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D-I Coach: “We stop recruiting” Athletes with Questionable Social Media Accounts



Athlete Social Media Use Lose Scholarships

If you’ve ever hung around a group of millennials, you know that we use some combination of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, SnapChat, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. And if you’ve never hung around a group of millennials, you probably know it anyway.

But did you know that these social networking sites have the power to make-or-break peoples’ careers, like athletics scholarships and full-time jobs?


The Social Media

Social media is something that truly defines this generation. It is something people old and young use from when they wake up in the morning until they go to sleep at night. It provides benefits that let you interact with others no matter where they are in the world. With social media, people can explore new opportunities like never before and it’s only a simple click or tap away.

According to the Pew Research Internet Project, 73% of  Americans use social networking sites as of September 2013.  Of this, adults over the age of 18 make up a huge percentage: 19% use Twitter, 71% use Facebook, 17 % use Instagram, and 22% use LinkedIn.

So while these new technologies allow people to express themselves to the entire global population at the drop of a hat, some are now discovering that it can be harmful if used unprofessionally.



University at Albany Head Basketball Coach Will Brown told the Troy Record in June that his recruitment program takes into account an athletes posts on social media sites when recruiting. And in some cases, his staff has even overlooked an athlete based on what they may have said or posted on the internet.

“If there’s a lot of questionable stuff that they’re posting, we’ll stop recruiting the kid,” Brown told The Record. “We have had that happen two or three times, where we’ve read a kid’s Facebook page and we’ve wanted no part of it. These are kids that we were actively recruiting.”

Researching potential college athletes by way of social media has become a norm across the nation, ranging from junior college to Division I athletic programs. Coach Brown says that his team has turned away students in at least two instances.

So if you’re even near qualifying for a scholarship that can save you thousands of dollars on a college degree and provide you an opportunity to lift your athleticism to new levels, be careful on social media!



Although speaking your mind is something you are entitled to, it is something that you must be cautious of. If you say something or post something that can be seen as vulgar or disrespectful, there can be consequences. And not only can you lose your scholarship from Coach Brown and probably thousands of other recruiters across the nation, but you can lose your job, too.

A recent example is the firing of an Applebees employee in January 2014. A former server at the popular nationwide chain was fired for posting a picture of a customer’s receipt on Reddit. The backlash against Applebees for the firing was met by privacy advocates who sided with the company, noting that personal information is personal for a reason.

And just a few years back, a high school teacher from Massachusetts learned the workings of social media the hard way when she decided to rant on Facebook about her students and their parents. She referred to her students as “germ bags” and their parents as “snobby” and “arrogant.” The brash language eventually forced the teacher to resign after parents had seen the posts and alerted the principal.


I say, if you should learn anything from life, learn how to be respectful. It is trait that is required almost everywhere, whether it be in person or on the Internet. It is strange how something that may seem so small can have such a huge impact on a persons life.

But one thing about social media is certain–be careful what you post because you never know who’s watching. Unless, of course, you’re just Yo’ing.


Steven Molinari

Written by Steven Molinari

Steven was a student assistant in the Office of Communications of the State University of New York in summer 2014. He is an undergraduate political science student at Binghamton University.

June 24, 2014



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Mascot Madness Champion, Hugo the Hawk, Speaks on His Victory and Getting Back to Work




SUNY Mascot Madness winner - Hugo Hawk from New PaltzThe first ever SUNY Mascot Madness came to a close yesterday with over 300,000 votes cast over the entire competition.  In a race that was too close to call initially, Hugo the Hawk from New Paltz was declared the winner of the first SUNY Mascot Madness over Wolfie the Seawolf from Stony Brook.  In a race to the finish, he met the library dean, cleaned the campus, and hung out with many students on campus.

We were able to catch up with Hugo and get his thoughts on the final round of the competition.

What responsibilities do you carry as SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion?  What’s next for you?

As the SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion, it is my duty to represent all that this title stands for. I will continue being the best mascot I can possibly be and keep getting better at it each day.

What will you do with all of your free time once SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 is complete?

With this free time I will get back to the basics. I will work on my cheers and dances and keep myself in tip-top shape for all the teams I root for. I will work hard to earn my place in next year’s tournament and make sure I do my best to defend my crown.


And we look forward to next year’s competition with you Hugo!

Hugo Hawk with Mascot Madness championship trophy

Emily Schwartz

Written by Emily Schwartz

Emily Schwartz is the Coordinator of Open SUNY Communication and Projects.

April 5, 2013

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Bobby Hurley Named University at Buffalo Men’s Basketball Head Coach




Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men's basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley, one of the most iconic figures in college basketball history, has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

He joins UB from the University of Rhode Island, where he has been serving as associate head coach. He was hired as an assistant coach at Wagner College in 2010, and spent two seasons with the Seahawks, playing a critical role in rebuilding the men’s basketball team. He helped lead Wagner to a 25-6 record during the 2011-12 season – its best record in school history – before joining Rhode Island.

A first-team All-American in 1993, Hurley is best remembered for being the point guard at Duke. Hurley helped lead the Blue Devils to three Final Four appearances and consecutive national championships in 1991 and 1992. Hurley still holds the NCAA record for career assists with 1,076.

Following his outstanding career at Duke, Hurley was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the seventh pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. He went on to play five years in the NBA with the Kings and Vancouver Grizzlies.

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SUNY Oneonta Senior Sets Off on 4,200-Mile Cross-Country Bike Adventure




Jayme Haynes biking in Central Bridge on her cross country adventure

Jami Haynes sets off from her home in Central Bridge, NY, on Tuesday, May 28.

SUNY Oneonta senior Jami Haynes set off on a 4,200-mile, cross-country bike adventure today with the goal of raising awareness about the Harvest of Hope Foundation, an organization that provides emergency assistance to migrant workers and their families. Haynes, 21, accompanied by her boyfriend and sister, left early Tuesday morning from her home in Central Bridge, N.Y.

An avid runner and hiker, Haynes got the idea for the “Miles for Migrants” bike tour after Harvest of Hope founder and President Phil Kellerman visited one of her education classes, taught by Madeline Berry, this past semester. Her 20-year-old sister, Jena, signed on for the adventure, and then her boyfriend, Caleb Grippin, 23, joined the team.

Jena Haynes, Caleb Grippin, Jami Haynes with bikes

SUNY Oneonta student Jami Haynes (right) with her sister, Jena, and boyfriend, Caleb Grippin.

“I wasn’t very familiar with what a migrant farm worker was and how they contributed to American society, and I was especially touched as a future educator by the support that Harvest of Hope gives to these families and the scholarships that the foundation provides,” Haynes said.

The class did a service-learning project to benefit Harvest of Hope, and Haynes kept the momentum going. She and her sister organized a spaghetti supper, several bake sales and a raffle, as well as giving presentations about Harvest of Hope on campus and in the community. “Spreading awareness of the foundation and how it helps migrant farm workers has been extremely rewarding,” Haynes said. “The community definitely knows a lot more about the contributions of migrant workers because of this project.”

Haynes hopes to continue raising awareness by meeting with media outlets during her journey. The trio plans to ride about 60 to 80 miles per day, camping and staying with friends and family members en route to San Francisco. They have been training for the trip for about three months, logging several hundred miles of short and long rides.

The Harvest of Hope Foundation was established in 1997, when Kellerman worked at ESCORT, a migrant education resource center based at SUNY Oneonta. In addition to its affiliation with ESCORT, SUNY Oneonta has operated a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) since 2001. Created in 1972, CAMP is a federally-funded scholarship program that helps students from migrant and seasonal farm-working families pursue higher education.

ESCORT senior programmer analyst Bob Thomas, a friend of Kellerman’s, loaned Haynes and her crew three touring bikes and trailers. Thomas, who completed a cross-country bicycling trip himself back in 1976, was on hand for the send-off Tuesday, offering last-minute tips and advice.

An elementary education major with a concentration in social studies, Haynes will share experiences from her trip this fall as a student teacher at Cobleskill Elementary School.

She will also chronicle her adventures throughout the 11-week journey on the blog:


SUNY Oneonta

May 28, 2013

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