Green-lighting college coaches unlimited anything is a terrifying prospect. Like sows in slop, they just don't do moderation.
But monitoring restrictions on calls and text messages to prospects was impossible for the NCAA's already overworked enforcement staff. We're talking thousands of coaches and thousands of athletes.
So lifting the curbs was wise if not inevitable. Sure, there's the potential for abuse. But coaches need to be careful about crossing the line from suitor to nuisance. The beauty is, deleting texts and voice mails is quick and easy. So text and call to your hearts' content, coaches. Just understand your messages may never be read or heard.
Mess in the making
Los Angeles Times
Allowing unlimited phone calls and text messages to high school basketball prospects is a silly idea that places too much trust in the hands of recruiters to behave.
I'm calling it, "Textageddon." Every assistant coach whose job is to stay in communication with a potential prospect is not going to allow himself to get be beat by an opponent, so texting at any hour is a distinct possibility.
What happens in the fall when prospects are in class or are doing homework, and the text messages start coming in rapid fashion?
It's going to be up to prospects and parents to set parameters and ground rules. But how may will have the courage to do that? It's a mess in the making.
Just catching up
Iliana Limón Romero
Memphis coach Josh Pastner says he is thrilled he will get an opportunity to have more contact with recruits. We're long past the days when the NCAA fretted over text messages to recruits generating enormous cellphone bills. Most prospects have unlimited text messaging plans.
Pastner and many other coaches argue the NCAA is simply catching up with recruits' preferred form of communication. And more important, it helps coaches replace shady characters who capitalized on schools' limited contact with recruits. Elite athletes still will be bombarded with text messages, but coaches should get the hint when they get the electronic cold shoulder.
'Unlimited' spells trouble
Everything about this new rule is a good idea except for the word "unlimited."
Coaches can build better and more genuine relationships with recruits, thanks to the greater access. College transfers might decrease because of this, and middle men and street agents may have a lesser impact on the recruiting process.
But like some coaches told me, as parents they wouldn't be comfortable with coaches texting their sons at 3 a.m. or in the middle of math class. As long as the NCAA continues the sham of calling players "student-athletes," they should make an attempt to treat them like students. Ideally, not texting or calling during school hours or after midnight would be a more welcome approached.