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Early Signing Period Vote Delayed a Year

A proposal to have another signing period in college football in December has been delayed at least one year, as conference commissioners voted against the idea on Wednesday. After a couple of days of dialogue and some opposition (namely from the SEC), the commissioners of the 10 FBS conferences decided it was best to not start this practice in 2015.

More from Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com:

The proposal for a Dec. 16 early signing date “got people zeroed in all parts of this,” said Steinbrecher, who chaired the committee that made the recommendation. “And while there was majority support to move forward on it, I think we wisely said there are a lot of issues bubbling around the recruiting culture right now, so wouldn’t it make sense for the rules oversight committee to take a swing on some of those issues? Do any of those issues influence people to perhaps think differently, positively or negatively, about an early signing period, the regular period or otherwise?”

The impact of satellite camps and other recruiting issues, which may be unfair to some conferences, helped lead to the scrapping of this idea. It’s odd, though, that college basketball has two signing periods; one in the fall and one in the spring. And that works perfectly fine.

The commissioners will now go back to the drawing board and try to come up with some sort of a compromise that makes all parties happy on this issue.

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