Mike Gundy frustrated by early signing day occurring in middle of bowl game preparations

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has long been an advocate for an early signing date.

His wish is now granted, as recruits will have the chance to sign with their colleges as early as Wednesday, Dec. 20 opposed to waiting until national signing day in February. The early window will last through Dec. 22.

Gundy, however, isn’t a fan of the exact timing for athletes to put a pen to paper early.

According to the Oklahoman’s Scott Wright, Gundy said the December signing window is poorly timed — right in the middle of bowl-season.

Gundy called it a “challenge” to manage the inflow of recruits as the team simultaneously makes its final preparations for its bowl game. The Cowboys will face No. 22 Virginia Tech on Dec. 28 in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

The first bowl games are played on Saturday, Dec. 16. But the majority come well after Dec. 20 — putting numerous coaches in the same dilemma as Gundy.

Of course, there won’t be quite the implications in the Camping World Bowl in comparison to teams preparing for the College Football Playoff on top of the early signing day. But as Gundy attempts to send his seniors out on a high note, that task certainly hasn’t become any easier.

The Camping World Bowl can be viewed on ESPN. Oklahoma State has not faced Virginia Tech since 1972.

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