But they were also the best players and put up huge stats, which was my initial point kujay. If we had a 950 rated EE leave from my team, I would be absolutely fine with that. We are not seeing that in HD. Instead, it's the 700 rated bigs leaving when there are 20 other bigs with similar cores, rated in the 800-1000 range, who are staying put in BCS conf. That's a little absurd. Here is what I got from CS in terms of EE:
"The overwhelmingly biggest factor is ratings (weighted by position). While team success and awards are also factored in, it's a relatively small piece of the puzzle. Stats of course are a major component of awards, but that is offset somewhat by a factor of team rank.
The national awards this season in Phelan seem to be predominantly elite school players, so I'm not sure there's much of an issue there.
Certainly there's room for improvement, as there is in many aspects of the game, but I don't think the early entry system is that bad as it stands now."
When there are 30 EE quality bigs with the similar position/core ratings, the team success and awards factor becomes the only thing that matters, because ratings are essentially equal. When the engine ends up deciding between a 90 core big for a successful non-BCS team and the 90 core big for a mediocre BCS team, it goes with the non-BCS because awards and team wins tipped the scale.
In Phelan D1, I'm only seeing 2 bigs from non-bcs conf with 80+ in ath/reb/def/blk/lp, and they both went early. A 3rd big also went only with 79/92/84/69/98. These are the only non-BCS EE worthy bigs, and they all leave. Meanwhile, there are 20 or so BCS bigs that have similar core, much higher overall that stayed. This is pretty unbalanced.