UGA’s Fox says basketball coaches taking full advantage of relaxed texting restrictions

It’s a new world of communication for college basketball coaches in recruiting since they are now allowed to send unlimited text messages and can call without restrictions.

The new NCAA rule began after June 15 for recruits who have completed their sophomore seasons.

“It’s been good,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said Monday. “It’s something that I think we’ve taken full advantage of. I think the philosophy was prospects and parents, they have a choice of whether they answer a text or pick up the phone to answer it.”

Private messages on Twitter or Facebook are also permitted.

The rule was welcomed by coaches to establish stronger relationships with prospects and to bring communication to the social media age.

“That’s how I kind of talk to my own daughter — through texting,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said.

“It’s made life a little easier on coaches as we’re not as concerned about, ‘When can we call? Who can we call? Have we logged the call?’” Fox said. “We know there’s no limit now. It has given us some freedom and it’s also given us a lot more access to kids.”

That is not always a good thing.

“The only negative is you feel like, now that it’s unlimited, that if you don’t have your phone in your hand calling a recruit or texting a recruit that somebody else is,” Auburn coach Tony Barbee said. “You feel like you’ve got to be doing it every second of the day.”

The NCAA’s new workout rules have also been a benefit, coaches said.

Georgia’s four freshmen signees are all now on campus and going to class, according to Fox.

Under a new NCAA rule, Fox is permitted this summer to get in the gym and workout the players — guards Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann and forwards Brandon Morris and Houston Kessler.

“I think the new rule is terrific,” Fox said. “It’s allowed us to immediately address things in their individual games we feel like need to be adjusted or improved or enhanced, and so we’ve taken full advantage of trying to spend some time with them in the gym and just start working with them.”

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