Effective today, Division I NCAA men’s basketball coaches will have no limit to the amount of times they can call or text recruits. This rule applies to recruits after June 15thof their sophomore year of high school. The rule also extends to social media where private messages (but not public ones) will be allowed. The rule was put in place in order to limit the influence of third parties actors and build a better relationship between the players and coaches. The old rule unintentionally allowed third parties greater access to the recruits than the coaches, which led to potential recruiting violations.
It will be interesting to see what, if any, impact this has on basketball recruiting. It may allow tech savvy and persistent an edge in the recruiting battles — we will have to wait and see.
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