On August 21, 2012, Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal Constitution authored an article regarding a recent contact by a University of Georgia fan with one of the team’s football recruits regarding the status of the PSA’s verbal commitment to the institution. Specifically, a fan contacted the PSA regarding the PSAs alleged commitment to Texas Tech. The PSA has been verbally committed to Georgia since February. The PSA believed the fan was a reporter, and the fan was trying to convince the PSA to remain committed to Georgia. The PSA later learned it was a fan via a reporter from ESPN’s DawgNation.
This story highlights a common theme with the rise of social media. Fans have increased access to PSAs and often lobby for the PSA to attend the fan’s institution, which is not permitted by NCAA legislation. While institutions can do little to prevent this type of conduct from occurring, athletics compliance offices should still address this issue on the institution’s compliance website as well as in any educational materials sent to boosters. Additionally, athletics compliance offices should maintain social media accounts to communicate that recruiting should be left to an institution’s coaches.
The full story can be viewed here.