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One of the problems with this digital age is the availability and accessibility of young athletes with questionable decision-making skills who can be potentially swayed by a tweet or a comment on the Internet. While it is simply obnoxious for a fan of a school to compliment or insult a recruiting prospect on Twitter, it is an NCAA secondary violation for a booster of a school to contact a recruit before he has signed his Letter of Intent.
On Sunday night, Twitter CEO and Michigan booster Dick Costolo broke this rule. Costolo tweeted a recently committed Michigan recruit, 2015 wide receiver George Campbell, congratulating Campbell on his choice to attend Michigan. The NCAA views that as a violation. Actually, it’s two violations because Costolo not only tweeted Campbell, his first tweet was a reply to Wilton Speight, a 2014 Michigan commit.