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NCAA and Jim Harbaugh battle over Satellite Camps

Posted by Betonline team on 4/22/2016 3:52:23 AM
NCAA and Jim Harbaugh battle over Satellite Camps

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University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and satellite football camps continue to be a hot button topic. The entire football world is taking sides after the NCAA banned satellite camps when Harbaugh pushed the system and held camps in SEC country. That hit too close to home for program giants like Alabama, LSU and Mississippi. Harbaugh became too close to their recruits. The SEC protested and the NCAA quickly caved in and banned satellite camps. The problem was many other schools either held camps closer to their campuses and one of the life bloods of football that help athletes get exposure was cut off.

Harbaugh called the rule silly and perhaps some in the NCAA agree. The group said it may reconsider the ban. Even former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez who now coaches at Arizona came down on Harbaugh’s side. Arizona planned camps in Hawaii, Arizona and California.

“I don’t see how it’s detrimental to the game of college football so we use them,” Rodriguez told the Arizona Star.

“If you say you can’t use them, it’s not as if it is the end of the world for us. But I think it’s been overwhelmingly at helping student-athletes that would maybe not get a look and now they’d get an opportunity to show themselves and get a scholarship.”

Harbaugh has taken the college football world by storm ever since he shocked the NFL by leaving the San Francisco 49ers to return to his alma mater Michigan. He’s been in the news ever since. He saved an accident victim by the side of the road, appeared in a play, taken shots at Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith and has used Twitter as a sounding board.

That was all fun and games until he went to ACC and SEC country and saddled up in perhaps the hottest recruiting hotbed in America. He made a number of appearances at camps and then brought his entire football team to Florida to practice at IMG Academy which is filled with top 100 recruits.

That is when the SEC cried foul.

“It’s been overwhelmingly more good than bad,” Rodriguez said. “They shouldn’t change the rules. A few squeaky wheels got the thing changed that quickly? I think it’s silly and disingenuous.”

Harbaugh ripped the NCAA during a Sports Illustrated interview recently, calling the decision “knee jerk.”

“This is going to affect thousands and thousands of people,” Harbaugh told SI.com. “It seemed to be outraged by the SEC and ACC. They power-brokered that out. The image that comes to my mind is guys in the back room smoking cigars, doing what they perceive is best for them. It certainly isn’t the best thing for the youngsters. It’s not the best thing for the student-athletes.”

Harbaugh took a shot at Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze who said satellite camps would keep him from his family. “You’ve got a guy sitting in a big house, making $5 million a year saying he does not want to sacrifice his time,” Harbaugh said. “That is not a kindred spirit to me. What most of these guys are saying is they don’t want to work harder.”

Ouch. There is more to come.

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