New rule allows coaches to retweet, like recruits' social posts

New rule now in effect gives coaches a rare public platform to endorse recruits.

Thanks to a new NCAA rule, coaches can now retweet and "like" recruits' social media posts, a change from the old rule that allowed only following and private messaging

It's rare for the NCAA to enact rules that increase the allowable "contact" between prospects and coaches, though it continues ban coaches from publicly commenting on specific recruits until they've signed a letter-of-intent.

Under the new guidelines, coaches are allowed to make a click  retweet, like, repost, etc. — but cannot comment, tag or "mention" a recruit because these actions go beyond showing approval of content. 

Schools are making sure that players and coaches understand what is allowed. The University of Massachusetts created a chart that breaks down the rule into simple terms, showing what a coach can and cannot do.

https://twitter.com/CoachRoux/status/760084710282366977

The rule went into effect on Aug. 1, the beginning of the 2016 contact period, and it didn't take long for coaches click away on recruits' timelines. 

Twitter-Mark Richt

Tennessee's Butch Jones

Twitter-Butch Jones

Nebraska's Mike Riley

Twitter-Mike Riley

TCU's Gary Patterson

Twitter-Gary Patterson

Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand offered his thoughts on the rule, reminding prospects to put the superficiality of social media engagement in context.

https://twitter.com/CoachHand/status/759961357412433920

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