If you want to play college football for the Arkansas Razorbacks, you had better clean up your act on social media first.
During his appearance at SEC media day Wednesday, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema discussed the role of social media in recruiting and how it can make or break a decision on a certain player.
“We have a social media background screening that you’ve got to go through,” Bielema told ESPN.com, “and if you have a social media nickname or something on your Twitter account that makes me sick, I’m not going to recruit you. I’ve turned down players based on their Twitter handles. I’ve turned down players based on Twitter pictures. It’s just that’s how I choose to run our program. It’s the things that (athletic director) Jeff Long and our fans hold me accountable to. I’m never going to waver in that.”
Those standards appear to be working, as Bielema and the Razorbacks are coming off a bounce-back season. In Bielema’s second year at the helm, Arkansas went 7-6 during with a bowl victory over Texas in the Texas Bowl. That was a far cry from the rough 3-9 debut the team had under him.
That wasn’t the only thing he talked about at SEC media days. Bielema also reflected on his first bowl win with the Razorbacks, which he described as “borderline erotic.”
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