Vols coach Jones criticizes NCAA rule changes

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Butch Jones says pending NCAA rule changes that would allow unlimited contact between schools and prospects aren't fair to recruits.

And he believes plenty of other coaches agree with him.

The rule changes, which are scheduled to begin July 1, would remove restrictions on the number of phone calls and text messages a coach could make to prospective recruits. Coaches would be permitted to contact a recruit an unlimited number of times beginning July 1 after that prospect's sophomore year of high school.

The changes were approved by the NCAA Board of Directors last month.

Jones said Wednesday at a Big Orange TipOff Club meeting that "these (recruits) are still 16- and 17-year-old young adults. They need to have a life."


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