Count Paul Finebaum among those who aren’t fans of the new early signing period.
Speaking on WJOX 94.5 FM on Monday, the noted ESPN analyst gave his opinion on the early signing period that will take place from Wednesday to Friday. Earlier, Alabama coach Nick Saban voiced his displeasure with the situation. Finebaum shares the same view.
Here’s what the analyst said about the topic on the radio appearance:
“It’s a mess. And I know there has been some criticism of Saban’s comments. There always will be. … But I understood the intent of this. But instead I think it has blown up, and it has just created unnecessary pressure. What is going to be accomplished by announcing now versus six weeks from now? We’re not talking about that much time. And I just think some players, because they have their ESPN timeslot already booked for next Wednesday, will make faulty decisions. I don’t need to tell you guys how important this [choice] is. So why move it up?”
Some have criticized Saban and others who have disagreed with the early signing period, pointing to the fact that coaches are paid lots of money to handle the tasks of their job. Still, Finebaum and Saban make good points.
Especially for a coach like Saban, who is preparing for a College Football Playoff appearance against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, you can only accomplish so much in a day. And then there’s the reality that kids are making choices a few months earlier than normal, with some perhaps being “pressured” to sign this week instead of weighing more options later.
But bottom line, the early signing period is here. Saban and other coaches must adjust, no matter how much they dislike the new recruiting landscape.
— WJOX 94.5 FM (@WJOX945) December 18, 2017