South Florida Caught With its Hand in the Oversigning Cookie Jar

South Florida is an institution ranked "tier 3" by U.S. News ↵& World Report. There it idles amongst such luminary I-A football ↵leaders as Oregon State and Mississippi State, schools that will admit ↵anything mountainous with a pulse as long as it has managed to scrawl an ↵"X" on a junior college diploma. Correction: USF is one of six teams in the 16-team Big East that is rated as "Tier 3" by U.S. News. As an ↵institution, the school believes Tampa Bay counts as "south" in ↵Florida's ↵geography. Bluntly, the place is not Harvard. It's not even Harfurd.  ↵

↵In football, South Florida is the kind of place where academic risks ↵go when higher-profile schools shy away. There's a reason its APR is ↵the country's worst. So why ↵is this happening to offensive line commitment Kamran Joyer? ↵

↵
↵⇥

↵⇥Wesley Chapel center Kamran Joyer, who signed with ↵⇥USF in February, has asked for and been granted a release from his ↵⇥scholarship with the Bulls after uncertainty as to whether he'd be ↵⇥accepted academically, his father Jack said Monday afternoon. ↵⇥

↵
↵

↵It's not because he's an academic risk in the eyes of the NCAA: he's ↵been given the go-ahead by the NCAA clearinghouse. He is fully ↵qualified. This is strange and unexplainable: ↵

↵
↵⇥USF's coaches had anticipated some attrition from signing day, when ↵⇥29 players signed with the Bulls, four over the NCAA limit for one ↵⇥class. Joyer is the sixth signee not expected to be in school this fall ↵⇥... Even without those six signees, USF is believed to be at the ↵⇥NCAA's overall limit of 85 scholarships, unless other returning ↵⇥players do not stay with the program as expected. ↵
↵

↵Ah. South Florida signed 29 players when it had 23 spots and is in ↵the process of deleting players it finds undesirable. Unfortunately for ↵the Bulls, too many of their many academic risks have come through this ↵year and someone has to be tossed overboard. ↵

↵

↵Joyer, a three-star recruit ↵without great offers, gets the heave-ho and is now adrift a mere two ↵months before classes start. All over the country, his classmates are in ↵summer school, preparing for the coming season athletically and ↵academically. Joyer is now trying to latch onto another school that ↵happens to have an available scholarship. ↵

↵

↵This is a clear case of a school oversigning rampantly without caring ↵what happens to the kids at the end of the class. Jim Leavitt can count, ↵even if many of his signees have trouble with that. The punishment that ↵will be levied by the NCAA: nothing. Since Joyer didn't make it to ↵campus it won't even ding their APR. ↵

↵

↵ESPN's weak ↵sauce response to this: ↵

↵
↵⇥As South Florida's situation shows, these things have a way of ↵⇥working themselves out. Schools often sign a lot of players, knowing ↵⇥full well that a handful or more won't qualify academically, which ↵⇥appears to be the case with the Bulls. ↵
↵

↵Here's where access turns you into a corporate drone: Brian Bennett, ↵the author of that sentence, says it "appears to be the case" ↵Joyer didn't qualify academically when the article specifically says he ↵did, and that this is an example of things "working themselves ↵out." Tell that to Joyer. Bennett follows this up with some stuff ↵about how people want to "reduce" oversigning without giving ↵Leavitt the full blast he deserves for this. The lack of reading ↵comprehension and spine in that post is truly epic. ↵

↵

↵Would the Big Ten-SEC policy even help here? It limits schools to 28 ↵signees, but the real issue here is that South Florida had only 23 ↵slots. So it doesn't sign one of the six guys it chucked overboard ... ↵great. That means there's a 17 percent smaller chance someone gets boned a ↵la Joyer. Woo? ↵

↵

↵The NCAA needs to step in here and make the letter of intent an ↵actual commitment on the part of the school. Anyone you sign who does ↵not end up on campus still counts as an occupied scholarship slot that ↵year, and you can't sign a letter of intent until you are academically ↵eligible. Otherwise you're going to get more instances like this when ↵unscrupulous coaches meet marginally innocent babes. ↵

↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

Latest News

In This Article

Topics
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.