College football’s National Signing Day shouldn’t be in December

College sports leaders have spent more than a year reviewing the calendar, and where everything fits in it, to best accommodate the oft-conflicting pursuits of athletic excellence, academic credibility, athlete well-being and piles of cash. It’s a well-meaning endeavor, but it’s missing one obvious fix: Get rid of the December football signing period.

It is horribly positioned amid a glut of other football-related happenings. Hirings, firings, bowl games, the College Football Playoff and the opening of the transfer portal are all blockbuster December events—oh, and all those holidays. Why add another log to the inferno? Coach, administrator and, yes, media bandwidth is close to maxed out, and the easiest way to alleviate that is to move the most movable element.


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