Northwest Mississippi Community College opens its 2013 football season tonight, but the Rangers were hit with some bad news on Wednesday.
Due to oversigning 16 players to national letters of intent, Northwest is not eligible for the postseason this season, and will lose five roster spots and three total scholarships in both 2014 and 2015.
According to MACJC Director of Activities Jim Southward, an investigation began in May when Northwest’s list of signees totaled 71 on the NJCAA website. Junior colleges in Mississippi have until June 15 to sign players to a binding agreement, and are allowed to bring in more players to fill out a 55-man roster.
Players signed to national letters can’t be let go by a coaching staff. “They are locked into that school, off the recruiting landscape,” Southward said.
Northwest appealed, but the ruling was upheld by a six-person council.
The Rangers, under the direction of first-year head coach Brad LaPlante, will host Southwest tonight.