The other day I talked about how youth athletes could end up suffering consequences for ill-advised social media posts, such as the one who lost his New Hampshire basketball player of the year award over a profane tweet. While I cautioned that athletes should watch what they post, I also hinted that some coaches might get a little too uptight about social media.
Such as Scott Cross, head coach of the University of Texas-Arlington men’s basketball team. On March 26, he posted this on Twitter:
“Attention high school, JUCO, & AAU coaches: if u have a player that takes Selfies, please don’t ask me 2 recruit him bc #SoftGuysGetYaBeat!”
This appears to be the biggest firestorm Cross has created on Twitter, with 1,131 retweets and 657 favorites as of this writing. He had plenty of support, and among those tweeting it back was University of San Francisco men’s basketball coach Rex Walters. However, Cross also got rejoinders from people about war-fighting soldiers who took selfies, and from people who wondered if he would reject such notable selfie-takers as LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
As for James, Cross would take him, but: “Yes but he would have to listen to me talk everyday abt how softguys take selfies. Stop selfies = get tougher.” Regarding Durant, Cross said on Twitter: “If true, it shows a chink in his armor.” (If true? Maybe that’s because Cross believes Durant’s explanation that he was hacked when his quickly deleted smoking selfie was posted.) I sent Cross an example of Chicago’s Jahlil Okafor, a Duke commit who is widely considered the top high school basketball player in the country, in a selfie, and asked if he would turn him down. Somehow, if by some miracle Okafor wanted to play at UT-Arlington, I doubt it.
Certainly, it’s within Cross’ rights to feel like selfies are softness, and not to recruit anyone who takes one. While young athletes do need to be careful about their social media conduct, I suspect if they have any recruiting leverage at all they may well think, would I really want to play for a coach who gets all bent out of shape about selfies?
Source: Forbes Business