New Recruiting Rule Has Coaches Retweeting Up A Storm
At the start of August, the NCAA passed a new rule that allowed coaches to essentially vault into the 21st century of social media with their recruiting practices. They can now retweet the athletes they are pursuing.
The rule change allows coaching staffs to retweet, share, like, or favorite a social media posting from a high school student athlete. They are not allowed to comment publicly on the original posting.
Coaches are allowed to make a comment on their own personal social media so long as it comes over 1 minute after the athlete post and doesn't mention the athlete by name. They can not be socially active when the recruit they are retweeting or favoriting is on an official visit.
The hashtag, #clickdonttype was trending on twitter in response to this new rule.
"I'm starting a new experiment. I'm applying social media principles to real life. I'm stopping random strangers on the street and showing them pictures of what I ate for breakfast, pictures of my wife and dog. I give them my opinions, whether they want them or not. I'm up to four followers: 2 social workers, a police man and a psychologist."
Needless to say, recruits to Clemson shouldn't expect a like or retweet from Coach Swinney.
As of this writing Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio has retweeted one commitment and "sub-tweeted" another.