In the SEC’s latest dick-swinging measure, a handful of its coaches are complaining that recruiting god James Franklin is allowed to coach talent from their territory, according to an ESPN article today.
Franklin has plans to coach at football camps at Georgia State and Stetson this summer, both of which are in SEC territory. The SEC does not permit its coaches to to “guest coach” at schools more than 50 miles from campus, but other conferences like the Big Ten don’t have that restriction.
“Our thought was that the Big Ten and NCAA rules allow you to do these things,” Franklin said on the Coaches Caravan, according to the article. “And we wanted to not only have camps on our campus — which we’re going to have a bunch of them — but also be able to maybe take the Penn State brand and be able to take it to part of the country [where]maybe young men and families wouldn’t be able to make it to our place. And I’m fired up about it. It seems like the high school coaches are as well.”
SEC Commissioner Mark Slive said the SEC coaches don’t like the fact that other coaches can work at camps but they can’t, according to the article. LSU coach Les Miles, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, and Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin all either complained about other coaches coming into their territory or defended the SEC’s rule. Coaches from Oklahoma State, Iowa, and New Mexico are also participating in camps in other parts of the country this summer.
“That’s our backyard, so anytime those things happen, your eyes and ears perk up to say, ‘What do we need to address [the issue]if that’s a hindrance,'” said Ole Miss Athletic Director Ross Bjork. “If it’s a competitive disadvantage, then we need to look at it.”
When Franklin came to Penn State, he flipped a handful of his Vanderbilt recruits to Happy Valley before he started to dominate
the state everywhere for the Class of 2015, which is currently the second-best class in the country.
“We’re going to go wherever we have to go to find players,” Franklin said. “We’re going to read the rules and understand the rules, and, like you guys have heard me say before, it’s not like we’re going to lack for enthusiasm or lack for work ethic. We’ll go wherever we got to go.”
The SEC is known for its edgy, commit-at-all-costs recruiting practices that have ruffled many a feather in the past. The irony of its coaches whining about this rule is spectacular, especially considering all of them would gladly change tune about the SEC’s restrictions were they removed.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg has a good take on why the SEC’s whining is a farce here.