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UM’s Boone Says The SEC Isn’t Looking To Copy The Big Ten On Oversigning

Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone was a member of the committee Mike Slive created to study the league’s “roster management” issues.  He was involved in drafting the proposal that will go before the league’s football coaches, ADs and presidents this week at the SEC meetings in Destin. 

Boone says the SEC isn’t looking to copy the Big Ten’s oversigning rules.

“I don’t think there is an intent to use the Big Ten policy, which says you can sign no more than 25 and may go further to say that if you only have 18 scholarship available to get to your limit of 85 that you can’t sign more than 18.  I don’t think we want to do that.  I do think everybody wants transparency in everything we do in dealing with our prospective student-athletes.”

If the league isn’t interested in creating a hard-and-fast signing cap — currently a school can sign up to 28 players and back count to an even higher number — then there are some other possibilities… in theory.  For example, schools could be forced to tell prospective students in writing that there’s a chance they could be grayshirted (though some schools would get around that by handing every signee such a document).  Or scholarships could become four-year contracts rather than renewable one-year pacts (though that would be very expensive and would require NCAA legislation).

There are options out there and for now no one knows exactly what the SEC’s administrators will accept.  That will no doubt depend on how this week’s discussions evolve.

But if Boone is to be believed, the league’s schools will not leave Florida next weekend with a Big Ten plan.


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