Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban has a firm stance when it comes to satellite camps.
“It’s bad for college football,” Saban said Tuesday, per Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com.
Satellite camps have been a major topic of discussion during college football’s offseason. The NCAA originally banned teams from hosting such camps, which allow them to host workouts for prospects at facilities other than their own.
The NCAA overturned that ban on April 29, and one voice who has been constant with his disagreement on that decision is Saban, per McMurphy:
By doing what we’re doing now, we’re doing what we do in every other sport that we’re complaining about every day — AAU basketball and all this.
Anybody can have a camp now. If they have a prospect, they can have a camp. Then you’re expected to go to that camp and they can use you to promote their camp because Ohio State is coming, Alabama is coming, whoever else is coming.
Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh was the most outspoken in regard to the NCAA’s ban on these camps saying, “The incompetence of the NCAA has reared its ugly head yet again,” per Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated.
Harbaugh took to Twitter on Tuesday to talk about Saban’s comments:
“Harbaugh can do whatever he wants to do if he thinks that’s what’s best,” Saban said, per McMurphy. “There needs to be somebody who looks out for what’s best for the game, not the SEC or the Big Ten or Jim Harbaugh. But what’s best for the game of college football. The integrity of the game.”
Saban is displaying his old-school moxie in terms of his recruiting approach. It’s not like it hasn’t worked. Saban’s track record of four national championships and 55 players drafted in the NFL since 2009 (per Pro-football-reference.com) shows his efforts have worked.
Until the Alabama dynasty crumbles, Saban can continue doing what he’s done in the recruiting world, and it will result in success on the field.
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