Character matters in recruiting. Virtually every college coach you talk to will tell you that he tries his best to do a thorough background check on every incoming recruit. Athletes need to understand that the search doesn’t just end with talking to your parents, coaches, and teachers. These days that search extends to the Internet on site likes Facebook and MySpace. Want proof? Both the University of Nebraska and Creighton University recently released Interent Ethics Codes.
Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne told the press that the athletic department will be monitoring more than 500 Nebraska athletes this fall.
Osborne bluntly stated, “We wont turn our heads if we see something inappropriate.”
Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen echoed the statement.
“If, in my opinion, I see anything that affects them, the team, the athletic department or the university in negative ways, I’ll handle it any way I see fit.”
College coaches have limited scholarships available and their jobs are on the line if they can’t produce results. Losing players to suspension is a major blow to any program. Coaches will continue to monitor their athletes with any tool possible. Recruits need to realize that the same type of scrutiny will fall on them. Don’t throw away a potential scholarship by posting a “funny” picture on the Internet that can come back to haunt you.