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COVID Scholarship Numbers

Discussion in 'Football Recruiting' started by Oh8ch, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    Once the season is over I do a mass update of my Scholarship by Class chart to incorporate incoming Frosh and remove seniors.

    Well.... this year that is interesting.

    Without including any late signees, we are at 106 scholarship athletes - none of whom are obligated to leave. My understanding is that the NCAA will allow a higher number for 2021 but is looking at getting back to 85 in 2022.

    Certainly we are going to lose some kids to the pros, both juniors and seniors. We will also have some transfers.

    But at the moment we have 55 Freshmen. Those are classified as true Frosh (class of 2021), COVID Frosh (kids from the class of 2020 who may or may not have played this year) and Redshirt COVID Frosh (class of 2019 kids who Redshirted last year but will still be freshmen for a third consecutive year in 2021).

    We have 20 defensive backs. Only one is a senior and he has already indicated he plans to return. Thirteen are freshmen.

    We have 20 OL, 11 of whom are classified as Freshmen. Nine of our DL are Frosh.

    This is not going to resolve itself by 2022.

    In order to return to an 85 cap in two years the NCAA would have to dramatically reduce the number of incoming Frosh for 2022. This would not only create a challenge at the college level, it would be unfair to the HS kids graduating that year to a reduced number of available scholarships. Kids who have already had their lives turned upside down by COVID.

    The issue is not the seniors who aren't leaving this season and who will be gone next year in any case. It is the combined 2020/2021 classes all of whom will have the eligibility of true Frosh beginning next season. For OSU that is 46 plus any late signees. The natural resolution of this will only happen over 4 or 5 years.

    And OSU is arguably in a better situation than most schools as we have so many kids who leave after 3 years anyhow. For the Indianas and Wisconsins of the world it could get even trickier.
    Abenaki, Zander42, MD Buckeye and 8 others like this.
  2. LitlBuck

    LitlBuck Bring Back Ohio State Football Now!

    These are Woody like numbers :biggrin: Per usual, the NCAA acted before they thought
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  3. Taosman

    Taosman Not A Bot

    And there are the costs of every scholie! It's crazy town!
  4. Trevi

    Trevi Junior

    True enough. Although schools like OSU have at least some scholarships endowments it still result in an overall increase in costs. So while places like OSU can cover those costs most - especially in the days of COVID- cannot. So once again the rich will get richer. Good for OSU fans, not so much for fans of schools like Rutgers without the resources.
  5. Taosman

    Taosman Not A Bot

    We could see the top schools get even more separation from the pack. But also the transfer portal could get very, very busy.
  6. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    How are schools going to take kids from the portal as they are trying to get under a number? You are running a bunch off and then turn around and let Johnny Former Five Star transfer in?

    That will be an interesting dynamic.
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  7. Crump's brother

    Crump's brother Moxahala Park Carnie/ Rehoboth Strangler

    The portal will be where college football dreams go to die for many.
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  8. muffler dragon

    muffler dragon Bien. Bien chiludo.

    Coan already went to ND
    That's a death unto itself.
  9. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    I do think a lot of this will fix itself though. These upperclassmen who could stay for that extra year are just like a lot of kids their age and want to be done with school and move on with the rest of their life.

    Not all the 4th and 5th year SR's this year are going to want to stick around, regardless of school.
  10. Crump's brother

    Crump's brother Moxahala Park Carnie/ Rehoboth Strangler

    Only in bowl games.
  11. muffler dragon

    muffler dragon Bien. Bien chiludo.

    Please explain.


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