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Bo Pelini’s radical idea for National Signing Day is to eliminate it

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SEC coaches are fine with the status quo but are open to an early signing period, and later this summer we may learn whether or not the idea of an early signing period will become reality in college football or not. Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini has a different spin on the conversation. If the decision were left in Pelini’s hands, there would be no signings days at all.

“If somebody has offered a kid, let him sign, it’s over,” Pelini told on Wednesday. “That will stop some of the things that are happening — people just throwing out offers, some of them with really no intention of taking a kid.”

The idea is an intriguing one, although not likely to see much discussion. On one hand, Pelini’s idea could allow schools to geta  grip on recruiting efforts and planning on the go as recruits have the ability to commit to a school at any time once an offer is received. On the other hand, this also means recruits getting a scholarship offer at age 14 or 12 could accept a scholarship offer well before seeing the final days of their high school careers. That is, of course, unless there are some sort of added restrictions to still provide some sense of governance in the recruiting game.

“Make [the offer] mean something,” Pelini explained. “People will be like, ‘Whoa, I’ve got to take this kid now.’ It will slow things down for the kids, for the institutions. There will be less mistakes.”

Pelini is a bit of a no-nonsense coach (although he does have a lighter side). The head coach of the Cornhuskers went on to suggest it might cut down on some of the shenanigans that are pulled on National Signing Day.

National Signing Day has become a landmark day on the college football calendar, with increased coverage available every year from various recruiting outlets and television networks. Pelini’s idea would, in theory, take away from the special day in the offseason. Do you like Pelini’s idea or is the cheese standing alone on this one?

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16 Responses to “Bo Pelini’s radical idea for National Signing Day is to eliminate it”
  1. jcmeyer10 says: Jun 4, 2014 8:21 PM

    I like it. It’s become more spectacle and head games. If you think the kid is worth it, put your chips in and stand by it.

  2. tampabayirish says: Jun 4, 2014 9:19 PM

    Coach Pelini’s idea would seem to serve the interests of coaches (and football loving alumni) more than student athletes. I also don’t think anyone can enforce a contract signed by a minor…unless a parent signs too????

  3. rolltide510 says: Jun 4, 2014 9:31 PM

    I like it too. And its good for the players too, for reasons Pelini says: you can’t tell a kid they’re a contingency plan if they don’t get higher ranked kids. You hold off offering until you’re sure, and it can’t be rescinded.

  4. raysfan1 says: Jun 4, 2014 9:52 PM

    I’m good with it if there is also a rule to only allow offers to high school seniors.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jun 4, 2014 9:58 PM

    Good idea IF the kid can change his mind with NO penalty of having to set out a year before switching.

  6. pdcooper08 says: Jun 4, 2014 10:01 PM

    I like the concept, but think there should be a starting date. For example the end of the 11th grade. Parents should sign since we are dealing with minors. Kids prior to that really dont have a clue what’s going on. Besides, there’s a lot of maturing both mentally and physically that will occur in this period. I’d think 10th grade and under should be off limits.

  7. cfballfan1 says: Jun 4, 2014 10:33 PM

    Pelino is a d-bag but actually makes some sense here. The NSD had become a circus and the situation can only get better with less hype and more commitment from schools and recruits.

  8. bender4700 says: Jun 5, 2014 8:13 AM

    I like it.

    A. Schools won’t just blindly throw offers at kids just to disrupt a rival. (the kid could sign it right then and their locked in, as opposed to the kid seeing the school clearly isn’t interested and just picking someone else). You don’t think Nick Saban hasn’t made an offer or two to kids looking at LSU or Florida just to make him think more? Urban hasn’t? Now, their bluff could be called. Because check how many offers get retracted just before signing day.
    B. How often do kids flip their commit? They sign, they are in, and have to get a release from the school. Put in a rule that the school and NCAA have to agree to a release, and it has to be for a legit reason, not just “I changed my mind”. Forces kids to really commit, not just bs like they do now. They sign, they can’t play for 2 seasons and lose a year of eligibility if they back out and sign somewhere else without a case by case release from the school and NCAA involving real reasons.
    C. National Recruiting Day is the epitome of what is wrong with this sport, country, and people in general. Sorry, but 17, 18, 19 year old males are idiots. Talk to one, not the nerds, the jocks. They are dumb as bricks most of the time. That’s perfectly natural. They grow up and get smarter, well some. We don’t need them sitting at a table, playing pick the hat like a really really stupid game show. It’s just pathetic. It’s demeaning to all those struggling in life that ESPN would actually film some dumb kid playing guess the hat. They do fake outs, or other elaborate ways of saying which school they choose. Really? REALLY? Grown men watch this?!?! Seriously guys, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU. Plus, the biggest problem… THAT KID MAY NEVER PLAY! How many 5 stars have been busts? How many of those kids did the little stupid hat game and literally the only thing they did was wear the hat on the sideline. It’s so stupid.

    Make the rule kids can’t sign until their senior year of high school begins (August/September) and they can’t be released without both the school and NCAA agreeing.

    Imagine if a coaching staff had their class done in October.

    And just make a provision of the coaching staff is fired the kids can sign somewhere else, as long as their specific position/direct coach is fired too. So if Mr. Pelini is fired but Ron Brown isn’t and is retained by the next staff, kids he coaches are committed. Most kids commit to their position coach anyway.

    Why not?

  9. bender4700 says: Jun 5, 2014 8:15 AM

    thefiesty1 says: Jun 4, 2014 9:58 PM

    Good idea IF the kid can change his mind with NO penalty of having to set out a year before switching


    That’s the opposite of a good idea.

    Dude you are a moron.

    How is that any different than now?!

    Signing the CONTRACT means the kid can’t just go “uh I changed my mind” like they can now when they” commit.

    Fiesty, you really are an idiot. You back an idea intended to change the current system then in the same dumb sentence endorse a provision keeping things the same.


  10. bender4700 says: Jun 5, 2014 8:18 AM

    tampabayirish says: Jun 4, 2014 9:19 PM

    Coach Pelini’s idea would seem to serve the interests of coaches (and football loving alumni) more than student athletes. I also don’t think anyone can enforce a contract signed by a minor…unless a parent signs too????


    What’s the difference of a kid signing in February or September as far as what you are talking about?

    They still sign the contract. It just means they can sign it in August instead of having to wait till February. Bo isn’t suggesting adding in anything new to what is done now, just when they can actually sign it. So it’s still the same situation.

  11. billf7095 says: Jun 5, 2014 9:22 AM

    First, outstanding pic of Pelini. He has a good idea. The best thing that could happen to college football is the elimination of the “hat game”, and a reduction of press coverage for signing day. The more press, the more schnanigans will be perpetrated by colleges, recruits, alumni, etc.

    Let the kid sign with his proud parents nearby and be done with it.

  12. addict2sport says: Jun 5, 2014 10:46 AM

    Great idea! Also like the thoughts of not being able to offer until end of Junior year (summer entering Senior season) and kids being able to decommit IF the staff they committed to is no longer there. This would put an end to a lot that is wrong with HS/College sports.

  13. chinahand11 says: Jun 5, 2014 3:43 PM

    As much as I do not care for Coach Pelini, he does have a good idea here. Why did they have to use that particular picture of him? He looks like he is about to mutate into the Hulk.

  14. sportsguy3434 says: Jun 5, 2014 9:09 PM

    I think something that is being overlooked is the fact that then coaches can pressure kids to sign NOW. Now they have awhile to think about it. Can you see the Pelini in this picture trying to get your 16 or 18 yr old blue chipper to sign now or they might have to offer someone else?

  15. florida727 says: Jun 6, 2014 3:42 PM

    Like most of you, I agree this is a good idea. I too would like to see it only apply to kids once they reach a certain class; doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be seniors. Kids in their junior year, especially the 4- and 5-star players, are usually at a place in their lives where they can decide. I also like the idea of there remaining a penalty for a kid who changes his mind. Make a decision; stick to it.

    All that said, National Signing Day, IMO, will NEVER go away. TV dictates otherwise.

  16. justanobserver says: Jun 8, 2014 12:51 PM

    Whether or not I don’t like Pelini’s personality or the way he “looks” — in a photo or otherwise — should be irrelevant. At the end of the day, a good idea is just that — a good idea. I don’t care who comes up with it and/or expresses it.

    You gotta a good idea here, coach — and I think my unsolicited advice isn’t too bad either!

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