OT: U of F president weighs in on oversigning and greyshirting
oversigning.com, andy staples, etc and now the UF president. A lot of publicity and the SEC is taking the majority of the negative PR.
Florida is one of the big boys in most sports, especially football, and is in the SEC. Florida's decision to make a public statement against oversigning is a big deal. If a few more of the top football schools outside the B10 would get on board (e.g. Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma), the NCAA would have the necessary support to implement FBS-wide changes to stop the most abusive practices.
Things that are never happening: Nick Saban opposing oversigning.
like Satan opposing evil and stuff.
Good for him. The attention being given to this issue seems to be inching closer to critical mass. Once the general public is fully aware of it, it seems like it should be only a matter of time before the NCAA is pressured into some change. Maybe that's a bit optimistic/idealistic, but it'd be nice to put this practice away forever.
It's funny. A lot of us think of oversigning as "That horrible thing the SEC does"... but SEC East fans claim it's "That horrible thing the SEC WEST does". I don't know if it's a completely clean split, but most of the worst offenders are in the west.
Follow-up: Here's Oversigning.com's current list of offenders (keeping in mind these are based on verbal commitments, not actual players):
1. Ole Miss (SEC West)
2. Alabama (SEC West)
3. USC (GOATBOY)
4. LSU (SEC West)
5. Arkansas (SEC West)
6. South Carolina (SEC East)
7. Mississippi State (SEC West)
8. Clemson (ACC)
9. Michigan State*
So yeah, looks like it's mostly the SEC West that's the troublemakers.
*Apparently, Michigan State currently has one more verbal commit than they have space for. Interesting.
MSU is probably just planning for their annual "half the team attacks a random dorm or frat and gets thrown in jail."
It is good to see that 3 schools in the SEC haven't sold their souls for more victories. I applaud Florida, Georgia, and Vanderbilt for sticking to their priciples while competing with the schools that will do anything to win.
To me when I think of over-signing, I think of Alabama, Ole Miss, Miss St., Auburn, South Carolina and LSU. Lets not forget Alabama and their medical redshirt practices.
People constantly say the SEC is the best conference. That might be the case, but I wonder how much better they would be if they were not allowed to over-sign.
i think you're thinking of the medical hardship whereby they get to stay in school but are no longer part of the team due to medical issues. This is where the sketch comes into play because 'Bama has presumably been tabbing kids as having career ending injuries for teh sole purpose of opening up roster space.
Arkansas was at 30 recruits last I saw. How many is that over, 3-5? Unless I guess there's massive grayshirting, that's just not right.
Used to be at MICH.
This needs to be done on a national level using NCAA guidelines that are unequivocal.
I can't remember where I read this, but oversigning, except to the extent of three scholarships and then only with written justification, has been banned by the B1G since the 50's.
Adam Rittenberg has been doing some nice work on this. I know it's MSM but he's usually had some great stuff. Today he had a piece with the Big Ten's Associate Commisioner for Compliance. Here is the link if anyone is interested. SIAP.
OP, I gave you a +1, but what I really wanted to do was give Bernard Machen a +1.
Mr. Machen could not be with us this afternoon so I will be accepting this +1 for his public recognition of the douchnozzleness of the SEC West. Thank you sir on behalf of all the Universities these institutions have screwed out of recruits by their shady practices.
Changing PAC 10 to Package 10 and not changing Big Ten to B1G Ten.
Didn't catch that one until I got done laughing at your post. Auto correct got me again. It's fixed now. Thanks.
or didn't this year, it's in his best interest to make this issue as public as possible to pressure the SEC into stopping oversigning.
Make no mistake, he's directing this to the other SEC teams.