The NCAA’s Divison I Management Council voted this week to eliminate text-messaging in the practice of college athletic recruiting. In other words, coaches and the like may be banned from sending text messages to potential recruits, because the council has decided that “these forms of communication have become too costly, too intrusive in a prospect’s life and the line between coach and prospect has become blurred.” Having lived in the same UT dorm as the football players, I completely understand the beauty and the beast of athletic recruiting. I understand there can be problems (both ethical and legal) arising from such a process. But, banning text messages? Is that really a sufficient way to solve any wrongdoing? I have my doubts.
More on this, from Sports Illustrated.