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NCAA upholds ban on texting
Reviewed Rule Took Effect In August
Nashville –Division I coaches are barred from text messaging recruits.
An attempt to override a ban failed Saturday at the NCAA convention. The vote by delegates was 240 to 65, with one abstention. The ban took effect Aug. 1 and was on the agenda after 30 schools asked for the override vote.
Kerry Kenny, who played basketball at Lafayette College and is the incoming chairman of the NCAA student-athlete advisory committee, asked delegates to uphold the ban. He called text messaging intrusive, putting an undue burden on recruits and parents.
“Only five months have passed since the ban, and I am delighted to say the recruiting process has survived,” Kenny said. “Student-athletes continue to be recruited and student-athletes have signed with institutions no different than has been done in the past.”
The ban was discussed by the American Football Coaches Association last Wednesday during their convention. They opposed the ban, while a National Association of Basketball Coaches survey found members almost evenly split on the issue.
Division I delegates also voted to allow institutions to change dates of competition for men’s and women’s golf but rejected modifying financial aid for baseball athletes.