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.