NCAA Council votes to allow early signing period

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The NCAA Division I Council voted to allow early signing period for college football on Friday morning. The early signing period would be in December and it will still need final approval from the Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) in June.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has been on record that he would like to have an early signing period for college football.

“I've always been for an early signing period, Swinney said to TigerNet last season. "I could sit here and state the case all day if I had to do that on the reasons why. What I don't really like what they came out with is the dates. To me, I don't think June is the right time. I think August 1st would be better or December - tied in with the Juco. One of those, either August or December, makes the most sense."

Swinney said it would help slow down the hectic pace of recruiting.

"Guys that know what they want to do will sign and some of the rhetoric out there is that it will speed up the recruiting process when in actuality, it's going to slow it down. It's going to slow it down big time. It's going to slow some of these early offers down because if a guy is committed, they're going to know if they commit, you're going to expect them to sign. It will also slow some of the early offers down because if you offer them, then they have that opportunity to sign, so now it will protect some of these guys that schools cut these guys in the end. I think it's a win, win, win all the way around."

If the recruit doesn't sign or the school never sends out a letter of intent contract out to the recruit in December, it's understood that the recruit will have more time to find a school that better fits him by March.

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