DI coaches are set to consider a proposal to allow all forms of electronic correspondence to be sent to recruits beginning at the same time that phone contact is allowed.
This would give coaches the opportunity to text message and email recruits, something most coaches find as a more efficient way to communicate with recruits.
The electronic communication would have to be sent directly and privately to the prospect or his parents / legal guardians. Thus, coaches would still not be allowed to post on the Facebook “wall” of a recruit.
Coaches are also expected to vote on whether to eliminate the limits on the number of phone calls to prospects. Currently, many coaches put pressure on recruits to call coaches. Coaches will email a recruit to simply say, "Call me."
During a recent cabinet meeting, the members of the DI Recruiting and Athletics Personnel committee also proposed to eliminate the contact period for D1-AA programs in recruiting between New Year’s Day and the AFCA convention
A quiet period is a time when the college may not have any in-person talk with the prospective student-athlete or the parents off the college’s campus. The coach may not watch the prospect play or practice. The prospective student-athlete can visit college campuses during this time and a coach may write or telephone.
In other words, coaches work their tails off. A little break would be nice. Every once in a while, even coaches, want to forget about work and drink some Miller Lite with their buddies. So let us pack our stuff on Sunday morning and catch a flight to the convention.
In the past, many coaches haven't arrived at the convention until Monday morning instead of Sunday afternoon.
The 2012 AFCA convention is set for January 8-10 in San Antonio.