We could be one step closer to an early signing day

The long-awaited quest (by some) for an early singing day could take one giant leap forward this September.

According to Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman, the Collegiate Commissioners Association - which runs the National Letter of Intent program - has formed a committee to explore the possibility of adopting an early signing day for football. The committee hopes to meet in Chicago this September, with the possibility of presenting legislations at the NCAA's annual convention in Washington, D.C.

At this point, though, it isn't clear whether official legislation would need to be passed to administer an early signing day, since the NCAA has no control over how the NLI program is run. And that should pretty much tell you everything you need to know about the inner workings of college sports. The NCAA does not control the program whereby it official intakes its athletes, all the while the athletes are signing a document they totally do not need to sign to play college sports.

The program is said to be made up primarily of FBS athletics directors - Texas Tech's Kirby Hocutt, Stanford's Bernard Muir, Georgia's Greg McGarity, and UTEP's Bob Stull - as well as Nicholls State's Rob Bernardi to represent FCS, and South Atlantic Conference commissioner Patrick Birtz to represent Division II. Mid-American Conference commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher will reportedly chair the committee. 

There is no official agenda that the committee will reportedly discuss other than "exploring all things associated with an early signing date." Considering the myriad of suggestions and side effects to those suggestions each possible early signing date entails, this committee has its work cut out for it. 

Read more here.

Video of the Day: ULM walk-on earns scholarship

You've seen plenty of videos where a walk-on earns a scholarship, but have you seen a video where a team ends practice like this? 

Judge rules against NCAA in O'Bannon case...but it isn't that bad

Late this afternoon the judge presiding over the case issued her ruling which is in favor of the plaintiffs; but really isn't that bad for the NCAA. 

Here's a summary from the AP:

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Will provide more links and analysis shortly.

Jon Solomon has a good summary here

Preview a scene from When the Game Stands Tall, the must see movie of the summer


Down at the AFCA National Convention back in January, the AFCA held a pre-screening of "When the Game Stands Tall", a movie chronicling De La Salle HS (CA) and the infamous 151 game win streak. Tickets were handed out and everyone attending the night's speaker was welcomed to attend.

That presented quite the decision; Do I stick around and catch this movie, that may eventually replace "The Program" or "Remember the Titans" as my all-time favorite football movie or do I catch up with some coaching buddies for a beer or two.

I'm not proud of it, but I think we all know the decision that was made.

Since coming back from the convention, I have seen numerous clips and great reviews on the movie, so I circled August 22nd (the official release date) on my calendar and blocked it for good. After seeing the latest clip, I recommend that you do the same.

In the scene below, De La Salle coaches and staff are shown in the locker room following their first loss in 12 seasons, and 151 games. The Shield's Michael Chiklis, who plays longtime assistant of Bob Ladouceur (portrayed by Jim Caviezel in the movie), uses the loss to teach lesson bigger than the game of football.

After watching this one scene, you'll understand why I blocked off August 22nd...and I recommend you do the same.

video via USAToday

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