Showing posts with label Twitter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Twitter. Show all posts

Hate tweets collected: The Devin Gardner edition (Reader disrcetion advised)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

It came out this week straight from the man himself. Michigan starting quarterback, Devin Gardner, has been receiving hate mail on Twitter from so-called "fans." Personally, it is incredibly unfair to lambaste a college kid on Twitter or any social media outlet directly.

This isn't the NFL, the kids (emphasis on the kid portion) are going to school to get a degree and play football. Millions aren't on the line here.

So, with that being said, I shamefully collected some tweets to Devin Gardner (@qu9rter8ack) from whom I suspect are Michigan fans.

As always with these kinds of posts, reader discretion is advised. There is some nasty language here.
This post is to not generalize a fan base. This is not the Michigan fan base as a whole, this is just calling out those who should turn in their fan card immediately and never return.

I give Devin Gardner all the credit in the world by standing up as a man and taking this hate head on and never wavering. Devin Gardner is Michigan's quarterback, fans will have to live with that. 

Twitter Recruiting: The Creepy and the Creepier

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Twitter Recruiting (verb) - The act of taking to Twitter and openly recruiting high school kids to come to your favorite university. Often seen by grown men or overzealous fans.
It's become a pandemic on Twitter these days. Am I allowed to tweet recruits?  Is my tweet going to make a difference in this kids recruitment? Can I be best friends with said recruit? When the coaches take a vacation, can I recruit for them via Twitter? The answer will forever be a resounding NO and will always be no.

Regardless of holding booster status or not, a fan is absolutely not allowed to tweet recruits. Especially in the form of openly tweeting (or recruiting) players via Twitter or any other social media platform. Not to mention it's very creepy seeing a much older man tweet a high school kid like they've been best friends for years.

A word to the wise, never trust a man with an "egg" avi.

It's a really bad look for your fan base, not to mention yourself,  to take to Twitter and put these high school kids on blast to pick your school. Considering these kids are making life altering decisions about their future, do you really think they'll listen to you and your desperate pleas?

Wake me up when a recruit says that John Doe from El Paso tweeted "Hook 'em Horns!" to him one sultry February afternoon, and that forced his hand to commit to Texas. I'll hang up and listen.
Thanks for the advice, kind sir. Where would Joe Mixon be without you? Oh yeah, that's right. Earning over 30 scholarship offers.

Yes, every fan base has these "Twitter recruiters", including Michigan. When it gets to the point that every recruit that is looking at Michigan will "become a legend" if they commit to Michigan, it's time to be a tad realistic.
Granted, Da'Shawn Hand has a boatload of talent and will probably be a instant impact kid on the field immediately. You're not helping Michigan's case, fella.

The practice of Twitter recruiting has overrun Twitter timelines at alarming rates. People encourage, poke and prod these recruits and it's just embarrassing to see. These 17-18 year-old kids will never be your friend, and will most likely never listen to what you, a nobody to them, has to say.
 Preach, UMich Compliance. Preach it from the mountain tops. Let the coaches, you know, coach.

What is a booster? The NCAA spells it out for you, here. But, if you are incapable of clicking links, I'll say it loud and proud for all to hear.

A BOOSTER IS A FAN. YOU, YES, YOU! FAN. YOU. BOOSTER. YOU=FAN=BOOSTER.

Did you purchase a ticket (or season tickets) to attend any athletic events recently? How about one of those nice WEON shirts or ANYTHING from the MDen for that matter? If you answered yes to any of these questions, YOU MIGHT BE A BOOSTER. Actually, yes you are a booster.

So, what are boosters not allowed to do? Say it with me kids, "DON'T TWEET RECRUITS".

I can't stress how important getting rid of Twitter recruiting is. It's an annoyance, it's creepy and did I mention that it is incredibly annoying for fan bases all over the country? You wouldn't pick a random kid from a high school and tweet to him, why is tweeting a recruit any different?

The sad part to all of this is it's never going to end. Because it's not going to be governed and looked at by the NCAA. The NCAA will never take the time to find Twitter recruiters and punish the university for it.

It's a violation committed every day, a violation that will never be governed. In the history of ever. So before you tell a recruit "GO BLUE, or O-H!", think to yourself, am I really a creep?

Op-Ed: Fans Must Self-Regulate, NCAA Can't Do It All

Monday, May 7, 2012

I write this piece amidst of a changing tide when it comes to social media and recruiting. Websites like Facebook and Twitter have become important recruiting tools, as commits attempt to persuade other athletes across the nation to come to their schools. From the outside looking in, one can see the successes and opportunities this new way of recruiting may bring. But, if you delve deeper into the depths and peel back the layers. It may not seem so rosy.

With the ease of interaction amongst recruits, it also brings fans closer to their teams, including high school students being recruited by said team. With a flurry of characters and a click of the mouse, messages can be sent to recruits in attempts to persuade this athlete to join their university. Though this idea may seem harmless to some, err on the side of caution.

It has been well publicized that a highly touted Ohio State linebacker commit unknowingly had interaction with a convicted sex offender (who was a Buckeye fan). The offender, Charles Eric Waugh, took to Twitter daily to tweet inspirational quotes to Buckeye targets, commits and current/former players. This eventually lead to interactions in person with recruits (who are usually minors).

As fans, we can all take something away from this situation. Realize that these "kids" we tweet to are usually minors (anywhere from 16-18), and interactions with commits, unless in a supervised setting, could lead to a PR disaster for your school just like Ohio State has to deal with right now. The NCAA can't regulate everyone that tweets to recruits, or who meets them in person. It is up to the fan base to be rational and self-regulate themselves.

The NCAA does recognize Tweeting to recruits as a secondary violation. But, it's impossible to regulate. I'm not here to spread the word of "right and wrong". I'm trying to make it clear that fans must self-regulate themselves before you do or say something you might regret. Too many times messages such as "I hope you tear your ACL", or "I hope you fail" are spread to recruits that didn't choose their school. Though this doesn't have a direct reflection on a fan base, it's a situation that doesn't have to occur if one would simply step away from the keyboard.

There are obvious reasons why our favorite schools have assembled a coaching staff. To coach the players, and to recruit the players they want for the program. Some fans realize this and some don't. Some take to Twitter and emulate they are the coaching staff and try to recruit themselves. Though the love for your university shows, I applaud and commend you for such undying loyalty. But, nine times out of ten (and it's a VERY rare 1 tenth of a percent) recruits won't listen to fans and will decide on their own. Coaches work very long hours and work very hard to scour the country looking for student athletes that would fit their program. In the case of Ohio State, though incredibly rare and unfortunate, the progress made with their recruit was lost due to the actions of one fan. Even though the circumstances are extreme, don't be that fan.

Is it impermissible to have a harmless Twitter conversation with a recruit? Absolutely not. Should it ever be escalated to the next level? No! Leave interactions face-to-face with the coaches, and take care of being proud fans. No one is stopping you from talking about how great your university is. Just show some moderation and control in your comments.

The NCAA can't stop fan interaction on social media, there's too much ground lost every day that the NCAA cannot keep up. The fans are all that are left. The key to winning is great sportsmanship and class. Interactions with recruits doesn't have to be as complicated as most make it out to be, if you don't have something nice to say, don't say it at all.
 

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