NCAA reforms include ending ban on coaches’ texting prospects

The NCAA Board of Directors adopted a number of reforms, it was announced Saturday.
Those reforms, which go into effect Aug. 1, include ending the ban on coaches’ texting messages to prospects. The ban had been in place as a means to reduce costs on prospects’ phone bills and prevent coaches from pestering prospects.
Other reforms include a widespread ban on in-person scouting of future opponents and eliminating limits on the number of coaches who can be off-campus recruiting.
In a news release, the NCAA said the reforms were intended to make its rule book “more meaningful, enforceable and supportive” of athletes.
The NCAA will continue to look at being more flexible in setting rules, the release said. The so-called “Phase II” of the latest reform movement will include a look at rules on financial aid.