Some se­ri­ous, some silly

Pac-12 Me­dia Days: Coaches re­flect on ad­di­tion of sign­ing pe­riod

The Signal - - SPORTS - By Ha­ley Sawyer Sig­nal Staff Writer

HOL­LY­WOOD – Na­tional Sign­ing Day holds honor, pageantry and a whole lot of re­lief for high school foot­ball play­ers.

But what hap­pens when an­other sign­ing pe­riod is added?

In early May, the Col­le­giate Com­mis­sion­ers As­so­ci­a­tion voted to add the days of De­cem­ber 20, 21 and 22 as a sign­ing pe­riod to the pre­vi­ous date of the first Wed­nes­day in Fe­bru­ary.

Head coaches at Pac-12 Me­dia Days on Thurs­day sided both for and against the new rule.

Ore­gon coach Wil­lie Taggart ap­proves of the new sys­tem, but didn’t nec­es­sar­ily have a prob­lem with the old one.

“You’ve just got to go out and com­pete and re­cruit un­til you can get them all there,” Taggart said. “But if early sign­ing day is go­ing to make things bet­ter and make the game bet­ter, I’m all for that too. At the end of the day, you’ve got to re­cruit, re­cruit, re­cruit and get guys to come into your sys­tem, the right guys.”

If a player has sec­ond thoughts in De­cem­ber and de­cides not to sign, they can still wait un­til Fe­bru­ary.

Stan­ford coach David Shaw be­lieves the more time teenagers have to

make a de­ci­sion, the bet­ter.

“No one can tell me some of these guys still aren’t go­ing to change their minds be­tween De­cem­ber and Fe­bru­ary,” Shaw said.

“My thing has al­ways been, let’s let the process be as long as it can be and let’s give these guys and their fam­i­lies as much time as pos­si­ble to make a de­ci­sion and leave a late date to where they can sign.”

Now, with play­ers able to sign sooner, coaches have to be more proac­tive in their re­cruit­ing, said USC coach Clay Hel­ton.

For some play­ers, the op­por­tu­nity to visit and sign sooner just makes the process eas­ier.

“There are some kids that just know they want to be Tro­jans,” Hel­ton said. “They’re done with the re­cruit­ing process. They want to end it and they’re not mak­ing any more vis­its and they’re 100 per­cent sure that’s what they want to do, and they can end their process, which is nice for them.”

Katharine Lotze/The Sig­nal

Wash­ing­ton State Univer­sity foot­ball head coach Mike Leach talks to the press dur­ing the sec­ond day of the Pac-12 foot­ball Me­dia Days at the Ray Dolby Ball­room in Hol­ly­wood on Thurs­day.

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