Proposed new NCAA legislation would set some limits on the text messages that coaches may send to high-school recruits, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
Coaches are now allowed to send recruits unlimited text messages. Many coaches use the technology because it allows them to make frequent personal contact with prospective athletes but not violate the NCAA’s strict rules against contacting recruits too often by telephone.
But some coaches have abused the technology, zipping off hundreds of messages to their top recruits or sending notes to students in the middle of the night. One student told the newspaper that he had racked up an $800 cellphone bill in one month from text messaging with coaches.
The proposal would limit text messaging to between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays and between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekends.