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Q: What is the "85 rule" regarding football scholarship limits?
A: Schools may not have more than 85 football players on scholarship at any time. The number of incoming freshmen who report in August must not push the scholarship roster above this number. In other words, if 25 incoming freshmen report on scholarship, there must be no more than 60 returning players on scholarship.
Q: What is the "25 rule" regarding incoming signees?
A: A school can bring in no more than 25 incoming freshmen on scholarship each fall.
Q: If only 25 signees can enroll in the fall, how can the school take more than 25 commitments?
A: Despite the "25 rule", there is no limit to how many football players a school can accept letters of intent from on National Signing Day. Various factors bring the number down to 25 in time for fall camp in August. Among them: Signees who fail to qualify academically; signees who enroll in the spring instead of the fall (also called backcounters); signees who defer enrollment to the following spring (also called grayshirts); signees who begin their careers as a walk-on. Coaches pre-determine a plan so that signees know ahead of time if they might be affected by a numbers problem.
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