Shades of gray: Steve Addazio talks oversigning.

Count Florida’s former master recruiter as somebody who does nuance:

We’re hearing a lot lately about the issue of ‘oversigning’ in college football. What are your thoughts? Is this something that needs to be looked at more closely?

We were not an oversigning outfit at Florida. It just wasn’t something that we did. I know a lot of other programs did. They may take kids who are marginal as far as whether they were going to qualify, and then commit them in case they make the grades. And if they don’t qualify, they can then put them in a prep school. That’s something that some people practice at that higher level. But I think you ought to be very careful, ethically, so that you don’t [take a commitment] from a kid if you can’t come through with a scholarship. I don’t think you can do that. I don’t think you can promise a kid a scholarship if you can’t come through with it. But if you’re up front about it, then that’s their choice. It’s not something that should be forced on somebody. … You’re trying to create opportunities for people, but some kids put themselves in a situation that you have to work through with them to try and help them. As long as they are talked through properly, up front, you can usually make everything work.  [Emphasis added.]

You wonder if he’d be singing the same tune if he were still working in Gainesville.

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UPDATE: On the other hand, here’s somebody who describes early enrollment as a “loophole”.

And for all of you who think that school presidents always act independently of their coaches in setting academic and admissions policies, I’ve got news for you.  They don’t.

… Conversely, the Big Ten has taken a hard line on oversigning, which has been against that league’s rules since 1956.

The rule was amended in 2002 to allow programs to oversign their total scholarship allotment by three after Big Ten football coaches complained of fielding teams with fewer scholarship players than the 85 allowed by the NCAA due to attrition.  [Emphasis added.]

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UPDATE #2: I think it’s pretty silly reasoning (and given the news about Tatgate, you have to wince a little bit when Jim Tressel is being held out as some sort of paragon of virtue), but I thought I’d pass it along anyway – here’s John Pennington’s rationale for why the SEC will ban oversigning in June:

… The Big Ten (and other leagues) hold the moral high ground when it comes to oversigning and the powers that be in the SEC aren’t likely to allow other leagues to hold any kind of high ground — moral or otherwise — over their own conference.  For that reason, we expect the league to nix the practice.

The Big Ten has had its oversigning rule in place for more than half a century.  Exactly when did the SEC decide that it was working policy not “to allow other leagues to hold any kind of high ground”?

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10 responses to “Shades of gray: Steve Addazio talks oversigning.

  1. Mike

    As a Gator fan, I will thank you to not mention this man’s name again!
    :-)

    • I wonder – if they ever polled Gator Nation, who would fare worse in a choice between Addazio and the Zooker?

      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Ron Zook, AKA “the Zooker” was never head coach at the University of Florida, this is just another scurrilous rumor spread by the people who claim the University of Florida did play football prior to 1990.

      • Mike

        Great question. I am not really sure of the answer.

  2. CharlieGator

    Addazio makes Zook look like Knute Rockne.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      ‘Scuse me but isn’t that the same Ron Zook who was named Coach of the Year in the Big-10 a few years ago? A really good argument could be made that all of Meyer’s success came with Zook’s players (particularly on D) plus the addition of Tim Tebow. Talk about falling into a perfect situation.

      • Mike

        Given his record, we can well understand why a Georgia fan might think Zook was a pretty good coach.

        Those of us that saw him coach are under no such illusions.

        AFA the shot to Meyer, you might want to look at his 10 year record as HC. He we pretty damn good before he came to Florida.

  3. The Tick

    Meyer and co. practiced greyshirting but only with the BOTTOM 1 percent of the top 1 percent

  4. Texas_Dawg

    Again, this isn’t the NLOI-backed grayshirting. It’s just telling a player that he would be a preferred walk-on or enroll with the next class.

    Like he said, Florida wasn’t oversigning. Had they been willing to do that, they would have offered the NLOI-backed grayshirts.

  5. MauiDawg

    This oversigning story seems to get re-worded with same sound bites from different coaches about 1000x