It's August 1, which means that the NCAA's new recruiting rules are officially in effect. Most of the rules pertain to social media, specifically, what coaches can and cannot tweet. Starting today, coaches can now like, retweet, favorite, share, or repost a recruit's post on any public social media platform; however, they cannot comment on, tag, or mention the recruit in their own words.
Basically, coaches will now go by the "click don't comment" rule of thumb
, meaning that as long as the coach doesn't say anything in that "click," it's allowed.
Some examples, via Reddit
- Coach retweets recruit with no comment. Tweets separately 1 minute later, "Great drive. Can really move his feet." PERMISSIBLE
- Coach likes a status on Facebook. In the comment section he puts the thumbs up emoji. IMPERMISSIBLE
- Coach shares an article about recruit on Facebook. PERMISSIBLE
- Coach tags recruit when sharing that article. IMPERMISSIBLE
- Coach retweets recruit while recruit is on official visit. IMPERMISSIBLE
- This one technically falls under publicity while on a visit. It is permissible to retweet the recruit as soon as they leave campus.
The UK Football coaching staff is already hard at work...