OT- Over-Signing Recruiting Classes

Submitted by CAwolverine on January 21st, 2011 at 10:48 AM
If the NCAA wants to act in the best interest of it's student athletes, it should ban over-signing period. Allowing it gives unfair advantage to those schools that heavily engage in it (insert any SEC school here) and as ESPN recently documented, it devastates those student-athletes caught up in the numbers game.

How about this novel concept, you just don't allow it. If on signing day, a school has 65 players on scholarship with eligibility for the upcoming season they are only allowed to sign 20 players. If they have attrition after signing day, too bad. They can use the scholarship for a deserving walk-on or save it for next year. To me this is a no brainer. The NCAA will never adopt this as it just makes sense and is easy to manage.

Comments

Crime Reporter

January 21st, 2011 at 10:53 AM ^

I know this has been discussed, but I wonder if the NCAA will enforce its penalty against USC with regards to 15 scholarships. They have something like 25 verbals at the moment, so I will be curious to see what happens come signing day.

Lenny Law

January 21st, 2011 at 10:55 AM ^

The way recruiting is going now is straight up whack! How does the NCAA let this happen again? Dont these colleges have ethics when it comes to screwing kids out of scholarships?

blueloosh

January 21st, 2011 at 11:37 AM ^

Remarkably simple solution, but I think it would put the incentives and disincentives exactly as they should be.  Schools would have to work hard to keep kids around.  If you care about educating them that is clearly a good thing.

umichfutball

January 21st, 2011 at 1:29 PM ^

completely agree.  Football seems to be taking the route of college basketball.  a lot of 1 and done(or in footballs case 2 and done) players.  I remember back when Larry Fitzgerald left after his Sophomore year how rare it was to do that.....nowadays a whole different story

7NK7

January 21st, 2011 at 11:41 AM ^

Westerman...just read last night that Auburn may land 5* OL Westerman over texas. if thats the case then theres another scholarship too many for them. perhaps frost will be out of luck once again. anyone else heard anything along these lines or im being extremely optimistic?!