August 1, 2007

Will texting ban affect recruiting?


For those who are not familiar with the art of text messaging, TTYL has become a common substitute for the English phrase Talk To You Later. It is also likely the last text message 2007 recruits will ever get from their suitors at the college level.

Starting today, the days of college coaches using text messaging to communicate with high school players they are recruiting are a thing of the past. Yesterday - July 31, 2007 - was officially the last day for coaches to tell their recruits TTYL before the newly imposed NCAA texting ban went into effect.

The NCAA's board of directors voted 13-3 in April to eliminate all text messages from coaches to recruits. They did, however, leave open the possibility of revisiting the current legislation as early as next year.

"I think it recognized there may be other ways of monitoring communications in the future, so it's open to proposals," Division I vice president David Berst said on a conference call. "But, for now, text messages have been eliminated."

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