January 29, 2013 4:00 PM by Billy Heywood
Yahoo.com – When Akron requested the right to wear its men’s basketball Twitter handle on the back of its jerseys Saturday night against Ohio, NCAA officials undoubtedly faced a nightmarish PR dilemma.
When Akron requested the right to wear its men’s basketball Twitter handle on the back of its jerseys Saturday night against Ohio, NCAA officials undoubtedly faced a nightmarish PR dilemma.
One option was to grant the request only days after denying Iowa the right to wear Chris Street’s last name on the back of its jerseys in honor of the 20th anniversary of his death. The other option was to turn down Akron’s request as well, killing a clever idea by the Zips to increase their Twitter following as part of their Social Media Day promotion.
“We had asked the NCAA if this was permissible and were told it is not,” Akron Associate Athletics Director for External Relations Dan Satter said in a statement. “@ZipsMBB will appear on our shooting shirts, and we have planned plenty of other social media activities and promotions.”
Under NCAA rules, teams are only allowed to have the name of a player, institution or mascot on the back of its jersey. The NCAA apparently has been reluctant to waive this rule under any circumstances because it fears there will be too many frivolous requests for exceptions.
Thank God the NCAA shit on this idea. The front of the jersey is sick, but the whole twitter handle is dumb as shit. Like I get it, they’re trying to push social media for the college and the athletic department, 100% fine with it. But the back name though? Come on. If the NCAA didn’t go against its rule for the deceased player, they sure as shit aren’t going to go against it for a shitty ass “twitter-handle” idea.
Fuck it. Let the schools do whatever they want. Let them have names, no names, mascot names, fake names, sur-names, legal names, pet names, nick names, whatever. The NCAA should just fucking chill with its laws and regulations, and let the players play.