Nebraska coach Bo Pelini: It's time to get rid of national signing day
JUN 04, 2014 8:14p ET
There's been a lot talk around college football lately about how to improve the recruiting process.
One topic being kicked around conferences is the idea of implementing an early signing period. Currently, national signing day happens in early February.
There are pros and cons, but the immediate benefit (or hope) is that moving up signing day would end some of the circus that surrounds college football recruiting.
Meanwhile, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini has an even more creative idea.
Forget moving up signing day, Pelini says, get rid of the concept altogether.
Pelini thinks removing that artificial date and allowing recruits to sign a letter of intent as soon as they're offered a scholarship would fix many of the sport's issues. He told ESPN:
If somebody has offered a kid, let him sign, it's over. 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.
Make [the offer] mean something. 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.
Why does there have to be one specific day?
It's an interesting idea, as it would prevent schools from handing out offers to players they really couldn't care less if they sign. They blanket the field to have a security plan in place, and then direct their attention to the recruits they really want.
It would also save time and money for everyone, as programs that received a commitment from a recruit in June wouldn't have to spend the next eight months leading up to signing day continuing to hold off other programs who are trying to steal the recruit away. It's an endless, senseless process.
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