When we started this blog back in February of 2010, we were unable to collect enough data on all of the schools to conduct a formal Oversigning Cup. However this year, given the widespread attention now being given to oversiging (it has literally gotten to the point where you cannot read a sports article without seeing the word oversigning in there somewhere), we might, with your help, be able to conduct a formal Oversigning Cup and determine which schools go over the limit the most.
The formula is pretty simple, the hardest part and the most time consuming is looking at a roster and determine how many players are on scholarship at the end of the season (now) and how many are seniors that have expired their eligibility, but once you have that it is easy to figure out the rest.
The Oversigning Cup - 2011
|School||SPES||Departures||Budget||# Verbals||Cup Points||Roster|
|Ole Miss*||85||15||15||29||+14||Link 1 2|
|Alabama||84||12 (8sr+3jr+1ts)||13||18 (+2gs+3Juco)=23||+10||Link|
|Miss State||85||19||19||24||+5||Link1 2|
|Ohio State||83||20||22||21 (+1Juco)||0||Link1 2|
|Penn State||84||14 (11sr+3dp)||15||15||0||Link|
|Miami||85||15||15||12||-3||Link 1 2|
|Nebraska||85||23 (20sr+2md+1tr)||23||16 (+1gs+1ms)=18||-5|
|Michigan||80||14 (13sr+1tr)||19||12||-7||Link 1 2|
Regarding the table above, here is what each column defines:
SPES: Scholarship Players at End of the Season: this is the total number of players on scholarship at the end of the season. This is basically the year end roster from which we subtract and add players to in order to determine the amount of oversigning.
Departures: Graduating seniors with no remaining eligibility and Juniors that declare for the draft by January 15th.
Budget: The number of recruits that a school should sign based on 85 - (SPES - Departures). Example, with an SPES of 84 and Departures of 18, the Budget would be 85 - (84-18) = 19
# of Players Signed: This is the total number of players that sign a national letter of intent in the current recruiting class. Update: this field has been renamed to # Verbals until NSD gets here - at which time we will change it back.
Cup Points: The total number of signed letters that exceed the budget number. This is the number of oversigned players. This will also be the number of players that are cut, forced into transfers, medical hardships, greyshirts, or set a form letter from Les Miles.
Included above was South Carolina's numbers for this year (these are not official yet because players have not signed their letters of intent yet) based on information from another oversigning blog that has been created recently.
The only way to make this happen is to have a lot of help from readers and people who are passionate about fixing this problem. If you want to participate, simply post your numbers in the discussion thread below; all we ask is that you provide some sort of reference for your numbers.
Those of you who want to help the cause but aren't sure what you can do - this is your chance to pitch in - pick a team, maybe your own or maybe your rival, and investigate their recruiting numbers and practices - help gather the data and post it here and we will put it up on the board.