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Before you tweet at a recruit, be warned. You could be committing an NCAA violation and not realize it.  

N-C-A-A BY LAW 13.1.2.1 SAYS: 

All in-person, on- and off-campus recruiting contacts with a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete's relatives or legal guardians shall be made only by authorized institutional staff members.  

THAT "AUTHORIZED INSTITUTIONAL STAFF MEMBERS" DOESN'T INCLUDE FANS AND IF YOU ARE BOOSTER THAN IT COULD BE A BIGGER ISSUE. EVEN IF YOU ARE JUST A FAN, YOU COULD STILL BE A "BOOSTER" IN THE EYES OF THE NCAA BECAUSE THE NCAA DEFINES A BOOSTER AS: 

(b) Has made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organization of that institution; (NCAA BYLAW 6.4.2) 

Before the NCAA relaxed their restrictions on text messages and Twitter contact, they had charged many schools with NCAA violations. Some notable examples include:

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY BASKETBALL
(NCCA PROBATION AFTER 738 ILLEGAL TEXT MESSAGES)

SOUTHWEST BAPTIST
(HEAD COACH SUSPENDED FOR 472 ILLEGAL TEXT MESSAGES)

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
(12 SECONDARY VIOLATIONS RELATING TO TEXT MESSAGES)

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
(Text message, phone violations reported to NCAA)

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
(Pocket dialing inadvertent texts leads to NCAA violations) 

GEORGIA TECH
(Impermissable texts snage recruiting)

ILLINOIS COLLEGE
(3 YEARS PROBATION AFTER 515 ILLEGAL TEXT MESSAGES)

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