With all of today’s social network sites college basketball head coaches have to be super careful what they put on their. As soon as you hit send you can’t take anything back. If you say something you’re not supposed to you will be caught. Whether its opposing teams fans or media members.
Memphis head basketball coach Josh Pastner committed a secondary violation on twitter, and by all accounts in was just an accident. So that can show you how quickly things can go wrong.
Tony Parker is the best high school player left that has not committed to a school yet. Parker, is a big center from Lithonia, Georgia. Pastner wanted to search Parker on twitter to see the status of his recruitment. However, instead Pastner tweeted Parker’s name, which is a secondary violation, because you cannot say the name anywhere of uncommitted players. Under the NCAA bylaws coaches are not allowed to publicly discuss unsigned recruits.
Paster usually left former assistant Jack Murphy to do all the tweeting on @UofMTigersHoops. Now Murphy left to go to Northern Arizona. Just goes to show you if you are not familiar with how social media works in can get you into big trouble fast.
This is what Pastner had to say on Wednesday.
We’re a couple men down and I’m very methodical in my hiring. Plus, you’re in a recruiting period and we’re making sure that we’re finishing up strong academically. So I was probably doing too many things at once,” Pastner said Wednesday.
“My wife was yelling at me because I was on the phone too loud. I was waking (the couple’s infant daughter) up and waking my wife up because I had the TV on. She was complaining that I not only woke my daughter up, but I also woke the baby inside her up because she’s pregnant.
“So I was waking everybody up, I was getting yelled at and on top of that I was thinking, ‘What’s going on with recruiting?’ and ‘Who am I going to hire?’ and I made a mistake.”
I bet you will never see Pastner tweeting again at least for a while. As for Parker by all accounts he is headed to UCLA.