Going back to this quote from Bruce Feldman,
… Teams now control more of the access in getting out their coverage. They don’t “need” the newspapers as much as they once did. But with all of that, you also have more accessibility to the players and people involved through technology, which means there’s more potential pitfalls for the colleges to cope with. The Marvin Austin and A.J. Green stories grew out of social networking situations.
… I’m wondering about something. Richt has said that the program monitors things like whether the players are staying on top of license registration, but is anyone keeping an eye on what gets posted on their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds? If Chris Hawkins courted A.J. on his Facebook page as he claims he did, had someone at Georgia been tracking that, could the whole mess have been avoided?
I’m certainly not a social media guru – I don’t have a Facebook page – but I have access to someone who is. My 21-year old who’s a senior in Athens assures me it wouldn’t have been hard to keep up with their exchanges, if Hawkins’ story is true. I’ll take her word for it. Maybe it’s something worth attending to. By the way, should anyone in the athletic department be looking for someone to start tracking social media, she’s happy to offer her services.