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Should NCAA lift ban on text messages?

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Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen told a funny story to explain his desire to see the NCAA lift the ban of colleges sending text messages to recruits.

“I would love to be able to see everybody text again. I know that’s huge controversial deal to a lot of people. To me, I don’t know if I’m very technological sound, maybe compared to some, or un-technological sound, compared to others.

“I’m always trying to figure out (with my phone) — Am I on email right now? Am I on Twitter? Am I logged onto Twitter? Is this a Twitter message? It is Instagram personal message? Or a tweet that goes out to other people? Or did the Twitter come through on the text message part of my phone? And then you’ve got to get out of that, and log back in, if you want to reply on the Twitter direct message part.

“It seems like it would be a whole lot easier just to text everybody. But I know a lot of people disagree with that one. That’s an old discussion.”

Text messaging in football recruiting has been banned since 2007, although the restriction was lifted in college basketball last year.

How do college football coaches and recruit communicate? Through phone calls, emails and Social Media. Many kids have cell phones that receive Twitter and Facebook messages the same exact way as a traditional text message – and college football coaches can send those on an unlimited basis.

“With all the communication going on right now, and being that Twitter is no different, I don’t see why (text messages aren’t allowed,” Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. “And the cost of text message plans has changed since the first time there were rules on this.

“I don’t see why text messaging is illegal. I’ve got two girls in high school. That’s how I communicate with them during the day. Whenever I’m sitting in meetings and don’t have time to call, or I’m trying to watch tape or video — if they need to get ahold of me, they can text me. And it’s just the way people communicate now.

“Plans have changed since that happened (in 2007). Everything is going through your phone anyways right now. So to say a guy is not on his phone, whether (you contact him through) a text message or on Twitter, he’s on his phone. He’s not on a laptop and he’s not on his PC. Everything is going through the phone whether it’s Facebook or Twitter. So to me, text messaging is no different.”

What do you think? Should the NCAA lift the ban on text messaging? Please post below.

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