I’m puzzled by a couple of things in this Ed Aschoff piece defending SEC coaches’ misgivings about the new signing period and related earlier visit dates.
First, if not having enough time to get to know recruits is now a legitimate concern, why haven’t we heard about this before in the context of junior college kids who have signed at the same in December for years now? Other than the latter living away from momma for a year or two, what’s the difference?
Second, is Orgeron serious about this?
LSU’s Ed Orgeron went beyond just the recruit-coach relationship and mentioned the fact that a signing period in December is going to interrupt bowl preparation for the actual team fans watch and coaches coach. You think Alabama fans would be pleased with Saban and his staff hovering around a fax machine while simultaneously trying to run a practice leading up to the College Football Playoff semifinal?
Bowl prep conflicts, eh? Substitute hovering over a fax machine for constantly working a cell phone texting recruits you have to stay on top of until February… from a time constraint standpoint, it’s hard to see any difference. Christ, Kirby Smart was recruiting for Georgia while he was preparing for his last national title game at Alabama. Somehow he managed both. Are we really supposed to believe that these guys, with their substantial support staffs, can’t walk and chew gum at the same time?
I’m not being snarky here. I honestly don’t get what the big deal is. Anybody have an idea?