As college sports fans wait to see if the NCAA backs away from the controversial rule changes its scheduled to adopt this summer, coaches and administrators continue to share their two cents. Today, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen is a pair of pennies lighter thanks to an interview with Michael Carvell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In case you’re wondering, Mullen likes the idea of sending unlimited text messages to recruits and he’s also in favor of an early signing period. He also gave his take on the NCAA’s decision to erase dead periods from the recruiting calendar. Many believe that decision will lead to an overload of communication for the prospects as well as to a further loss of family time for coaches. (“If the rival school’s coach is texting on Christmas Day, I’d better be texting on Christmas Day.”)
Mullen has a solution:
“I don’t want to want to sound like a non-worker, but everybody worries about these new rules, and how you will be working 24 hours per day. They want to know where is your down time? If they want a time for where coaches have to shut it down, then you designate four weeks in the summer where you’re completely off. You can do no recruiting during those four weeks, and you’ve eliminated the problem for all coaches.
Currently, we have eight weeks where we’re not allowed to do anything with our (current) players. You can do that for coaches with recruiting, too. You would let the schools pick their four weeks because schools get out earlier in the South than they do up North. Schools up North, they would need later recruiting times to do camps and summer visits. You can pick your four weeks, and move from there. So for four weeks, you can’t do anything during the summer.”
If the NCAA presidents are looking for a happy medium between the over-regulated system of the past and the anarchy that’s currently scheduled to take effect, Mullen’s plan would fit that bill. Allowing recruits and coaches at least some relief from the recruiting war would not be a bad way to go.
The only problem with Mullen’s plan is giving schools the opportunity to pick their own off weeks. Some recruits — whether the situation has been explained to them or not — won’t understand why Coach X stops calling for a month while Coach Y continues to dial and text. Other than that, we’d give Mullen’s idea the MrSEC.com stamp of approval.