Signing Dates

Seemingly out of nowhere, some big name basketball recruits are making verbal commitments. Among them Jeremy Tyler to the University of Louisville, 6-9 Mouphtaou Yarou to Villanova, point guard Junior Cadougan to Marquette.

What’s going on? Well, while the non-basketball-only fans have been focusing on football, the early signing period for college hoopsters has been creeping up on us. Would you believe Nov. 12? Here are the signing periods for collegiate sports for this school year:


Sport

Initial Signing Date

Final Signing Date

Basketball (Early Period) Nov. 12, 2008 Nov. 19, 2008
Basketball (Regular Period) April 15, 2009 May 20, 2009
Football (Midyear, JC, Transfers) Dec. 17, 2008 Jan. 15, 2009
Football (Regular Period) Feb. 4, 2009 April 1, 2009
Field Hockey, Soccer, Track Feb. 4, 2009 Aug. 1, 2009
All Other Sports (including Baseball) Nov. 12, 2008 Nov. 29, 2008
All Other Sports (Regular Period) April 8, 2009 Aug. 1, 2009

Speaking of recruiting, UofL Coach Rick Pitino had some thoughts on current trends in a recent interview with Dan Patrick of ESPN:

1. Recruiting has gotten better in the last several years. It’s a little less back-stabby. Pitino says he doesn’t go after the competition. He won’t knock fellow coaches.

2. Dan asked Pitino about what you look for when you investigate a recruit. Pitino said he looks closely at who the kid hangs out with. That’s the key.

3. Pitino said he’ll take a risk. He took a risk on Antoine Walker at Kentucky, because he heard Walker loved the game and worked hard. That was key. Pitino had to get him stop talking trash.

4. Dan asked Pitino about what he learned from his experience with the Celtics. Pitino got a strong dose of humility and learned a ton.

Here’s the audio. Some would argue that the most interesting part of the interview is how he would approach a recruit torn between Louisville and Kentucky.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.