Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban isn’t happy. And when Nick Saban isn’t happy, everyone would be wise to listen.
Saban was speaking with the media before the Crimson Caravan stop in Huntsville when he addressed the growing trend of satellite camps. Because of a loophole in a NCAA rule, Big Ten schools are allowed to serve as instructors at camps all around the nation, but they are unable to “host” camps more than 50 miles from campus.
That has led to some schools, like Michigan, holding satellite camps in SEC territory.
That isn’t sitting well with Saban, because rules prohibit teams in the Southeastern Conference from doing the same. As a result, schools running satellite camps do have a bit of a recruiting advantage.
“If we’re all going to travel all over the country to have satellite camps, you know, how ridiculous is that?” Saban said, via AL.com. “I mean we’re not allowed to go to all-star games, but now we’re going to have satellite camps all over the country. So it doesn’t really make sense.
“I certainly think that we need to address this if it’s going to be a competitive disadvantage and other people are going to have these kind of camps. So, I think it’s something that we’ll probably address as a conference, and I think it’s something we ought to look at from an NCAA standpoint because I think it’s best to have a rule where people come to your campus, they can come to your camp.”
It is easy to understand why coaches have issues with the growing satellite trend — especially when there are only a handful of school capable of holding the camps.
While the camps are great in a sense of developing talent, there is a hidden agenda that is the driving force behind the latest recruiting trend and it will have to change before things get out of control.
“As we remember camps, they were instructional and development opportunities, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said. “Now, what we’re talking about is recruiting tours. So, let’s just be clear about what we’re really talking about here.
“I’m not sure that the others want our coaches going to places like State College, Penn. Because very clearly, if we do take the approach that others have … it will certainly, I would expect, change the tone of the conversation.”
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