Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich is accustomed to seeing things done quickly, but he was taken off guard by the rapid pace the NCAA voted to ban satellite camp practices last week.
“It’s just a different situation, obviously,” Helfrich said, according to The Oregonian. “We’re in a place where we’d like to be able to go out and visit guys or have an opportunity to pay for it. It’s a rule. We’ll play the rules as they come. But that was surprising to have it come out Friday and then to have it happen that quickly.”
The Pac-12 was one of the four power conferences to vote in favor of the ban, with the Big Ten being the lone dissenting vote among the power conferences. Stanford head coach David Shaw suggested satellite camps never really affected the Stanford program due to academic standards, but Washington State head coach Mike Leach went off in criticizing the ban. Helfrich joined his counterpart at Wazzu with frowning on the decision, although he seemed to be ready to move on.
Helfrich would have a nice advantage from being allowed to work satellite camps, because he would have the opportunity to bring the Oregon (and Nike) brand with him to parts of the country that may not have a large number of recruits able to make a trip to Oregon during the recruiting process. The satellite camp ban is effective immediately.
Helfrich also shared his reaction to the deregulation of electronic messaging with recruits. He was not one to support the idea.
“If I am Johnny Blue Chip, I am not liking that very much. I am getting a new phone,” Helfrich suggested. “All those (coaches) will have the automated machines texting Johnny Blue Chip a thousand times a day, literally.”