WSU football notebook: Everybody, let's text

IT MOSTLY ESCAPED NOTICE in light of the satellite camp brouhaha but the NCAA this spring changed the rules regarding text messages in college football recruiting. Since April, coaches have been allowed to send unlimited text messages to recruits.

Text messaging was originally banned by the NCAA in 2007, at that time effectively limited electronically transmitted correspondence to e-mail and faxes (yes, faxes).  But direct messaging on social media became ubiquitous soon thereafter and was by the NCAA.

The text message ban in '07 rose out of two major concerns: recruits being bombarded with texts, with some accruing astronomical charges.  The latter concern has mostly melted away, with unlimited text plans now omnipresent.

But there remains the concern that texting to recruits will become intrusive - while a recruit is in class, late at night, etc.  If the climate in '07 is any indication, there will be programs that will robo-text, and/or assign administrative staff to use a head coach or assistant coach's phone to send out texts continually.

The NCAA, in announcing the deregulation of text messaging, said text messaging was simply too hard to monitor. 

Social media regulations were also relaxed by the NCAA, allowing any athletics department staff member to "like," "favorite" and "republish" recruits' social media posts.

Text messaging in basketball has been allowed since 2012.

COUGAR QUARTERBACK Luke Falk is the No. 1 player in the Pac-12 to build your fantasy team around this season, according to

"Falk led all Pac-12 scorers last year and should again this year. Quarterbacks have overtaken running backs as top fantasy commodities and there isn't a better one to have in the league or probably nation than Falk. Barring injury, he will absolutely load up your team with points," says the article.

WSU receiver Gabe Marks is No. 6 on its list and the first Pac-12 wideout listed, with the article opining Marks will again be the conference's top scoring receiver.

THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of college football head coaches played college football.  Mike Leach, of course, did not.  So how rare is Leach?

An initial check shows only six FBS coaches that did not play football at the college level:  Leach, Sonny Dykes at Cal, Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech, David Cutcliffe at Duke, Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss and Chad Morris at SMU.


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