You know, there may actually be something convincing to this argument by UCF head coach George O’Leary about the need for an early signing period.
O’Leary said the combination of the recruiting process starting a year earlier than usual and the push to hang on to recruits who commit is making a huge dent in college budgets.
“To me, in this economy when you’re worried about budgetary problems, you’re spending the same amount of money whether they verbal or not,” he said. “I don’t understand. We used to have an early signing period and I thought it worked out well. Especially with the shift in the calendar, it’s crazy not to have an early signing period.”
In a year of steep budget cuts, it was a wonder how FSU could afford to appeal the NCAA ruling following an academic cheating scandal.
We reported last month that it was in fact FSU’s Seminole Boosters footing the bill. And now WCTV has obtained documents showing how much Boosters have spent as FSU appeals to the NCAA.
One of the big reasons the school has appealed is because of one sport- Football.
Coach Bobby Bowden stands to lose 14 wins if this decision stands.
Seminole Boosters is footing the bill and these documents show the Boosters spent more than $220,000 dollars to fight. [Emphasis added.]
That works out to better that $15,714.29 per win. And those are old wins, to boot.
I guess that’s FSU’s version of a stimulus package.