College athletes, like the rest of us, must have grown up hearing from their mamas that nothing good ever happens after midnight. But it's past time to revise this adage for the information age: Nothing good ever happens on the internet. Ever:
The woman in the Facebook picture is attractive, with auburn hair and icy blue eyes. She is flanked by several other women, each armed with an inviting smile and curvy features. Along with the photo is a hopeful note from the female “fan” asking to be added to a player’s personal networking profile.
The twist? These women don’t actually exist, at least not in the way that some unsuspecting NFL prospects are led to believe. Indeed, they are a figment of one NFL team’s imagination – a phony Facebook profile, used as a tool by one franchise in the pre-draft vetting process.
It really is that simple. Teams are using imaginary girls to lure potential players into revealing more about themselves than interviews and combine scores could ever divulge. It's a lowdown, sneaky tactic to employ -- and it's completely aboveboard.
It's also circumventable using only common sense. Think about it, juniors and seniors of the NCAA: Have you ever come across a news item in which athletes and Facebook were mentioned in a positive context? The lesson here is that for public figures, no matter how squeaky clean, there are absolutely no benefits to allowing internet access to your private life. Circle the wagons, draft prospects; it's not that hard. Set your social network profiles to private, and restrict your womanizing to those bold enough to approach you in the physical word. We're sure you won't go lonely.