“… then when it comes time to consider early signing, I’ll be very clear in our conference’s position.”

Greg Sankey opposes the December early signing period apparently because he believes that the enormous support staffs that are a staple these days of SEC football programs can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.

“College football programs wouldn’t want the NFL draft November 15,” Sankey said. “They just wouldn’t. It would be a huge distraction. So now we’re about to put a signing date in the middle of December when in some states high school football playoffs are taking place. That’s not providing the right level of attention to high school football programs, which provide a basis for college football. We’ve talked about colleges’ needs, but not about the impact on high school football, and I think that has to be a part of the early signing consideration.

“Also, if we sign the third Wednesday in November, there will be 20 FBS conference teams involved in conference championship games. They can’t recruit in the first week of the contact period because of those games. So the 20 achieving programs are removed from really recruiting that week. In addition, we’ve got a set of bowl games that happen in early and mid-December. So now that we’ve placed a group of programs that have to decide ‘Do I recruit,’ or ‘Do I prepare for bowl practices?’ That doesn’t seem wise.”

Yeah, that’s tough.  I’d hate to be in the position of the head coach who has to balance a fourteenth practice for an early December bowl game with that in house visit to a top in state recruit.  You only visit Shreveport once, you know.

And the sudden concern for high school football programs — you know, the folks who watch their kids get screwed over by college coaches on a regular basis when they don’t manage their commitments correctly — is touching.

Know who’s not mentioned there?  Of course you do.

“It’s very good for student-athletes and their families,” Bowlsby said. “On balance, it’s an overall package that appropriately advances recruiting in the footprint of college football.”

When Bob Bowlsby manages to sound more thoughtful than you do on a subject, perhaps it’s time to hone your message.  Assuming the coaches will let you, that is.

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5 responses to ““… then when it comes time to consider early signing, I’ll be very clear in our conference’s position.”

  1. Macallanlover

    I don’t see the December early signing date as a crash to get everything closed down at all, it is simply for those who know what they want and want to put it to bed. That will be a blessing for coaches, and players, not a disruption. NSD will still be the rush to the finish with tons of drama, but made easier by having part of the harvest already in the barn.

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    • Macallanlover

      Should have included, this is voluntary so it isn’t being forced on anyone that isn’t comfortable with locking in their place. That is why I don’t see a downside to providing another choice. If you could get 50-60% signed, it would allow the staff to adjust and focus their efforts, time, and money instead of herding (as many) cats come January.

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  2. Gaskilldawg

    The SEC used to have an early signing date in December. It applied only to limiting a recruit to the conference school for whom it signed the LOI. In other words, hen Buck Belue signed a LOI with UGa in December 1977 no other SEC school could sign him, but any school from any other conference could. He could have signed with, say, Florida State in February 1978 despite his SEC LOI signed for UGA.

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  3. Early signing is no big danger to coaches. Let the kids get it out of the way and be on their way. Might surprise the coaches to find, they would not be losing all that control they love. Plus then they could concentrate on those leftover decision makers.

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  4. Cousin Eddie

    Just don’t have a signing date. When a coach makes an offer have him give the player papers. When the player “commits” he can sign the papers and send them in at any time after the offer. Until school starts.

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