Mark Richt was one of the coaches in disgust over the notion of over-signing.
Many felt the issue was settled during the SEC meetings in Destin when university presidents decided that coaches will not be allowed to sign more than 25 recruits on National Signing Day.
The issue has essentially died down.
Today, Richt pointed out to the Atlanta Journal Constitution the rule isn’t the end all of over-signing.
Richt said, “All I’m saying is you can still over-sign with 25. If you only have room for 15 and you sign 25, you still sign more than you’ve got. The question is everybody’s integrity. That’s the question. Are we all going to do things in the right way? And I think everybody’s trying to do that.”
“It’s not an easy thing to manage. It’s really not because on signing day, if you sign right to the 85 number, by the time august rolls around you might have only 79 because of the attrition that happens from the signing day until august and that’ what everybody’s trying to figure out. How can we start the season at 85 and not over-sign?”
“It’s not as simple as maybe everybody wants to make it.”
Not only will SEC programs be limited to 25 signees, but December junior college signees will no longer “count back” against the previous year’s class.
The SEC is hoping both rules will be national rules, not just enforced by the SEC.