Happy Independence Day, Buck-aroos! As you’re enjoying the cold beverage and grilled meat product that the founded fathers gave their lives to provide, we thought we’d give you a quick update on the news you may have missed when you were stuck in traffic this holiday weekend.
“They had an oversigning issue,” Jackson said. “They had to free up a few scholarships, and coach (Jim) Tressel told me I probably wouldn’t play and maybe Ohio State wasn’t the place for me.”
Given the B1G’s rules about oversigning/roster management as well as Ohio State’s history, this sounded a bit fishy from the beginning. Josh at Oversigning.com thought so too, and took a closer look.
In looking at the numbers, Josh determines that the Buckeyes were not in the midst of a “we need to trim the roster” moment, as they were (and currently are) under the 85 limit. In addition, he points to others who say that the “oversigning” quote came from Jackson, and that it possibly was a mis-interpretation of his conversation with the coaching staff.
It’s more than likely, then, that Tressel sat down with Jackson and told him that if he wanted to transfer that Ohio State would support that. There are too many players on the roster who are not “producing” who have not been kicked to the curb for the new hotness.
However (and the article tries to focus on this, but gets sideswiped by the “Ohio State is Evil” narrative the media is pushing), the fact remains that Jackson didn’t know that his was a year by year scholarship. Oversigning has been pushing for education of student athletes on this matter and elimination of the 1 year reality to force Universities to commit to students at the same level that the students are asked to commit to them. We agree with this.