Later this summer the conference commissioners will vote on whether or not to allow for an early signing period in college football. There are plenty of voices on each side of the discussion for now, but Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, in an interview with ESPN.com, is holding off on making any certain stance on the subject. Instead, Delany is suggesting allowing for as much time as needed to make a decision rather than rush to a judgement.
“We have real, emerging, serious problems in the summertime,” Delany told ESPN.com. “Camps, 7-on-7, it’s starting to mimic men’s basketball’s summer, and I don’t think that’s been particularly healthy. What I think would be best, given that we’re working through all the [NCAA] restructuring … that we take an opportunity to study this and really look at what underlying regulations need to be changed.
“I don’t think simply changing the date on a National Letter of Intent works without a fairly deep review.”
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini recently said he would prefer for there to be no National Signing Day. Penn State’s James Franklin has come out in favor of an early signing period and Maryland head coach Randy Edsall has expressed interest as well.
The SEC has stated it is collectively open to change with regard to an early signing period but would prefer to keep things as they currently stand with the recruiting calendar.