The ACC concluded its annual spring meetings on Thursday, wrapping up the event with a State of the Conference press conference by commissioner John Swofford. Swofford boasted of the league’s accomplishments and then laid out the legislative agenda that its ADs and coaches spent the past few days hammering out.
Among them is one every coach in America will support: more dead periods.
Swoff says ACC will propose FB recruiting “dead periods” in Feb and July to allow coaches more time/access with their actual team.
— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) May 17, 2018
Here’s more from the Charlotte Observer:
The ACC will also propose football legislation that creates recruiting dead periods in February and July, restricts the spring recruiting period to four out of six weeks from the current six weeks and prohibits verbal offers to prospects before Sept. 1 of their junior year. That’s largely fallout from the new December signing period, which the ACC originally proposed and continues to support, Swofford said.
The 2017-18 FBS recruiting calendar calls for the following dead periods:
– Aug. 1-31
– Dec. 19-Jan. 11
– Feb. 5-8
– June 25-July 24
As you can see above, the recruiting calendar is already dead for the bulk of July. Feb. 9 through April 14 is a quiet period, but official visits are now permitted from April 1 through the Sunday before the last Wednesday in June, which this year falls on June 24.
Given that massive increase in recruiting workload, coaches will take more dead periods whenever they can get them.