Early signing period for football gets approval from NCAA council, would start this year

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The NCAA Division I Council on Friday voted to allow an early signing period for football. The idea had been kicked around for at least a decade before Friday’s vote, and it will be implemented this year.

While approval still must come from the Conference Commissioners Association, that is expected to be a formality. That vote is expected to take place in June. The CCA oversees the National Letter of Intent.

The early signing period will allow for a 72-hour window in mid-December in which high school seniors can sign, and will be side-by-side with the junior college signing date. This will be in addition to National Signing Day in February.

The early signing period was part of a big package of rules that also allow will coaches to recruit at camps and clinics; there will be restrictions as to when when and where that can occur.

College basketball already has an early signing period. As with basketball, prospects do not have to sign early.

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