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Dan Mullen approves of recruiting degregulation...with a twist

If you spend any time on the Internet at all, you already know how the storyline has played out. The NCAA announced it was pulling back its rules limiting the amount of time coaches could spend contacting high school seniors in January. Not long after, the Big Ten came out in opposition of the new rules (or, specifically, lack thereof) and not one nanosecond later, the Internet community mocked the Big Ten in full force in essence for not wanting to work as hard as coaches from other conferences.

The thinking here has been that there are plenty of coaches across every school, conference and division thinking the same thing as those Big Ten coaches, only they haven't spoken out for fear of being labeled as not wanting to recruit as hard as his peers. 

More than a month after the changes were announced, a big-name coach has finally come out against the NCAA's proposal with an amendment of his own. Here's Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen with his take on recruiting deregulation, speaking to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“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 said. "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."

It's unrealistic to expect coaches to recruit 24 hours a day for 365 days a year and not expect burnout to set in. Like in any other walk of life, college football coaches have responsibilities outside of their jobs. This shouldn't be breaking news to anyone reading this.

Mullen explains his four-weeks plan here:

“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.”

Should Mullen's plan be implemented, one would have to study the ins and outs of the schedule because I'm not sure there's any point where taking off four weeks straight could work for the majority of programs, if any at all. But at least it's a start. 

Want to see Will Muschamp speak this spring? Here's your chance

The off-season is a time to hone skills and improve on the fundamentals of your position. For Florida head coach Will Muschamp, that means he'll be spending a lot of time on the public speaking circuit. 

The third-year Gators coach will speak 10 times between April 2 and the end of May, with the majority of those dates coming in May. Much like Florida's non-conference scheduling strategy, Muschamp won't leave the Sunshine State very often.

April 2 - Gainesville Quarterback Club
April 6 - Florida spring game
May 2 - Tampa Gator Club/Pinellas Gator Club
May 7 - Polk County Gator Club, Lakeland, Fla.
May 8 - Central Florida Gator Club, Orlando
May 14 - Gator Club of Jacksonville
May 15 - Atlanta Gator Club
May 20 - Jacksonville Quarterback Club
TBD - Daytona Beach Gator Club

A few Florida assistants will also get their public speaking work in, as defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin will speak in Fort Myers on May 6, wide receivers coach Joker Phillips will speak in Palm Beach and defensive line coach Bryant Young will speak in Panama City on the following day, and offensive line coach Tim Davis will visit with the Space Coast Gator Club in Brevard County on May 14. 

Expect each of those coaches, Muschamp in particular, to be masters at handling the "So, how we lookin' this year, Coach?" question by Memorial Day. 

Danny Hope: 'Coaching isn't all what happens behind the whistle'

Despite Danny Hope's 22-27 record in four seasons at Purdue, it was Hope's belief that declining ticket sales were the main reason for his dismissal.

"It came down to ticket sales," Hope told West Lafayette news station WLFI. "Ticket sales have been dropping here since 2000. It's not all about what happens just behind the whistle. You have to have some accountability behind the necktie as well."

The "necktie" that Hope was referring to was Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke.

"I know it wasn't an easy thing for Morgan to do, but I felt like if he had been a little more accountable then he would not have had to...exercised the responsibility of dismissing me."

"We had finished strong, and the players wanted us to be there. We hoped we had done enough. But I knew it was close. We had a tough stretch there and didn't come through at a critical time of the season and, obviously, had lost the support of our administration."

Hope felt that their strong finish to the 2012 season (winning three in a row to end the season) should have been enough to retain him and his staff.

Coaching is a complex profession that will always be about more than wins and losses, or ticket sales. And as we all know, when one door closes, another one opens in the coaching profession. Darrell Hazell has since been tabbed to take over the Boilermaker program, and will look for more consistency in all aspects from the gold and black in 2013.

Video: The Oregon Duck spoofs Ferris Bueller

They may be known for their up tempo style, high powered offense, and jersey combinations...but the guys in Eugene are also producing some quality videos.

Here's Oregon's latest fun video, spoofing the pop culture classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" featuring the Duck.

Mike MacIntyre dishes on how he builds a program

Mike MacIntyre had spent the entirety of his college football life in the Eastern portion of the United States. The Miami native played at Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech before climbing the ladder at Georgia, Davidson, Tennessee - Martin, Temple, Ole Miss and Duke (with a pair of NFL stops mixed in). Then, in 2010, he moved as far west as you can go in the continental United States when he became the head coach at San Jose State.

Not only did he move to an area with which he had no familiarity, he took over a program that went 2-10 in the year prior to his arrival and had enjoyed just two winning seasons since 1992. In a recent interview with SB Nation's Bill Connelly, MacIntyre was asked the obvious question: why did you take that job?

"I realized there were only seven Division I [FBS] schools in California," MacIntyre said. "I felt like the supply and demand, the ability to get players there, was extremely good. I felt we could recruit and be successful. And I felt like the athletic director, Tom Bowen, and everybody from the top down wanted to be successful and was ready to be successful. I felt it was the right time to hit it."

That answer makes it obvious, MacIntyre is not just an excellent coach. He's college football's most successful stock broker, buying low and selling high. With that in mind, what does MacIntyre think of his current post as the head coach at Colorado?

"From our president [Bruce Benson], to our chancellor [Philip DiStefano], to our athletic director [Mike Bohn] – everybody is lined up. All the alumni are buying in, wanting to be successful again. This school has a great, great history, and it’s time to spring back," he said. "I think the footprint of the Pac-12 is good for Colorado. People look at me like I'm crazy when I say that, but I really do. You can recruit out of the state of California – again, there are just not a lot of schools there."

Of course, any coach would say something similar about his new program; but MacIntyre's quote brings extra credibility considering his track record.

Now in Boulder, MacIntyre will be tasked with repeating what he did at San Jose State, bringing the Buffaloes from the Pac-12 basement to the penthouse. This time, though, he thinks the Pac-12 infrastructure can give him a faster rise.

"When we were at San Jose State we were fighting and clawing for everything we had. We did not have a lot of the things we have here at Colorado. Doesn’t make it any better or worse, but when the Pac-12 is able to give you a $22 million check each year, there’s a difference in the things the kids have at their disposal -- academics, chow, et cetera."

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