice — which he's narrowed to Oklahoma and Clemson — Wednesday morning.

Every fan who responded to Baker's call committed an NCAA recruiting violation.

NCAA bylaws only allow an institution's coaches and authorized staff to contact prospective student-athletes; those who are prohibited from contacting recruits include boosters, season-ticket holders, students, alumni and, yes, even average fans.

“Fans cannot contact a recruit and attempt to entice them to attend a certain school, as this is a violation of NCAA rules,” said NCAA spokeswoman Kayci Woodley, in an email to The Oklahoman.

“If a school comes across an instance of this happening, it is expected they would reach out to those athletics personnel, fans and boosters and reinforce the ground rules related to communicating with recruits. This communication outreach would most likely be reported to the NCAA, which would show the school is doing their due diligence to abide by the NCAA rules.”

The athletic compliance offices at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State each dedicate time and resources to monitoring such social media activity, but the very nature of the Internet makes it impossible to stop all of it.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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