Jan 1, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw looks on during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

College Football: Stanford head coach David Shaw says an early signing period is 'terrible'


This past week, the idea of an early signing period for college football recruits was brought up once again. For the past few years, the idea has been gaining more and more momentum, but there are a lot of coaches that are against it, and Stanford head coach David Shaw is definitely one of them.

In speaking to ESPN recently, Shaw pulled no punches in letting everyone know that he wants no part of an early signing period.

“I might be alone in this, I think it’s terrible,” Shaw said Saturday, according to ESPN.com. “I think it’s terrible. The reason [for an early signing period], in my opinion, is coaches don’t like when kids commit and switch late.”

Shaw also pointed out that should this come to fruition, it would ultimately hurt an academically-driven institution, such as the one he’s employed by.

“We have a lot of kids that don’t know if they’re going to get into school until after that early signing day,” Shaw said. “So we’re going to punish the academic schools just because coaches don’t want a kid to switch their commitment.”

There’s no word yet on just how close this is to happening, but this is one of those issues that will be tough to call because you can make a clear case for both sides.

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