One of the latest Nebraska football commits was apparently outed by a staffer with the university who didn’t seem to know what she was doing.
When it comes to social media, it’s important to remember that even when you eventually take it back, if you post it, your words are, in one form or another, forever. Kathy Farrell of UNL’s College of Business likely found that out the hard way this weekend.
The dean of that college sent out a tweet that was likely meant to help the recruiting efforts of the Nebraska football team a bit while also touting her own department and what it can offer to others who might be looking to come to UNL. The problem is that she added detail about her visit with 3-star defensive back prospect Rex Guthrie that wasn’t supposed to be public knowledge just yet.
It appears that during Guthrie’s visit to see what Nebraska football and the university as a whole had to offer, he committed to Matt Rhule and company. However, as of Saturday night, he had not announced that. It’s one of those rules in recruiting and social media that everyone let the players make the announcement.
After all, it’s a pretty special occasion in their lives to announce where they will be playing in the next few years. That’s why “silent commits” exist. Because some times, the players want to hold off a bit to announce for one reason or another.
Nebraska football prospect outed by a dean
In the tweet, Farrell started off well enough.
"“Excited to showcase @Nebraskabiz to a @HuskerFBNation recruit Rex Guthrie and his parents from Littleton, Colorado. Learned he committed today as well! Go Big Red! @Huskers.”"
Eventually, someone apparently got to the dean and explained what she had done because the tweet was taken down after a couple of hours and replaced with a much tamer version.
Today, Rex Guthrie made the news that Farrell shared official.
No real harm done. But it does show that social media isn’t for everyone. Or that she should study how the Nebraska football coaches do it, and get quite a bit cheekier.