College recruiting coordinators could soon see a reduction in their wireless bills, but the savings won't be altogether welcome.
The NCAA Division I management council has recommended a ban on all electronically transmitted correspondence, including text messages, between coaches and recruits. E-mails and faxes would be exempt from the new rule but are limited by current NCAA guidelines.
The proposal is still subject to approval by the Board of Directors at its April 26 meeting, but if approved it would take effect in August.
Coaches have come to rely heavily upon text messaging in recent years as a means to establish relationships with players. There is currently no restriction on the number of text messages coaches can send to recruits, but phone calls and in-person visits are limited. The result is recruits get bombarded by text messages, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Council complained this week that the number of texts had become intrusive and expensive, according to the Associated Press.
"High school kids want this as well," said one Ivy League coach. The Ivy League was a major force behind the movement to ban text messages, proposing two measures–one that would restrict text messaging, and another that would ban text messaging altogether.
But not all coaches are happy.
"My feeling is just, there's a few people that spoil it for everybody else," said one recruiting coordinator. "I wish they wouldn't do away with it, it certainly helps us communicate with players.
"I think it's easier to build relationships with text messages, but we did it for years before this. If the changes are made, I'll just accept it and move on–there's not much you can do. We'll just go back to the e-mail. We'll survive, obviously. We'll make it."