The Times, Gainesville Takes a Closer Look at Oversigning

Adam Krohn takes a loser look at the issue of oversigning.  http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/173/article/53185/ 

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Adam's piece includes comments from various sources on the topic ranging from university presidents to high school recruits.  Here are a couple of highlights:

1. Comments from Chad Hawley on the competitive advantage aspect of the differing oversigning rules, including him mentioning that if the SEC takes their new rules national that the B1G might attempt to do the same.

2. Comments from the University of Georgia's President and Athletic Director regarding oversigning and the possibility of redefining what a scholarship is both in terms of communicating the language and the length of the agreement. 

3. Comments such as these from high school recruits and high school coaches:

Chaz Cheeks, a recent East Hall graduate who signed with Georgia Tech, said concerns of oversigning factored into him eliminating Ole Miss from his list of school choices.

“(East Hall football coach Bryan Gray) and I sat down and looked at all of the offers on the table, the pros and cons of each school,” Cheeks said. “Coach said (Ole Miss) was throwing out offers to everyone, and they probably weren’t the best situation for me to go into. Having a spot wasn’t something I wanted to worry about.”

Cheeks said he had greater concerns — like making sure he was academically eligible to attend college — than to have to worry about if his offer still stood once he made it to campus.

“I was just thinking of myself and what I had to do,” Cheeks said. “For those that do get oversigned and have to be let go, I think that’s real messed up on the school’s part. They’ve got to be more careful.”

It's great to see some high school coaches and players starting to gain a level of awareness regarding oversigning but there is still a lot of work to do.  Check out the rest of the article here: http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/173/article/53185/

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  1. he makes a mistake in his article. when he says,

    “Giving out more than the allotted 25 scholarships, or having more than 85 signed players following National Signing Day is what’s become known as oversigning.”

    giving out more than 25 scholarships is not oversigning. It is wrong, and players get caught in the crossfire, but it is not oversigning.

    • He makes several mistakes in the article. It amazes me that professionals write from a a perspective of knowledge then they get so many small things wrong. I can forgive a mistake or two, but when you are fundamentally incorrect on a number of issues it is appalling.

  2. Because “oversigning” has become an elastic phrase which means, “what the other guy does, but not what my guy does.” In other words, the advocates are making it up as they go along, sending whatever momentum for reform they might be building straight down the toilet.

  3. Keep circling the wagons guys.

    • what wagon? do you dispute that offering more than 25 scholarship is actually oversigning? even if you only have say, 50 players on scholarship? once again, i didn’t say it was right, it just isn’t oversigning.

      • The NCAA limits each school to 25 initial grants in aid per school year. So yes, if you are offering more than 25 scholarships per year, not counting any signees who can enroll mid-term and be applied to the prior year, you are oversigning. You can only sign 25 per year, regardless of what the total number on scholarship is . The 25 limit is just as firm a number as the 85 limit is.

        If all 26, 27, 28, 32, or whatever the number is, of the players who are offered are academically eligible, and the number over 25 cannot be applied to the prior year, someone who signed a LOI will not be admitted on a football scholarship. See LSU last year.

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