January 10th, 2013 12:00 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: NCAA, SEC, SIDENOTE, signing day, Southeastern Conference
Over the past month, we’ve had a few folks ask us about our SEC Commitment Comparators. “How do some SEC teams have more than 25 commitments when there’s a 25-man cap on signees?” Well, since the day the SEC implemented its new cap on football signees we at MrSEC.com have referred to it as a “soft” cap. That’s because it’s not quite the hard and fast rule the league made it out to be.
When league presidents voted in the new regulation in 2011 — ignoring a unanimous “don’t do it” vote from their own football coaches — they did not snuff out the practice of back-counting early enrollees. And back-counting allows schools to count this year’s signees against the previous year’s class.
The NCAA allows each school to provide 85 scholarships to football players. Each school can award 25 new scholarships per year. There’s obviously some natural attrition built into that formula because 25 scholarships over four years would equal 100 scholarships total.
For the sake of example let’s take School X and assume their program has 85 scholarship players at the end of a season. Now let’s say that 20 players exhaust their eligibility or leave after graduating. School X would then have 65 players on scholarship heading into signing day. But in January, School X loses five juniors who depart early for the NFL. That drops the school’s number of total returning scholarship players to 60.
To max out at the NCAA-mandated 85 scholarships, School X should only be able to sign 25 new athletes on signing day, which is the supposed max anyway. But. If School X signed just 20 players the previous year it can still back-count five of this year’s signees against last year’s tally if those extra signees enroll early. (On the positive side, this does reward student-athletes who have the grades to graduate high school/prep school/junior college early and enroll at School X at mid-year.)
So, let’s say School X signs 30 players this February instead of the 25 allowed by the SEC’s “soft” cap. Five of those players — if they enroll early — can be counted toward the 2012 number instead of the 2013 number.
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