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No Early Signing Period for Football This Year

It's not going to happen this year.

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Last week, MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said he thought that an early signing period would be coming for football. After long discussion this week, the powers that be put it off:

The SEC will be pleased at this result, as it was the only major conference to speak out against the early signing period. There are a lot of reasons why the league thinks it could be a bad idea. Some are on the athlete side, like potentially making players go through signing during finals or their high school playoffs. Some are on the schools' side, like the fact that a school won't have the fall semester grades to look at for anyone who does sign in December.

Delaying the issue isn't killing it, but this idea will have longer to bake before it comes up for a vote.