Due to the increasing popularity of social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter), the OU Athletics Department has created this page as a quick reference for Sooner fans.
Please remember that only coaches and Athletics Department staff members may be involved in the recruiting process. All boosters are prohibited from contacting prospects or members of a prospect's family by any means for the purpose of encouraging the prospect's participation in the University of Oklahoma's athletics program.
May I post messages on a prospective student-athlete's Facebook page or similar site and try to convince him/her to attend OU?
No, you may not. An athletics representative may not e-mail or post messages on the webpage or website of any prospective student-athlete.
May I create an online group dedicated to convincing or encouraging a prospect that we want them to attend OU if the group members do not directly contact the prospect?
The NCAA would consider this as recruiting activity by boosters, so this would not be permissible.
What if I do not urge a prospect to come to OU, may I contact them just to tell them about all the great things OU has to offer?
No. Once again, this is another form of recruiting.
Who is defined as a prospect?
Any individual that has begun classes for the ninth grade. This includes any individual who is currently enrolled in and/or attending courses at a junior college.
Please remember that individuals other than Oklahoma coaches should not be contacting prospects, directly or indirectly, in any manner or using any form of communication in an effort to persuade them to attend OU.
Relevant News Articles
Facebook Ruling Violates NCAA Recruiting Rules - Associated Press
Fans' Recruiting Pitches Are Catching On - Washington Post
Social Networking Sites and the NCAA - Palm Beach Post
If you have questions about this information or about NCAA or Big 12 Conference rules, please contact the OU Athletics Compliance Department at (405) 325-7004. We appreciate your support of OU athletics and your help in ensuring we operate within NCAA rules and regulations.
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