Millions of tweets are sent out daily to the hundreds of different recruits through social media. Should it be Facebook or Twitter, devout fans of their favorite college or university want the best players to come and they'll try to tweet them, letting the recruit how much they would mean to said program.
The NCAA says that's a no-no. That's a secondary violation and teams should report it, if they know about it.
That's the thing, all these institutions know about this infraction, but do they report it to the NCAA? Why? It's an un-enforceable rule.
If you search twitter for recruits names, then look at their mentions. You'll see student-athlete prospects from almost every school, ranging from Oklahoma, Alabama, to Southern Utah University, a Division I-AA school, with the infraction.
It's easy to enforce actual contact between a booster and a player. Boosters are usually logged and it's known which ones are around the program, physically and some that are just financially or legally involved. However, to tell a random person in suburbia Louisiana who they can tweet is impossible.
On average, there are 58 MILLION tweets every minute, 9,100 tweets every second, and you expect these compliance programs to monitor every prospect that they're interested in throughout this season. As I type this Florida State has 26 committed recruits, on top of their 252 that they offered, in some sort of contact. They have to monitor those plus the hundreds of others on their various 18 sports programs. This program is responsible for over 500 kids, if you look at every student-athlete that should be monitored during the recruitment process.
It's just physically impossible to do the monitoring. There is a reason why these schools do not report the infraction.
I get it. You want these prospective student-athletes to make their own decision. However, why not monitor what they do as well? They openly tweet, asking for fan bases to "get at them," with tweets, wanting them to come to their schools. They're kids, I get it. However, what the NCAA is trying to do, is making this North Korea by trying to make everything seem all sunshine and rainbows and then cracking down and trying to rule with an iron fist.
I get it, I really do, NCAA. You don't want illegal things happening, especially when you're not aware of it. However, unless money is to exchange hands, you're really just freaking out over nothing. Ninety-nine percent of all fan bases want to win the right way. They just want the best recruits to come to their schools, and if we're able to tweet said prospect to persuade them, why are you against who can tweet whoever?
You want to keep the tweets away? Simple, just make anyone who is a prospective student-athlete get rid of their social media. You want to play NCAA athletics? No social media for you. You already take away their ability to make any money by not paying them for their work and time invested on the field/court anyway. Why not take away more of their abilities in college?
Do the right thing NCAA, get rid of this stupid rule.