go to MSN.com
Originally written on Crystal Ball Run  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Mental mistakes will kill your winning opportunities. Before u can win a game you can't lose one. — Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2013 If I had to give one piece of advice to coaches looking to embrace social media it would probably be to keep it strictly to commenting on your current team and only your current team. Don't argue back with rival fans, don't tell us Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema might be wise to take my advice. It's free Bret, so feel free to help yourself. Bielema may have been caught committing a minor violation of NCAA rules when he accidentally tweeted the name of a potential recruit, Andy Bauer. Bauer is a four-star offensive tackle who is currently lined up in the Ole Miss recruiting class for 2014. Auburn blog College and Magnolia made sure to retweet the potential violating tweet before Bielema could erase the tweet in question Wednesday night. RT @BretBielema: Andy bauer — College and Magnolia (@CollegeAndMag) July 11, 2013 While the rules concerning social media under NCAA policy may be archaic in some respects, there is little gray area here. Tweeting at recruits is a simple no-no for coaches, recruiting staff, players and fans. Bauer committed to Ole Miss in March, but that has not stopped Bielema and his staff from making a push to flip his commitment over to the Razorbacks. In June Arkansas stuffed Bauer's mailbox with over 20 handwritten letters, which in fairness is relatively mild in SEC territory with some of the other mailbox stunts we have witnessed previously. Bielema has been a trip on Twitter since joining the Razorbacks. From dueling with disgruntled Wisconsin Badger fans to going tweet-to-tweet with rival coaches, Bielema is entering his SEC tenure as brash as he ever was in the Big Ten. You have to think that we are just getting started. If there is something to be said about Bielema's bad Twitter habits it is that he gets people talking about him. In a division that features Nick Saban and Les Miles and sees Kevin Sumlin and Hugh Freeze turning heads, perhaps the old adage suggesting there is no such thing as bad publicity is the play for Bielema. He tweets without fear, and if players see that as a sign of his true character, that could sway some opinions about Arkansas moving forward. But for Bielema's best interests, sometimes it is best to pause and think before you tweet. Helmet sticker to SB Nation. Kevin McGuire is the host of the No 2-Minute Warning podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. Follow Crystal Ball Run on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.

More from Crystal Ball Run:
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Panthers coach replaces break-in victims’ Christmas presents

Cardinals Bruce Arians benches Logan Thomas on Christmas Day

Richard Sherman: Marshawn Lynch having MVP season

Curt Schilling tweeted advice to Johnny Manziel

Aaron Rodgers buys TVs for Packers teammates

Harbaugh smiled when asked about Michigan's bday tweet

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jackie Robinson West Little League accused of cheating

Police: Fire that burned down McClain's home 'suspicious'

Furniture store will refund purchases if OSU wins title

What each NFC team in the hunt should ask for from Santa

Is SI ashamed to mention Jameis Winston on its cover?

Kobe Bryant disappointed Lakers didn't get Rajon Rondo

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Is the NFL playoff system heading south?

WATCH: Quincy Acy ejected for throwing punch at John Wall

Billy Beane did not want to trade Josh Donaldson

Peyton Manning plans to be back with Broncos next year

WATCH: Blazers announcer botches Damian Lillard call

WATCH: P.K. Subban disguises himself, surprises kids for Xmas

Baseball cards: a fan's love for the ultimate stocking stuffer

Packers game is a career defining moment for Stafford

A look inside Jason Grilli's contract with the Braves

10 Week 17 NFL matchups that will impact the playoffs

WATCH: Bahamas Bowl ends on insane Hail Mary play

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
RUMORS & GOSSIP

Panthers coach replaces break-in victims’ Christmas presents

  Someone tried to steal Christmas from a family in Charlotte, N.C., but luckily, a Carolina Panthers coach saved the day.   Crystal Davis, a single mother of five, didn’t know what she was going to do when someone broke into her house Sunday and stole all of the family’s gifts from under their tree, per NBC Charlotte. Panthers defensive line coach Eric Washington...
Via NESN.com
2 hours ago

Cardinals Bruce Arians benches Logan Thomas on Christmas Day

Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Logan Thomas was set to start his first career game this week against the San Francisco 49ers. And now, head coach Bruce Arians has changed his mind and will start maligned veteran Ryan Lindley, according to Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic: Bruce Arians uses the "quick hook" with Logan Thomas. Will go back to Ryan Lindley as starter for...
Via Sportsnaut
3 hours ago

Richard Sherman: Marshawn Lynch having MVP season

At a time when a lot of the focus surrounding postseason awards in Seattle has been on Russell Wilson, there is another player on the Seahawks who deserves some recognition, maybe even more than the Super Bowl-winning quarterback. That guy is Marshawn Lynch, who Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman talked up regarding his performance this season, saying the former is playing “MVP...
Via Sportsnaut
6 hours ago

Curt Schilling tweeted advice to Johnny Manziel

How did you spend your Christmas Eve? If you’re ESPN MLB analyst Curt Schilling, you spent it tweeting unsolicited advice to Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel. @JManziel2 Didn't ask for it, but I'll throw it out there. If being the best doesn't consume your every waking thought, do something else. — Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) December 25, 2014   That’s… odd to...
Via Awful Announcing
5 hours ago

Aaron Rodgers buys TVs for Packers teammates

Aaron Rodgers is a generous guy. The Green Bay Packers quarterback got into the holiday spirit Wednesday by presenting each of his offensive lineman with a brand-new, 55-inch television. Signal-callers doling out gifts to their O-line is a standard practice, but Rodgers didn’t stop there. The NFL MVP candidate also bought TVs for the men backing him up, Scott Tolzien and Matt...
Via NESN.com
1 day ago

Harbaugh smiled when asked about Michigan's bday tweet

Tuesday was Jim Harbaugh’s birthday. He turned 51.  The San Francisco 49ers’ coach presumably got plenty of birthday wishes, but one stood out on social media.  This one:  Happy Birthday, Jim. #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/kameWJ7F5S — Michigan Football (@umichfootball) December 23, 2014 Wednesday, Harbaugh was asked about the birthday tweet he received from the school...
Via College Spun
1 day ago

Jackie Robinson West Little League accused of cheating

Jackie Robinson West, the Little League team from Chicago that represented the United States in the Little League World Series back in August, has been accused of cheating. Last week, a report indicated that the US champs — who eventually lost to South Korea in the final — had players on its team who were...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago

Police: Fire that burned down McClain's home 'suspicious'

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain’s offseason home burned down Monday night, and local police are asking people to come forward with information about the “suspicious” fire that gutted the house. Neighbors reported hearing a loud bang, and seeing a car speed away from the scene before a fire engulfed the entire house, according to The Associated Press. Tuscaloosa...
Via NESN.com
1 day ago

Furniture store will refund purchases if OSU wins title

Thanks to a 59-0 dismantling of Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game, Ohio State is one of the four teams in the the inaugural college football playoff. Ohio State will face Alabama in the Sugar Bowl with a potential meeting with either Oregon or Florida State to follow if they are victorious. If the...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago

What each NFC team in the hunt should ask for from Santa

You've got one wish from Santa, one guarantee that you can carry with you as you head into the playoffs, chasing that trophy all the way to Phoenix.  What would it be?  Continuing from yesterday's same question posed for the AFC's top contenders, let's dive into it for the NFC side of the bracket... Seattle Since Seattle's October swoon against the Cowboys and Rams, the Seahawks...
Via Football By Football
1 day ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.