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.