They may not agree on the exact date, but there appears to be a growing consensus among college football head coaches about the need for an early signing period for high school seniors.
If you recall, a significant majority of the SEC coaches are on record favoring a December 1 date. That’s not early enough for Jim Tressel.
“The ideal time would be Aug. 1,” he said. “Then they can say to their high school teammates, ‘Look, I’m focused on you. My senior season in high school is all about you guys.’ ”
“All that Dec. 1 will do is distract the player in his senior season more than he is distracted by the regular February signing date,” Tressel said. “That being said, there would have to be more tweaks made in our current system if we do implement an early signing period.”
Mack Brown wants more than that. And he’s smart enough to say the magic words.
“Coaches are talking about it now,” said Texas coach Mack Brown, whose staff has gained 19 commitments — second nationally to OSU’s total — for the 2009 season. “It makes so much sense because it would save money.
“My staff and I would be proponents of three signing days: one in August before the season started, one in December and one at the end.”
In response to one big concern over an early date – a coaching staff change at season’s end – Brown proposes that a kid be allowed out of his LOI if the head coach that signed him is no longer at the school the recruit signed with. Early signing date in August or not, there is no way the college presidents are going to agree to that. That would be an acknowledgement that coaches are bigger than the schools.
All those Internet rumors about Moreno sound pretty silly about now – not that they didn’t from the get-go.
Josh Kendall is reporting that Uga VI has passed away.
The King is dead. Long live the King.
UPDATE: According to the AJ-C, Uga VI will be buried in a ceremony at Sanford Stadium on Monday.
- Something I couldn’t believe: Duke rejected Trindon Holliday.
- Something that doesn’t surprise me: Brian Cook won’t be getting any Christmas cards from ‘Bama fans this year.
- Something that I expected: Beano Cook predicts a MNC for Notre Dame in the next four years.
- Something that made me think: It doesn’t look like having an elite QB is part of the formula for success for winning a MNC.
- Something that made me shake my head: Matt Hayes’ concept of what comprises a difficult non-conference schedule.
Radio talk show host, blogger and general Republican toady Hugh Hewitt suggests the 2008 college football season will be the mother of all “end of an era” seasons:
HEWITT: By the way, I — I’m still trying to find two tickets to the Ohio State-USC game. And none of the USC people will give up their tickets to me. I’d pay fair price. They — they know Ohio State’s gonna slaughter the Trojans. They know that they’re gonna slaughter the Trojans, and therefore they do not want me there at the bloodbath, since it’s probably the last football game we’ll ever get to see before the United States gets blown up by the Islamists under Obama…
Damn, I hope Georgia wins the national title this year. We may never have another chance.
There’s all kinds of stuff to peek at on the ‘Net this morning:
- A couple of more looks at what the Comcast-Big Ten Network deal means: War is hell and It’s gonna cost you, SEC fans.
- Sunday Morning Quarterback analyzes the past, present and future of the Georgia Tech program. This factoid can’t be grounds for optimism: “None of Navy’s actual BCS conference victims came anywhere near a winning record.” (By the way, I don’t think anyone will ever come up with a more pithy summary of the Chan Gailey era than Ian Cohen did in this post header.)
- Some thoughts on speed from HeismanPundit and ESPN’s Bruce Feldman. (Basically, there’s two kinds of speed in this world – foot speed and football speed.)
- 21 scholarship players have left the University of Louisville program since the spring of 2007 (h/t The Wizard of Odds)? Jeebus. You folks at Arkansas sure better hope Petrino sticks around for a while.
- Dude, it’s time to get out of your mom’s basement.
The preseason legend builds.
There was no hesitation from linebacker Dannell Ellerbe when the question was posed to him.
Which Georgia player has opened his eyes in summer workouts?
“A.J. Green,” Ellerbe said. “He looks real good.”
The freshman receiver from Summerville, S.C., is the most heralded member of Georgia’s incoming recruiting class. Ellerbe can tell why from seeing him in seven-on-seven drills. He says the 6-foot-4 Green runs with long strides in a style that reminds him of a Randy Moss.
“He’s just a go-getter,” Ellerbe said. “He’ll go get the football…”