Here's the reason why.
The inaugural early signing period lasts for three days next week, from December 20-22. It is likely that most players who will sign early will do so on that first day, the 20th.
That's why ESPN college football analyst Greg McElroy is predicting a "dark day" on Dec. 21. His reasoning? Assistant coaches are often let go after National Signing Day, when their services are no longer needed to keep recruited commits locked in. Instead of all the coaching movement happening in February, McElroy thinks it will occur next week.
Here's the transcription of McElroy's comments on SiriusXM’s ESPNU Radio. via SEC Country.
“There are some unintended consequences that are about to happen here in the next nine days,” McElroy said. “I can’t take credit for this take. This take is directly from assistant coaches who are currently on the road recruiting– several of which I’ve had the chance to talk to and some of which I’ve talked to in the last couple of days. And they are very concerned.
“Guys, for assistant coaches and position coaches in particular — a very dark day is coming on Dec. 21. Either Dec. 21 or the head coach says ‘You know what, I can’t do it before Christmas. I’m going to do it on Dec. 26.’ There are going to be a lot– maybe a record number– of assistant coaches that are either let go or they leave the program that they are currently recruiting to. Assistant coaches, that is, because they’re going to get guys to sign on the dotted line Dec. 20 and then on Dec. 21 the head coach is going to say ‘Hey, by the way, thank you for what you’ve done but you’re no longer needed here.’
You can listen to the entire McElroy segment below.
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