Earlier Tuesday, tweets giving out the phone number of Oklahoma Coach Jay Norvell and inviting prospects to the Sooners' junior day were sent from Norvell's twitter account. The tweets, which are a potential minor NCAA violation, have since been deleted. Now, writers regularly covering Oklahoma recruiting are speculating that Norvell's account was hacked. Here's Josh McCuistion of Sooner Scoop:
Listing the incorrect date for Oklahoma's junior day certainly would be out of the ordinary for a coach sending out invites.
Being hacked is the excuse du jour when inappropriate tweets or messages are sent from the account of a celebrity, but this might be the first time the claim has been made as it relates to coaches tweeting at recruits. Who would have motivation to hack Norvell's account? Crazy college football fans are likely the prime suspects, but you can't completely rule out the enterprising graduate assistant gunning for Norvell's job.
Interestingly, when Rashaad Samples, a top recruit out of Dallas Skyline High School was asked about the legitimacy of the tweet, he responded that Norvell send him the same message via Facebook.
@CookLike_aSheff nah he sent me that on fb too— Rashaad Samples (@10justscored) February 21, 2012
If that is true, it would mean that the hacker hacked both Norvell's Twitter and Facebook account! An impressive feat, unless Norvell has the same login information for both accounts.