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Friday, April 20, 2012
Josh Pastner's comical Twitter mistake

By Eamonn Brennan

If you were following the Memphis men's basketball Twitter account closely on Tuesday night, you would have noticed a profoundly strange and intriguing tweet sent at 10:43 p.m. ET. It read as follows: "tony parker." And that was it. The tweet was deleted a few seconds later.

Wait ... huh?

The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Jason Smith has the story, which is actually somewhat funny, even as it carries the threat of a secondary violation from the NCAA's committee on infractions. (It's not often that you use the words "NCAA violation and "funny" in the same sentence ... wait. Nevermind. That actually happens all the time.)

So what happened? Turns out, Tigers coach Josh Pastner was attempting to use the Twitter search function to find information on Tony Parker, a 6-foot-9 forward ranked No. 26 overall in the class of 2012, who lists Memphis as one of his final choices (and who will announce his decision on Monday). But Pastner was distracted, accidentally typed the search term into the "compose new tweet" field, hit enter, and voila: secondary violation. Pastner painted the picture for Smith:
"We're a couple men down and I'm very methodical in my hiring. Plus, you're in a recruiting period and we're making sure that we're finishing up strong academically. So I was probably doing too many things at once," Pastner said Wednesday.

"My wife was yelling at me because I was on the phone too loud. I was waking (the couple's infant daughter) up and waking my wife up because I had the TV on. She was complaining that I not only woke my daughter up, but I also woke the baby inside her up because she's pregnant.

"So I was waking everybody up, I was getting yelled at and on top of that I was thinking, 'What's going on with recruiting?' and 'Who am I going to hire?' and I made a mistake."

Did Pastner just throw his wife under the bus? I think he did! For shame, Josh. For shame.

Kidding, kidding. That scenario is so plausible it has to be true. And besides, we've all been there. I consider myself a Twitter "power user" (ick) and I still double-check every direct message I send to make absolutely sure I'm not sending it to the world, even if it's totally innocuous. The search bar could be every bit as dangerous.

But still, that's a mention of an unsigned recruit in a public forum, and that's not allowed. The good news? Memphis self-reported the violation, and the NCAA will certainly recognize this for what it is -- a simple, goofy, borderline endearing mistake. Hilarious, even.