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Blog: SEC bans 7-on-7 football events on its campuses

UPDATE: The SEC adopted the 7-on7- ban.

From this morning:

DESTIN, Fla.–The focus this week at the SEC spring meetings has been on how the conference will address oversigning and other roster management issues, but there are other pieces of legislation that will be considered today when presidents finally vote.

The SEC appears ready to ban its schools from hosting or sponsoring non-scholastic 7-on-7 football events on or off campus, according to one athletic director.

“I think that’s going to pass,” Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said. “I certainly saw a lot of support for that rule in the last couple of days.”

A majority vote of SEC presidents is needed to pass any proposal.

At issue is the growing influence that third parties including nonscholastic coaches can have on steering recruits to a college just like AAU coaches in basketball.

“I think we’ve always tried very hard to keep the recruiting process between the student-athlete, their families and their high school coaches,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said.

ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported on Sunday on a Maryland traveling team that attended a camp held at South Carolina. Players were photographed on a 60-foot yacht. The trip was paid for by a South Carolina graduate.

“The 7-on-7s can potentially get out of control in terms of who’s organizing it, who’s running it, what’s happening to get the young men into the 7-on-7 leagues,” Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. “I don’t know enough of the details about how they’re being run and what’s being done with those. That will be discussed this week. I think the concern is that it could get out of control.”

The NCAA has seven full-time investigators looking at 7-on-7 touch football, according to ESPN.

Alabama also has hosted nonscholastic 7-on-7 events.

“It’s not directed at individual schools,” Foley said. “There’s concern about the 7-on-7 culture maybe causing some issues for us. I don’t want to paint everybody with the same paint brush. That wouldn’t be fair. I know the NCAA is looking into that situation so why would we want to bring that into our respective campuses?”


UPDATE: This also passed. It takes effect Oct. 1.

The SEC is also considering rescinding its graduate student exception that was approved last year that allows a player to transfer and play at a conference school with less than two years of eligibility remaining after completing an undergraduate degree elsewhere.

There is concern that some transfers aren’t actually focused on graduate studies.

Without that exception, Jeremiah Masoli would not have been permitted to transfer to Ole Miss last year after he was dismissed by Oregon.

“It’s not a Jeremiah Masoli rule,” Foley said. “His name hasn’t even been mentioned. It’s an academic-based rule. …The issue is one-year transfers. I know how my president feels, but I’m not going to disclose that now.”

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