Be Careful What you Tweet, PSU Coaches are Watching

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This next generation of teens-turning-into-twentysomethings, though not too far removed from my own age, grew up in a world where the internet was a part of their lives for as long as they can remember. Seventeen and eighteen year olds may not really know what it is like to come-of-age offline. Still, they should be smart enough to at least make all of their shit private. But when you are being recruited by a college football program with near limitless money at their disposal, a puny little privacy setting may not make much a difference.

One Penn State recruit learned this the hard way, according to PSU O-Line coach Herb Hand. Hand tweeted (as you can see above) about “dropping” a prospect because of his social media presence. This morning, Hand retweeted a link to a Bleacher Report piece on the draft, specifically calling out this passage:

“‘We have every tweet they have ever made,’ said one front-office executive who requested anonymity for competitive reasons. ‘When we interview them, we’ll ask them about their tweets. Some of them tweet about drugs, about ”bitches.”

‘It’s unbelievable.'”

It makes sense that a recruiter would stop looking at a player because of the things they say and do on social media. Going back even just ten years, these recruiters had to take the word of the person they were looking at, or take what they were seeing at face value. They never really knew. Now, they have the ability to dig deeper and see what prospects are doing when they aren’t watching. For those targets, it might not be who you are, but it’s the image you’re giving off. It’s an additional point of power for teams and coaches, and they likely believe those tools can be used to spot characters flaws (and therefore, future disciplinary issues) from a mile away.

The problem comes with talking about it.

If you want to endear yourself to a fan base that — even in the wake of Sandusky — mostly just wants to win, you can drop as many prospects you want, just don’t go around boasting about it. It’s one thing to warn other potential prospects to clean their act up, and it’s another to near-brag about it. Hand learned that by learning more about the “social media presence” of quite a few people.

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8 Responses

  1. I wouldn’t doubt for one second that this coach got permission or something to that effect before HE posted on social media. I don’t think he’s trying to endear himself to the fan base, he (and the organization behind him) are “subtly” putting it out there that they are on the look out for fine upstanding young men (insert Sadusky joke here). That said, if a seriously good top prospect’s twitter feed had some “bitches” and “weed” posts, my guess is that the PSU recruiters would be coaching them on how to DELETE said posts ASAP.

  2. A jacket that converts into a sleeping bag? How much? Hey Jim, those condoms Kyle converts into milk shakes for you after he pulls outta your ass…How much do they go for?

  3. Stingray Mobile Cell Tower:
    In addition to transmitting a mobile phone user’s location and identifying information, data from text messages can easily be intercepted using an SMS server, without the user’s mobile operator or the user themselves being any the wiser.

    ps: FBI & Local Police using this device

  4. Its not like he outed the prospect publicly. He is doing other dumb asses a favor by trying to pound it into their retarded brains that what they toss out there WILL GET BACK TO THEM. It WILL cost them a a scholarship, a relationship, a career. The sooner they realize that instead of shooting off about pedophiles the better. Does us no good having a bunch of jobless, retarded, twitter children running around contributing jack shit to the world. Those links to tweeter responses show just how retarded some young people are.

    “If you want to endear yourself to a fan base that — even in the wake of Sandusky — mostly just wants to win, you can drop as many prospects you want, just don’t go around boasting about it. It’s one thing to warn other potential prospects to clean their act up, and it’s another to near-brag about it.”

    You are just DEAD wrong with this statement. You don’t let a figurehead coach meander the sidelines for 10 + years if you “just want to win.”

    Players of high academics and character has always proceeded wins and loses. I thought villanova of all places would hold some similar standard. Especially when you never win shit anyway.

  5. It’s amazing how many people think that Sandusky was still a coach when he was arrested. He hasn’t coached in 15 years. PSU National Champions 2016!

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