On April 28, the NCAA decided satellite camps are fine. Lots of players and lots of coaches from all around the country like the idea of schools taking their shows on the road, giving recruits a cost-effective way to do business in person with college coaches. It was done. Hooray. A long, dumb year or so of yelling was over.
They're good for many people, and they harm zero players. They're good or negligible for almost everybody, even the unhappy conferences that do not want outsiders in their hot recruiting regions. At worst, they've cost the SEC, what, a three-star running back or whatever? And they're the rule now, so we can all move on. Case closed. No more hollering.
"We don't think that satellite camps are healthy in college football recruiting, and they are about recruiting," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said on Tuesday. "I am concerned and I think this conference remains concerned about what happens around those camps throughout this summer."
"We had heretofore agreed on a recruiting calendar," he said elsewhere. "And now we have surreptitiously added 30 more recruiting days, and we need to quickly come to grips with what we've done."
The SEC, the conference where most of the head coaches make more than $4 million, is the conference that happens to be concerned about coaches working too much. Hugh Freeze made this argument a while ago, then realized the temporary satellite camp ban had unintended consequences.
"All the people that say this is creating opportunities for kids, this is all about recruiting," SEC deputy commissio-, I mean Alabama coach, Nick Saban said. "That's what it's about."
Saban did raise some good points during his standard I'm-not-mad-I'm-just-very-disappointed lecture, including the relative lack of regulation over these camps.
But nobody ever said these camps aren't about recruiting, so ... ? "Creating opportunities for kids" is the flip side of the "recruiting" coin. The kids are the ones being offered scholarship opportunities by the recruiters. "Creating opportunities" is a way to sell your act of recruiting. I'm feeling recruited to be recruited just by looking at the words "creating opportunities."
The SEC expecting the rest of the country to be upset by something being about recruiting is a joke that could power a 10-minute comedy sketch of high quality. All of SEC football is about recruiting; remember when Saban complained repeatedly about losing precious recruiting time because he had to go beat Notre Dame for a national championship? He might've been kidding, buuut he might not've.
Anyway, Saban weighing in a few weeks after losing an assistant coach to some NCAA stuff led to a great rumbling from the North, as a shot rang out from the maddest man online.
"Amazing" to me- Alabama broke NCAA rules & now their HC is lecturing us on the possibility of rules being broken at camps. Truly "amazing."— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 1, 2016
Thank you, Mad Coach, for all your internet rage, endless as it is. Now we can all move on to actual problems. Or another month of yelling about players getting to do some workouts around coaches from other states. Whichever.
(Challenge: Try to read Faux Pelini's explanation of satellite camps and walk away with any opinion other than, "all of this is dumb.")
See, we should be feeling good about the SEC today, because this is the wonderful Verne Lundquist's farewell season. If anyone tries to tell you not to feel warm fuzzies at the sight of Uncle Verne's name because he mispronounced some word at some point, look at that delirious hater with calm eyes until they understand they should go stand in a hard-to-find ditch until they're purged of such notions. The man's been on TV since we unlocked the Bronze Working technology; of course he's mispronounced some words. Read Spencer's good interview with Uncle Verne and get a skip in your step.
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