One LSU assistant football coach won’t be texting anyone for a while.
LSU disabled the text message feature on a football coach’s school-issued cell phone for six months as part of sanctions for an NCAA violation, according to documents obtained by The Advocate.
The school did not provide the football coach’s name and won’t because of privacy laws.
The sanctions stem from a recruiting violation that took place in the spring. The coach sent an impermissible text to a prospect – something the school reported to the NCAA on June 1.
Coaches can’t send recruits text messages at any point in the recruiting process. The American Football Coaches Association has pushed to get that rule changed, and the NCAA indicated in January that the recruiting rules committee is considering the proposal.
The coach’s texting feature on his phone was disabled starting June 1 and will be returned Dec. 1. Also, the coach was not permitted to call any prospect for the first two weeks of June. LSU could not send any recruiting materials to the prospect involved in the violation. No one from the school could call him or message him for 30 days starting on June 1.
The school did not provide the prospect’s name or year in the document, which would constitute another NCAA violation.
The Tigers currently have the No. 2-ranked commitment class for 2016, with 13 of 19 commits rated four stars or better.