Oversigning issue on slate for SEC spring meetings
Published: Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 12:22 a.m.
The issue of oversigning in football is expected to be the hot-button topic at the SEC's annual spring meetings in Destin this week.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive has offered no specifics, only to say that proposals will be discussed and likely voted on concerning roster management in football, including oversigning.
According to a story earlier this week in the Athens Banner-Herald, the following proposals will be discussed:
-Limiting signing classes to 25 for those that sign with a school between Dec. 1 to Aug. 1. The current limit is 28 signees from Signing Day to May 31.
-Football signees who attend summer school on academic aid before the fall semester would count against the school's scholarship number for that next academic year. Currently, there is no limit on how many signees can attend summer school.
-Give the SEC more oversight in medical hardship exemptions. The league would review and determine the outcome of each case. A team doctor, trainer and athletic director would need to sign off on each case.
-Limit early enrollees from signing a financial aid agreement until they enroll in school.
In 2009, the SEC voted to limit the number of prospects a school could sign to 28. Even with that new rule in effect, some schools, including South Carolina and Ole Miss, have continued to oversign with the idea the signing class would be whittled down to 25 by the start of classes in August.
Oversigning has led to something call greyshirting, where schools will sign a prospect and then ask him to hold off enrollment until the following January. In February, UF president Bernie Machen called the practice “morally reprehensible” in a letter to Sports Illustrated.
New Florida football coach Will Muschamp recently said UF does not and will not greyshirt prospects.
Georgia coach Mark Richt also has been outspoken against the practice.
At the meetings this week in Destin, a significant proposal in basketball also is expected to be discussed. The league is considering doing away with the two-division system and increasing the league schedule from 16 to 18 games.
Contact Robbie Andreu at 352-374-5022 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check out Andreu's blog at Gatorsports.com.
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