If You're a College Football Fan Who Tweets at Recruits, You're Committing an NCAA Violation

December 20, 2013 at 11:44a    by DJ Byrnes    
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The BW3's Trivia Guru violated his own probation when Tweeting at OSU recruits. He is still a fan, despite being jailed.

Twitter allows people unprecedented access to the athletes they watch on television. This is both an awesome and completely terrible thing. Nine out of ten fans aren't Charles Waugh — the creepy guy who spammed the Ohio State team with inspirational Muhammad Ali quotes and was subsequently jailed for violating his probation (he's still a fan, by the way) — but it doesn't matter in the eyes of the NCAA:

It doesn’t matter that you’re not a donor, a season-ticket holder or even affiliated with the university in any official capacity. You can’t publicly lobby a recruit on behalf of a school.

For example, five-star running back Joe Mixon, one of the most coveted recruits in the 2014 class, tweeted Thursday afternoon, “Where are them Oklahoma Fans at?! #BoomerSooner”

As of 9:30 p.m. Thursday night, 172 people had retweeted it, and dozens more responded with things like “Boomer!” and “Boomer Sooner!”

All. NCAA. Violations.

... “Fans cannot contact a recruit and attempt to entice them to attend a certain school, as this is a violation of NCAA rules,” read [NCAA spokeswoman Kayci] Woodley’s statement. “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.”

Sure, the NCAA is unlikely to go after Oklahoma for 172 RTs (and we're not saying they should), but it must be asked: is tweeting at teenagers on behalf of a program in the best interest of said program? As if these schools don't (likely) spend millions of dollars a year pitching these kids already?

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ATXbucknut's picture

Fans should not be tweeting recruits. Simple as that.
But screw the NCAA and their attempt to penalize free speech. That is un-American.

dcviper's picture

This isn't a free speech issue. The NCAA isn't a governmental body, and no one has been fined or jailed or in any other way sanctioned by the government for mentioning recruits on twitter.

yrro's picture

It is a free speech issue. It is not a 1st amendment issue. The concept surrounding free speech (and why we as a society should value the social norms supporting it) extends beyond government control.

ATXbucknut's picture

As YRRO notes above, it isn't a constitutional issue, but it is most definitely a free speech issue. The NCAA--a non-government body attempting to regulate the exchange of speech--has no enshrined legal authority to exact penalty on an academic institution because sports fanatics communicate casually with student athletes who may potentially enroll at said academic institution.
We are blessed to live in a country where the open exchange of thought is woven into our cultural fabric. Simply put, the NCAA is overreaching in attempting to regulate casual fan communication with high school athletes.
I'm nowhere near being a Libertarian; I'm pretty middle-of-the-road, but the NCAA is an arbitrary institution. Screw those guys.

thePhilipJFry's picture

The NCAA--a non-government body attempting to regulate the exchange of speech--has no enshrined legal authority to exact penalty on an academic institution . . .

The NCAA only has the power that member institutions give it.  NCAA punishments are not legally binding, they only apply with regards to member institutions interactions with other member institutions.

Norwalk's picture

and I don't think any of the member schools want "fans" recruiting for them....now posing as a scUM fan and trolling their recruits might be acceptable
edit:sarcasm font

buck-I.8's picture

It's not a free speech issue, because you're not entitled to free speech in this case. 1st amendment issues are the only relevant free speech issues because when you exit the public sector, you have no right to anything unless the private body by which you abide says you do. The NCAA doesn't owe you anything as far as perceived rights, speech or otherwise. 

yrro's picture

What I meant by it being separate issues:
There is no legal requirement under the constitution or any other law that they not have this restriction.
That said, free speech is an ideal beyond the law. That people should be able to communicate with each other without this level of idiotic, draconian controls. Any policy that controls that is a free speech as in the preexisting ideals of man issue. As in something that there is a great reason to oppose as being a stupid or immoral thing to do, not as in "let's go lawyer up and make them stop."

Wesleyburgess1's picture

Exactly ..screw those guys. If it came to a head they would most likely ban athletes from using Twitter to mention recruiting in any way on Twitter.

Denny's picture

If you'll excuse me, I'll be over here trying to convince myself that the free speech part of this comment was satire, otherwise my head is going to explode.
The NCAA is not the government. Also worth noting: freedom of speech does not mean speech without consequence.

Taquitos.

ATXbucknut's picture

I made no attempt to equate the NCAA to the government or suggest that freedom of speech comes without consequence.
But who the heck made the NCAA arbiters of free speech among private citizens with regard to college football? Why should the commerce of speech be regulated (and potentially penalized) by a non-government institution, particularly when the offending agent (me or you) suffer no consequences; all penalty is levied upon an academic institution that has no recourse to prevent the infractions?

rdubs's picture

Since the courts have consistently held that money=speech, why should the institution be punished for me walking up to Marshon Lattimore and handing him $10,000 to encourage his attendance at my favorite institution?  The institution can't "prevent" me from doing it, so why shouldn't I be able to pay for opulent boat parties and buy hookers and abortions for whoever I want?  Doesn't that infringe on my speech and association rights?

NC_Buckeye's picture

...freedom of speech does not mean speech without consequence.

Amen, Denny. That's what I keep coming back to with these Duck Dynasty idiots. I hold 180 degree opposite opinions to most locals down here in NC. But I keep it to myself because I know there will be consequences if I start offering my contrary opinion to what 98% of the locals believe. Are my 1st Amendment rights being restricted or impeded? No. It is a choice I make so as to make my life easier.

StrongBuck's picture

What's wrong with the Duck Dynasty guys?

PittBuckeye's picture

Phil made some comments about homosexuals, and he is no longer allowed on the show. Although Korrie has said nobody will do it without Phil.

buck-I.8's picture

Good, it's time the dumb hillbilly phase of American pop culture goes the way of Jersey Shore and other such idiocy. 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Buck-I8: I've never seen Ducky Dynasty, whereas I have watched all the episodes of Walking Dead, was a big fan of Gangsta' rap when I was in my twenties, and I have a sick sense of humor that virtually knows no bounds.
So, if I'm being honest about the potential impacts of various pop culture trends on American society - and I'm not basing my judgments on what I like versus what I don't like - then maybe I conclude that we have much bigger fish to fry than Duck Dynasty and Jersey Shore.
Maybe in the vacuous, nihilistic haystack that is 21st century American society/culture, Duck Dynasty is like an atom on the tip of a pin in that haystack?   

buck-I.8's picture

Well of course, it's hard to quantify a fad's negative effect on society, and I was a Jersey Shore fan so I'm certainly not on a soapbox here, but I can't help but think a lot of the programming that leads people to exclusively watch TV is more harmful, than, say, reading a book. 
I just think that with the way society is moving, it is a bit detrimental to have the people that control the spotlight spouting intolerance. If A&E and other networks don't want their 'actors' to act like what they are, it seems like maybe they should've thought before profiting off of the same personas.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Buck-I8: I don't disagree with you, but our reading habits have been suffering for many reasons . . .
Playing video games; scanning short snippets of text (e.g. internet news aggregators, Twitter) instead of reading anything in depth; texting our friends instead of writing letters; watching t.v. commercials that don't put a single frame up for longer than about .5 seconds, blip blip blip, training us to have shorter and shorter attention spans.
"Journalists" now often create pod casts instead of writing actual articles because they're cheaper and easier to produce. Our kids watch hours and hours of t.v. every day.
In the internet age, we are virtually flooded with data - which overwhelms us. Never before have we had so much reading material yet so little inclination to actually read it.
As for intolerance - I don't know how it's possible to have a more intolerant reaction to something than what GLAAD instigated in this case. If we're playing that game, then GLAAD et al are bigots of another sort and the PC crowd is the vanguard of intolerance.

buck-I.8's picture

I agree with you on most of those points. I could go all day about the horribleness that is buzzfeed, and what twitter is doing to our attention spans, etc. I also agree that lack of tolerance is going on in more than one dimension here, which is why my overall point on the issue is "don't hire morons to make you money off of their being morons, and then fire them for saying things that morons say." Pretend I said that more eloquently. 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Buck-I8: yeah, I think we mostly agree on (what I believe, at least) is the important stuff. 

45has2's picture

Living in the south, I don't need to watch television to see Honey Boo Boo and her ilk. I'm surrounded by them.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

Norwalk's picture

edit:misread comment, sorry

Run_Fido_Run's picture

NCBuckeye: Good thing for you, then, that you have access to hundreds of hours of other t.v. programs - even while residing in NC - that better accord with your worldview. Better yet, the odds are very slim that any actor/personality would get suspended from his/her network for voicing viewpoints, or acting out lifestyles, with which you happen to agree - but which might offend some of your NC neighbors.
Also, hopefully, the people in the media/entertainment who hold views that you find distasteful will soon realize that their lives will be easier if they refrain from expressing such views on a media platform and then everything will fall into perfect balance: you'll never express your true beliefs to your neighbors, but will never have to see/hear some of their distasteful views in the media; meanwhile, your neighbors' can speak freely to one another, but never see/hear some of the true beliefs expressed in the media. What should we call this happy new equilibrium? The New Toleration?

Patriot4098's picture

The guy from Duck Dynasty didn't do much. It's not even a free speech issue. People wanna make it that. A&E was completely within their rights, but I feel the true outrage should stem from tolerance. Someone who manages to tastefully state his stance in a respectful manner should be afforded a certain level of tolerance across our society that simply is not prevalent. We should all be able to agree to disagree, then move on. Unfortunately, the American public seems to take offense or feign outrage just because someone takes a different stance.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

PittBuckeye's picture

Hit that nail square on the head. What Phil said wasn't a slur filled rant, or anything hateful. Heck it wasn't even an off the cuff comment taken out of context. I've heard some people who want to act like he's Riley Cooper which is nuts.

Denny's picture

A&E was completely within their rights, but I feel the true outrage should stem from tolerance. Someone who manages to tastefully state his stance in a respectful manner should be afforded a certain level of tolerance across our society that simply is not prevalent.

There is no tasteful way of stating that black Americans were better off before civil rights because there wasn't anybody 'singing the blues' back then. (There were black people singing the blues in Louisiana back in the 40s and 50s by the way, and Louisiana Blues are fantastic.) Just because you string together a seemingly coherent bunch of words doesn't mean that those words (and the views that they present) deserve 'tolerance' – especially words denying a particularly horrific part of our country's history. Those words actively do harm and deserve zero tolerance. 
Glad you acknowledge that A&E was completely within their rights.

Taquitos.

Patriot4098's picture

The Church of England felt similarly.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

Wesleyburgess1's picture

PATRIOT4098 If I could give you 1000 upvotes right now I would. It seems tolerance only applies to the half of the argument that you agree with anymore. Its unbelievable that people these days think the best course of action when disagreeing with someone is to shut them up.

Nick's picture

The government can still take away the NCAA's tax exempt status.

allinosu's picture

Hell anybody can just say they are a particular teams fan and be illegal just to cause problems. So how can they inforce this.

stevebelliseeya's picture

I follow a ton of recruits and never even think for one second to tweet at any of them. Besides being super creepy as a 42 year old man, I tend to think they could care less what people they don't know have to say. I believe that 99% of the people on 11W get that, but if you don't....
DON'T BE THAT GUY/GAL PLEASE.

"We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." - Tool

Unky Buck's picture

is tweeting at teenagers on behalf of a program in the best interest of said program?

No. Na. Laa. Pu Shi. Ne. Nej. Nee. Non. Nein. Ohi. Lo. Nahin. Nie. Niet.
That's no in a whole lot of languages. I still don't quite understand why people feel the need to do it. I'm all about landing the next big recruit, but I couldn't care less about his minute to minute life summed up in 140 characters or less.

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HandsOfSweed's picture

Man, I totally read that list in a Minion's voice. Almost to the tune of "I Swear" by Boyz 2 Men.

luckynutz's picture

How dare you give credit to boyz II men for one of two hits churned out by All 4 One. Boyz II Men have enough of their own. Lets give All 4 One their due.

HandsOfSweed's picture

LOL! Cool. My bad. But hey, at least we're not into the R&B stylings of "Boyz 4 Men" and/or "All 2 One."

osu07asu10's picture

I don't twitter at all but the key phrase in that is that you cannot contact them in an attempt to entice them to attend a certain school, as this is a violation of NCAA rules 
NCAA Violation: "Wow, Recruit X your talents are so amazing they would fit perfectly in Urban Meyer's offense, come to THE Ohio State University" #gobucks
NOT a Violation: "Great game Recruit X, you really tore it up tonight"
Great rule of thumb: Don't tweet at teenage athletes.
 
 

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

How is OSU going to stop me from tweeting recruits and saying "COME TO OSU LIEK SRSLY!!!"?  The OSU doesn't have some kind of mind control power that says "Don't tweet that recruit...dooooon't tweeeet that recruuuiiit".
 

Class of 2010.

NW Buckeye's picture

OSU is not going to stop you, but the NCAA can impose sanctions on the school for the idiocy of their fans.  Kinda like penalizing a team for unruly fan behavior during a game.  It has happened, but very seldom does.  Best rule of thumb, don't tweet recruits. 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Yeah, I have no interest in tweeting recruits...or tweeting at all for that matter.  Just wondering if the NCAA would really punish a university for something that it can't do much to try and stop beyond telling people not to do it.

Class of 2010.

Enzo's picture

So we should all change our avatars to the Bama A and tweet at recruits in hopes that the NCAA will sanction Bama. Because there's no way the NCAA would be able to prove that it was Auburn's fans that did it.
 
Welcome to the digital age.

Idaho Helga's picture

You beat me to it.   This will bring out the worst trolls ever.

Bucks777's picture

Exactly my thoughts  before I had a chance to vote.  i mean come on I could put on Alabama or Michigan Clothes, shirt, hat and all, and go out handing money to recruits in Ann Arbor while having a buddy film it with his cell phone and then post it a year or so later....what would the NCAA do to Michigan??  Yea  right!  So we live in a very dangerous age with all the digital things that we have at our disposal god or bad...Only going to get worse!
 
ps. what if I wore a mask while handing the money to the recruits, don't know who it was, just someone representing Michigan and handing money to potential players and what a violation that would be!!!

toad1204's picture

Yes I follow recruits; no I do not retweet or favorite said recruits tweets.  Theres a reason why UFM is in charge of the team and recruiting.  If he needs my help I'm sure he'll shoot me an email (which I will frame) or give me a call (which I will record.)  Until then I'll be content going to games and tailgating my mind out to add to the atmosphere that is a home game.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

trock's picture

Make sure it's Urban and not that guy calling coaches posing as school trying to hire a new coach. He is really clever.

toad1204's picture

You mean Uncle 9er?

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Earle's picture

It's easy to figure out when it's 9Route because you can hear Phil Collins playing in the background.

Italics are for emphasis.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

I'm glad they're nipping this in the bud.  I always make monumental life decisions based upon the 140 character sayings of complete strangers.

USMC11917's picture

Okay, I'll take the other side of this argument. These kids crave attention, the majority at least. Who does not want to feel wanted or needed? I see nothing wrong with "Great game last night Mike! We sure could use a long snapper with your talents around Ohio State!" I certainly agree that there are boundaries and barriers that should never be crossed. Simply communicating with a kid who's parents allow him access to social media seems like the NCAA is overreaching here. Let parents be parents and take appropriate action. I think having Twitter and even Facebook are tools for trouble and would never allow my children to possess said accounts. I have neither myself. How do the filters work for that stuff? The ultimate responsibility lies with the parents. The NCAA is doing what it does best, remaining behind the times and making nonsensical rules/laws and expecting everyone that breathes to abide by them. It isn't that hard. You don't cut the tail off the snake, you go for the head.

BuckeyeQ6's picture

Not only is the NCAA overreaching, it has to be very difficult and expensive to actually enforce.  You basically have to have to compliance office follow all potential recruits on social media and identify and reach out to all people lobbying for their school.  Enforcing that rule is impracticable.

dumpus's picture

i say we start twitterbombing every single michigan football recruit emploring them to come to michigan.  if we try hard enough, we could theoretically burn those fuckers to the ground. 

BuckeyeQ6's picture

The scary thing is fans/bosters can do the same thing by giving their rivals' recruits money to go to the rival school, then turn themselves in.  This seems a little extreme, but I'm surprised this hasn't happened before to my knowledge.  [Don't anyone get any ideas!]

45has2's picture

I like the way you think.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

BamaBuckeye144's picture

I learned everything I ever needed to know about the NCAA during the PSU scandal. They are a ridiculous, over-reaching organization in a desperate bid to stay relevant. Once schools realize they give power to the NCAA, it's all over. This is why the NCAA is not getting tough on all the recent issues at schools like Oregon, Miami, Auburn and Alabama. They are fearful that the schools will decide they've had enough and just quit sending them their dues. So what does the NCAA do? Seriously dial back their aggressiveness. Bad for Ohio State and Penn State (last programs to be hammered by the NCAA) and good for the SEC (oversign away, gentleman! Here's some free suits and a new caddy! How much for your son's services, sir??)
 
Eff the NCAA. The whole lot of them.

OH-IO!

Idaho Helga's picture

Delaney has already made some pretty clear statements that the NCAA better shape up or the big conferences are quite literally going to take their ball and go home.  SEC chairman has fired a few shots over the bow too.
Now that the $$$ have hit astronomical amounts the NCAA will either totally revamp itself or the major conferences are long gone.   Delaney is making it loud and clear that the Bowling Green's of the world have no business dictating what the B1G should allow or not.
 

Bucks777's picture

If all the major schools came togther and said they want to start their own brand (no more NCAA on anything) that would be a great start.  They could call it whatever and just start over from scratch and learn from the mistakes and way the NCAA runs itself now.  Look at the money alone that the NCAA brings in, just for teams to use the letter "NCAA" on the uniforms, field of play, etc... ridiculous and complete disgust!

AcrossTheField11's picture

Cant wait until the day we say to hell with the NCAA.  That being said, tweeting potential recruits is creepy.  

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

bafiesta's picture

It doesn't mater whether it's an NCAA violation or not, the NCAA has a grand total of 0 authority over me or any other fan.  
I'm starting a new policy.  No college athletics organization is allowed to read social media feeds of high school students.  Whoops looks like the NCAA has violated my policy.  They will be sanctioned to the fullest extent of my authority, which is also zilch. 

rdubs's picture

They wouldn't punish you, they would punish the university's athletics program.  Now as others have mentioned above it isn't able to be enforced, but at the end of the day that doesn't matter because it really isn't a great idea, NCAA violation or not.

BierStube's picture

Twitter really serves no real purpose in society .. unless you are a 13 year old girl!  Hell, half the time I cannot tell who said what or even worse what the actual context is.  In many cases, people should exercise some restraint when tweeting .. but where is the fun in that! 

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

I_Run_The_Dave's picture

So what you are saying, is that if I am the best friend of Raekwon and I go to High School with him, and I find out he is interested in Ohio State, and I tag him and Ohio State in the same tweet for any reason whatsoever, I am commiting an NCAA violation and Ohio State can be sanctioned for it?
Let's all create new Twitter accounts and flood all the top Alabama prospects with #RollTide tweets.  

Poe McKnoe's picture

Wouldn't be easier to ban recruits from having social media accounts?

BUCKI06's picture

If you're ever torn between whether or not to tweet at a recruit....the answer is always no.

"As long as we're keeping score, we're gonna try to win this thing." - UFM

MotownBuck's picture

I agree. Love the Buckeyes. Love the recruiting game and seeing what our haul will be every year. But never in my life had a desire to reach out to a teenage boy on twitter. But being the father of two teenage boys that are avid twitter users, I see how that generation craves instant interaction and adulation from the twitterverse.
And I never ever know what is a stupid NCAA violation. Like say *theoretically* I found out that I was related to a kid here in Detroit that has an offer from Ohio State - How much can I speak to him about the Buckeyes at a family get together? I mean I buy items from Ohio State, I pay money for tickets that go towards the program. That technically makes me a booster right?
Slippery slope ... and all theoretical of course
And by these same rules in the OP ... Does that mean that all the people speaking to Knox here on this site may have committed a violation? I'm all #TeamNoSnitching, but we gotsta know the rules. For the sake of the team ...

Trotwood-Madison. Once a Ram, Always a Ram.

osuxrow07's picture

I believe (and I could be wrong) that the 11W mods asked him to stop commenting on the site to prevent any such violations.
Also, upvote for Motown! I grew up in Utica.

Set the Earth Reverberating

MotownBuck's picture

Hey! Grew up in Ohio (Dayton/Trotwood) and moved here to Southfield years ago. Worked many Years near Utica in Sterling Heights.
upvote for you too
*Oprah voice. You get an upvote! You get an upvote!EVERYYYBODYYY GETS AN UPVOTEEEE!!*

Trotwood-Madison. Once a Ram, Always a Ram.

Unky Buck's picture

The staff did ask him to halt his communication at this time. I believe once he is signed, he can communicate again if I understand the rules correctly (who the hell does though?). At that point, he can take over the Helmet Sticker lead from Hove in a matter of a couple hours.

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Hovenaut's picture

 

"At that point, he can take over the Helmet Sticker lead from Hove in a matter of a couple hours."

I have no eligibility, thus I have no defense.
 
 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Cheaters everywhere.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

45has2's picture

Funk Brothers uber alles.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

All. NCAA. Violations.

While the gist of the argument is valid I find the examples to be somewhat questionable.
The player initiated contact by asking Oklahoma fans to identify themselves and the quoted responses are typical of fans giving a shout out to anyone rather than an "attempt to entice them to attend a certain school".
If a recruit is on his official visit to Ohio State on game day and while walking to the stadium throws up an "O - H" to the crowd, it's not a violation for members of the crowd to respond with "- I - O".
 
 

osuxrow07's picture

While I agree that it is creepy to tweet at random high school kids none of us know, these kids frequently invite the attention. Seriously, a recruit tweets publicly 'boomer sooner!' and the NCAA expects OU fans not to react? 
Beyond the creepiness, I don't see the problem with average citizens interacting with recruits on social media, especially when they have public accounts. Boosters, coaches, etc., that's another issue. 

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PittBuckeye's picture

Good, they're high schoolers who we don't know. Leave them alone.

teddyballgame's picture

I'll take things that will never be enforced for $1000, Alex.
Oh, and I jaywalked twice today.

Davep160's picture

Can we tweet Michigan recruits?

PittBuckeye's picture

About how much you hope they make it big because of that agent who paid for your guys dinner the night before and the deal they made. Absolutely.

Maestro's picture

If you are not a peer of a college football recruit (roughly same age) or an acquaintance of a recruit than you should not be tweeting a recruit.  Just my stance. 

vacuuming sucks

gobucks96's picture

I absolutely concur with Maestro, but the thought of sticking it to the NCAA and their stupid rules does enter into this discussion.. Who are they to say that I cannot contact anybody I please..

Maestro's picture

Well, coaches can't contact recruits during certain periods.  There are rules.  Most of which are "well intentioned" but often over-reaching.  I get where you are coming from though.

vacuuming sucks

741's picture

...and then there is common sense.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

If people were consistently capable of acting with common sense none of these rules would have been put in place.

gobucks96's picture

Again, I wouldn't do it, but if I'm a student at 'X' university, with the no attachment to the football program other than the tickets I buy, the NCAA can stick it...

741's picture

Nine out of ten fans aren't Charles Waugh...

So, by extension are you implying that ten percent of (OSU) fans are in fact child molesters?
Come on 11W staff, you are better writers than that.
P.S. No one over the age of 21 should be tweeting at any OSU athlete. And some of those under 21 probably ought not to either.

Crimson's picture

So, by extension are you implying that ten percent of (OSU) fans are in fact child molesters?

Alpo's picture

Pretty sure by the way he used the word "are", he was being sarcastic. Funny gif nonetheless.

741's picture

Yes, and yes.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

The NCAA ... we focus on students, athletes, opportunities .. but most of all ... on enforcement of trivial activities that are nearly impossible to monitor completely and fairly.*

*This is not the official slogan of the NCAA.  In fact, it is not even a real quotation.  11W is not responsible for the contents of this post.  Void where prohibited by law.  No recruit was tweeted as a result of this post.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

ATXbucknut's picture

All I know is that I *never* tweet recruits. I always go see them in person.

wolfman's picture

Free speech or not, it's just creepy!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

It's a tweet. :/

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

bull1214's picture

i dont tweet anything or anyone but ill be damned if the ncaa is gonna say i cant. what are they gonna do? unless they confirm its actually a coach or rep of a school doing it during a dead period; which is what its all about btw; they arent doin squat.