One of the moves made at Destin hailed as a major development by the parties involved is the banning of coaches from 7-on-7 tournaments.
… By now, you’ve probably read or heard about the ills of 7-on-7 tournaments, claims of unseemly third-party characters shopping recruits while simultaneously driving a wedge between player and coach in the recruiting process. Such uneasiness about the dubious characterization of 7-on-7 events led to the Southeastern Conference proposing and passing legislation at its annual meeting in Destin, Fla., earlier this month. The new regulation will keep non-scholastic 7-on-7 tournaments off member institution campuses and also bar SEC coaches from participating in off-campus tournaments and events.
The legislation had the backing of SEC coaches.
There is, however, a big difference between “non-scholastic” and “all”.
… But in a black-and-white world filled with grays, all 7-on-7 events aren’t equal.
Georgia football coach Mark Richt, who also was in favor of the 7-on-7 legislation, recently concluded a tournament at the Mark Richt Camp. Alabama is set to host the Nick Saban 7-on-7 Classic beginning this Friday.
How is this allowed?
The SEC legislation only applies to non-scholastic 7-on-7 teams/tournaments, meaning tournaments composed solely of high school teams are free of restrictions. Which is why 48 teams from across the state and country will descend upon Tuscaloosa for Saban’s tournament this Friday and Saturday.
As much as they’d like to say differently, this isn’t about helping recruits nearly as much as it is about helping high school coaches. Which helps SEC coaches.