The NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is supporting a proposal to allow text messaging in the recruiting of prospective student-athletes. The SAAC members received two separate proposals regarding the deregulation of electronically transmitted correspondence between prospects and coaches. The first proposal included the deregulation of all forms of electronically transmitted correspondence, including social media while the second proposal only included text messaging. If accepted these forms of correspondence would be held to the same standard as telephone, email and fax correspondence.
SAAC supported the measure involving only text-messaging (10 in favor, four opposed and three abstentions) but opposed the “all-in” proposal (16 opposed, one abstention). SAAC members felt that text messaging has evolved into an acceptable and common form of communication that was appropriate in recruiting. The use of social media, however, was a personal line coaches and administrators shouldn’t be allowed to cross.