Urban Meyer calls deregulation of recruit texting ‘ignorant’

Monday April 11th, 2016

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On Friday, the NCAA changed its regulations to allow football coaches to send unlimited text massages to recruits, a move the Ohio State coach Urban Meyer strongly criticized, according to ESPN. 

Meyer fears that the rule change, which will also allow programs to reach out to high school players on social media, will make the recruiting process even more cumbersome for players.

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“The texting thing is the most ignorant thing I've ever heard in my life,” Meyer said. “It's hard, but if they're making a decision because coaches are upset about it, that's not the point.”

"Do you really want text messages from 100 universities on your phone when you come out of school? The ones I know don't. 'What? I don't want to hear from these schools.' Some intern is going to be punching text messages on your phone, and maybe you can block numbers and all that, but that's just too hard, right? Because it's easier on coaches? Maybe it's easier for the enforcement because people are doing it, but it just doesn't make sense."

The rule change mirrors that of college basketball, which has allowed texting with recruits since 2012.

Ohio State’s 2016 recruiting class was ranked second in the nation, according to Scout.com. The Buckeyes currently have the top class for 2017. 

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