October 8th, 2013 10:30 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Texas A&M
Tags: David Baston, Jordan Davis, NCAA, TAMU
The Bryan-College Station Eagle has obtained documents from Texas A&M showing that Loftin — the school’s president — “inadvertently committed a secondary NCAA infraction by tweeting a top football recruit.” It is a secondary NCAA violation: “A member institution shall not publicize (or arrange for publicity of) a prospective student-athlete’s visit to the institution’s campus.”
In June Loftin tweeted “Enjoyed meeting you yesterday during your visit to #TAMU” to 16-year-old tight end prospect Jordan Davis. Davis, a 6-4, 250-pound tight end prospect, replied: “Yessir it was nice meeting you #gig’em.”
David Baston, the head of Texas A&M’s compliance department, said that Loftin was unaware of the rule. His tweet was soon deleted and reported at Loftin’s request. Baston said: “(Loftin) takes compliance very seriously. He took it very well (when told of his mistake). He said, ‘Well, write me up. Report me. I messed up.’”
Being a stand-alone, secondary violation, no penalty is expected to be handed down by the NCAA.
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