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The NCAA and Social Networking

When I am not spending time with family, working, or blogging I get into reading Tech Blogs.

I have really gotten into reading about all sorts of tech issues and how the affect our lives...positively and negatively.

For the longest time I was not a techie. It just wasn't my thing...

But now that tehnology has made it easier to be more productive at work and easier to communicate with with anyone from Facebook, Twitter and now things like Apple's iOS Face Time, it is easy to reach out and touch someone...be it business, personal or pleasure.

It has also made the NCAA's job harder at keeping tabs on how recruits, coaches and boosters etc. are able to interact with one another, be it legit or under the radar.

This is nothing new, as we have read stories about some of the bonehead things that recruits/student-athletes and coaches and/or athletic hangers on (boosters) have done in the past and with the NCAA already rules challenged it is interesting to see just how they are addressing it.

This article/interview is from the social networking site/blog Mashable...

As the overarching organization that oversees college athletes and their recruitment, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has its own set of rules that athletes, coaches and boosters must follow when using social media.

The NCAA’s managing director of communications, Ronnie Ramos, sat down with me to discuss the organization’s evolving guidelines for social media — territory the NCAA entered in just the past few years. The NCAA regulates social media particularly to maintain an even playing field when it comes to recruiting student athletes, applying its more traditional recruitment guidelines to the ever-changing social technologies available.

Ramos delves into the NCAA member schools’ reasons for doing this, as well as which types of social media use are permissible, and which are prohibited. He also explains the relationship between the NCAA and its member schools in making and enforcing rules.

I won't get into all the particulars, you can read it for yourself.

But, I do find it interesting that the NCAA is trying to keep up to date on all the new things we see in the social media/networking world while they still can't get out of their own way when it comes to enforcing or interpreting their own rules.

Cart before the horse if you ask me.

Anyway, I wanted to pass it along...

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