Five SEC schools guilty of oversigning

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CBSSports published its ‘Oversigning Index‘ noting every school that’s guilty of oversigning heading into 2013.

Oversigning has been an issue under fire in the SEC in recent years, but the league as a whole has certainly toned down.

Of course, 85 scholarships is the limit per NCAA rules, and Alabama leads the country with 95 of them.

Team

Total Signees, 09-12

Returning in ’13

13 Signees

2013 Total

Alabama

101

70

25

95

Washington

96

69

22

91

Virginia

95

68

22

90

Vanderbilt

86

63

26

89

Oregon State

90

63

25

88

Kentucky

105

65

22

87

Michigan

94

60

27

87

Michigan State

86

69

18

87

Minnesota

96

68

19

87

Notre Dame

81

63

24

87

Texas A&M

92

56

31

87

UCLA

89

63

24

87

Clemson

80

63

23

86

Ole Miss

105

59

27

86

Texas

95

71

15

86

Baylor

94

63

22

85

Iowa State

96

60

25

85

  • All guilty teams must reduce scholarship numbers by the start of fall camp.  Reducing scholarship players can be done through “grayshirting”, natural attrition, transfer or making cuts.  Naturally, some fifth-year seniors see the writing on the wall, too.
  • Alabama’s 95 players could be trimmed to 91 after the arrests of the four players, as they are still suspended but not dismissed yet.
  • All teams below the top four are within the normal range of “natural” attrition, and once spring practice starts and concludes, natural attrition will take its toll.  Alabama, Washington, Virginia and Vanderbilt, however, will have to figure out how to reduce the limits once this attrition takes place before practice starts.
Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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  • Leave it to Nicky Satan to bend the rules as far as he can get away with. I wish CMR was more like him….

    • CMR is a stand-up guy. I’m glad he’s not going out and over-signing recruits by 10 spots. Yes, by doing this Saban is able to weed out his weaker signees but I think it’s quite unfair. If you can have 85 scholarship players on the team then that should be the signing limit as well. Georgia is a great team led by a great coach and I think they’ll have their day soon.

      • Exactly…this is situation where the coaches ego is more important than the kid’s future.

        • That’s exactly right, Saban cares nothing about these kids futures. I’m glad to have Will Muschamp as a coach at Florida. A lot of UGA fans don’t realize how big of an asset MR is to the team, they will after he is gone though.

  • It’s interesting to see Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Ole Miss on this list as the other 3 SEC schools that are grayshirting this year. I didn’t expect to see them on there.

  • Texas A&M is in the SEC

  • So now the Tide should apologize for recruiting well ??
    You wanting WHINE with that cheese ???………….. unbelievable.

  • Waaahhhh! The whining over this issue is so pathetic! It would be an honor and a privilege to get an opportunity to vie for a position on the Alabama Crimson Tide football team under Coach Nick Saban, or any other coach for that matter. It would give me an opportunity to compete at the highest level for a position on a Championship team. And if I didn’t get a scholarship, I would walk on if allowed. Work hard recruits and earn that position! And if you don’t, stick with it, do your best, and compete again next year. Never give up on your dreams!!

    • Oh, and, ROOOOOOOLLLLLL TIDE!!!!!!!!

    • This attitude is why the league is starting to hate Alabama. It has nothing to do with winning and losing. Bama fans are losing their class and getting cocky. Use to be Florida were the classless sore winners in the SEC now Bama fans are moving in that direction.

    • If a player knew he was going to lose his scholarship, I’m sure he would want to go to a different school where he can have a scholarship. It’s not an honor to play for them without a scholarship when you could be playing at another school and keep your scholarship.

  • Texas A&M has 86 and we are probably going to lose 2 more before spring ball begins…
    4 Possibilities are:
    LB Jordan Richmond is not currently practicing with the team
    CB Desmond Gardiner is a senior who has never seen the field in meaningful time
    LB Dominique Patterson is a senior who has never seen the field in meaningful time
    DT Kirby Ennis got into some legal trouble and is up in the air.

    Just FYI

  • So what happens to the kids that get cut? Are they eligible to play at a smaller school this year? Can they still receive offers elsewhere? That’s what nobody commenting here seems to be concerned with. It’s one thing to cut the players with disciplinary issues or criminal charges…but 5 year seniors? That have your program 4 years of blood, sweat & tears just to get pushed out because the coaches can’t follow the rules? The rules are in place for a reason people. Despite what you believe the future of these student atheletes is SUPPOSED to be the first priority.

    • Yeah that would be a complete letdown to be cut after four years of hard work. I’m glad Richt doesn’t choose to go over the limit so our athletes aren’t mistreated.

  • This is nothing new for Bama. The Bear used to do the same thing before the rules changed. He would have all Americans sitting the bench for 4 years.

  • Saban runs his team like a business. Of course it sucks for 5-year seniors who pour their heart and sole into his team with sweat equity over four years, but it’s the nature of beast in this evolving college football world we live in. I don’t condone what he’s doing, and I certainly wouldn’t run my team this way. But all the while you’re calling him a midget and yelling at him, he’s just pointing at the banners of national championships and smiling. Hate Saban all you want, but he’s dominating. And this certainly has a hand in doing so.

  • Let’s see here, from 09-12 Alabama has signed 101 players during that 4 year span which is just one over signed player during that period. WOW, that’s a lot isn’t it….I’m sure that made the difference in any of those BCS titles. Next you set upon the number of players with eligibility remaining as being 70 players, which is the current number on the roster as it stands. However you people want to jump on and say Saban is pushing 5th year players out the door which is simply NOT true! Yes there are 5th year players who are leaving the program but what you are not mentioning is that they already have completed their degrees and are now set to begin the next phases of their lives, which doesn’t include football…………….Correct me if I’m wrong but the purpose of a university is to produce college graduates and where does it say that a player who has graduated but has eligibility remaining has to stick around for a 5th season when they know they will not see the field! Before any single one of you make a wild, invalid comment, yes I know this as a fact because my brother is one of those 5th year players who was NEVER asked, or told to give up his spot, it was HIS CHOICE to move on with his life!!!!!!!!!

  • Saban can’t hear all your whining he is too busy cleaning off his crystal trophies.