Mark Emmert defends change

Updated: April 24, 2013, 6:29 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- NCAA president Mark Emmert is defending a proposed change to football recruiting rules that would have removed the limits on the number of time coaches can call and text message recruits.

Emmert spoke to the Football Bowl Association on Wednesday about a wide-range of topics, including the need for clear lines of communication between the NCAA and its members.

The board of directors adopted 27 proposals to deregulate recruiting and streamline the rule book. One allowed ...

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