Spoke to Chad Hawley, the Big Ten’s associate commissioner for compliance, to get an explanation on the Big Ten’s oversign rules and how it’s possible that a team that only appears to have three scholarships available can sign six. The conversation was generally enlightening on a number of levels, but basically, there’s only one quote out of it you need to know.
“We require schools to let us know how many scholarships they anticipate having available, and we let them go over that by one, but we don’t require them to explain how they’re arriving at that number,” Hawley said.
So basically, Indiana has determined that it will have at least five scholarships available next year. It does not have to tell the Big Ten what two players (or possibly three) it expects to be gone or even if it knows now who those players are. But it does have to commit to the fact that the space will be available because the NLI means the Hoosiers owe the players a scholarship for a year unless they some how fail to qualify or be admitted, as was the case with Ron Patterson.
Five of the Hoosiers six verbal commitments are scheduled to sign tomorrow. The only one who won’t — Oak Hill swingman Troy Williams — will sign Monday when he returns to his home in Hampton, Va.