Subtweeting master Jim Harbaugh at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Subtweeting is the most passive-aggressive, 2016 method of either getting back at someone or trying to dig at them without anyone noticing. Everyone subtweets in one form or another, and some are better at it than others. Turns out, subtweeting has had quite a use for college football coaches trying to get the attention of potential recruits.

Take this tweet Texas linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary during an in-home visit with a four-star recruit Jeffrey McCulloch, who’s nicknamed “the Shark”.

Under NCAA rules, coaches could not directly tweet at prospective recruits. But now, a new NCAA rule will bar coaches from subtweeting recruits too, because tweets like the one above are so dangerous to the integrity of high school athletes.

PSA means “prospective-student-athlete”. So now coaches cannot tweet at recruits directly or indirectly, but they still can tweet about a prospect’s physical stats (height, weight, etc.) and where’s he from without violating any rules. That makes sense.

Also not banned are “bat signals” from coaches Twitter accounts when a player commits, such as this example from Maryland’s new offensive coordinator Walt Bell.

No word yet on whether coaches subtweeting the NCAA about this ridiculous new rule would garner any special punishments, like being banned from Twitter for any length of time. Everyone subtweet Mark Emmert, he’ll never notice!

[24/7 Sports]

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