Just for shock value, here’s Bob Bowlsby — Bob Bowlsby! — with a sensible suggestion about signing periods:
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who chairs the NCAA Football Oversight Committee, said he still thinks December is not early enough for the first signing period and questions why signing dates are even needed.
“Why don’t we have signing windows, or why don’t we have longer signing periods?” Bowlsby said. “For instance, you could have a signing period that starts the first of September and you issue a letter of intent for 14 days, and if the prospect signs it, their recruiting process is over. If they don’t sign it, you can’t re-issue a letter to that person. It’s sort of mutually binding — as a commitment is supposed to be.”
Damn, Bob, that ain’t a half-bad idea. Unfortunately, your coaches would shit bricks if the NCAA gave your proposal any serious thought. But thanks for trying, at least.