Via STACKA new NCAA rule is changing the way college football programs handle recruiting. On Monday morning, the NCAA implemented a new rule that permits college coaches to retweet and like on social media platforms to "indicate approval of content that was generated by users of the platforms other than institutional staff members or representatives of an institution's athletic interests." RELATED: NCAA Bans Satellite Football Camps Effective Immediately, SEC And ACC Benefit College coaches will now be able to endorse commits by retweeting or liking their posts on social media. Until now, coaches could not publicly acknowledge prospective recruits on social media. Under the new rule, coaches can only retweet or like a recruit's post; they are not allowed to mention a recruit in a tweet or retweet with a comment. Presumably, the new rule will reduce the incidence of social media violations. It is already producing many retweets from coaches such as Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck, Miami's Mark Richt and TCU's Gary Patterson.
Blessed to receive my 2nd offer from TCU all glory goes to God
The effects of the rule could be game changing for college football programs. Athlete recruits, like other teenagers, are avid social media users. A coach retweeting a recruit could make a difference in the recruit's decision to commit to one program over another.
Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand posted his take on Twitter, saying he may or may not retweet a recruit's tweet.
Recruiting high school athletes has always been about making them feel wanted. The new rule will make it easier for coaches to do this by endorsing the tweets of their prospective recruits. RELATED: A Quick Guide To College Football Camps
ATTN: All current and future prospectsNew NCAA rules and my Hot Take pic.twitter.com/eDfPCUDIyA — Herb Hand (@CoachHand) August 1, 2016