Everyone knows that the NCAA’s recruiting rules are both behind the times and unfairly punitive. But it appears that the NCAA has taken it one step further, banning coaches from “altering photos for recruiting purposes.” Which, in short, essentially bans them from using Instagram.
Here’s the rule in its entirety:
“NCAA Division I institutions should note an institution may send a photograph to a prospective student-athlete as an attachment to general correspondence (printed on plain white paper with black ink) or electronic transmissions, provided the information in the photograph was not altered or staged for a recruiting purpose.”
It’s not on white paper and not in blank ink?!?!? THAT IS AN ACT OF WAR AGAINST OUR STUDENT-ATHLETE MIRAGE.
Luckily the NCAA also provides us with a handy Q&A to further detail the insanity. Here are some of the best questions, followed by their even more irrational answers:
Question: May a coaching staff member send a photograph via text message without the photo being considered an attachment?
It’s not attached?!?! WHAT SHENANIGANS ARE THEY TRYING TO SNEAK BY OUR EVER-SUSPICIOUS EYES?!?!
Question: May a men’s basketball coaching staff member send a photo of a team practice to a men’s basketball student-athlete as an attachment to a text message?
Answer: Yes, provided the content was not altered or staged for a recruiting purpose.
Right, because coaches send text messages to recruits for pleasure purposes, too.
Question: May a coach take a photo and use software (e.g., Instagram, Photoshop, Camera Awesome, Camera+,) to enhance the content of the photo (e.g., changed color of photo to sepia tones or add content to the photograph), and send it to a prospective student-athlete as an attachment it to an email or direct social media message?
Answer: No, a photograph that has been altered or staged for a recruiting purpose cannot be sent to a prospective student-athlete.
Want to change the lighting on a photo through Instagram because it’s a bit too dark? WE WILL NOT TOLERATE YOUR DARK MAGIC SORCERY.
Question: May a soccer coach arrange for a photo of the university’s president, famous alumni and mascot to be taken and sent to a prospective student-athlete as an attachment to an email?
Answer: No, the content of the photograph may not be staged for the purpose of being sent to a prospective student-athlete.
THERE IS NO INTERNET THESE PEOPLE DO NOT EXIST.
h/t Keith G, photo via.