Illinois' Ron Zook, king of the text message, is going to have to find a new way to do business. The NCAA on Saturday upheld a ban on text messaging to high school students during a meeting in Nashville.
The vote to keep the ban in place wasn't close. Of the 306 representatives voting, 79% voted in favor of keeping the ban.
Coaches had argued that the ban, which went into effect in August, was vital to connecting with teenage prospects. Supporters of the ban said that some coaches were inundating recruits with text messages, driving up cellphone bills.
As posted here last April, cost had nothing to do with this. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports made a few calls and found that most cell phone providers offer unlimited text messaging for an extra $20 a month, or 67 cents a day. The ban had more to do with the NCAA's inability to keep pace with technology.
Nonetheless, we were left with some terrific text-messaging moments, including a member of Crewcut Charlie Weis' staff badgering Arrelious Benn, who ended up at Illinois, and Jeb Bush taking time out from his busy duties as governor of Florida to text Myron Rolle on behalf of Florida State.
Thanks to Image of Sport.