Urban Meyer calls new unlimited texting rule 'ignorant'

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Urban Meyer calls new unlimited texting rule 'ignorant'

The NCAA passed an unlimited texting rule Friday, which allows college football coaches to send as many electronic messages as they wish to high school recruits.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer isn’t a fan, and he let his opinion be known in his weekly press conference Monday morning.

“That’s the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard,” Meyer said.

The coach worries about the recruits, about how they will be receiving texts from no shortage of coaches every day, with no ability to control who they hear from and no option to block the communication as they would on Facebook and Twitter, other platforms where coaches can now communicate.

Meyer feels the NCAA deregulated texting because it isn’t easy to police, and he offered a different solution.

“Fire the coaches that do it,” he said. “Fire them, and make the penalty so absolute out of control that they won’t do it. You’ll never coach again in major college football if you on purpose text someone. OK, move onto the next rule.”

The deregulation also applies to cross country, swimming and diving and track and field. College basketball has allowed texting with recruits since 2012.

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