Iowa State coach warns recruits about profane tweets

April 19, 2017 / Athletic AdministrationCoaching
A coach with Iowa State’s football program is warning recruits to watch what they say on social media.

DK McDonald, the team’s defensive backs coach, took to Twitter recently to say that the university walked away from a recruiting target after seeing the things he was saying on social media. Here is what McDonald had to say:

At least once a year, an athlete is either rejected or kicked off a program due to things they’ve said or done on social media. In 2015, a college baseball player was booted from the team after using Twitter to criticize 13-year-old Little League pitcher Mo’ne Davis. Administrators also have been punished over their comments on social networks.

J.J. Watt has said, “Read each tweet 95 times before sending.” Another good rule of thumb is not to say anything on social media you wouldn’t say in a classroom, to parents or directly to coaches. Somebody is always watching.

Schools that don’t have social media guidelines should consider creating a policy for their program. Here are some tips.

(H/T USA Today)

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