Bernie Machen’s quotes about oversigning in USA Today were just a mild warm up for his screed in SI.com, where he refers to some of his peers in terms such as “reprehensible” and “disgusting”.
Then, there’s this:
What needs to happen in intercollegiate athletics is that universities must accept the moral responsibility to stop and prevent “grayshirting” and its associated actions.
Uh, physician, heal thyself.
… One also assumes he’s referring to only offering a grayshirt after signing day has passed. UF offered one to QB Jacoby Brisset last October, and it also discussed one (but didn’t end up going that route) for TE Michael McFarland last January shortly before NSD 2010.
I think Year2 is right in that Machen does a poor job of defining the practice.
Imagine the feeling if the student finds out, literally a few months before enrolling, that the institution is backing out of the contract. It is too late in the summer to go back to one’s second choice. The student is told he will have to wait until next year. Sorry, but no acceptance, no scholarship. That’s it.
In Division I college football this practice is known as “grayshirting”…
Actually, that’s known as screwing a kid over.
If you’re going to wax indignant over something, the least you can do is understand what you’re objecting to and describe it accurately. Machen fails miserably at that – unless he truly believes all grayshirting should be banned. Maybe Corch can enlighten him.