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Big 12 coaches worried about 7-on-7 tournaments

By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, Published: April 19, 2011

Either way, 7-on-7 is here to stay.

In the era of high-scoring spread offenses, 7-on-7 tournaments allow improvement and overall skill development that cannot be matched.

“There was a time, when I left A&M to go to the National Football League, football in this part of the country was three yards and a cloud of dust,” said Sherman, who left Texas A&M to join the Green Bay coaching staff in 1997 and spent 10-plus seasons in the NFL before returning to College Station as head coach in 2008. “That has changed, primarily with the development of quarterbacks and receivers. And that's a direct reflection of 7-on-7.”

It's a way for football players to continue to develop their skills and compete — much like summer basketball and baseball players have for years — during summer months.

“It keeps players active in football,” Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “We have not done that good of a job keeping young players active through the summer months, keep them active in football to understand they have to do it more than just the season to be good at it.”

While Tuberville understands the potential downfalls, he believes the positives outweigh the negatives.

“You do involve other people, but I think it's a good trade off,” Tuberville said. “Being able to get young men out on practice fields and learning the techniques of football is an overwhelming advantage.”

And he believes one or two bad apples shouldn't ruin the entire bunch.

“You're always going to have people trying to take advantage of young people,” he said. “But I think more often than not, you'll have people doing it for the right reasons.”