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Today is the first day that a high school football player can sign a binding National Letter of Intent. It binds the university to provide a scholarship to the athlete for one year. It binds the athlete to attend the institution for one year. Basically, it's a huge relief to all parties involved. Unless you're Bubba Walther, the signing also marks the point where other schools must cease recruiting you.
The NLI tradition began in 1964 with seven conferences and eight independents. Now it has grown to become the protocol for 610 institutions in Division I and Division II.
For hardcore football fans, it has almost become a holiday. You can analogize it to a hypothetical glorious day when the NFL Draft (incoming players) and all free agents sign with their new teams (transfers). On the other hand, the true dividends normally don't pay until two years later. What do you think?
Updated: 8:55 a.m.