NCAA Considering Backing Off Texting Ban

PHOENIX, Arizona, October 3. IN a recent article at, Gary Brown writes how all three NCAA Divisions are considering options to eliminate the complete ban on texting between coaching staffs and prospective recruits.

Four years ago, before the proliferation of unlimited texting cell phone plans, members of the NCAA were concerned that prospective recruits would have to shoulder the burden of charges for texting overages. The Ivy League student-athletes originally proposed the elimination of texting as a form of acceptable electronic correspondence with recruits.

The NCAA article quotes research that shows that one in three teens send more than 100 texts daily, and almost 90 percent of teens currently text now, compared to just 50 percent five years ago.

On the other hand, Division I SAAC vice chair Kerry Kenny is quoted as saying that texting and instant messaging is unprofessional, and should continue to be banned from the recruiting process.

Additionally, social media outlets such as Facebook are continuing to be of concern in allowed electronic correspondence, including a ban on Facebook by Division III.

What are your thoughts about what should and should not be allowed in the recruiting process?

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