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UCLA to use electronic letters of intent on signing day


The fax machine for National Signing Day might soon be going the way of the dodo.

UCLA football recruits will sign their National Letters of Intent electronically on Wednesday, one of the first universities to take advantage of the technology, the school announced on Tuesday.

Bruin football will ink their electronic signature through SignNow by Barracuda, which will allow them to fill out documents via computer or mobile advice. The signatures can be drawn by using a mouse or by hand on the screen of a mobile device. Once the form is filled out by both the recruit and parent, a final copy will be sent to the family and university via email, expediting the process of receiving and verifying the letter.

“Once the NCAA approved electronic signatures for NLIs, it was an easy decision to partner with SignNow on this project,” explained UCLA Associate Athletic Director for Compliance Matt Elliott. “The technology provides accurate time stamps and ensures that we receive the signed contracts as soon as they are executed.”

It seems like a common sense application to use, given the technology available. Let’s see if other schools soon follow UCLA’s lead.

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5 Responses to “UCLA to use electronic letters of intent on signing day”
  1. mediocrebob says: Feb 4, 2014 8:57 PM

    Are those the kind that you can sign and then renege later on to “stay close to Gramma” ?

  2. mgmac says: Feb 4, 2014 9:11 PM

    To be quite honest I am surprised there would be that many high school football players that can sign anything electronically. Especially after listening to many college players while being interviewed

  3. Professor Fate says: Feb 4, 2014 10:53 PM

    I guess those old fax machines that take all of 30 seconds to spit out the signed letter are just too slow for today’s up-tempo coaching staffs.

    Seriously, what is the advantage to this method? The university will still want a hard copy on file. Aren’t they worried about hackers corrupting these files? Maybe sending a bogus letter or deleting a genuine one? Nah, that won’t happen. We all know how very secure “encrypted” transactions are.

    This makes it all look more like a credit card purchase, the kind of association you’d think the NCAA would want to get away from.

  4. rolltide510 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:56 AM

    “Seriously, what is the advantage to this method?”

    Wait, in 2014 we need to justify why a fax machine should be replaced?

  5. sophandros says: Feb 5, 2014 6:55 AM

    Why is UCLA wasting their money with this firm? Players should just sign the document, scan, and email it in. UCLA can then print the document at their leisure.

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