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April 14, 2009 at 4:55 PM

The NCAA and Facebook

I saw an interesting story the other day and wanted to see what you all thought. Recently the NCAA has said Facebook and web sites like it violate recruiting rules in influencing the college choices of prep prospects.

The incident highlighted in the story involved college freshman Taylor Moseley, who created a Facebook group titled “John Wall PLEASE come to NC STATE!!!!”

More than 700 students joined the group that hoped to woo the local basketball standout to the ACC school.

Moseley got a cease and desist letter from N.C. State’s compliance director, Michelle Lee, warning of “further action” if he failed to comply. In an interview Friday, Lee said that people who act as boosters but fail to follow recruiting guidelines could face penalties such as being denied tickets or even being formally “disassociated” from the athletic program.

I wondered if you had any thoughts on the issue. Obviously the NCAA is a controlling entity that can create its own rules, but this might be a difficult one to enforce. Since students and the general public aren’t members of the NCAA, the schools are responsible for controlling these infringements.

Personally, I understand the NCAA’s intentions but I think banning Facebook groups is a bit harsh. I can’t imagine these high-profile prospects (e.g. Skyline quarterback Jake Heaps, who has a strong Facebook following) are influenced at all by the random musings of a website. Not to mention these kids probably get recruiting “advice” many times a day from friends, teachers, strangers, etc.

Who do you think? Reasonable request or well-intentioned mistake?

Also, I saw this profile of Bellevue girls soccer star and a U.S. youth national team pool player Kate Bennett on ESPN. Check it out if you like.

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