NCAA to reconsider outright ban of text messaging recruits
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA will reconsider three rules, including one that bans coaches from sending text messages to recruits, at its Aug. 9 board of directors meeting.
The board could reaffirm the text messaging decision, reject the decision or create new legislation. Current rules place no restrictions on text messaging with recruits. The new rule is scheduled to take effect Aug. 1. Should the board make changes, the rule would be rescinded. If it is affirmed, the rule would remain in place until a January vote at the NCAA's annual convention in Nashville, Tenn.
Many of the schools that appealed the original legislation said they favored some text messaging restrictions but not an outright ban.
The board also will consider override requests on rules that limit roster size and financial aid available for college baseball teams and date changes for the men's and women's golf seasons.
Last year was the first time an override vote was taken at the national convention. Delegates upheld a rule to allow Division I-A football teams to play 12 regular-season games, but rescinded legislation that allowed graduate students to transfer to a new school and play immediately.
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