Universities Tracking Athletes Online To Prevent Scandals
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Social networks like Facebook give Queens University swimmer David Barnes
The 19 year old sophomore uses it to stay on top of his swim team, his two jobs and his class work. He says he's cautious about what he posts; "Basically it's common sense for me. Don't put anything out there you don't want your grandma to see," Barnes said.
Other student athletes aren't so careful.Last March, U.N.C. Chapel Hill's football program received a one year bowl band and lost 15 scholarships after an N.C.A.A. investigation prompted by a Twitter message. Following that scandal, universities across the country started shelling out about
"As a coach I have to stay up with what they're doing and I have to be knowledgeable and that's my job," said Queens University Volleyball Coach Lettie Wilkes.Wilkes is part of Queens University's in-house surveillance program. She tracks her team's Facebook profiles and regulates their tweets. None of that seems to matter to David Barnes. "One day I want to be able to tell my kids,
U.N.C. Charlotte manually checks the accounts of dozens of athletes several times a day. Davidson College Athletic Officials say they don't track social media.