I asked a few days ago why college football needs an early signing day.
The answer: because more college coaches want one.
Many college coaches, maybe the majority, are pondering the implementation of an early signing period. Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, which sets the annual recruiting calendar, said the idea has “a little more air under its sails than in the past. . . . It’s more compelling than it’s ever been.”
So much so that an AFCA task force has been established “to take a look at every aspect of it,” Teaff said. During their respective conferences’ spring meetings, Division I-A coaches likely will discuss the merits of an early signing day and report back to Teaff’s group.
“In the past, the (idea of an) early signing date has fallen along lines of those who have and those who are still trying to get,” Teaff said. “But it’s definitely being looked at very seriously and is up for discussion. By the end of May, we’ll know whether to move forward.”
…If many coaches agree there should be a signing period to accommodate the growing number of early commitments, there is disagreement as to when it should be.
This thing’s far enough along for it to be in the “when not if” stage. We might as well call it a done deal. All for the good of the kids, of course…
For some related thoughts, check out this post at dawgsonline.com.