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Mark Richt would be afraid to change to early signing period

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The conference commissioners will discuss and debate whether or not to add an early signing period to college football’s recruiting calendar later this year. Georgia head coach Mark Richt seems to feel concerned about the idea.

“I always say ‘Be careful what we ask for’ because I don’t know what that will do to our recruiting calendar,” Richt said to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I think there’s some sanity to it right now. I think if everybody plays by the same rules, then it’s good as it is.”

There are many details to sort out with regards to a potential early signing period. Right now it is purely in the discussion phase, with no concrete plans to implement. Whether or not it would even be possible to add it to the recruiting calendar for the Class of 2015 is unknown, although it may be more likely to become a reality for the next recruiting cycle if there is support from the Conference Commissioners Association in June, when they are scheduled to meet and review the concept in more detail.

“I’d be afraid to change it,” Richt said. “I don’t want to turn the regular season into such a recruiting frenzy that you can’t even coach your team on a weekly basis. I enjoy coaching football, too.”

Richt’s concerns about pushing key recruiting to the middle of the football season is a shared opinion of those opposing the idea. While we do not yet know when the early signing period would take place, placing it somewhere that overlaps with the football season is the most likely scenario. If that is the case, Richt’s concerns are legitimate because it would take away from preparing for games on a week-to-week basis by head coaches and assistant coaches who now must prepare for a game that week and focus on recruiting pushes a little more than they may typically do under the current model.

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4 Responses to “Mark Richt would be afraid to change to early signing period”
  1. josh60 says: Mar 10, 2014 10:03 AM

    Reblogged this on josh60's take on life and sports and commented:
    Can’t say I blame him, he can get the recruits. Now they just need to stop playing “old man offense”.

  2. woebegong says: Mar 10, 2014 12:12 PM

    Coach Richt brings up a valid argument it seems to me. These kids don’t need any more of their 15 minutes of fame, nor do I think a lot of the highly desired ones would necessarily be willing to put their name down on paper real early. If I were a recruit, I would want to take my five officials if for no other reason than the chance to see different places and be wined and dined for a weekend, in most cases.

  3. woebegong says: Mar 10, 2014 12:17 PM

    Hummmm, old man offense. Let’s see, the most prolific passer in SEC history throwing for 3000+ yards for three years in a row. If they could have stayed healthy, two of the better RB’s in college, both of whom will be in the backfield this year. At least 3 receivers that could all make big plays. A TE that could do it all.
    Not exactly what I would call old man’s offense. Now the defense and special teams, might be old man. I think the defense is on it’s way up with the new DC and staff. Special teams, will be a wait and see proposition.

  4. thraiderskin says: Mar 10, 2014 1:41 PM

    I didn’t even know this issue was an issue… I thought perhaps they would change the rule about 18 year olds being able to sign with whomever they wanted, guardian signature be damned.

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