Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Did Top Georgia Recruit Admit To Twitter Recruiting Violations?

Twitter is everywhere and is quickly overtaking google as a preferred search engine (at least for me it is). Where did I first find out about the death of Osama Bin Laden? Twitter. Where did I go to find out what UNC's sanctions were yesterday? Twitter.

Twitter has also made everybody more accessible. You can converse with your favorite sports stars and celebrities like you would have never dreamed 10 years ago.

However, the NCAA is not a real big fan of Twitter, especially when it comes to recruiting.

You may have seen two stories last week about Michigan and Notre Dame players tweeting about recruiting visits which is a no-no.

This week in an interview with ESPN's Dawg Nation ($), top Georgia DE-OLB Naim Mustafaa was asked about his recruitment thus far including his three favorites, Auburn, Georgia Tech and UGA.

When asked about the Bulldogs, Mustafaa made note of the Georgia fan support including: "Their fan base is blowing up my Twitter timeline with 'Go Dawgs' and that I need to come to Georgia. "

Boosters contacting recruits on Twitter is forbidden recruiting rules. The NCAA defines recruiting as “any solicitation of prospective student-athletes or their parents by an institutional staff member or by a representative of the institution’s athletics interests for the purpose of securing a prospective student-athlete’s enrollment and ultimate participation in the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program.”

The NCAA defines a booster as:
* A person who is a member of an organization that supports a school's athletics
* A person who has made a contribution to a school's athletics department
* A person who has promoted a school's athletic
* A person who has purchased season tickets
* A person who has provided benefits to a student-athletes family or relatives

And once you meet any of these criteria, you are always considered a booster.

"Boosters" contacting recruits on Twitter is abundant and definitely falls into the "everybody is doing it" category. But the NCAA has acted before in this realm shutting down a NC State Facebook page asking John Wall to come play for the Wolfpack

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