Saturday, March 3, 2012

Notre Dame player's tweet could land Irish in NCAA trouble

Eifert tweet to football recruit could mean Notre Dame violation -
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Just before 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Eifert posted the following message to his Twitter account: "Big recruiting day tomorrow here at ND. Looking forward to meeting and hangin with 5 star Fort Wayne native @JaeeSmiff9ENT"

The Twitter handle in that tweet belongs to Smith, a linebacker from Bishop Luers High School in Eifert's hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind. And that message seemingly is in violation of NCAA bylaw 13.10.5, which refers to publicization of a prospective student-athlete's visit.

"A member institution shall not publicize (or arrange for publicity of) a prospective student-athlete’s visit to the institution’s campus," the bylaw reads. "Violations of this bylaw do not affect a prospective student-athlete’s eligibility and are considered institutional violations per Constitution 2.8.1."

 More at the Tribune.

Isolated incidents like this rarely result in the school receiving significant sanctions. But Twitter and other social media are becoming a compliance nightmare. Repeated incidents--even unintentional--can trigger failure to monitor issues (like the one that nailed the North Carolina football program).