As I detailed a few weeks ago, adding up the 22 players UW signed this year to the existing roster puts the Huskies over the 85-man scholarship limit.
Matt Hinton of CBSSports.com today wrote this today detailing the numbers of every school in the country and showing that the Huskies actually rank No. 2 in oversigning — which means signing more players than the spots a school appears to have available.
My number of 93 is higher than Hinton’s of 91 since he said he did not include former walk-ons who have since been put on scholarship. I did include those players (TE Evan Hudson, CB Tre Watson).
As each of us noted, the number does not officially come into play until the beginning of the fall quarter, or late September for UW. So the Huskies have some time to make the numbers work. This is obviously an aspect of college football that can seem a little cold-hearted. But ultimately, a coach’s job is to win and the best way to do that is to have as many good players on the roster as possible. Attrition is inevitable, and the Huskies appear to be playing the odds a little here while also surely knowing a little more about some of the possibilities than those of on the outside.
But as Hinton also notes, while UW is on the high side of the list this year, the Huskies are hardly alone in playing the oversigning game, something that has become a reality of the times in the big business that is college football.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Speaking of some realities of the big business of college sports, Bud Withers has a blog post with some reaction to some of the changes in game start times due to the Pac-12’s new TV deal.
— The ESPN Pac-12 blog has all the applicable spring practice dates for conference teams.
— Missed this the other day, but here is Mike Mayock’s list of the top five players at each spot for the NFL Draft heading into the Combine, with Desmond Trufant fourth among cornerbacks.
— Mayock also had a couple mentions of Trufant, as well as just a lot of really good stuff, in his conference call the other day — transcript here.
— The ESPN Pac-12 blog has a poll asking fans to vote on how many conference players will get taken in the first round.
— Here’s a profile of new Oregon coach Mark Helfrich.
— Ed Orgeron says he’s not leaving USC.