Friday, July 6, 2012

Brady Hoke calls for a second college football signing day.

Brady Hoke points to the future.
Never let be said that Michigan head football coach isn't  a forward thinker or innovator. He may be the traditional kind of coach Wolverine fans (not to mention the UofM administration) wants, but it doesn't mean he's bound by the past. To wit, since recruiting has become such a year-round process for college football coaches, Hoke is in favor of adding another signing day to the college football calendar.

"We've talked about (early signing date)," Hoke said last month. "As a (coaches) association, we've talked about an early official visit calendar, taking visits for two weeks in June. Then you'd have and incorporate maybe an early signing date.

"The technology is what has made this thing go faster. You used to call a coach and say I need a DVD on (a prospect). He'd get it out to you in a week and then you'd take time and make sure you got through that, then get another one. ... The technology has sped the whole thing up. I don't know if I like it, but I think it's kind of the world we live in right now."

Of course another reason Hoke might want an early signing date might be due to the "what's mine is mine, what's yours is mine" recruiting philosophy of Ohio State HC Urban Meyer, whose practice of getting recruits to flip their commitments from other schools to the Buckeyes caused other Big Ten coaches' boxers in a bunch. Hoke probably wouldn't admit, but it has to be in the back of his mind.

(via The Detroit Free Press)