The new NCAA rules for social media went into effect Sunday night at midnight and most coaches wasted no time. I noticed that TCU head coach Gary Patterson stayed up late for some midnight re-tweeting. The rules allow coaches to re-tweet recruiting prospects posts on Twitter and other social media platforms. They can like the posts. However, they cannot comment on the Twitter posts or tweet the recruits directly.
Keeping score for the Oklahoma State coaches, the leader by a bunch was receivers coach Kasey Dunn, who had 58 re-tweets of posts by committed recruits or prospects offered by Oklahoma State. Head coach Mike Gundy was active quickly as by early in the morning he had re-tweeted all of the Cowboys committed prospects and several others including today's unofficial visitor in Stillwater in Plano (East), Texas inside linebacker Anthony Hines.
You could see pictures and graphics on Twitter posts re-tweeted and featuring Batman (@TracinWallace of Fort Worth South Hills); Superman (@OfficialTylan2 - Tylan Wallace of Fort Worth South Hills); Jeremiah Holloman (@Obey_Classics), the highly regarded wide receiver from Covington (Newton), Ga.; and Canadian running back Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN). Spencer Misko, Reese Leitao, Dan Moore, J.D. King, Derek Kerstetter, Brock Martin, Nelson Mbanasor, Thabo Mwaniki, Brandon Evers, Tyon Merchant, Brendan Vaughn, Kris McCune, and on and on and on. The re-tweets will be endless.
Running backs coach Marcus Arroyo was busy too with close to 30 re-tweets and Cowboy backs coach Jason McEndoo was approaching Kasey Dunn territory with 40 re-tweets. You can keep score but I can't. I've already lost track.
Now, how important will it be to be a re-tweet leader?
"We're going to be doing it," said Oklahoma State football recruiting coordinator Johnny Barr. "You have too, but I think this will be like a lot of things that it's really crazy at the start but it will calm down and get more normalized as we go."