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Sunday, May 29, 2011

A pre-Destin look at over-signing

Here's my Sunday story on the SEC's "roster management" issue. That means over-signing, grayshirting, medical exemptions ... the whole kit and kaboodle. But I tended to focus on over-signing.

An excerpt:
At heart, the issue is how cut-throat college football must be. And there isn’t much common ground.

On one side, you have those who oppose doing “whatever it takes.” Florida president Bernie Machen, in a February letter to, ripped into grayshirting and medical exemptions. Georgia head coach Mark Richt has called pulling scholarships for numbers reasons “an awful thing to do.”


On the face of it, the math would indicate that the head coaches -- virtually all of the Western Division, plus Spurrier -- would out-vote Richt and his like-minded friends. But the athletics directors and presidents have the final say.

Slive doesn’t have a vote, but he has a view, as he pointed out, and it’s unlikely that he would put forth legislation without having a good idea of how it will fare.

While Slive won’t achieve any consensus among the coaches, he will try to get the administrators to agree on an overall plan. The easier task will be getting an agreement on the SEC overseeing medical exemptions; but further limiting signing classes and gray-shirting will be a tougher task.

I'll be in Destin this week and will provide updates on these and any other key issues.


chorne said...

What are the dates of the spring meetings?

Seth Emerson said...

Tuesday through Friday.

Will said...

Well isn't this a terrible assignment Seth? I hope you don't suffer too much at this awful place.

Ha enjoy yourself.

Seth Emerson said...

Actually, from everything I understand - this is my first time covering it - I'll be spending a lot of time staking our lobbies and working. These meetings are becoming a busy circus. I will be accompanied by The Significant Other, who will have to fill me in on the beach and other assorted fun.

chorne said...

Are they being held at Sandestin?

Seth Emerson said...

Yes Chrone, at Sandestin.

Bulldawg said...

Nice Sunday article on over signing Seth and nice meeting location regardless of your comprehensive duties. Have fun. Enjoy a beer or two and a Big Go Terps today at 330 on ESPN. NCAA LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP. I married a Terp.