A rule proposal pending approval from the NCAA board of directors would allow coaches to be much more active on social media when attempting to recruit, according to Adam Friedman of Rivals.
If passed, coaches and athletic department staff will be allowed to “like,” “favorite,” “retweet,” “tag,” or take other similar actions on the social media accounts of recruits. The rationale for the proposal is that it’s currently “difficult to monitor all coaches and their social media activities.”
The proposal comes shortly after the ban on sending football recruits text messages was lifted last week.
In 2014, Auburn self-reported a recruiting violation when some members of the team’s basketball coaching staff retweeted a photo posted on Twitter by Cinmeon Bowers, a junior college recruit at the time. If the new rule proposal is adopted, such an action would become permissible.