It‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs been good,‚Äù Georgia coach Mark Fox said Monday. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs something that I think we‚Äôve 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.‚Äù
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.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs how I kind of talk to my own daughter ‚Äî through texting,‚Äù Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs made life a little easier on coaches as we‚Äôre not as concerned about, ‚ÄòWhen can we call? Who can we call? Have we logged the call?‚Äô‚Äù Fox said. ‚ÄúWe know there‚Äôs no limit now. It has given us some freedom and it‚Äôs also given us a lot more access to kids.‚Äù
That is not always a good thing.
‚ÄúThe only negative is you feel like, now that it‚Äôs unlimited, that if you don‚Äôt have your phone in your hand calling a recruit or texting a recruit that somebody else is,‚Äù Auburn coach Tony Barbee said. ‚ÄúYou feel like you‚Äôve got to be doing it every second of the day.‚Äù
The NCAA‚Äôs new workout rules have also been a benefit, coaches said.
Georgia‚Äôs 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 ‚Äî guards Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann and forwards Brandon Morris and Houston Kessler.
‚ÄúI think the new rule is terrific,‚Äù Fox said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs allowed us to immediately address things in their individual games we feel like need to be adjusted or improved or enhanced, and so we‚Äôve taken full advantage of trying to spend some time with them in the gym and just start working with them.‚Äù