The oversigning article on the board today featuring Steve Spurrier and Bobby Petrino got me thinking: how, if at all, will oversigning be brought to an end? We've had plenty of very good proposals for rule-changes ending oversigning in the SEC and elsewhere, but I'm curious how MGoBoard feels these changes can be enacted, if at all?
The two ideas I can think of are:
- Since the SEC is the biggest offender, they change from the inside following outcries from the administrations at Florida and Georgia (links embedded in names), and the oversigning problem dies down immensley in college football.
- The Big Ten, maybe the Pac, and certainly the smaller conferences that share territory with the SEC band together to force a change to the NCAA rules regarding recruiting classes.
I do not know which is more likely. Florida and Georgia carry a ton of clout in the SEC, though they seem to only be joined by Tennessee and Vanderbilt in not oversigning. Alabama is also a political heavyweight within the conference, and has the status-quo and conference commissioner on their side.
On the other hand, forcing a nationwide rule change is no small order, and while I would like to believe the Big Ten would stand up against oversigning, I have no idea the intentions of the other BCS conferences, not to mention the myriad of smaller conferences.
Can oversigning be ended? And, if so, how do you think change will come about?
(I realize these links have been posted before, I'm trying to ask a different question.)