Recruiting changes worry HS coaches: 'The NCAA has got to be going crazy'

The way college coaches can interact with high school recruits changed significantly on Saturday when the NCAA’s B passed 25 of 26 proposals in an attempt to simplify strict and often perplexing rules.

According to NCAA president Mark Emmert, the changes were passed with virtual unanimity and should make the rulebook easier to comply with, easier to enforce and less focused on irrelevant infractions

But some high school coaches and administrators are not exactly thrilled with the decision.

“I think the thing about texts is terrible,” Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire said. “I think the NCAA has got to be going crazy. … One of the reasons that they are doing it is because they can’t enforce their rules. So instead of trying to enforce them, or change them in some way, they’re just getting rid of them.”

Click here to read SportsDayHS staff writer Corbett Smith's full story on the rule changes.

Among the rule changes that will go into effect Aug. 1 are four specifically relating to recruiting:

- Proposal 13-3, allowing coaches to send unlimited texts and social media messages to recruits, as well as make unlimited phone calls.

- Proposal 13-5-A, which eliminates restrictions on printed recruiting materials sent to recruits.

- Proposal 11-2, allowing for a recruiting coordinator or the support staff at a university to send texts and make calls, as opposed to the current system, which permit only coaches to do so.

- Proposal 11-4, allowing all assistants to be on the road recruiting at the same time, as opposed to the current rules that require coaches’ trips to be staggered.

This Topic is Missing Your Voice.

Story DNA