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Worrying with Facebook is a waste of NCAA time

Posted on: April 10, 2009 7:47 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2009 7:52 pm

Credit North Carolina State compliance director Michelle Lee for asking a sensible question.

"I think nationally the NCAA needs to address further Facebook and how these groups play a part in recruiting," she said. "Is it realistic for us to be able to monitor them? What harm is a group like this causing? But as the legislation stands right now, this is the position we have to take."

Lee's quote was taken from Friday's story about Facebook and the supposed role it now plays in recruiting. It was in response to a group developed by an N.C. State fan called "John Wall Please come to NC State!!!!"

Is it realistic for us to be able to monitor them?

I love that question, because it shows N.C. State's compliance director has recognized what I've long insisted, that the NCAA would be better off worrying about legit and manageable problems instead of requiring cease and desist letters be sent to fans over stuff that doesn't really matter. Why worry about Facebook when agents are roaming campuses? Why worry about message boards when schools are funneling money to AAU coaches via Elite Camps?

And then there's this: What's to stop a Duke fan from starting a "John Wall PLEASE come to NORTH CAROLINA!!!!" group in an attempt to get North Carolina in trouble? Or, what's to stop a North Carolina fan from starting a group under the name "Coach K" that begs Wall to come to Duke in an attempt to get Duke in trouble?

The possibilities are limitless.

There's no reasonable way to control them.

And that's why the NCAA shouldn't worry with Facebook.

Because worrying with Facebook is a big waste of time and energy.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Jun 25, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2009 3:58 pm

Worrying with Facebook is a waste of NCAA time

It's possible that the stuff that is being investigated at UConn and is supposed to be rampant in college sports has much more of an impact on where kids go then a facebook page. What's the over/under on Wall seeing this group before this was made nation, 2%? I'm just wondering, if his uncle went to NCSU, and he donates to that school, is him trying to convince him to go there a violation of rules? What if he has a friend who is a freshman there, is he breaking the rules buy saying that Wall should come too? I guess if I hold up a sign at a basketball game saying he should come to a school and it is shown on TV that would be against the rules. What if he is visiting during a game, and the fans start a chant at the end of the game encourging to come?None of this is even nearly worth the time that the NCAA spent on this.


Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 10:56 am

Worrying with Facebook is a waste of NCAA time

The beautiful thing about this situation is that NCAA is digging their own hole. People love adversity and opposition, especially when they dont have to own up to it personally. In this case, you cant beat First Amendment rights. It just means the more NCAA shows their discontent with this, the more people will stand up and voice themselves just for the hell of it. Let the NCAA say something as simple as college athletes should drink more water, I guarantee you there will be a horde of water naysayers, and for what...just because they can. 

Since: Apr 11, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2009 4:57 pm

why not the players aren't aloud on facebook

Basketball players are normal like Pual harris


Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2009 2:29 am

Worrying with Facebook is a waste of NCAA time

Each of the contributors to this blog has expressed their own opinions.  It's great we can agree to disagree.

However, it is apparent that the only, and immediate, solution for this monumentous debacle hurtling towards us, is the immediate elimination of Internet services for all sports related ativities.  Period.

From now on, we can mail, via the Postal Service, our replies to CBS.  And they can, in return, mail each member a weekly newsletter with all the pertinent sports updates and news needed for our happy existence.  Should we want to influence, or sway,  a future recruits opinion on the choice of school with which to enroll in, a mass letter campaign should ensue. 

 More letters. More trucks and planes needed to deliver the letters. More carriers needed to deliver the letters. More secretaries needed to open the letters.  More employees needed to make more envelopes. More employees needed to print more stamps. More stores needed to sell more stamps.

And there you have it. The NCAA has solved our economic crisis........  heh heh heh


Since: Apr 11, 2009
Posted on: April 11, 2009 10:54 pm

Worrying with Facebook is a waste of NCAA time

 BCS screwing up NCAA Basketball is what they need to worry about.

Since: Apr 11, 2009
Posted on: April 11, 2009 8:28 pm

Worrying with Facebook is a waste of NCAA time

Shouldn't the NCAA be focusing their energies to mor substantial issues. They are going to make waves about a fan's Facebook page, whilre the likes of William Wesley and Brian Clifton operate among highschool athletes with impunity. The NCAA needs to get their heads out of their arses, and start directing their attention to the real influence peddlers in the sport. College basketball is suffering from an image problem, but it aint a bunch of kids with a Facebook sign doing the damage. Stoopidest thing I have heard in a long long time.


Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: April 11, 2009 12:06 pm

Worrying with Facebook is a waste of NCAA time

What will they do next?...Have monitors following guys like X. Henry or John Wall to blow the whistle everytime some one happens to meet them on the streert and tells them that they hope they decide to go their school.

Come on NCAA!!!   Tackle the real issues and leave this penny-ante crap alone!


Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2009 9:04 am

Worrying with Facebook is a waste of NCAA time

Facebook is the STD of the Internet.  The NCAA doesn't have a strong enough penicillin to dent the spread of the infection.

Worry about things that matter and put this in the bucket of fan enthusiasm.

Monitor for illegal activity but consider this what it is - an electronic pep rally.  Are on campus pep rally's illegal?



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2009 3:50 am
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Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2009 2:39 am

Worrying with Facebook is a waste of NCAA time

You could look at it this way, if the NCAA really wants to control this kind of thing, they would probably bring the economy back on it's feet single handedly, considering they would probably have to hire several million investigators to find all of the "violations", just a thought, haha


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