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If I were a UGA fan, I'd be wondering why Mark Richt has self-imposed a scholarship reduction on them rather than worrying about Alabama's program.
This is what I posted on the article:
Everyone that talks about over-signing (a.k.a. oversigning) needs to get an education. Oversigning dot com defines oversigning as "...the act of accepting more signed letters of intent on National Signing Day then you have room for under the 85 scholarship limit." Teams like Alabama sign one-year scholarships, which expire by the first day of July every year. This means that morally, ethically, and otherwise every head coach who only does one-year scholarships can pick and choose who they want to scholarship when each scholarship expires. The only obligation the coach has by July 1st of every year are the players who sign in January (i.e. those who enroll early) and the NLIs.
In 2013 there were 9 players who enrolled early, 2012-8, 2011-8, 2010-11. Now, I don't know how many of those guys are on scholarship or are still playing but, I'm making a point. Even if we were to assume those numbers were accurate and every one of those kids have scholarships that last from January to December every year then that would be 36 scholarships that renew every Spring semester as opposed to the scholarships that register/renew in the Fall. So, of the 26 signees in 2013, 9 were scholarshiped in Spring, which would leave 17 scholarships to add to the 36 from the Spring by the Fall. The new number is 53. Therefore, by definition, 53 < 85 and CNS has 32 scholarships to give to players who are returning in the Fall.
Now, just to be clear, I don't have any idea how many scholarships are distributed in January every year, but with some further research, you guys could figure that number out and derive real statistics to see what CNS will be working with in July and I would analyze the four year juniors who will all be graduating and anyone who has been injured to see the potential outcome, but the point is that there is enough attrition between five-year seniors, four-year seniors, and four-year juniors to cut that 95 number you posted down.
So, you and every other Alabama hater need to learn English (to properly interpret the term oversigning), Mathmatics (to count to 85), and Literature (for reading comprehension to apply the definitions that you learn) so that you all know WTF you are talking about before you and every other ignorant person that writes about this topic runs-off at the mouth and gets corrected. EVERYONE THAT TALKS ABOUT OVERSIGNING AND YOU ARE WRONG! The number by July 1st would have to equal 86 for oversigning to exist in a program and that would in turn break NCAA rules. Have you seen the NCAA come down on any team for breaking that rule? I didn't think so.
Matt, you need to try a new career because journalism is just not for you; and, that goes for everyone who is dumb enough to write about this topic.
This post was edited by DaxStax on 2/20/2013 at 5:51 PM
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