College coaches will have to recruit the old-fashioned way next year: The National Collegiate Athletic Association's board of directors approved a ban April 26 to eliminate all text messages from coaches to recruits beginning in August--though the board left open the possibility of revisiting that decision as early as 2008.

"One of the abuses that was described to us were text messages from a coach to a player saying, ‘Call me,'" Division I Vice President David Berst said on a conference call.

As a result, coaches no longer will be allowed to send text messages to recruits.


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