Oct 28, 2013 10:36 PM by Drew Collins - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - Social media has become a huge factor in today's society, everybody has a Twitter or Facebook account. Lebron James has 10 million followers on Twitter - 10 MILLION!!
Local high school athletes may not have as many followers as King James, but they are being monitored just as closely.
"It's not easy - it's a daily process," Flour Bluff Athletic Director Darrell Andrus said. "Our kids aren't perfect but we try to police that in a manner and they understand that we want them to represent this program in the right fashion."
Andrus said that coaches throughout the school follow the athletes activity on social media, and the athletes are fully aware.
"You can't get on and post something that will get you in trouble because it reflects on everything you do and where you come from," Flour Bluff safety and D1 commit Adrian Hynson said. "People are going to judge you by what you post."
The athletes are also reminded that they may be antagonized by their opponents or opponent's fans on social media sites, but the same rules apply.
"It makes your school look bad and your community," Flour Bluff quarterback Cody Brewer said. "The way the coaches have been talking about it and how they want you to be as a person - it just makes you look really bad."
It can make you look bad - or lose a scholarship. Earlier this year a high school football player from New Jersey lost his scholarship to Michigan because of his posts on Twitter. Coaches here in the Coastal Bend don't want that to happen to one of their own.
"Mack Brown (UT Head Football Coach) said ‘we have not recruited five to six kids due to what we have seen on the kids twitter accounts'. So obviously people that are interested in recruiting you are going to look automatically at that Facebook page, that Twitter account and see what type of perceptions they can get from it," Coach Andrus said.