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Much Ado About Nothing: What the SEC Oversigning Rule Really Does

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The Merriam Webster Dictionary describes ado as 1: heightened fuss or concern :  2: time-wasting bother over trivial details.

And that sort of sums it up. All the fuss over this newest rule is simply a heightened fuss over something trivial. It is a PR stunt by the SEC meant to quiet the media and show that now the SEC "cares" about over signing. And it really doesn't take full effect until 2012.

You see, Slive and the SEC has come under pressure because of two totally irrelevant things. One that the Wall Street Journal wants to seem more of a "mainstream" newspaper, and that means including sports. Nothing sells papers like controversy, and they are creating one with this issue. They have made Nick Saban the poster boy of over signing.

Never mind that Auburn actually has signed more than than Alabama over the last 10 years, as have many schools. In fact here is Alabama's rating and those above it.

TEAMS              CONF. 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 TOTAL AVERAGE
Auburn                SEC     31      27      29      22     25      30     29      28     32     253         28.11
Miss. State         SEC     30      28      23     29      24      33     27      27     26     247         27.44
Iowa State           B12      27     26      29     27      30       25    25      26     28     243         27.00
South Carolina   SEC     27     28      29     28      24       31     23     29     23     242         26.89
Arkansas            SEC     23     25      32     24     26        27     26     31     25     239         26.56
Kansas State     B12      30     17      26     26     30        34     33      25    17     238         26.44
Ole Miss             SEC    18      21      25     28     30        22     31      37    25     237         26.33
Alabama             SEC    19     29      29     32     23        25     32      27    29     235         26.10

Obviously, having a team like Alabama, who has a 10-year average of signing 26.10 players a year is not going to be impacted by cutting that number to 25.  Alabama did have a spurt when they signed more than 25 because they were making up for the years they didn't sign that many because of NCAA restrictions and other factors.

The other thing to keep in mind is a lot of those signed kids never make it to campus to play one down because they don't meet scholastic requirements or other things. That has happened to Alabama and many other schools.

So they sign 28, but only 25 of those qualify and actually come to campus, but all you ever hear is the number 28.

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