Texting proposal not for football

The proposed removal of limitations on text messaging between coaches and recruits by the NCAA Rules Working Group does not apply to football, the NCAA clarified Thursday.

The NCAA, which originally announced the proposal Tuesday on its website, was in the process of revising the statement, according to NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn. There is a separate subcommittee that is looking into possible changes for football.

Text messaging has been banned between coaches and recruits in football since 2007. It is allowed in basketball. Coaches are permitted to communicate with football recruits by other methods of private messaging, including through social media.

The reinstatement of text messaging in football was part of a controversial package of recruiting deregulation passed early this year by the Division I Board of Directors but suspended in May by the same group after it was met with widespread criticism.

A subcommittee of the NCAA's Leadership Council was subsequently formed to examine recruiting issues in football. That group has not taken action on any issues related to electronic communication between football coaches and recruits.

The subcommittee submitted proposals this week to the Leadership Council for review. Those include the changing of dead-period dates and a ban on college coaches' attendance at activities associated with high school all-star games.