The Social Network is a very powerful tool, it is put at our disposal for good to be accomplished. Well, most of the time it is for that purpose. Our youth these days have taken to it like wildfire and being naive is a trait that we all have, some more than others.
It is funny how some words can be put on a message board that is as harmless as a Priest conducting bible study for the youth group. Maybe that is a bad example, so sue me.
The Washington Huskies are probably going to ban twitter like most college coaches have already done, this will more than likely trickle down to recruits as well.
Matt Norlander of cbssportsline.com and The Seattle Times' Mason Kelly are reporting:
Tony Wroten, Jr., an elite, Class of 2011 recruit from greater Seattle who has committed to play at the University of Washington, nearly didn't qualify for such a chance.
The Seattle Times' Mason Kelly is reporting that, last year, Wroten (right, with ball) was essentially given a free pass in a Spanish class that didn't exist at Garfield High School, where Wroten attends. A recent investigation by the Seattle Public Schools schoolboard uncovered the academic fraud, which has led to the firing of Garfield athletic director Jim Valiere, who arranged the obfuscation, according to the Times. After being placed on leave last October, Valiere was officially fired on April 11.
Attempts by CBSSports.com to reach Wroten for comment were unsuccessful. The Times' report states UW head coach Lorenzo Romar said he had no idea any of this was happening in Wroten's life. Worth clarifying: neither Washington nor Wroten currently face any sort of investigation from the NCAA over his eligibility. This is a problem that was discovered and scrubbed out by Seattle Public Schools officials.
Wroten is one of the most active, vocal, charismatic 2011 high school recruits on Twitter, and it's because of his penchant for blasting out a stream of consciousness that Valiere was fired. In February, Wroten tweeted that he was in a three-person Spanish class, which caught the eye of some because, duh, high school Spanish classes are seldom so small.
From there, the Times began digging. Turns out Valiere was able to originally arrange a phony Spanish class on Wroten's transcript because he does have a certification to teach the language in the state of Washington. But, according to local officials, the former AD had broken a number of rules in order to help out varsity athletes at Garfield.