NCAA vote to eliminate text messaging for Division I coaches

The NCAA Division I board of directors voted to eliminate the use of text messages between coaches and recruits at a meeting in Indianapolis on April 26.

The board first proposed a ban on the use of text messages between coaches and prospects in the early spring, yet quickly received sharp criticism from coaches, including Sam Houston State University offensive coordinator James Ferguson, who felt a complete ban would be too harsh.

According to a release on the NCAA Web site, the deciding factor regarding the decision was the desire of the student athletes.

Since the practice began several years ago, the NCAA says that many students have described the use of text messaging as intrusive and overused.

The new policy, which will go into effect Aug. 1, places a total ban on all electronic communication between coaches and recruits, with the exception of e-mail and faxes.

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