Just the other day Michigan head football coach and the "King" of satellite camps Jim Harbaugh endorsed what the NCAA Division I Council proposed last week, the addition of two early signing periods for football, both 72 hours, one starting in June on the last Wednesday of the month and the other starting in December with the traditional middle of the month Wednesday that has always started the junior college signing period. High school prospects entering their senior year (June) and again after the football season (December) and eligible at the time with the NCAA guidelines could sign early.
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has long been an advocate of an early signing period and responds to the rule that he is so in agreement with that it is almost as if he wrote the proposal himself.
"With the early signing period, in my opinion, anybody at our level who doesn't agree with that, I'd like to have debate with them about why they didn't," Gundy said. "It does two things. Financially, it helps all schools involved, so it's going to save money. For some of the bigger schools it might not matter, but for the other ones, they need an opportunity to save money.
"Secondly, it won't eliminate but I think it will greatly reduce cheating," Gundy continued. "There won't be as many games played in January. Ninety percent or so of the young men that are going to sign in February would have already signed in December. I threw that number out there, and I'm just guessing based on our history at Oklahoma State and how many players we had committed in December, it's 80/90 percent of your class. So, if it saves money for the athletic departments and it greatly reduces cheating, I can't imagine why that wouldn't be better for college football."
As for the other proposal of limiting satellite camps and all camps to being scheduled in a 10-day window and only using full-time coaches and only hosting camps on regular college campuses and facilities, he had no problem.
"I would agree with that because it's a non-factor," Gundy said. "What they've done is minimize the total number of days, which is good for the assistant coaches, so they can have some time with their families. It's never been an issue here because we work around family time."
Gundy said Oklahoma State would continue to go on the road with camps seeking school partners as they did in the past in Texas with Mary Hardin-Baylor and will look for other partners. Gundy said the camps have been really strong for either initiating or furthering contact with prospects that end up attending Oklahoma State. Those recruits can't always afford to make unofficial visits to the campus but can often get to a camp much closer to their home.
"I would say that 95 percent of the players that we've signed over the last eight years, we've seen in either a satellite camp or the same camp that was on our campus," Gundy estimated.
One other proposal that did not get discussed is that each school would add a full-time assistant coach to bring coaching staffs to one head coach and 10 full-time assistant coaches.