Exceptions exclude current student-athletes who have been enrolled full-time at the school for at least two years and prospective or current student-athletes who suffer an incapacitating injury (effective for recruits who sign after August 1, 2017).
"There's a large portion of the population that wants to get it finished - the recruiting process, the commitment process - sooner rather than later", Bowlsby said.
The changes in the practice structure endorse a plan created by the NCAA Sport Science Institute that eliminates multiple contact practices on the same day. The biggest concern most players had, at least at the high school level, was still having something in the tank to finish that second practice out on top of the conditioning drills.
Arguments against: The mid-December date could cause chaos in the coaching carousel.
Warm weather visits to Pullman certainly wouldn't hurt and summer visits would also check the "spend more one-on-one time with the prospect" box Leach has reiterated when discussing the reason for pushing official visits to after the regular season. "Early recruiting in lacrosse has spun out of control and now we have a chance to restore some sanity to the process", said IWLCA Division I Legislation Committee Chair and Duke Women's Lacrosse head coach Kerstin Kimel.
Riley will also be delighted by the opportunity to add a 10th full-time assistant to his staff next year. Plus, some coaches do end up leaving later in the cycle - for National Football League jobs, for example - after the new signing date.
It also limits programs to signing 25 players in a single recruiting class and prohibits schools from hiring an individual who has been working as a coach of a recruit's high school program. Taking an unofficial visit to Nebraska on a players' own dime can be tough, for example, so by the time the Huskers get a prospect on campus, it can be way behind in the recruitment.
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Bielema, who is on the AFCA's board of trustees, said he thought the early signing period would be a "good thing for the student-athletes" when asked about the possibility of it on National Signing Day in February of this year.
The early signing period would include a 72-hour signing windows for high school seniors beginning on the third Wednesday in December. "This was the most I've seen the American Football Coaches Association - and their board - engaged in any initiative in my 30 years around intercollegiate athletics".
- It allows Football Bowl Subdivision schools to hire a 10th assistant coach (effective January 9, 2018). For certain there are some grad assistant coaches around the country pumping their fists.
The Hurricanes might be able to nab some of those gems for sure this December 20 instead of the first Wednesday of February, 2018.
The NCAA has approved of the addition of a 10th assistant coach to FBS teams, starting in 2018. The carousel happens right after the season ends.
Satellite camps have been gutted..
The NCAA's official Twitter account announced the news on Friday morning: "DI Council allows early football signing period and coaches to recruit at camps and clinics, but restricts when and where they can occur".