This article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer claims that most schools in the B1G have begun offering 4-year scholarships.
Does anyone know if PSU is one of the schools doing this?
BCS National Champion Rule-Bender Alabama has managed to sign 27 recruits this year, making it the only 'school' in the country to have exceeded the 25-recruit limit intended by NCAA rules for five consecutive years. That run is even more impressive than the SEC-dominated BCS farce. LSU even managed to hold itself back to 25 recruits in one of the last five years!
B1G ten teams, at the other end of the spectrum, have been hell-bent-for-compliance under the 85 total, 25 annual limits. Now, Jim Delaney is showing his leadership abilities again in encouraging B1G schools to grant 4-year scholarships, instead of the 1-year deals required by the NCAA. The man continues to make the B1G proud.
Giving Alabama some credit, it has come a long way from the 1930 to 1945 period, when approximately 3000 freshmen football scholarships were offered. That's right, 200 per year for 15 years. They used to brag about their farm system being better than the New York Yankees, and throw hundreds of players out of school each year.
Also, give Alabama credit for improving over the debacle in 1963 when Georgia Tech left the SEC in disgust, because Bobby Dodd refused to compete against a school that would not stay in compliance with the 140 scholarship limit for football/baseball combined then in effect.
The unbalanced playing field in big-time football continues to get worse, and ESPN and the media celebrate it every day of the year.
History tells us that Alabama, and the rest of the SEC, just can't help themselves. Somebody has got to go down there and do it for them. It will take the NCAA to enforce compliance with decent recruiting practices for this situation to change. The SEC, and their stool-pigeon lackeys on ESPN are not capable of doing this good for themselves.
Meanwhile, I look forward to learning that PSU has taken Delaney's lead in this 4-year scholarship matter. Unfortunately, it will affect the B1G very little, since that is standard practice in this Conference of Universities. It is the Football Factory Conferences that need to be changed, starting with the SEC.
For the Glory of the B1G!
Joe from Boalsburg