Colorado coach Dan Hawkins doesn’t believe in oversigning in the recruiting game because you just never know who will end up qualifying, but apparently that philosophy isn’t shared by many of his peers around the nation, particularly down south.
Ole Miss signed 37 players to scholarship paperwork on national signing day this year betting that it wouldn’t have to uphold its end of the bargain on all those contracts because at least a dozen recruits wouldn’t qualify academically. Chances are Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt knew they guys who wouldn’t make it so he wasn’t exactly sweating bullets by doing this.
Now the Southeastern Conference is taking the lead on limiting the number if recruits a school can sign in one year to 28, which would still exceed the NCAA maximum of 25 but would give coaches wiggle room to take a few chances on guys. Check it out.