When it comes to a number of issues facing the sport of college football, the ACC tends to fall in the same boat as the SEC. On the topic of coaches working at satellite camps, the ACC stands firm with the ACC for now, but is ready to adapt if needed.
ACC commissioner John Swofford says the ACC continue to push to have NCAA bylaws close any potential loopholes that allow for coaches from the Big Ten to work at camps outside the Big Ten footprint, specifically in the south in ACC and SEC territory. But if no changes are made, Swofford says the ACC may be quick to change the conference rules and allow its coaches to work at camps outside of its regular boundaries.
“Right now we intend to keep our conference agreement [with the SEC] as is and push for a national rule that prohibits it,” Swofford said in an interview with Heather Dinnich of ESPN.com on Thursday. “We just don’t feel like it’s a healthy part of the recruiting process in college football. We may have to ultimately reconsider it if the rules continue to allow it, because we’re not going to put ourselves at a competitive disadvantage in recruiting if we were to feel like we were disadvantaged, but our primary purpose right now is to try to gain support for a national rule that prohibits it.”
Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Louisville’s Bobby Petrino have joined the army of critics of perceived loophole sin NCAA bylaws related to football camps. The ACC and sEC prohibit their coaches from working at camps out-of-state, but the Big Ten allows its coaches to work at camps anywhere in the country. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Penn State’s James Franklin are taking full advantage of those opportunities to coach around the country this summer. So is Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, which may be another cause for some unpleasantness within the ACC with the relationship the conference has with the Irish.
Earlier in the day NCAA President Mark Emmert said the Football Rules Oversight Committee will have this subject at the top of the agenda later this year.