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Brady Hoke is no fan of NCAA’s social media policies

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When Michigan receiver Roy Roundtree sent a congratulatory tweet directly mentioning recent 2013 U-M commit Mike McCray earlier this month, he committed a minor NCAA no-no in the process.

“NCAA rules do not allow comments about possible recruits on an institution’s social media page or a page belonging to someone affiliated with the institution,” the Association’s bylaws read. “In addition, these pages cannot feature photos of prospects and messages cannot be sent to recruits using these social media technologies other than through their e-mail function.”

While Roundtree’s slip-up was reported by U-M’s compliance office and no penalty is expected, coach Brady Hoke told recently he favors NCAA modification (and leniency) toward an evolving trend that’s tough to monitor.

“I think social media happened so quickly, and the NCAA is trying to get its head around all that stuff,” Hoke said. “We just need to keep educating our players… and I’ll mention what they put out there and what they say.

“But there’s no question something needs to happen.”

(For what it’s worth, Hoke isn’t much of a social media guy)

By Hoke’s own admission, the process of reporting violations secondary in nature  — Hoke uses text messaging restrictions as an example — is “wasting people’s time” in the compliance office. Surely, he’s not the only coach who feels that.

South Beach, Atkins, what have you — the NCAA’s rulebook needs to go on a diet for sure. The NCAA knows that, too. It’s just a matter of when they decide to start ripping out the pages.

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13 Responses to “Brady Hoke is no fan of NCAA’s social media policies”
  1. zurnvs says: Mar 19, 2012 9:40 AM

    Hole also needs to go on a diet, he can start by coughing “Ohio St” out of his mouth.

  2. shorter63 says: Mar 19, 2012 10:48 AM

    “coughing out ohio st”; that kinda like spitting out a hairball?

  3. helenh777 says: Mar 19, 2012 10:56 AM

    I am beginning to think that every football player should be required to read the NCAA bylaws and take a test on them. After that every new recruit should do the same. Any new laws should be noted. How else are these men going to know not to do certain things. Every place I have ever worked made me learn their requirements.
    By the way coaches too.
    The law states ignorance is no defense. If it is that way with the NCAA then it is important to learn the bylaws.
    If the NCAA does not require the men to know the laws then they need to back off.
    Take care of the drug dealers and the fighters. Leave the ipods alone, or teach these young men.
    I could care less about Ohio State, however, I can not understand why someone can not sell something they won. Was it not there’s?

  4. mgmac says: Mar 19, 2012 11:42 AM

    fat boy hoke does know every all-you-can-eat restaurant in ann arbor

  5. polegojim says: Mar 19, 2012 12:56 PM

    @mgmac – yep, steady diet of buckeyes sprinkled with Sugar in his Bowl.

    @helen – I don’t disagree… completely… but that’s the problem – it’s a pile of confusing refuse and rhetoric that even those who wrote it don’t completely understand. Too many nonsense rules.

  6. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:23 PM

    Taking a test on NCAA rules would take many credit hours of coursework. All of the players would have to major in NCAA Rules and Regulations.

  7. blueinok says: Mar 19, 2012 3:00 PM

    The only reason there are so many rules is that so many figure out how to abuse and take advantage of something. Just like the Ohio State – yes, those items belong to the players, but how do you stop the boosters for overpaying for items? It seems silly to have a tweet become a secondary violation – but I seem to recall some coaches text messaging recruits so that they wouldn’t break the too many phone calls rule.

  8. CBFAN says: Mar 19, 2012 4:14 PM

    I had to chuckle when the Michigan basketball team was beaten by “Ohio” and “Ohio State” in the same year.

  9. modellforprez says: Mar 19, 2012 6:14 PM

    well I am so pork him and pork you too.

  10. helenh777 says: Mar 19, 2012 6:51 PM

    There are a lot of stupid laws on the books, like its against the law to walk my cow across the street in New York City. However, no one needs to know it. If there are so many bylaws in the NCAA that no one could learn them, they need to get rid of a few. Takes away from the fun of football. It has gotten to be an everyday thing. To much really bad stuff happens to make such a big deal out of nothing.

  11. silverdeer says: Mar 20, 2012 8:36 AM

    @helen I agree that they need to go through the books and abridge the bylaws. With all of the new bylaws that come out yearly, I am not sure what is growing faster. The NCAA bylaws or the IRS tax code. The only thing about those two volumes is that if you print one, a forest the size of Rhode Island needs to be cut down.

  12. ironheadjr says: Mar 20, 2012 10:36 AM

    Sounds like some tO$U people are still butthurt about last year.

  13. dkhhuey says: Mar 20, 2012 12:00 PM

    No offense to my good friend polegojim – given that my undergrad degree was from Ohio University and my second degree from Ohio State – watching the Bobcats kick UM’s butt out of the tourney was quite a great thing to witness!!! Especially knowing that Mr. Hoke was probably choking on whatever he was trying to shovel in his mouth at that time!!! The irony of that game is just too freakin beautiful!!!

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