So let me get this straight: Terry Grant and Travis Sikes were on Alabama's roster for four years. Both players have graduated. Neither player will get a fifth year with the Tide, with Grant's decision based at least in part on injury issues. And this is evidence of the evils of oversigning? How exactly have Grant and Sikes been harmed? It's a crime that they were deprived of the right to be practice fodder for a fifth season? I can say with certainty that Lloyd Carr, who is held up as a model of propriety, made the same decisions with players who had been in the Michigan program for four years and had not made an impact on the field.
Hell, the fact that Grant and Sikes were on the roster for four years is evidence that Nick Saban does not simply cut players to make way for more talented replacements. At this time last year, Alabama was in the same spot that they currently occupy, namely faced with the prospect of more than 85 scholarship players when the freshmen arrive in August. Grant and Sikes were both on the roster at that time, headed into their fourth years in the program and having never made an impression on the field. If Saban were a ruthless dictator looking to make roster decisions himself (as opposed to letting grades and poorly executed cocaine operations do the work for him), then he surely would have cut Sikes first and then Grant. He didn't.