The ugly side of oversigning

It's pretty obvious after speaking with SEC commissioner Mike Slive recently that the league plans to aggressively tackle oversigning in June at the spring meetings in Destin, Fla.

There's obviously more than just one side to this issue, one that has brought the SEC plenty of negative exposure.

Florida president Bernie Machen only fanned the flames earlier this month when he blasted oversigning and called the practice of grayshirting "morally reprehensible."

It's hard to disagree with Machen when you hear stories about kids being left high and dry a few days before signing day because a school they'd been committed to for months lands a higher-rated player and suddenly doesn't have room for everybody.

Chip Towers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an excellent piece on defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin of Atlanta and his predicament because South Carolina took too many commitments.

Mauldin had been committed to the Gamecocks since last July, but found out via a letter faxed to his school the day before signing day that the Gamecocks no longer had room for him. Mauldin, who has lived in 16 foster homes and two group homes, still hopes to wind up at South Carolina, but there are no guarantees.

As Towers points out in his story, Mauldin is still working to qualify academically, but a number of the recruits who did sign with South Carolina are also still working to satisfy entrance requirements.

The bottom line: Schools can make it work the way they want it to work.