247 Sports reports that the NCAA has banned a practice known as “subtweeting”. Essentially, subtweeting is the practice of obliquely referencing a recruit by inference without using his name or twitter handle.
The article cites an example where a coach has dinner with a recruit who’s nickname is “The Shark” and tweets out a picture of all the food on the dinner table with the caption “A meal fit for a Shark!!!”.
Keen observers may recall that Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell did something similar prior to signing day this year. When 3-star quarterback Tyrell Pigrome came to the area for a visit, he referenced “a pig flying” into DC. Shortly thereafter, he tweeted out a picture of a t-shirt featuring an outline of a pig (the animal) filled in with a Maryland flag.
Fortunately for Bell, and for Maryland Terrapins supporters everywhere, those tweets were made before this rule was implemented, and thus are entirely kosher (Well, if you disregard the pigs… pork is never kosher 😉 ). Just don’t expected to see similarly creative tweets next year if we wind up pursuing recruits with names like Peter Rhinoceros or Timmy “T” Rex. 🙂
* Those last two names are made up.