Matt Rhule has a big brain method for circumventing NCAA rules

Matt Rhule, Nebraska Cornhuskers. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
Matt Rhule, Nebraska Cornhuskers. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images) /

Matt Rhule knows what language he needs to use to communicate with the youths of the world about Nebraska football.

This isn’t Matt Rhule’s first rodeo, but the new Nebraska head coach may have found a clever loophole in being able to communicate with recruits during dead periods.

Rhule is taking over a Cornhuskers program that has been terrible for the better part of the last decade. It has been years since they went to a bowl game. While he did not work out as an NFL head coach with the Carolina Panthers, Rhule achieved great success collegiately at Temple and Baylor before heading to Charlotte. So how is he going to bring Nebraska football back to glory?

By the use of emojis! Rhule has been using cryptic tweets with strictly emojis in them to convey messages to top-flight recruits. It is very much in line with DeAndre Jordan’s NBA free agency recruitment back in the day, but you know, why not celebrate the creative and fun nature of this? It will be up to Rhule to bring respect back to a program that once defined the sport. Can he do this?

Here is the entire clip of Rhule talking to KETV NewsWatch 7 about his Nebraska football program.

Rhule’s college program turnarounds don’t happen immediately, but they do happen very quickly.

Matt Rhule uses emojis on Twitter to help turn around the Nebraska Cornhuskers

I’m sure this loophole will be closed at some point, but why not exploit it while you can? This is the nature of major college athletics. If you’re not willing to get your hands dirty from time to time, then don’t play the game. Regardless, I do think Rhule will be the one to get the Huskers back to respectability in time. I will say though that I don’t know if they will ever be a title contender again.

The blueprint for returning to national prominence should be the Tennessee Volunteers under Josh Heupel. The Vols are playing in New Year’s Six bowls again and have been the toughest competition in-division to national powerhouse Georgia during the Dawgs’ ascension to the top of college football. No, it would not shock me if Rhule reinvigorates Nebraska to be a 9-3 program.

From there, it’s all about matchups and how well the Huskers play out their Big Ten schedule. This should be a top-half team in its deep, new-ish conference. They may not have the Texas recruiting base they once did in the Big Eight/Big 12 glory days, but the Huskers can be as good as Iowa and Wisconsin most years. If they can be Rhule’s alma mater of Penn State, Nebraska has arrived.

It may be slightly campy, but no, I don’t hate the practicality of Rhule’s use of emojis over Twitter.

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