Stoops didn’t go that far, although he didn’t openly dismiss the idea.
“I don’t know. I’m not agreeing with it, but there’s probably some merit to that,” Stoops said. “Every young man’s different in his commitment and what he wants.”
So, Stoops said, an early signing period makes sense.
“Because more and more players are coming at mid-year,” Stoops said. “Some people have six (or) eight guys step in at mid year. Well, those high school kids ought to have a chance to sign so they have their moment in the sun and their signing period Dec. 19, 20, whenever that is. Coordinate it around the junior college signing. That, to me, makes the most sense.”
The Sooners had two high school players join the team in January this season—quarterback Justice Hansen and running back Dimitri Flowers.
Some players choose to return to their high schools in February for a signing ceremony while others forego a signing completely.
Before he talked about those issues, though, Stoops still alluded to his comments a year ago.
Last season, the SEC failed to win the national championship for the first time in eight years, and the Sooners whipped Alabama 45-31.
“Not too bad,” Stoops said of the aftermath of those comments. “Nobody had much to say after it.”