INDIANAPOLIS - Coaches have spent the last several years upgrading their gadgets and learning the new tricks of recruiting. Now it may be time to turn back the clock.
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 would be limited by current NCAA guidelines.
Unlike restrictions on phone calls and in-person visits, there are no coach limits on text messaging.
The Board of Directors must still pass the legislation, and if approved at its April 26 meeting, the ban would take effect in August.
Typically, the board passes such recommendations, but if it’s delayed or rejected, coaches would revert to their previous policy of no limits.
“I think student-athletes wanted to see this eliminated for their own sanity,” said Kate Hickey, the management council’s chairwoman whose term is about to expire.
“And to get rid of some of these bills.”
The Student-Athlete Advisory Council, which represents college athletes, complained during this week’s meetings that the number of text messages had become intrusive and costly.
Hickey, an associate athletic director at Rutgers, expects the proposal to pass next week.
“I think it all depends on whether there’s communication between coaches and athletic directors and then, ultimately, the board members over the next week,” she said.