Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather is perfect, leaves are changing colors and falling from trees, and most importantly, college football is in full swing. I’m originally from Alabama, but as a transplant Texan I am pleased to say that everyone here puts just as much emphasis on football as people back in sweet home Alabama.
Every Saturday you can find me on the couch or at the nearest bar watching all the games. I’m the person who watches and simultaneously keeps up with what’s being posted across various social media platforms. Enthusiastic team fans and sports lovers are continually updating statuses during games, but this has not always been the case. As a social media lover, I am amazed by how social media is changing the sports world, especially when it comes to college football.
Current players and high school recruits hoping to snag a D1 scholarship should be careful of what they post from their social media accounts. Coaches and fans are watching what they’re saying online. It’s a double-edged sword because, if used incorrectly, it only takes one person to see a post, take a screenshot and make that post national news. Social media is also changing the way college coaches recruit. They’re having to master social media as a way of reaching out and attracting potential recruits.
Players should embrace social media and use it to their benefit. A number of athletic programs have started teaching its players how to utilize social media sites, such as Twitter, and I’m sure sometime in the future it will be necessary for all programs to do the same.
I believe this use of social media will become greater in the future, and I’m excited to see how the players and coaches embrace and use social media.
Written by: Julia Parsons