Posted by Bryan Fischer
Social media can be a wonderful thing. Sometimes though, it is often the cause of unsubstantiated rumors.
Such was the case early Thursday morning as several Oregon fans and media outlets picked up on something tweeted by a Twitter account supposedly belonging to recent commitment De'Anthony Thomas:
The rumor started to pick up steam due in part to ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd saying on his national radio show that a major program was about to be cited for NCAA recruiting violations. Brooks of SportsByBrooks.com confirmed shortly afterwards that the program Cowherd was talking about was Oregon. The NCAA also recently sent a Notice of Allegations to USC head coach Lane Kiffin due in part to his recruiting practices while he was at Tennessee.
Thomas was committed to USC for several months before eventually signing with the Ducks in a last minute change of heart.
When reached by phone Thursday morning, Thomas said the Twitter account is not his and that there are no truth to the rumors.
"No," he said flatly when asked if the NCAA had spoken with him.
Two sources also confirmed to CBSSports.com that the NCAA is not looking at Thomas nor have they heard anything about an investigation into Oregon's football team.
All rumors begin somewhere and with the increased look into football recruiting that the NCAA has taken, it's easy to see why these rumors seem to spread like a wildfire.
This one, however, seems to be put out.
Screenshots courtesy of SportsbyBrooks and SBNation's Holly Anderson.