Ponamsky is getting his info from sources at LSU, and there have been multiple reports that LSU compliance doesn't interpret the bylaws the same way as the rest of us that can read. Apparently LSU believes they can only take a max of 27, with Johnson and Fanaika being the only two that can count back.
Thanks Mot. But debating over how many is different from saying there can't be any. I can see where there is room for a lot of interpretation. I've always been a bit perplexed on exactly how the 85 is managed. I would also guess having someone signed and failing to qualify could also be an interpretive issue. For example can Johnson and Fanaika use the ship offers they had, or are those lost forever? In effect, Johnson and Fanaika would each essentially count for 2 spots under the lost forever scenario, and thus limit us to 27 real bodies.