NCAA says app Snapchat can be used as a recruiting tool

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If this sounds like a headline you’d read on The Onion, you’d probably be correct. However, this is actually true.

The NCAA specifically mentioned the popular social media app Snapchat as a permissible form of communication to use for recruiting purposes, effective on Aug. 1. Snapchat was released in the fall of 2011, and allows users to share photos, videos or drawings  — known as “Snaps” — to friends for a determined length of time. Once that time expires, so does the “Snap”.

This was announced on Monday through the NCAA’s Educational Column:

In basketball and men’s ice hockey, any type of electronically transmitted correspondence (e.g., e-mail, facsimile, instant message, text message, Snapchat, etc.) may be sent to a prospective-student athlete, provided the correspondence is sent directly to the prospective student-athlete (or his or her parents or legal guardians) and is private between the sender and recipient. Once a prospective student-athlete signs a NLI or an institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid or after the institution receives a financial deposit from the prospective student-athlete in response to the institution’s offer of admission, the institution may communicate publicly with that prospective student-athlete.

Snapchat is the only device or app mentioned specifically in the column, though that was likely just to specify that it was an acceptable form of communication such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or text messaging.

It will be interesting to see how coaches, if any, utilize this somewhat controversial app.

Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.