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Urban Meyer Critical Of NCAA’s Text Message Deregulation

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Urban Meyer was very critical of the NCAA’s text message deregulation, calling it “ignorant” during a Monday press conference.


The NCAA has decided to deregulate electronic communication between coaches and recruits, meaning schools are free to contact players electronically as frequently as they would like. That includes text messaging, Twitter or any other digital channels coaches may use to connect with prospects.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer weighed in on the NCAA’s decision during his Monday press conference, taking a strong stance against it.

“The texting thing is the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” Meyer said. “It’s hard, but if they’re making a decision because coaches are upset about it, that’s not the point.”

To understand the significance of the decision, imagine yourself as a top recruit being targeted by countless schools across the country. Now consider what such a decision that means for both your personal and professional life. With the deregulation, your phone becomes an open door for coaches to always contact you through. There’s the potential for a non-stop flood of text messages from programs.

“Do you really want text messages from 100 universities on your phone when you come out of school? The ones I know don’t,” Meyer said. “Some intern is going to be punching text messages on your phone, and maybe you can block numbers and all that, but that’s just too hard, right? Because it’s easier on coaches? Maybe it’s easier for the enforcement because people are doing it, but it just doesn’t make sense.”

As for how to ensure coaches would stop making electronic contact with players: “Fire the coaches that do it,” said Meyer. “Fire them and make the penalty so absolutely out of control that they won’t do it. You’ll never coach again in college football if you on purpose text someone.”

In addition to Meyer’s displeasure with the NCAA’s latest decision, one of his now-former players, Cardale Jones, also shared his opinion on the governing body of collegiate athletics on Monday, saying it “exploits” college athletes.

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