Hopefully, prospective college basketball recruits have added unlimited texting and more minutes to their cell phone plans if they didn’t have it already. Thanks to new legislation passed by the NCAA Division I Leadership Council, high school basketball prospects who have finished their sophomore year are now eligible to receive unlimited phone calls and texts from college basketball recruiters. The new rules started earlier this month after schools across the nation finally let loose for the summer.
Besides unlimited text messages and phone calls, coaches can also direct message players through other avenues of social media such as Facebook or Twitter. Under the previous system, college coaches could call a recruit only once a month from June 15 of his sophomore year to July 31 after his junior year. That number then increased to two calls per week after a prospect’s junior year concluded, but text messages were still not allowed.
Recruits could call coaches at any time during the old rules and that part has not changed, although that seems to be a moot point considering how many times top recruits are about to be contacted.
The new rules come on the heels of Baylor’s two basketball programs being placed on NCAA probation for impermissible text messages and phone calls being made to recruits and just four years after former Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson was fired for grossly exceeding the phone call and text message threshold.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy seemed to think the new rules are in line with the way recruits live in the modern, information-driven world they live in. (June 26, 2012, Page 6)