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Colleges Monitoring Recruits’ Social Networks

High profile College Football prospects have discovered that schools are monitoring their social networks. Public social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, have gotten college athletes in trouble in the past and are being used to vet and at times communicate with potential recruits.

According to the AJC:

Social Media is a new and popular way for colleges to both monitor and communicate with potential recruits. Just about every elite recruit has a Facebook or Twitter account, or both.

Coaches are on there, too. Georgia’s Mark Richt, after expressing reluctance, returned to Twitter last week after an 1,072-day absence to publicize the program and get noticed by recruits.

Under NCAA rules, a coach can send a Facebook friend request to a prospective student-athlete and follow them on Twitter.

And once they do, they are often finding out a lot of new information. Some of it good, some of it not so good.

“I’m on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and you name it,” Virginia coach Mike London said. “You will find out more about guys on Facebook and Twitter sometimes than you will having a 10-minute conversation with them because a lot of times they will let their guard down and show a side maybe you haven’t thought about before.”

Said Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, “The society we live in now, how kids are growing up, [Social Media] is a huge part of their lives. It’s a huge part of what they do and how they communicate. So we embrace it … It’s another way to build relationships and get to know people.”

Unfortunately for some recruits, their comments and tweets are also destroying relationships with colleges.

Last year, one of New Jersey’s top prospects was expelled from school and reportedly had scholarship offers withdrawn after posting explicit messages on Twitter.

Duluth High School coach Corey Jarvis said one of his former players was recently kicked off a college team for the same reasons. “It was the final straw. It was stuff that shouldn’t have been posted. I understood where the college was coming from. He was representing the program when he did that.”

It became such a concern to Lovejoy High School coach Al Hughes that he finally gave in and created Facebook and Twitter accounts, simply to observe the team.

“I’m on there for the same reason as most college coaches – I wanted to know what was going on and keep up with the pulse of the team,” he said. “We’ve told all our kids to be careful what you say because you’re being watched.”

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College Football Hall of Fame Announces 2012 Class

The College Football Hall of Fame has announced its 2012 class. This group is punctuated by Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer of BYU and national championship coaches Jimmy Johnson and Phillip Fulmer. They chose 14 players and 3 coaches for the class. There will be an induction ceremony on December 4th in New York.

Other players include Steve Bartkowski from Berkeley, Tommy Kramer of Rice, running backs Charles Alexander of LSU, Otis Armstrong of Purdue, wide receiver Art Monk from Syracuse, Notre Dame tight end Dave Casper, offensive linemen Jonathan Ogden of UCLA and John Wooten of Colorado, split end Hal Bedsole of Southern California, defensive tackle Gabe Rivera of Texas Tech, Kansas State linebacker Mark Simoneau and defensive backs Greg Myers of Colorado State and Scott Thomas of Air Force.

The chairman of the National Football Foundation Archie Manning said, “”We are extremely proud to announce the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class. Each year the selection process becomes increasingly more difficult, but Gene Corrigan and the Honors Court do an amazing job of selecting a diverse group of the most amazing players and coaches in our sport’s rich history. This class is certainly no exception, and we look forward to honoring them and celebrating their achievements throughout the year ahead.”

Coach Jimmy Johnson is a famous character. According to Fox Sports, “Johnson spent five seasons as head coach at Oklahoma State, then went on to a highly-successful five-year run at Miami-Florida. The Hurricanes were 52-9 under Johnson with five New Year’s Day bowl appearances, and his 1987 squad won the national championship with a 20-14 victory over Oklahoma in the 1988 Orange Bowl.”

Another standout of the class is Art Monk. Fox Sports says, “Monk, a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2008, was the top player in the East as a freshman in 1976 and again as a senior in 1979. He led Syracuse in receiving for three straight seasons and helped the school to its first bowl win in 13 years with a 31-7 victory over McNeese State in the 1979 Independence Bowl. A first-round pick of Washington in 1980, Monk spent 14 seasons with the Redskins, winning three Super Bowl titles, and one year with the Jets.”

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Larry Brown is Coming Back To School

Legendary men’s basketball coach Larry Brown is returning to college this fall. On Monday, Coach Brown was formally introduced as the men’s basketball coach at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Brown, who is already a member of the basketball Hall of Fame, is 71 years old. This is his first college basketball position in almost 25 years. This position follows many stints in the NBA.

When accepting the job, Brown said he anticipated “quality basketball with quality student-athletes.” Dallas based SMU has long looked for a way to make waves in the Cowboys obsessed market. SMU has not won an NCAA tournament game since 1988, which is coincidentally the last year Brown coached in college. Brown won the national title that year with the University of Kansas. Brown is the only coach to win both an NCAA and NBA title.

Brown said, “When I look in the mirror, I get kind of scared, but inside, I feel like I can do this forever.” Brown, using the media attention, already started recruiting and selling the SMU program. He commented on the revamped athletic facilities at SMU stating, “Walking around this campus, if we can get a kid to visit here, I can’t imagine him going anywhere else.”

Brown is replacing Matt Doherty. Doherty spent 6 years at the helm at SMU. Doherty, in a show of good faith, attended the press conference stating, “My biggest concern in this process was that they hire a good coach and a good person for my players and my recruits, because I care about those kids. And they did it.” Kansas coach Bill Self was present at the news conference as well.

Brown did not give a firm answer about how long he would be at SMU. However, he stated that he thinks the school has the resources to compete when they join the Big East conference in 2013. The Big East, one of the legendary conferences in college basketball, has lost many of the key schools recently due to the Big East’s not-so-legendary status in college football. SMU will be replacing one of the outgoing programs.

Brown is known for incredible starts and turnarounds of teams, but also for controversial departures. He has notably sparred publically in the media with star players of his in the past such as Allen Iverson and Stephon Marbury. He has coached in the NBA in Denver, New Jersey, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana, Philadelphia, Detroit, the New York Knicks and Charlotte.

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