The line in the sand has been drawn, and UT-Arlington men's basketball coach Scott Cross knows where he stands. Late Wednesday night, Cross declared that he would never recruit a player who had committed the unpardonable sin of taking a selfie.
As you can see at the bottom, the tweet generated its own little firestorm, more than 1,600 retweets, almost 900 favorites and almost as many replies, most of them positive. When pressed that Kevin Durant has been known to take a selfie, Cross replied that it "shows a chink in his armor."
For those fortunate enough to not know what I'm talking about, a selfie is the act of snapping a picture of oneself with a cell phone or digital camera. As a crochety 26-year-old, I've never taken one and never had the urge to. But I've never known the selfie to be a reflection of character either.
Like most 16-year-olds, I was caught up in the trends of the time that would turn my ghost-white with embarrassment if I had to revisit them today (please, Lord, let no one ever find my Xanga). Had modern technology existed in the 1920's, I'm guessing there's a greater than zero chance that Bronko Nagurski would have taken a selfie. I'm also guessing that there's a greater than 50 percent chance that the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner has his cell phone in hand and his arm extended in front of his face at this very moment.
But maybe I'm wrong here. Maybe taking a selfie does reveal a player to be uncoachable and, thus, un-recruitable. Coaches, would you ever stop recruiting a player for taking a selfie?