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  1. Whitney May 30, 2009 @ 10:16 pm

    It seems like colleges all over the country are always trying to bend the rules no matter what sport. It seems everytime I turn around there is some other school that isn’t breaking any rules, but it being so ignorant about something that it forces a new ridiculous rule to be put in place. What is happening to college sports these days?

  2. Mary May 30, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

    I guess I can see adding a few people that you think will be pretty good to your roster to start out with and then see how they pan out once they get to the beginning of training, but 12 extra… really. That seems crazy. Especially when you do it expecting people to fail out because of grades.

  3. Liz May 30, 2009 @ 10:19 pm

    I’m 100% with you on this one. It makes no sense for a college to spend a ton of time trying to attract players that won’t even play for them. I understand the idea that if you recruit a bunch of people, you have a better chance of finding a super star. But this isn’t high school, you have already seen which players are good and which players get the grades. Go after the good ones and leave the others to fend for themselves.

  4. Rob May 30, 2009 @ 11:04 pm

    I can see the attempting to gain the advantage by securing plenty of potential athletes, but honestly with all the players that end up leaving after a year instead of investing in a college education (and seeing how many pro athletes make fools of themselves), perhaps a better course of action would be the follow the rules and invest more in the players that matter and do whats best. Its like the military making an investment in soldiers. You need to spend the money to make a better product. A Navy Seal is by far a much better war machine than your average infantryman, due to training (which costs money).

SEC to cap the crap

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There’s been a lot of press lately about the Southeastern Conference (SEC) this college football off-season. The latest news is about the recruiting habits of certain schools, not named the University of Florida (go Gators!). The habit in question is in regard to the number of athletes signed for a college football team, with some schools signing numbers far exceeding SEC college football set caps. ┬áSo, in layman’s terms, there’s a lot of crap being pumped into the system by these schools.

As it stands now, the SEC caps the number of players a team can sign at 25. However, most schools sign 28 to 30, and according to ESPN, this is a common practice. The schools then cut the roster down to 25 by reporting day in August.

The proposal is to set a hard cap at 28, giving more room for these teams to work, and to avoid over-signing players.

Ole Miss signed 37 players in the last class, which is 12 greater than the cap, and it did so knowing that most of these kids wouldn’t even qualify to play based on their poor academics.

Now, why would any college worth its weight even bother signing players it knows won’t make the cut? Maybe I should mention that the University of Florida rarely, if ever, exceeds the current cap for signing players and it’s won two national titles in three years.

Perhaps if Ole Miss and the rest of the SEC spent more time signing players worth investing some attention in, there would be more competition in the southeast.

Rob @ May 30, 2009

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