Signing Day is like a holiday


For as long as I can remember, the first Wednesday of February has been treated as a near holiday for college football followers. It is National Signing Day.

For 31 years in a row, I’ve watched this exercise unfold. How would I describe the action ? The coaches bounce between …


— pacing like expectant fathers waiting for the coveted National Letter of Intent (NLI) to come across the fax machine, or


— reacting like a kid on the morning of Dec. 25th anxious to open the next package and celebrate the next gift.

Back in the old days, coaches often went to prospects’ homes to collect the signatures. Then, they would call back to the office headquarters squealing the "we just got (INSERT NAME)!" The ensuing cheers were always amusing.

As the day and drama unfold, you are encouraged to celebrate the newest members of our team. It’s part of the drill and it’s the fun in being a college football fan.

Your primary source to follow signing day is, of course,

No one can report the "official" signings any quicker than our department’s web site. Once we hear from a prospect, we’ll process the compliance paperwork immediately and then report the news to you. Commitments aren’t official until the paperwork gets the OK from our rules staff.

Stay tuned to for coverage all day, including Coach Paul Rhoads’ news conference at 3 p.m.

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