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    Friending Prospects

    The University of Houston recently sent out a letter to its donors/boosters regarding whether or not they could follow/friend/contact potential recruits before they have signed a letter of intent.

    Darren Rovell's photo "University of Houston tells b..." on WhoSay


    Moral of the story...If you don't want to get your favorite school in trouble, wait until after national signing day to start interacting with recruits through social media.



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    Re: Friending Prospects

    Or just leave them alone altogether.

    I don't understand the mindset of trying to interact with complete strangers on social media just because they're playing/thinking about playing for the team you root for. It just seems creepy to me. Obviously the players must not mind it much, because they don't seem to screen anyone, but still.


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    Re: Friending Prospects

    Or start friending prospects from rival schools.



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    Re: Friending Prospects

    it's fine if you friend them. You just can't recruit them. I follow what they are saying yet never tell them to come to Iowa State or anything like that. If you stick to the rules you are fine. If you openly recruit them you could be breaking a rule. Unless you are Kentucky, KU, and the rest of the big boys. Then they don't really care.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    Or start friending prospects from rival schools.
    This, and then act like you are a donor.



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    Re: Friending Prospects

    Quote Originally Posted by CyBer View Post
    This, and then act like you are a donor.
    Then start asking them questions like if they enjoyed the sports tickets, or how the new car is driving.



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    Re: Friending Prospects

    Quote Originally Posted by Knownothing View Post
    it's fine if you friend them. You just can't recruit them. I follow what they are saying yet never tell them to come to Iowa State or anything like that. If you stick to the rules you are fine. If you openly recruit them you could be breaking a rule. Unless you are Kentucky, KU, and the rest of the big boys. Then they don't really care.
    I really hope you don't get ISU in trouble someday as you are one of the worst offenders of friending and following recruits on FB and Twitter. I know you are being careful but you never know when some interaction you view as insignificant proves to be damaging to the University.



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    Re: Friending Prospects

    This is what may eventually happen:

    "Befriend all the Hawk recruits we want. Go to IC and have a pay day. Twitter explosion."

    However, I hope that never happens where home fans get rival schools in trouble like Auburn and Alabama.


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    Re: Friending Prospects

    I follow them to see if they commit or not. Never say a word to them though. Not a big twitter fan.



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    Re: Friending Prospects

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    I really hope you don't get ISU in trouble someday as you are one of the worst offenders of friending and following recruits on FB and Twitter. I know you are being careful but you never know when some interaction you view as insignificant proves to be damaging to the University.
    I think you might be being a little cautious/dramatic.



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    Re: Friending Prospects

    I added Melvin Ejim when we were recruiting him and i think i am the reason he came here. Thank me later people



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    Re: Friending Prospects

    I don't think you can "pretend" to be a booster. The NCAA has a definition of a booster, like if you have ever bought tickets or made a donation. If you don't meet the definition of a booster then you can't get other schools recruits in trouble. And if you're the kind of person who'd give $100 to the U of I just to mess with a recruit's future, then I pity your sad little life.


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    Re: Friending Prospects

    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    I don't think you can "pretend" to be a booster. The NCAA has a definition of a booster, like if you have ever bought tickets or made a donation. If you don't meet the definition of a booster then you can't get other schools recruits in trouble. And if you're the kind of person who'd give $100 to the U of I just to mess with a recruit's future, then I pity your sad little life.
    A lot of ISU fans have purchased tickets to CH or NK for games, matches or meets when ISU is playing there. Technically I believe that qualifies you as a UofI booster.

    EDIT: Sorry, it looks like it is only season ticket purchases...


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    Re: Friending Prospects

    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    The NCAA has a definition of a booster
    According to NCAA rules, a booster is any individual, independent agency, corporate entity (e.g., apparel or equipment manufacturer) or other organization who is known (or who should have been known) by a member of the institution's executive or athletics administration to:

    (a) Have participated in or to be a member of any organization that promotes the institution's intercollegiate athletics program;
    (b) Have made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organization of that institution;
    (c) Be assisting or to have been requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospects;
    (d) Be assisting or to have assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families; or
    (e) Have been involved otherwise in promoting the institution's athletics program.

    Some examples of boosters are: fans, undergraduate students, graduate students, all university faculty, staff and other employees and alumni. These are just a few examples; anyone who meets the criteria above is a booster.
    Once a booster always a booster. Buying tickets is just one example.


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    Re: Friending Prospects

    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    I don't think you can "pretend" to be a booster. The NCAA has a definition of a booster, like if you have ever bought tickets or made a donation. If you don't meet the definition of a booster then you can't get other schools recruits in trouble. And if you're the kind of person who'd give $100 to the U of I just to mess with a recruit's future, then I pity your sad little life.
    A lot of people might be able to meet that critaria. If you buy a ticket though school B website when you are actually traveling to watch school A would you be a booster for school B? Who would be able to prove otherwise?



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