Please don’t berate us. Yes, this is an article mentioning “over-signing.” Hopefully, it’s our last. Not because it’s an unimportant issue, but because several media members do not fully understand the challenge of managing a roster.
As you know, college football programs are allowed 85 total scholarships and no school is allowed to bring in more than 25 members in any particular recruiting class.
But it’s a lot more complicated than that. Players fail out of school, declare early, transfer, or get dismissed from the team. In the meantime, coaches are expected to have a 3-deep at defensive tackle, right guard, and slot receiver. When you don't, the results can really set back your program.
Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt told the Clarion-Ledger today, “Until you’ve done it, until you’ve actually done it, it’s one of the most difficult things, ever.”
Rightfully or not (we believe “not”), Nutt has been harshly criticized in recent years for over-signing. Now, the issues have become so public and concerning that they will be at the forefront of next week’s conference meetings in Destin, FL.
Head coaches, athletic directors, and presidents will be on hand to discuss the matters.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive says, ““It’s more than just the question of over-signing or grayshirting. It’s a question of over-signing, grayshirting, early admissions, summer school admission. We’ve put together what we call a bit of a package to address these issues that will give our people a chance to think about these issues in a more global fashion. So then it will be an important discussion item in Destin.”
Georgia head coach Mark Richt recently shared his disgust regarding over-signing. Richt said, “If you bring them in in the summer, and you work them and you let your strength staff work with them, and you kind of decide which ones you like the best, and you tell five of them, ‘Hey we know we signed you, and we expected you to be able to come in, we don’t have space for you, we’re really sorry about that but we don’t have space for you – you’re gonna have to leave and come back in January. I think that’s an awful thing to do, I think that’s the wrong thing to do. And it’s nothing that we’ve done since I’ve been at Georgia.”
Although it may not be one of the most difficult things “ever,” as described by Nutt, neither is leading a program in the SEC.
You better not get caught short.