SEC proceeds cautiously on early signing period

semerson@macon.comMay 28, 2014 

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SEC Commissioner Mike Slive talks to media during SEC football media days in Hoover, Alabama, Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

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DESTIN - The SEC has a proposal for an early signing period, even though it still doesn't want one.

That sums up the peculiar, but perhaps tactically brilliant, stance that the SEC took on Wednesday: In the face of "mounting interest" nationally in favor of a football early signing period, the SEC proposed that it be held the Monday after Thanksgiving, and that anyone who signs must not have taken an official visit to any school.

But the conference still prefers keeping things the way it is.

"There is an appreciation for maintaining the recruiting calendar as it currently exists. There's also an understanding that there is an interest emerging at implementing an early signing date at a national level," SEC associate commissioner Greg Sankey said Wednesday in announcing the conference's official position.

The matter will be brought up in mid-June before the Conference Commissioners Association, a body consisting of the men and women who lead the football-playing conferences in FBS and FCS.

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