I follow and unfollow recruits during and after their recruitment. Occasionally I send a #GO BLUE if they commit, or Good luck if they commit elsewhere. When people voice how angry they are for not choosing their school really sucks for people who just want to check out if a player is leaning towards their school or not. After Dawson decommited it was horrible what some 'Michigan Fans' tweeted him. For the most part adults should just punch a wall or something if a teenager decides to go to another school. Just stop tweeting your disapointment. DONT BE LIKE OHIO.
Neg Tweeting. Don't.
If you're in the public eye and open a twitter account you're going to run into the occasional asshole.
Twitter. I hate!!
Well...I'm friends with Wyatt Shallman. And I'm in high school. Can I tweet at him?
cool story bro'd
especially if you are a season ticket holder who pays the seat license. You are a booster and it is a violation.
Hopefully the 'do not neg-tweet recruits' gets through to at least one person but sage advice like this is invariably lost on the people who most need to read this.
If we get Garnetted Saturday then we're gonna have about 10-15 asswipes slandering Derrick Green on this forum - I don't like it anymore than you do, but it is going to happen. They will be promptly and justfiably banhammered, but the damage has already been done. You just have to hope that this incentivizes at least one of them - or a future troll - to start acting like a real human being next time around.
Kid commits to college Feb 2013 not ok to talk trash about him.
Kid takes field for rival Aug 2013, fair game to talk trash about him.
With all the intelligence on this site, I can't believe that no one else sees how dumb that really is.
Have these kids changed that much in 6 months? Did they change from kids doing what's best for them to full grown men that deserve what they get for the choice they made.
It's pretty simple. Either it's ok to go after kids who have chosen to put themselves in the spotlight by pursuing a career in sports or it's not. You really can't have it both ways.
If you believe you can, please explain at what point they become fair game.
It's not that difficult of a concept to understand.
Kid who's 17.5? It's illegal to smoke.
Kid who's 18? It's legal.
Lots of these things exist in life. In my opinion, I don't think we should be tweeting hateful things at high school or college players. Or anyone, really. Unless they do something truly terrible, like Josh Brent (allegedly) or Craig James (allegedly) did.
One is a law with a very defined line. The other is not. Not a very good comparison.
However I'm more interested in your other point. So are you saying tweeting negative things to people is bad, but writing negative things about them on a public forum is ok?
If you are saying both are bad, that was my original point.
Why is it not a good comparison? Arbitrary laws and rules are arbitrary. What makes a kid more qualified to vote at 18 than when he was 17? Why not 21 instead? Why is 21 the drinking age instead of 19 or 24? Why can't you rent a car until you're 24 or 25 or whatever it is?
None of those ages REALLY mean anything. It's just some old white guys sat around at one point, threw darts at a board, and "decided."
Like I said, I don't tweet truly hateful things at anyone. But a line should be drawn somewhere. High school kids participate in sports as extracurriculars activities and actually pay to participate. If nothing else, it's bullying to say hateful things to them.
When these guys get to college, they're (typically) old enough to vote, old enough to smoke, and old enough to be thrown in jail if they do something wrong. They're also sort of getting paid (through scholarships for tuition, room, and board) to play college football. If fans and/or taxes are paying for you to get a higher education, then I think that opens the door a little bit for you to be criticized.
You are comparing something that has legal ramifications to something that is frowned upon. Not to mention many of those arbitrary laws are considered dated and ignorant, so if it is a good comparison, whats to say this one isn't also?
As for the other part, I could just as simply argue that when you decide to get involved in something as public as college sports recruiting you open yourself up to criticism. This is no different than acting or music. Once you put yourself in the spotlight, you are going to have critics. Mind you I'm not supporting one side or the other, but calling someone creepy for tweeting a high school kid while you are wearing a college freshmans jersey while sitting at a computer where that 18 year old kid is your background is hypocritical at best.
If you're criticizing the play and not the person, that's different. You'll notice posts around here taking personal shots at players is also frowned upon. And making a school decision is a personal choice, not an analysis of play. And necessarily by it's limits a tweet is stupid. You can't be in depth and thoughtful with it. And it is directed at the player, directly. Post here and say so and so didn't have a very good game isn't the same as sending him the message and rubbing it in his face. These are obvious distinctions.
What did Craig James (allegedly) do?
All the Michigan commits, and the hopeful commits. I unfollow all the players that don't commit to Michigan.
For those that are with Michigan, I give out a weekly Go Blue, Team 134, B1G Champs, etc. And when I see them arguing to haters (mostly about Brady Hoke's weight), I just tell them to forget about them and Go Blue.
But mostly, it's all Go Blue coming from this guy (who is still in college, so it's not too creepy that I'm tweeting these kids).
Nope still creepy. Don't do it.
I don't know why a recruit wouldn't list Ohio in their finalists, then intentionally pick another school just to watch two thirds of the fanbase blow up on twitter.
@crosier2432 is the WORST when it comes to Michigan fans. He tweets these kids all day every day.
Twitter, check. But where is the real line? Pretty much every fansite or team message board says similar comments (we ridicule people for not having stellar academics all the time), so I feel like this is equating itself to some NCAA rules. They just can't ever be enforced. Well, we could but about half of the board would get banned lol. But really, I wonder where the line is. Kids don't deserve to be treated that way but immature people, unfortunately, are everywhere and sports bring out a whole lot of nasty.
Maybe it had something to do with not being called a buckeye. That would pretty much do it for me.