QUOTE: With 2 players, scholarship seniors (AD and MM), leaving and 2 players signed, could AD even stay? I guess he could graduate, and stay on for redshirt 5th season, and take grad courses?
Under NCAA rules, normally he could not stay – or at least stay with a scholarship. However there have been one or two occasions where a team successfully petitioned the NCAA for an exception, allowing them to give a 14th scholarship in this sort of situation. The trade-off was that they had to only have 12 on scholarship the following year.