In an age where people’s lives are becoming increasingly public due to social media, prospective athletes must now be more wary of what kind of behavior they’re portraying to the public. Sometimes, even an inappropriate username can restrict them from getting the attention they seek.
Arkansas football head coach Bret Bielema went on record Wednesday explaining his take, as well as the risks associated with an immature or unprofessional social media presence.
“If you have a social media nickname or something on your Twitter account that makes me sick, I’m not going to recruit you,” Bielema said simply. “I’ve turned down players based on their Twitter handles. I’ve turned down players based on Twitter pictures.”
Given that Arkansas is in the SEC, one of the toughest divisions in college football, Bielema needs as many top-level recruits as he can muster, and turning them away before even meeting with them seems a tad judgemental.
I understand Bielema wants his players to be professional and represent Arkansas with respect, but at this point, you’re hurting your teams chances to succeed. The razorbacks were 7-6 last season, but a lowly 2-6 in the SEC. I wonder how many losing seasons it will take for Bielema to change his mind?
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