Wednesday marked the first day of the NCAA's ban on text messaging recruits. Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema sat in a hotel lobby Wednesday morning spinning his BlackBerry on a table.
"We can't text anymore, which is fine by me," Bielema said. "I just think overall we have a needy society now. Guys want to be loved and patted on the back. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ We don't do too much coddling. I might be screwing up, but we really don't go after guys if they need that. I tell guys if you get a text message from me, it's because I want to talk to you. I'm not going to text you every day to ask you how your day was and how your girlfriend is doing. If you're interested in football or academics, I'll talk to you about that. But I'm not going to talk to you just because you want to be loved."
Illinois coach Ron Zook, who made text messages a major part of his recruiting efforts, said the ban hadn't yet hit him.
"Not yet," Zook said. "I'm sure sometime this afternoon I'll think about it."
Probably tells you something about the difference between the Badger and Illini programs.