Posted: 5:06 pm Friday, March 7th, 2014

NCAA looks at early signing period for football 

By Michael Carvell

College football is considering an early signing period and could vote on it as early as June,

“I think everyone wants an early signing period,” the NCAA’s Susan Peal told ESPN’s Mitch Sherman. “It’s just trying to nail down what’s the appropriate date for that.”

Every college sport except for football allows high school athletes to sign at the beginning of their senior year of school. Football’s signing day is every February.

Peal said the Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) will meet in June to review an agenda that includes discussion of the early signing period (However, it must be noted that this topic has been discussed extensively in past years).

Also, the NCAA has closed the loophole – sort of  — with senior prospects signing financial-aid agreements with multiple schools.

This past year, a new NCAA interpretation allowed seniors who were approved for early enrollment to sign financial-aid agreements (not the same as a letter of intent and non-binding) with multiple colleges. In return, the colleges could comment publicly on the student-athlete and basically have “unlimited” communication, including personal contact.

For example, wide receiver Josh Malone of Gallatin, Tenn., signed financial-aid agreements with UGA, Tennessee, Clemson and Florida State – which permitted all four schools to have “unlimited” contact with Malone until he signed a letter of intent with the Volunteers.

Under new NCAA rules, only the college that first signs the prospect can have “unlimited” contact and publicize the recruit.

Here’s where it gets really interesting: How will the NCAA know which college signed a recruit first? “The organization plans to leave it largely up to the recruiting media to sort it out,” wrote ESPN, which also (correctly) noted, “Sounds like a controversy waiting to happen.”

35 comments
slydawg
slydawg

Of course, they have to check the money tree first.

slydawg
slydawg

Gee, it's funny how a lot ideas from stupid fans who don't know anything about football on the college level are at least being given a fair hearing (playoffs? check, early signing period? check). Still, it's a very long way to go.

bigcooterb
bigcooterb

When did this become a Bama blog site?

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

I'm ok with early signing period, But they need to limit the number of players that can commit over a 4 year period, say 85 max over 4 years would be good

Jim70
Jim70

Snagglepuss, not sure about commitments with a coaching change.  probably why kids should seriously look at the school in addition to the coaching staff.


A few years ago Johnson released a qb chan had signed since he wasn't the type qb cpj wanted.  but some coaches or schools, Wisconsin in bball a few years back who tried to deny a kid from transferring to a large number of schools, are not interested in the best interest of kids.

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

I think it would be a good thing for everyone.


1.  Coaches could sign a kid and not have to continue to go to ridiculous lengths to keep them engaged.  They could then use their time to focus on other recruiting and coaching responsibilities.


2.  The kids and their families lives could return to normal prior to their senior year.


3.  Retailers could sell the many hats that are needed for the much publicized "announcement" at full retail and not at post-Christmas discount levels.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

i approve of changing the signing period. this should also help us against the oversigners like sickening saban.  ol nick satan just cant catch a break these days.  heck, even tech might do better from this rule.  at least our professors dont steal from there students though!! LOL!!!!!

Jim70
Jim70

Early signing may help prevent some of the over signing as the unsigned kids would know who is committed to the school.


But how binding are these signings?  that is, could bama pull the signing when they find a higher rated player or the kid gets an injury?

GT_Rich
GT_Rich

It's not hard to figure out which letter is valid if a kid signs multiple -- signature line has a date and time. The LOI should have the head coach & the recruiting coach named and an out clause for the kid is if either coach is dismissed by Dec-31 or if the school is placed under NCAA sanctions. The school has an out clause if the kid is convicted or fails to qualify academically.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Do NOT want. Bama has out 180 offers as of today but those are really come to camp and lets see what you do against others type offers. Nick takes some early commits just to get some skin in the game and then recruit over those when you get someone better. Did I miss anything? Oh yes...we tell some of these early commits that they might have to take a greyshirt as well if a Big Dog comes aboard late in the process. Heck we don't even start cheating until a week or so before Nick Saban Day. Bingo...#1 class again. Wash,Rinse,Repeat.

Roll Tide

RingtheBell
RingtheBell

This needs to be passed today, not think about it in June!!!!!!!! @ theBucket easy fix, coaching  change LOI is void

thebucket
thebucket

I think the early signing period makes sense for the rising seniors who want to eliminate the drama and get the recruiting process over with so they can enjoy their senior season. I do see potential problems if schools make coaching changes or coaches move after a kid has signed the LOI.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

The writer needs the hits thus if he can get Nick Saban into the article then he has a chance. There is a lot of of Nick Saban and Bama hate out there no doubt. The old story underachievers don't like overachievers. Never have and never will.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Have you considered these Kids and Their families enjoy their endless 15 minutes of fame?

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Jim70


Hopefully the same conditions as the current system will be employed.  It is a contract that, if not adhered to by both parties, other language in the LOI/contract comes into play. Example: recruit/signee changes his/her mind about the school they signed with but the school can cause that student to have to sit out a year or cannot sign with certain other schools if the signee is released by the school.


Point of concern:  What recourse does the signee have if the HC(or position coach leaves the school they signed with???????  That is not addressed in the current system!!!!!!!

BigGAdawg
BigGAdawg

@Jim70  I think the early signing period will have a positive effect on limiting the Saban-like behavior of oversigning a bunch of kids and then picking which ten to throw under the bus.  


It will also cut down on the ridiculous number of de-commits.  Apparently too many kids think the word commit means "to hold a place in line while I look around and see if there is anyone I like better." 


High Schools should do a better job of teaching the language.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Jim70

How binding are the signings?  As binding as the ones in college basketball - they have had an early signing period for years.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

You have no clue what Bama does Sport! You like 99% of the people posting on this blog have no clue who is on scholly at the U of A. Then again  Then again when YOUR program sucks you need to blame someobody that is having success. That is the good ole American way of today.

Grant1296
Grant1296

Repeat what sport??

Another loss to the barn??

At the moment you bammers

Aren't even the best team in

Your state...

thebucket
thebucket

@RingtheBell  I suppose you are right, however, I see that as a sword that could cut both ways. Who gets to decide whether the LOI is voided? The player or the school? Some in-coming coaches want to be able to recruit their own players and some players only want to play for the coach that recruited them.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Snagglepuss

In b'ball it is all down to the incoming HC.  When Oliver Purnell left Clemson his top incoming signee asked to be released from his LOI. Brownell released him and Marcus Thornton is now playng well for UGA. SThis isn't unusual in basketball - a similar thing happened with Miller after signing with GA.

However, basketball coaches are dealing with a much smaller number of players and, more importantly, a small number of AAU coaches.  If they get the reputation of screwing over recruits they will have a hard time in the future.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Bama boy, quit obsessing, along with your suck comments, and others won't talk about bama scholly's. Nobody here cares about the crimson tuurd, err tide.

Got that SPORT?

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  


You're right, most on this blog don't know who bama has on scholly.  For that matter, I doubt saban or bama know how many they have on scholly.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

The article is about recruiting sport and Bama has finished with the #1 class for 5 of the past 6 years. Even you should be able to understand that!

1980...you can understand that right Sport?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Bama boy, do your in-laws know about your obsessive UGA trolling? Or do you hide that too, like a typical bamard tries to hide it's cheating?

Huh, SPORT?

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie


Willie you know damn well UGA had the room for all those because the overall limit is 85 and CMR doesn't play the grayshirt game. And don't give us the "GRACIUS" move when Saban kept a player on scholly after he was injured. The player will N O T  count against Bammy's scholarshipped roster!!!!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

you should stick with what you know about UGA. Rev Richt signed 35 last year but that is ok because he could even though 25 is the number. So why did Richt have 10 spares? Because of the type people he signed in the years before last!!!! See how easy it is. Look sport you can slam Nick all you wish if that makes you feel better about your program. That is the path for losers. Talk the elite down to your level...that should work.

Grant1296
Grant1296

Right Sport...

I forgot the great limp willie....

Never goes off topic...

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  


5 of the past 6 years?  


Since Saban is the "best" coach and talent developer in the country then why haven't you won 5 of the last 6 NCs?