Andy Staples from Sports Illustrated with a great piece on the oversigning issues that exist in the world of college football recruiting. It explains what oversigning is and how it happens and what the rules are to prevent it and also how it impacts student athletes:
The question of regulation is two-pronged. First, is oversigning harmful to the welfare of the student-athlete? When a player is told in July that the scholarship he was promised almost a year earlier has evaporated, it absolutely is harmful. It also harms the welfare of athletes who become victims of offseason purges to clear scholarship spots for new signees.
There is money quote from Tommy Tuberville about how the Big Ten’s rule for preventing oversigning was their own doing and that otehr conferences shouldn’t stop because they do.
In my opinion oversigning is everything that is wrong with college football. It proves how little schools and coaches care about the players. I agree with all of Staples’ ideas to prevent it in the future.
(via Adam Rittenberg)