The presidents and chancellors arrive at the SEC spring meetings today.
In theory, nothing gets done till they sign off on things, but they will give their stamp of approval to what commissioner Mike Slive announced yesterday. SEC coaches, like them or not, now have the freedom to get in the satellite camp game starting next summer.
That will happen one way or the other. Either the SEC will be successful in pushing its own rule — which says no to satellite camps — or those efforts will fail, and the SEC will rescind its rule for 2016.
Hugh Freeze mentions in the story that he doesn’t presently prefer the idea of these road recruiting camps but could be convinced to change. In essence, he’ll do what’s necessary to keep others from gaining a competitive advantage.
There are other coaches who feel the same, all of them in fact if you listen from blurb to blurb from these guys coming out of meetings.
The satellite camp thing sent shivers at these meetings last year and was a big topic then. At the time James Franklin, formerly SEC at Vanderbilt, was getting ready to lead his Penn State staff to camp at Georgia State in Atlanta.
It hits much closer to home with the news that Jim Harbaugh and Michigan will camp at Prattville (Ala.) High School just outside Montgomery.
At present they haven’t invited Matt Wyatt to come over and be a guest instructor at his alma mater.
The whole camp thing really takes recruiting to another level. It’s amazing the cost that will be committed to this vs. the chances for a big return.
In other news …
How many times have you attended Ole Miss basketball and seen Andy Kennedy quickly call time when one of his players was trapped by the defense and in risk of turning the ball over.
He won’t be able to do that if the NCAA rules oversight panel adopts recent recommendations by the basketball rules committee. The oversight panel meets by conference call June 8. The inabililty for coaches to call time when the ball is live is one of several rules the group will consider.
It’s the rule that’s already in effect and how officials will be told to emphasize it that is causing a stir. As there was two years ago, officials will be told to clamp down on hand checks and physical play.