The NCAAF Over Signing Recruits Debate

Read the opposing arguments from Babe Ruthless and Loyal Homer.

Overbooking is a common practice in the airline industry.

Rather than risk losing money by flying with empty seats on it airlines will intentionally sell more tickets than they have seats available. Overbooking flights allows airlines to maximize profits by ensuring full flights as often as possible.

Because this practice by the airline industries almost never negatively impacts the consumer, people generally accept it without issue. But should that same practice be tolerable in the world of college football?

Major universities around the country intentionally over-commit available scholarships to new recruits. Then, over a series of grueling workouts intended to reduce roster size, excess players are “trimmed” until the headcount matches the available scholarship limit.

As far as Babe Ruthless is concerned this practice is vital and completely appropriate in order to support the development of a successful college football program. Loyal Homer, however, feels that this process unfairly manipulates and exploits the system.

And so the question for today’s debate: Is this practice of over-committing scholarships a fair way to build a college dynasty, or does it unfairly take advantage of the system (and high school recruits)?

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