Because a coach sent a text to a cellphone instead of an email, Georgia was put on 30-day probation in May, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
All together now: facepalm.
The advent of phone technology has rendered a lot of the NCAA's contact rules in regard to coaches and recruits not only obsolete, but dumb and irresponsible.
Here's what happened, per the Journal-Constitution:
Men’s basketball assistant coach Kwanza Johnson sent an impermissible text to prospect Robert Carter of Thomasville on April 25. Johnson immediately reported to the UGA complaince office that he had intended to send the note to Carter via his phone’s email function (email is permissible). Nonetheless, UGA self-imposed a 30-day communication ban in May and prohibited Johnson from phoning prospects for two weeks, which the SEC accepted without adding penalties.A sensible resolution for a problem that should have never become a problem. May isn't a huge recruiting month, so Georgia got out of this relatively unscathed, but it doesn't make the rule any less stupid. The NCAA is in the process of slowly but surely changing its texting, emailing, Facebooking and tweeting regulations, as it should be. The rules don't make sense anymore. If email is allowed, any other form of electronic communication should be as well.
There's also a movement afoot to eliminate a limit on phone calls during the recruiting period.
The blog post linked above also shows that Georgia football was hit for "inadvertent" phone calls. Pocket dials. Of course! Thank goodness there's reform coming, because the pocket dial could and would become the ultimate cop-out, though the NCAA would have none of it, I'm sure.
The frustrating aspect about all of this is how slow the NCAA has been to change its guidelines, when smartphone usage has skyrocketed in the past three years. It is now the highway for recruiting. The NCAA catches a few high-speed delinquents from time to time, but more often than not it's pulling over violators for things that amount to a broken tail light.