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If passed, when will an early signing period officially begin?

Karl Benson, Jon Steinbrecher

The decision on whether or not to allow for an early signing period will come soon enough, but one of the biggest questions regarding it is when exactly it would become an official on the recruiting calendar. If it is approved this summer, do not expect it to take place until the Class of 2016 recruiting calendar gets started.

Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson said it will take some time to work through the legislation before an early signing period would become official, which is to be expected. Benson suggests the earliest it could actually happen would be August 1, 2015.

“If there is a majority vote to move up the signing date, then that vote is conducted by the 32 conferences,” Benson told AL.com. “If that requires change in NCAA legislation, in terms of recruiting calendar, that then has to go through the NCAA process, which would more than likely go into the winter and early 2015. It’d be adopted, from my understanding, for implementation Aug. 1, 2015.”

While there appears to be plenty of open minds regarding the early signing period, there is a lack of consistency on how it should be added to the recruiting calendar. The SEC coaches are reluctant to add an early signing period but would prefer it to be just after Thanksgiving. The ACC has an earlier date in mind. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany says there needs to be more discussion on the subject to properly evaluate the beat course of action.

The Conference Commissioners Association will meet later this month to discuss the early signing period concept and potential details.

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3 Responses to “If passed, when will an early signing period officially begin?”
  1. tigersdawgs says: Jun 9, 2014 8:37 PM

    If a player knows the school he/she wants to play for, then he/she should be able to sing when they want to!

  2. bender4700 says: Jun 10, 2014 7:55 AM

    Signing day should be September 1st. If the kid is a senior in high school, he can sign. Remembering it’s just the first day a kid can sign, not everyone has to sign Sept 1st.

    Once signed, he’s locked in, unless the coaching staff is fired, then the kid should be able to reconsider. Or any other major life event. Same as it is with signing day in Feb. for the most part.

  3. vols84 says: Jun 10, 2014 9:17 AM

    Aimed at stopping SEC dominance in my opinion

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