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Thursday, June 5, 2014
3-point stance: June big for Stanford

By Ivan Maisel

1. Just because talent evaluations end in May doesn’t mean that vacation begins for coaches. David Shaw told me on the ESPNU College Football Podcast on Wednesday that June is a critical month for Stanford. Not only do players come to camp to try to earn a scholarship offer, or visit campus to see if they want to commit, but second-semester grades arrive and the Cardinal coaches get a better idea of which players have a shot at qualifying for admission.

2. Judging by the endorsement of both Shaw and Virginia Tech associate head coach Shane Beamer given on the podcast, the new dead period on the NCAA recruiting calendar in July is the greatest rule change since the forward pass. For two weeks in summer, coaches can’t recruit and recruits can’t meet with coaches on campus visits. Coaches get to recharge before players report in August. My guess: If you want to see a coach that week, go to the beach.

3. Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini’s idea to eliminate national signing day is counterintuitive. He believes that no rule will do just as good a job as too many, that programs will be more judicious in offering scholarships if coaches know that the young man could sign that day. It wouldn’t solve the issue of earlier and earlier recruiting. In fact, that problem might be more acute. Give Pelini credit for thinking outside the coaches’ box. But what in the world would we watch on the first Wednesday in February?