A "dead period" for contacting football recruits begins today and continues through January 1st. According to the NCAA rule,
A dead period is that period of time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting con- tacts or evaluations on or off the member institution’s campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospects to the institution’s campus. The provision of complimentary admissions to a prospect during a dead period is prohibited, except as provided in Bylaw 188.8.131.52 for a prospect who visits an institution as part of a group. During such a dead period, a coaching staff member may not serve as a speaker at or attend a meeting or banquet at which prospects are in attendance, except as provided in Bylaw 13.1.9 and may not visit the prospects’ educational institutions. It remains permissible, however, for an institutional staff member to write or telephone prospects during such a dead period. [13.02.4.4]Hmm. It appears there are no restrictions on appearing on Monday Night Football; nothing in there about virtual living-room visits to every recruit in the country via national television.