Home / College Football Live / June football signing period rejected by NCAA
June football signing period rejected by NCAA

June football signing period rejected by NCAA

Jan 18, 2017

  • Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A proposed June signing period for college football recruits has been rejected by the NCAA’s Division I Council, but a possible December signing period remains very much in play.

The council modified a proposal for flexibility in the recruiting calendar at the NCAA’s annual convention on Wednesday by removing a request for a 72-hour signing period that would have started on the last Wednesday in June. The council acted on the recommendation of the NCAA’s football oversight committee.

At its convention last week, the American Football Coaches Association supported the December signing period but came out against the June date.

The proposed calendar, which still includes a 72-hour December signing period, awaits a vote from the council in April. That December signing period already serves as the time junior-college players can sign with a four-year program.

The proposed December signing period requires approval from the Collegiate Commissioners Association, which administers the national letter of intent.

The traditional national signing day takes place on the first Wednesday of February. That signing period would remain in place under the modified recruiting calendar.

In other action, the council agreed on a change that would allow football recruits to take official visits from April 1 through the last Wednesday of June during their junior year of high school. The original proposal would have allowed official visits to occur through most of June and from July 25-31 after a prospect’s junior year.

“Earlier and more official visit options for prospects is [an] improvement, and maintaining an earlier signing portion was very important,” Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst said. “We will continue to closely monitor the recruiting/signing environment in the future to determine the next steps, particularly if June or other earlier signing options are necessary.”

If approved, the changes on official visit dates would be effective Aug. 1.

About proncaa

Check Also

Tennessee honors late ‘Voice of the Vols’ Ward

On Wednesday night, generations of Tennessee fans and former athletes paid their last respects to radio announcer John Ward, who died on June 20 at the age of 88 after battling a lengthy illness.

Ex-AD: Baylor used black players as scapegoats

Baylor regents conspired to focus the school's decades-long sexual assault scandal on black football players and worked to put all the blame on athletics, former AD Ian McCaw said in a deposition taken in an ongoing Title IX lawsuit against the school.

College football’s surprising new cradle of coaches

Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio, turned out the current head coaches at Iowa State and Toledo, along with prominent assistants at Ohio State and Michigan, who all emerged from an intense setting in which about 10 percent of undergrads play football.

Ex-PSU president Spanier loses criminal appeal

An appeals court is upholding a misdemeanor child endangerment conviction against former Penn State president Graham Spanier over his handling of a 2001 complaint about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy in the football team locker room.

Maryland introduces AD Evans, mourns McNair

University of Maryland officials struck a balance between celebratory and somber on Tuesday as they officially introduced Damon Evans as their new athletic director while also still mourning the death of 19-year-old football player Jordan McNair.