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NCAA Bylaw 13.10.5 and Social Media

On March 4, 2012, the Journal Gazette published an article concerning a violation of NCAA Bylaw 13.10.5 by Notre Dame All-American tight end Tyler Eifert. Specifically, Eifert violated NCAA Bylaw 13.10.5 via twitter when he tweeted a message to 5 star junior linebacker Jaylon Smith who was visiting Notre Dame on Saturday. Eifert tweeted: “Big recruiting day tomorrow here at ND. Looking forward to meeting and hangin with 5 star Fort Wayne native @JaeeSmiff9ENT.” The tweet was later removed that same day.

NCAA Bylaw 13.10.5 states “a member institution shall not publicize (or arrange for publicity of) a prospective student-athlete’s visit to the institution’s campus. Further, a prospective student-athlete may not participate in team activities that would make the public or media aware of the prospective student-athlete’s visit to the institution (e.g., running out of the tunnel with team, celebratory walks to or around the stadium/arena, on-field pregame celebrations).”

While this violation will likely be classified as a secondary infraction, NCAA institutions should include this legislation in their next scheduled rules-education session for student-athletes, coaches and staff.

The full article can be found here.

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About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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