SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey Wants The Early Signing Period Moved Until After Playoff

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The college football early signing period has fans and detractors, and SEC commissioner Greg Sankey is certainly no fan.

In 2017, it was moved up to December in an attempt to finalize classes earlier and lock down committed players.

Sankey recently discussed his feelings about the shift in recruiting, saying that it doesn’t benefit players or coaches.

He told The Athletic that he believes it has to be moved, especially with the upcoming addition of more playoff games.

“We’re going to add Playoff games (in December). We have to change early signing,” Sankey said.

Despite attempts to make recruiting easier, he seems to believe the new schedule has made things worse.

“I would suggest we have to pivot back,” he said. “Maybe it doesn’t have to be the first Wednesday in February like it is, but we have to get through the postseason. We have to get through coaching transitions. It ought to be done in the appropriate timeframe. It should not be disrupting seasons.”

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SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey looks on before the 2022 CFP National Championship Game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 10, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Sankey Would Like to See Changes

Sankey has generally embraced change, including the upcoming expanded playoff.

But sometimes change doesn’t necessarily lead to the better outcomes initially expected.

He has a point that the compressed schedules make things harder on coaches and their staffs. For teams dealing with the transfer portal, bowl prep and staff turnover, finalizing classes is a lot to take on.

It certainly hasn’t helped some major conference teams.


Being the commissioner of the most powerful conference in the country, Sankey’s words will carry significant weight.

Moving the signing period back isn’t an entirely new suggestion either. But with more prominent, influential people wanting to discuss it, there may be some momentum to make a change.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, ice cream expert and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, eating as much pizza as humanly possible, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter.

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