50-year-old piece of technology still key to Signing Day

50-year-old piece of technology still key to Signing Day
February 5, 2014, 4:45 pm
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When most of us are anticipating an important message, we're typically glued to a mobile device. But if you're a college coach on Signing Day, your feet are firmly planted in front of a piece of communication technology that was first introduced over 50 years ago — the fax machine.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly joined Wednesday's edition of the Dan Patrick show, and when asked why the aging means of sending information remains key to Signing Day, he plainly said, "I don't know why. Seems pretty silly to me."

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Kelly points out the seemingly more efficient ways to send a letter in 2014, such as uploading a picture or emailing an attachment, and predicts this year might be the last-go-round for a process that was first introduced by Xerox in 1964.

"They're probably in their last cycle," he said. "Probably not going to see them here in the next year or two. I think it's just a matter of a formality, and a way that people have always done it. I think they're going away really fast here."

We've seen that transition start already, as student-athletes are able to send in their letters of intent electronically. But for now, the fax still remains a major key.

"I think you see a lot of schools still using the fax machine based purely on tradition," Northwestern digital and social communications director Doug Meffley said. "But our student-athletes definitely have embraced the more modern method."

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