Originally Posted by Sea Ray
I don't think there's any question that there's a lot of oversigning that goes on in the SEC. That might be a reason why the SEC is so superior to the Big Ten on the field and makes 'em look like they've got lead in their cleats. Who knows? That's as good a guess as any.
Yes, signing 20+ more players over a 4-5 year period is a gigantic advantage given their recruiting area and program status. At least 2-3 starters worth, and probably 2-3 players for depth. A *huge* advantage.
The SEC will come back to the pack when the over signing issue picks up a bit more steam, and it will. It will probably take a few more years, but it will happen. Even the coaches, the ones benefiting from the practice, realize how despicable the practice is.
It will be more difficult to drive players off the team, offer them "medical" scholarships, etc. as the practices are becoming more well know by both the media and the general public.
The irony is that the SECs current success and popularity will likely be the impetus for the media to turn against them. They just love to build them up and then knock them down.
If you have any more ideas on why the Big Ten is so inferior in football, please do post 'em. That'd be fun...