When it comes to a proposed early signing period, let no one say Corch’s heart isn’t in the right place.
“I hear the reasoning is because there’s so many de-commitments,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said in September about early signing periods before the Division I Council passed the oversight committee’s proposal in early October. “So because 17-year-olds are de-commiting, let’s give them a legal document so they can’t de-commit. That’s not very smart. Young people have a right to choose where they want to go to school. Period. Let them de-commit 100 times.”
Urbs may have heard that reasoning, but apparently he hasn’t heard the facts.
De-commitments and flip-flopping by highly touted recruits gets a lot of attention, but it is still relatively uncommon. The survey showed 82 percent of football signees verbally committed prior to signing. Of those, 90 percent signed where they committed.
Pesky things, those facts.
Of 55 NCAA sports, football is one of four that does not have an early signing period.
According to the NCAA, 25,316 Division I student-athletes signed a national letter of intent in 2015-16. Of those, 18,103 had the opportunity to sign early and about 66 percent did.
“Why are we treating football players different from all the other students that come to us?” Eichorst said. “There’s no good answer for that.”
Good question, but I’ve got a better one. If the NCAA is so concerned about transparency, why not give kids and their parents the right to consult with a legal advisor before signing a national letter of intent, so they might have the opportunity to know what they’re getting into before they sign?
Hey, maybe you can have too much transparency. Eh, maybe Corch and Saban are playing bad cop to the NCAA’s good cop here. I mean, let’s not forget this little drop: “And what we constantly hear from our coaches and others is often times I spend more time recruiting my next class than coaching my current.”
Then again, maybe it’s just about protecting the lazier recruiters.