Swinney discusses early signing day topics


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A proposal for a early signing day in December is getting more and more traction and will actually be voted on by a NCAA committee in June.

The signing period would be a 72-hour period beginning on Dec. 16 and there would still be the normal signing period in February.

Another interesting topic is if a recruit signs during the hypothetical early signing day period and then his future head coach or positional coach leaves, should the student-athlete get an automatic release to go to another school?

“Let’s say the head coach gets fired or packs up and leaves," Swinney tells the AJC. "Then that’s simple: Those recruits (who signed early) are no longer bound. If the head coach is fired or leaves, those guys are basically free agents again and can either firm up with that school or they are free to re-sign somewhere else on (the February) signing day. Because at the end of the day, that’s what happening anyways. You may have 15 guys committed and then the head coach gets fired. Guess what? Some of those guys stick with the school, while others de-commit and go somewhere else. So it would just kind of formalize it. You would definitely want to protect the student-athlete if the head coach were to leave."

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