VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. — If you were waiting for Nick Saban to show up on the sideline or field at a satellite camp, don’t hold your breathe.
While the Alabama coach plans to send staffers to various camps around the country, the head man doesn’t plan to show up at any.
“We’re trying to get guys to cover the camps, but most our assistant coaches and myself, I’m not gonna go to any satellite camps,” Saban said at the Nick’s Kids golf tournament on Thursday.
Throughout all of the satellite camp talk, Saban has remained true to his stance on wanting to get players to Alabama’s campus for the Crimson Tide’s camps. Saban has spoken out against satellite camps, even calling them the “Wild Wild West.”
But with everyone getting involved in the madness, Saban too has deployed some of his troops to the different camps.
Alabama recently sent offensive analyst Mike Locksley to a camp in Maryland that was hosted by Michigan and coach Jim Harbaugh.
“We sort of made the decision that it’s more important, especially in this time period because there’s only a limited time period in the summertime where we have time to spend with our players, the first couple of three weeks of June, the last couple of weeks of July,” Saban said. “So we’re gonna invest a little bit more time in that, especially me, because I don’t feel like I get to spend enough time around our players.
“But I’m concerned about our players doing the right things when it comes to being good people and going to school and doing what you’re supposed to do academically, as well as do the things that we can help them with in terms of trying to camp has never changed so our camp is all about helping young high school players improve and have a better chance to do things well for their teams.”
Saban was quick to point out that Alabama’s camps in Tuscaloosa were focused on teaching rather than trying to land prospects.
“It’s not about recruiting, it’s about development of players, which is what the old-fashion camps used to be, and I guess I’m still kind of old fashioned,” Saban said with a smile.