I dont know what the bidding deadline is for your resume collect, but my school extends the deadline for that past the deadline for oci. As far as applying elsewhere, it cant hurt to send resumes and cover letters out. Its such a pain to send stuff out in advance that it is almost more effective to just mail. Be quick with it though, cause id imagine firms are pretty much done hiring or wrapping it up anyway.
Most firms in the area (Cincinnati) haven't even started hiring yet, so I don't think I'm late or anything. I'm more interested in a mid-size or small firm. Although I do have interest in some other things that haven't started the application process yet, too. I was just wondering if the date on the "OCI" says 5/30/08 and is resume collect if I can go ahead and apply to them ... although you're probably right that just mailing them would be easier.
I just feel like "randomly mailing" seems so unofficial if they aren't hiring and asking for specific things (i.e. writing samples, etc.)