Proposed SEC oversigning legislation

Marc Weiszer of The Athens Banner-Herald has a detailed piece on some of the proposals dealing with oversigning and roster management in football that are expected to be discussed next week at the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla.

In short, those proposals include:

  • Cutting the number of players a school can sign in each class from 28 to 25. The 25 limit would cover all players who sign from Dec. 1 to August 1. The rule now runs from the February signing day to May 31, which allows schools to sign more than 28 by enrolling signees before or after those dates. An exception would be made for mid-year enrollees included in the current academic year’s initial counters.

  • Making signees who attend summer school on athletic scholarships before the fall semester count against a school’s scholarship numbers for that next academic year. There currently are no limits on how many can attend summer school, which means a recruit already on campus could be asked to delay enrollment until January if there’s no room. The proposal would go into effect in the summer of 2012.

  • Giving the SEC league office more oversight concerning those players placed on medical scholarship. In other words, the league would be involved in reviewing outcomes. A team doctor, trainer and athletic director would need to sign off on each case.

  • Keeping early enrollees from signing an SEC financial aid agreement until they are enrolled and attend class at the school. Currently, recruits can begin to sign a financial aid agreement after their junior year of high school, meaning other SEC schools are no longer allowed to recruit them.