Here’s a shocker: Nick Saban is not a fan of satellite camps, the off-campus events some programs use as recruiting tools to attract kids from different regions of the country.
The NCAA is ruling this week on the legality of holding such camps, but don’t count on Alabama hosting them, regardless of the decision.
“I’m not even thinking that it has that much value,” Saban said during his Wednesday evening presser. “The teams that have done ’em, what value did it serve? How many players did they get?”
The issue has come to the forefront of the college football world after Michigan took part in a highly publicized satellite camp in Florida this spring. Coach Jim Harbaugh traded social media blows with multiple SEC representatives who viewed the camp as an unfair competitive advantage.
As it stands, the SEC has a ban in place on head coaches participating in such camps more than 50 miles outside of campus. If the NCAA strikes down a piece of SEC-proposed legislation that would completely eliminate satellite camps this week, the conference will be forced to lift its ban on May 29.
Wednesday, Saban had no qualms with out-of-conference coaches who want to legally participate in the activity, but made it clear that he still needs convincing.
“I love the system and the way we do it now,” he said. “If everybody has a satellite camp, every player will have 62 camps to go to. I don’t know how that works.”
High school players can already attend annual Crimson Tide camps in Tuscaloosa, which, Saban emphasized, are designed for all athletes, and not just highly-rated recruits.
The coach also pointed out other events in place — Nike-sponsored combines, mostly — that are “great for the players.”
“I think we can do that a lot better here in a three-day camp than we can running all over the country,” Saban said.
Essentially: Forget about satellite camps, y’all.
“Sounds like a pretty ridiculous circumstance to me,” Saban said, “for something that nobody can really determine, did it have any value anyway?”