What thirty-one power brokers said about the NCAA'south satellite camp ban

Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 10:59 PM

These camps rose to prominence as schools, highlighted by Jim Harbaugh'south MI squad, would keep events in the prospect-rich South. With the SEC and ACC leading the way, the camps were banned.

What thirty-one power brokers said about the NCAA'south satellite camp ban

Latest week, the NCAA'south Div I council shutdown satellite camps, effective immediately, forcing all FBS programs to conduct camps and clinics on their own facilities. These camps rose to prominence as schools, highlighted by Jim Harbaugh'south MI squad, would keep events in the prospect-rich South. With the SEC and ACC leading the way, the camps were banned.

Reaction to the decision was swift, with former players love Cardale Jones coming down harshly on the NCAA. Harbaugh waited a few days to create his thoughts known, but it was worth the wait. Meanwhile, SEC coaches have remained in lockstep against the camps.

Here'south a full rundown of the coaches who have spoken on the record about the ban, and which side they fall on:


"I just think it'south opened up Pandora'south box. (The ban is) probably a good thing."

"I think they finally got it right." ( via UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Today)

"In terms of camps themselves, high school coaches can still work your camps, I'm below the trust that that can happen. You could still have your staff on your campus working, which we've always had our staff be the prime movers in our camps. So from my perspective, we've had kids from all over the country arrive to Notre Dame and have given them grand opportunities to be here, from HI to Alaska. And we'll continue to do that. We think it'south portion of our service here at Notre Dame, to proposal those camps. And we've outstanding high school coaches that work here, and my staff. And we'll continue to allow that to the youthful student-athletes that wish to be involved in football. So I don't look it impacting what we've done and how our business -- it'd not modify our business map and how we work on a day-to-day basis."

"As distant as the ACC and what we voted on as a conference, I think we got what we wanted. There'south so many excellent reasons I think it'south a excellent decision. There'south so many things that can happen when you're on the road with these kids in different areas. You speak about the head coach being in charge of recruiting and violations, there'south so many things that can happen when you're on the road. I think it'south a excellent decision. I've gone on the record in the past of saying our coaches necessity to be around our kids here on campus. The mo of May we're all around recruiting and the mo of June we're in and out finishing up recruiting. While our kids are finishing up their semester and getting prepared for summer school, incoming freshmen are coming in. It'south tough to sit in a residence and declare you're going to be there for a kid when you're really not there. As distant as some people declare you're taking opportunities far from kids and scholarships, kids are going to have offers. If there'south a excellent play out there, with huddle and technology of Twitter putting your highlight tape out there. We're going to discover players, you don't have to go on a campus to do that. I think it just becomes crazy out there, the wild wild west. I know the ACC is pleased and I'm happy."

Big twelve

"From my finish of it, I'm furious. The NCAA guidelines declare their work is, No. one, to defend the student-athlete, and No. two, it'south to create a objective and equal balance across all Div I athletics. As I see at it, our work should be to go out to these youthful men, not for (their) parents to fly and create more money situations. The reality of it's that you're hurting kids. I'm coming from a non-Power five school, where we made a living on those camps. We went with OH State, (and) we went with Michigan. We did our own camps, travelling the circuit throughout Ohio." ( via The Des Moines Register)

"Our satellite camps, for the most part, were in the state of Kansas, trying to obtain out to western Kansas, because western KS youngsters sometimes just can't obtain here. We did them in KS City, we did them in Wichita. We were in-state. I'd prefer the regulation still allowed you to do that. I've mixed emotions about it. You love to obtain out and have the opportunity to be with youthful guys, but, by the same token, it can obtain out of hand. The regulation presently is everything has to be on your campus. I can live with it. That'south fine. I think it serves the purpose of not opening the thing up so you've 1.000 camps across the country. That'south probably a problem as well." ( via The KS City Star)

"We were supportive of (the camps) because it was more of a service," Castiglione said. "We were able to obtain to some camps. Some of the kids who couldn't afford to travel could go to that camp. It'south tough to declare how many learner athletes we recruited came out of those camps, but it was a positive experience." ( via Tulsa World)

"In my mind, even if you found one guy, it was worth it," he said. "You might have two hundred there and one guy is the one you offer. If he plays for you and does well, I think it'south a big get." ( via Tulsa World)

Large Ten

"We've done them the latest two years [in the Midwest], just the chance to obtain out and look more prospects. Me personally, I'd prefer it the way it just got passed today. In my opinion, I think camps should be done on your campus. And I also think the following step is to just have them by personnel from your university -- people that actually work in your football department, period, so there are number third parties. We've seen that be a problem in other sports, and I think it'south becoming an issue in football. I think some schools -- I'm not going to declare encouraging it -- but they're partaking in it. I'm not sure that'south healthy for our game. I think we've to be really careful." 

"The image that comes to my mind is guys in a back room smoking cigars, doing what they perceive is best for them. It certainly isn't the best thing for the youngsters. It'south not the best thing for the student-athletes." ( via SI. com)

"I'm in favor of opportunities for youthful people and in favor of making this game better. Anything that can promote those things are positive. I think having camps enables you to do that and having coaches go out and do camps enables you to do that. I do think there is a crazy rush to the finish line by universities all over America. I think they obtain that into context. We voted as a conference to have satellite camps."

"I still frankly don't obtain it," Riley said of the decision. "I still look it as an opportunity for both coaches and players. Us going to Atlanta and having a camp -- and some guy down there we discover or he finds us, he changes his life and he changes Nebraska -- I think those are all excellent stories. There'south just more opportunity. I was surprised at the vote. I don't know how they vote. I talked to Chris Petersen today, and we both were wondering how, in the end, this all gets decided. But it'south one [of] those things -- we all know, I knew three years ago this was someday going to be the decision that's been made.... It'south just more opportunity, but when I declare that, I'm not surprised by it. I'm surprised where they got the numbers to vote, because I'd think this isn't just a Power five conference vote. I'd think that every school in a small lesser div than our school would all wish these. I just don't know where the numbers came from in the vote." 

"There was somewhere in between what we were doing and a ban. I think this is an overreaction. I don't think anybody in the SEC and ACC would be upset about Northern IL coming to our campus. We'd coaches from Wyoming, Nevada, Air Force, Buffalo.... That Grouping of five full-ride scholarship opportunity isn't gonna be a portion of the showcase anymore, and I just think that it'south wrong. Portion of what our work is as college coaches is providing an opportunity, even to those who don't have the financial means. And I'm disappointed that it'south gone this way." ( via insidenu. com)

"I just detest to see, the biggest thing and one that I didn't realize was a portion of it, that MAC schools can't arrive here. There have probably been hundreds of scholarships arrive out of here to those youthful players. I know my son presently is getting recruited a tiny bit, what camps do you send him to? Well, not many kids can play at OH State, so don't send them or send them and authorize Bowling Green to obtain a chance to look him play. When I was at Bowling Green, arrive to OH State'south campus and obtain a chance to look all these players. I didn't realize that was a portion of the conversation. I wish they'd revisit that portion of it. I think there'south a knee-jerk reaction because people complained and all that, and I get that. It'south a slippery slope. I'm not worried about the high-level players, because they're going to discover a way to obtain where they necessity to get. I'm talking about, there'south a large chunk of players who deserve to play major-college football. I hope they'll revisit it, and I'm not saying it'south right or incorrect because I don't really know. But you should always think first about the players."

"If it'south legal, we're going to do it. As long as everybody'south playing by the same rules is what I care about. There were some genuine positives to it, but there were some things people had concerns about. You can create arguments both ways. Obviously this is something that we were doing, and enjoyed doing, but I also love the fact we're going to [be] back on our campus, spend more time with our current players, and then the same thing with our families." (via SiriusXM'south College Football Radio'south "The First Team")

"But the football oversight committee recommended to the council and the council is supporting action now. It's what it is. We made our case for holistic vs. ad hoc. You've to accept it. That'south portion of the (system) we signed on for. Number reaction beyond that. You always would love to win rather than to lose a vote -- I don't care whether it'south in a Ct or legislature or an gathering of people. You go with the system that'south in place, and so I support that, respect that and move on. (Coaches will) choose up recruitment; satellite camps are off the table, but presumably everything else is on it." ( via UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Today) 


"I thought what we did for a long time was good. It worked well. But then it got abused and love other things that obtain abused, it gets taken far from you. It'south love your 6-year-old daughter. You tell her not to do something and when she continues to do it you get it away. I thought the thing was fine until it got abused. It helped us assess some guys and obtain in on some guys we wouldn't have. I thought it was effective but it became a keep-up-with-the-Jones thing and it got a bit silly."

"I'm definitely opposed to the ban. We should've satellite camps, there'south number doubt in my mind. It hurts high school football players and it also hurts smaller colleges that we do [the camps] with that are able to create money to supplement their budgets, which is extremely important. It hurts football and it hurts youthful people. I don't realize it whatsoever."

"Both regulation changes seem to negatively affect the prospective student-athlete. We'll look what comes."

"I've number opinion. It'south never affected us. People do them, and people don't do them. We've got grand attendance at the camps we've here -- we obtain a lot of guys we wish to come.... But I didn't love the way that a lot of people have keep this as the SEC against Jim Harbaugh. That'south not what this has been about. Conference by conference, this has been going on for three-plus years, since Jim was with the 49ers. This has been a battle. As a conference, we'd a long discussion three years ago about what we were going to do about satellite camps.... I'm grand with whatever college football says, because it doesn't affect us. It doesn't create sense for us to go keep a camp some space where there might be one person in the all state that'south eligible to obtain into Stanford."

"As distant as our program, it doesn't create a enormous impact. But what it does is get far opportunities for players who don't have the means to travel around the country and go to various camps. The exposure is less for them presently because they won't be able to have coaches arrive to them in their locals and do evaluations. I'm one hundred % all about the players. That'south all that matters to me. So I don't love the rule. In the way I view it, it gives fewer players opportunity to be seen by coaches."

"It appears that the selfish interests of a few schools and conferences prevailed over the best interests of future potential student-athletes," WSU coach Mike Leach said in a text message to The Seattle Times. "The mission of universities and athletic programs should be to allow future student-athletes with exposure to opportunities, not to limit them. It appears to me that some universities and conferences are willing to sacrifice the interests of potential student-athletes for number better reasons than to selfishly monopolize their recruiting bases. I'll be fascinated to hear any legitimate reasoning behind this ruling. We necessity to rethink this if we're actually what we declare we are." ( via The Seattle Times)


"First of all, I think the whole idea was crazy. What if they said you could've satellite camps? So, you'd have one hundred different camps in Atlanta, Dallas and Houston and all these areas? What'south a kid do, go to one hundred camps? I just thought it was a horrible idea. If you can obtain a guy to arrive to your campus and go to your camp, it'south going to be better. Our camp is still geared around helping guys make better and being better players. It'south not just a recruiting camp. And then, with all that, how effective is it? How effective have the people been that have done these camps? Have they really actually gotten a lot of excellent players from them or just the average players?"

"We were gung-ho, we were going to do what we'd to do. We were going to go do some satellite camps, but to be honest with you it's probably a sigh of relief as distant as the stress of having to go out and control the controllable." ( via onlineathens. com)

"I really enjoyed the vote that ... suggested that by a very significant disagreement that the camp regulation should stay intact and it shouldn't just be a free-for-all for camps. From being with your own teammates, from being with your own team and making sure that they're going to class and making sure they're doing the things that they're supposed to do, from extending the calendar. In other words, the calendar is set up so that you don't recruit during a specific time and rather than prolong the calendar into that area based on recruiting to a camp and being at a camp off your campus in another state, I just think it'south the right thing to do. I think it'south excellent for our players, it'south excellent for our coaches, I think it'south excellent for college football. Every camp, every state in this country has camps within reach for these kids and I don't think there'south any question that they can obtain to it without issue."

"I think everybody in the SEC as a league we thought we were against that. I think it opens a pandora'south box out there... Youthful men arrive and obtain the experience of being on a college campus, seeing what the experience is, seeing what it'south all about here at a space love Mississippi State." ( via The Clarion-Ledger)

"I'm excited to obtain as many prospects as we can on our campus. The camps we've had here, we've always found players. I'd expect this summer to be the best camp series we've ever put on."  ( via the Columbia Tribune) 

"I realize there'south one side of the fence that says, 'Well, it could cost kids opportunities. There'south the other side of the fence that it could've been a total circus that'd keep so much pressure on these kids because you might have fifty camps in Atlanta or Dallas. I'm selfish with my time. I'm far from my family enough, and I just didn't wish to go. I was prepared to. We would've jumped in with the rest of them and gone to work. But I'm happy we can have a camp and I can sleep at home." ( via The Clarion-Ledger)

Freeze also responded to criticism of his comments on "Mike & Mike."

"I've not been a proponent of satellite camps. Ironically we've spoken to many schools that have done the satellite camps, and quietly their helper coaches were tried and wore out and didn't approve of them. I thought the right decision was made there. For us, our camps are very important, but getting a youthful man to campus and him having experience in Knoxville, that'south most important." ( via Chattanooga Times Free Press)

"We're pleased about it. We were prepared to go either way. With it not passing, that means I don't have to fly around the country and have camps. That means people can still arrive to our camps and we can stay here and sleep in our own beds instead of going coast-to-coast in the mo of June. It'south OK. Recruiting is recruiting. We love recruiting. But at a certain point, you've to draw the line somewhere. Obviously for us, having guys on campus here is more necessary than us flying around all over the country just shaking hands and getting to know somebody and working them out for a day."

"Well, we were clear in our perspective, but we'd two votes out of fifteen in a weighted voting system among the Bowl Subdivision. So it'south not as if we simply controlled the outcome. The ACC and the SEC have been in lockstep on this issue over time -- again, dating back years, related to how we're going to conduct football recruiting. Obviously, it takes more than just the Southeastern Conference to achieve this change. We were clear in articulating our concerns, (and) I'd declare that people saw the potential problems that we could be creating -- or allowing to continue -- outweighing any benefits associated with these recruiting tours."

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