Early signing period on hold

An early signing period for high school football players won’t happen this year.  Wednesday morning, the Conference Commissioners Association decided not to vote on the plan that would have implemented a two-year trial beginning this December.

Under the proposal, colleges would have a 72 hour window during which they could sign high school players to letters of intent.  The traditional national signing period would remain on the first Wednesday in February, but a mid-December period would allow recruits, who feel sure of their college choice, to make it official sooner.

Mid-American Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, who chairs the CCA, says the proposal is not dead and could be voted next June.

The Southeastern Conference was the most vocal opponent of the proposal.

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