Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio has had the upper hand on his rivals from Ann Arbor in more recent years, but he has been keeping a close eye on what Jim Harbaugh has been doing since his arrival at Michigan. Dantonio also has not been afraid to take a carefully crafted shot at Michigan when the opportunity arises, and he may have done just that on Monday with his response to the NCAA’s decision to shut down satellite camps.
“I guess abuse brings control,” Dantonio said in a radio interview on 92.1 FM in Lansing. Whether intended or not, this can be interpreted as a shot at Harbaugh and Michigan organizing national summer tours for football camps last year and this coming summer. Harbaugh has become the target of criticism for those who have opposed to the satellite camp method that has become a bit of a growing trend in college football.
While Dantonio may have taken a mild jab at his counterpart in Ann Arbor, he actually offered a different take on the satellite camp issue that was much more supportive of the concept.
“One of the things is, it stops the opportunity of young people going to a particular camp,” Dantonio said. “At Michigan State’s camp, we may have 30 colleges here working the camp. Maybe the smaller colleges can still come but the MAC cannot come. That was advantageous for the MAC in general and those schools to be able to come and see players.
The NCAA Division 1 Council satellite camp ban only pertains to FBS coaches, so coaches from FCS and lower division schools are still allowed to attend satellite camps
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