Always read the fine print, part one.

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.

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4 responses to “Always read the fine print, part one.

  1. TennesseeDawg

    Third party pimps have now changed these to 8 on 8 tournaments. Everything is legal again.

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  2. For the Record

    I hear rumors the NCAA is sniffing around the money trail in the State of Alabama regarding these tournaments. Not to name names….

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  3. Go Dawgs!

    I’m not sure that you can say it’s about helping high school coaches and not recruits. The NCAA’s interest in cracking down on the non-scholastic 7-0n-7 deals was to attempt to limit the influence of AAU-style coaches and other shady influences who are increasingly part of the recruiting process. Well, the NCAA still trusts high school coaches, more or less. College coaches say that these 7-on-7 tourneys are a good way for players to get noticed (as evidenced by some of the offers handed out at the Richt camp). Isn’t that a good thing? And if it’s in the hands of the high school coaches who are already part of the recruiting process and are at least ostensibly aware of and following the rules of recruiting, isn’t that a good thing, too?

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