April 1st, 2013 03:30 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Butch Jones, Mark Stoops, NFL, SEC
Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen has an idea. He’s thinking about proposing it as a future rule change, which would mean it would need backing inside the SEC and then outside with the NCAA.
According to Michael Carvell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mullen would like to see a four-week “dead period” during the summer that would completely sever ties between coaches and recruits. No visits, no calls, no nothing.
The plan would allow each school to pick its own off weeks.
Carvell asked a number of SEC coaches for their take on Mullen’s notion. The results? Pretty favorable.
James Franklin, Vanderbilt: “I’d be in favor of some time in the summer so that the coaches can truly have some time off. That to me was one of the advantages of coaching in the NFL. You truly had time off, where in college you really don’t… I’m I’m on vacation with my family for a week in the summer and the #1 recruit in the country calls me and he wants to come by your campus, what am I going to say? No?”
Butch Jones, Tennessee: “I think (recruiting) has been accelerated so hectic that I would be a proponent (of Mullen’s idea), even if it’s only a two-week dead period in July, where it really allows these individuals to sit back, relax and have some time off. I think the other things with these rules that we lose sight of is that we still have to coach our current teams. We’re responsible to them. We’re mentors to our current players. I think, with the all the deregulation going on, is that we have to remember we have to take care of our current teams as well.”
Mark Stoops, Kentucky: “If we let ourselves, we could work every minute of every day. There’s got to be some balance where you spend time with your own team and developing your team. And spending time with your own family, and things of that nature. I have not heard of that before, but it does sound like a pretty good idea to me.”
LSU’s Les Miles was also in favor of some down time in one form or another.
With so many coaches reacting positively to Mullen’s suggestion, expect him to put on the table at this year’s SEC spring meetings in Destin.
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