The vast rulebook surrounding college athletics looms large over recruiting season, but we don’t always get to see coaches discuss and navigate them publicly, even in channels as open as social media. Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze caused a few laughs when he had to get a public message out to the recruiting class of 2016—he’s not being rude, the NCAA doesn’t allow him to answer your direct messages until September.
Compliance Reminder* Per NCAA rules,I can only Direct Message w/you if you are in the ’14 or ’15 classes – ’16 in Sept. Sorry #NotBeingRude
— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) June 10, 2014
The tweet is actually a pretty savvy move by Freeze. It delivers the desired message to those sophomores, but it also lets people know that he is conscious of the rules, and hints to fans that young sophomore recruits are interested in the Ole Miss program.