The first has to do with the financial-aid agreements. Under the SEC’s "over-signing" bylaw (which went into effect around two years ago), schools are limited to signing 25 prospective student-athletes (PSAs) to a National Letter of Intent and financial aid from Dec. 1 to May 31 each year. This year, a new NCAA interpretation allowed kids who have been approved to enroll early to sign financial-aid agreements beginning on Aug. 1. According to Woodberry, the first loophole could be kids who signed before Dec. 1. "They’re freebies, if you will."
"First of all, it is good to be doing this again after a year off. It's always great when you are sitting here talking about going to a bowl game. The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic has a rich tradition; we attended a few years ago. What a great experience our players will have. (The Cotton Bowl) is as first class as any bowl in this country, they do things right. It's also an alumni base for us, one of the largest in the country outside the state of Missouri. Our fans have been traveling great all year, so get your plans made up and head on down to the Cotton Bowl.
Vying for the honor of National Defensive Player of the Year are, in alphabetical order: Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Pittsburgh tackle Aaron Donald, Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri end Michael Sam.