No early recruiting signing period this year

LEADING UP TO last week, all signs pointed to a new, early signing period for football was coming this year -- but it won’t happen. The Collegiate Commissioners Association instead decided to table for one year the proposed three-day signing period for high school prospects in mid-December.

Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, who led the early signing committee, told the Associated Press that even though the majority of commissioners supported the proposal, the vote will be deferred for one year.

He said the commissioners want to allow the new NCAA football oversight committee to take a long, thorough look at recruiting, including satellite camps, oversigning and grayshirting.

The only conference that’s been reportedly opposed to the early signing period was the SEC.

Indeed, administrators from the Pac-12, ACC, American, Big Ten, Big 12, MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt had spoken in favor of the proposal, according to ESPN, while the SEC was the only FBS league that spoke out against it.

College football, men's and women's soccer, and men's water polo are the only NCAA sports without an early signing period.

If it had been approved, the dates would match-up with the signing period for midyear enrollees, who are usually transferring in from junior college. The early signing period would have started this year on Dec. 16 and then been reviewed after two years.


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