Four SEC coaches -- LSU's Les Miles, Kentucky's Mark Stoops, Tennessee's Butch Jones and Vanderbilt's James Franklin -- were all in favor of some sort of dead period in the summer when asked by Carvell.
The more support the idea garners, the more likely it is to -- at the very least -- be brought to the table for discussion.
The advent of recruiting deregulation by the NCAA has put everything on the table in regards to how coaches should approach the practice. Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen would prefer an extended dead period during the cycle.
“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," Mullen told Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "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.”
Each coach has a different position on what he'd like to see in regards to the changes. The benefit of deregulation -- at least at this point -- is the open forum where possibilities can be discussed. The previous rulings are set to come up for review. If they are reconsidered and rebuffed, then ideas like those Mullen suggested could be discussed and possibly come into play.