During a pretty active news dump on Friday, the NCAA announced a rule change for football recruiting, which will allow coaches to send unlimited text messages to recruits. While some don't believe that it will be a big deal, especially considering the rule has been on the books for sports like college basketball already, one prominent voice in the college football world is not pleased at all: Ohio State's Urban Meyer. During a press conference today, Meyer didn't mince words when discussing the new rule.
Back on National Signing Day, Meyer described why he doesn't like the then-proposed rule (via Cleveland.com):
"I hear the stuff about texting," he said. "I want to make this clear why -- and this is a high school coach's and high school player perspective -- not college coaches. Who cares about college coaches? That's not what this is about. It's about them, and not screwing up a high school kid's senior year or junior year. If you text someone, you can't stop that, so you have a phone full of what? Text messages.
"If I don't want to hear from that school they'll keep hitting me because that's their job, and usually it's not them, it's maybe an intern doing it. So here's a kid in high school being bombarded with text messages sitting there doing this all day. If it's social media, you can determine who you want to hear from."
There are ways to block communications from numbers on most phones, but outright blocking a coach may not be the most prudent move for a recruit, especially considering how quickly assistants move around every off-season.
Meyer may not like the move, but he will definitely be sending those texts out due time.