The ACC held spring meetings this week and lo and behold one of the talking points for some coaches centered on the satellite camp debate. As you might imagine, the coaches of the ACC are not exactly on board with the idea of coaches following in the footsteps of James Franklin and Jim Harbaugh. More specifically, they are not in favor of coaches like Franklin or Harbaugh making stops in their territory to work at football camps.
The NCAA allows for coaches to work at football camps beyond the typical 50-mile radius from their home campus so long as they do not advertise their involvement with such a camp, but will be taking a look at the policy and determine how to address it if needed. Penn State’s Franklin and Michigan’s Harbaugh as well as Nebraska’s Mike Riley and their respective coaching staffs are among the more notable coaches reaching out and working camps this summer, and it has not gone unnoticed by coaches from the ACC or SEC. While allowed by the NCAA, the ACC and SEC have conference-wide policies prohibiting its coaches from taking advantage of the same rules. Rather than pressure their conferences to push to release them from recruiting shackles, they would rather see the NCAA step in and slam the door to their opposition.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, in a report by Jared Shanker for ESPN.com, said it may go on in basketball, but football is different.
“We’re not all going out to Las Vegas for a showcase. [Basketball] is a different deal,” Swinney said. “I like that [in] football, right now the high school and college campus are the two places you recruit. We’re against it because, as a conference, we have our conference rule and we like it the way it is.”
Of course, as pointed out in the ESPN story, not every coach in the ACC feels the same way. One dissenter in the ACC crowd is Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson. It may be no coincidence that most of the coaches coming out in opposition of the satellite camp invasion in the south seem to come from programs that have been thriving or have achieved some level of success, while Clawson is looking for every angle he can to turn things around at Wake Forest. If you cannot get the recruits to come check out your program, why not go to them as many ways as possible?
As noted before, the ACC would like to see the NCAA step in and close the supposed loophole in the rule book, but commissioner John Swofford says the conference would be ready to change the way it views the subject if the NCAA does nothing.