Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:39 am
Edited on: June 30, 2011 1:28 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
- One columnist asks if recruiting rankings are fair.
- Lots of talented players coming to Nike's "The Opening" next week.
Wisconsin coach Brett Bielema talked about recruiting baseball player/transfer student Russell Wilson.
Michigan State has 10 commitments and they are looking for more.
Georgia's "fastest recruit," corner Jonathan Jones, recently accepted an offer from Auburn after visiting there.
N.C. State grabbed commitments from tight end David Grinnage, linebacker Manny Stocker and quarterback A.J. Doyle. Duke also landed quarterback Thomas Sirk.
Nice add for Virginia in offensive tackle Sean Karl.
Penn State received a verbal pledge from out-of-state offensive lineman Joey O'Connor.
Posted on: June 3, 2011 6:22 pm
Edited on: June 4, 2011 11:37 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Oversigning. Roster Management. Initial counters. Transfers. Those were some of the buzz words as the SEC wrapped up their annual spring meetings this week in Destin, Florida (CBSSports.com colleague Brett McMurphy has been covering the meetings on his blog). Oversigning, a topic that has been debated at length in the media coming into the meetings, was expected to be one of the things the league actually took action on and that they did Friday afternoon.
The SEC presidents voted to approve several proposals that will be adopted league-wide immediately, with several expected to be forwarded for possible adoption by the NCAA. The most noteworthy of the proposals was reducing the annual cap on signees from 28 to 25. Several schools, such as Florida and Georgia, had already been abiding by the lower limit.
Current NCAA rules permit schools to take 25 "initial counters" per year (high school players who enroll at a school for the first time are considered an initial counter) but schools can sign up to 28 players to a letter of intent to take into account players who do not qualify academically.
Several SEC coaches developed a reputation of being notorious oversigners. Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt signed 38 players in 2009 (though fewer than 25 actually enrolled in school), prompting the currrent limit of 28 signees that commonly became known as 'The Houston Nutt Rule.' All 12 of the league's coaches were also at the meetings this week and voted to keep the limit at 28 but were overturned by the presidents, who voted 12-0 in favor of the new rule.
The 25 signee limit is just one of several that will change the way the SEC (and possibly others in the future) recruits. Other new rules were adopted to address the number of signees, how players are counted when they enroll and having the league office oversee all medical scholarship exemptions. The conference also eliminated an exception allowing graduate students to transfer and not have to sit out a year. This rule will not start until October, allowing transfers considering SEC schools to still enroll without a penalty, such as former N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson.
"You should stay at our institutions long enough to have the type of academic experience that you expect student-athletes to have," Slive said. "You shouldn't solely transfer in for an athletic experience."
All of the talk and actual change that came about in Destin this week is a remarkable turnaround for the conference. Last year the conference pushed through legislation related to how to count incoming players that essentially created a loophole to the 28 man limit and other changes related to counting financial aid. It was just two years ago that the SEC submitted the 28 signees limit to the NCAA membership, which was subsequently accepted and made a national rule.