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Seton Hall Tweet on Anderson Not a Big Deal (UPDATED)
In the end, the Seton Hall retweet of Kyle Anderson probably won’t amount to much.
But it wasn’t a smart move by whoever did it, and one can only imagine that Pirates coach Kevin Willard isn’t too pleased.
“It’s very, very minor,” one source with knowledge of compliance issues said. “It’s a secondary violation. At the end of the day it’s not very serious. It’s like a parking ticket or a speeding ticket.”
Seton Hall spokesman Matt Sweeney issued the following statement Friday: “We are aware of a minor issue that occurred and have taken the necessary action.”
For those who missed it, Brendan Prunty of The Star-Ledger first noted on his Twitter that the official @SHUAthletics twitter feed retweeted Anderson’s tweet reading, “Shu showed me lots of love today!”
The 6-foot-8 Anderson was referring to the incident I wrote about Wednesday night in which some 40-60 Seton Hall fans turned up at his Fall Ball game at Paterson Kennedy and cheered him on.
Here is the relevant passage on the NCAA Website:
“NCAA rules do not allow comments about possible recruits on an institution’s social media page or a page belonging to someone affiliated with the institution. In addition, these pages cannot feature photos of prospects and messages cannot be sent to recruits using these social media technologies other than through their e-mail function.”
There’s also NCAA rule 13.10.2, which says:
“Before the signing of a prospective student-athlete to a National Letter of Intent or an institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid, a member institution may comment publicly only to the extent of confirming its recruitment of the prospective student-athlete. The institution may not comment generally about the prospective student-athlete’s ability or the contribution that the prospective student-athlete might make to the institution’s team; further, the institution is precluded from commenting in any manner as to the likelihood of the prospective student-athlete’s signing with that institution.”
So to recap, probably not a big deal and will have zero to do with Anderson’s ultimate choice of Seton Hall, St. John’s, Georgetown, Florida or UCLA.
But not a smart move by somebody.
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