If Rutgers coach Chris Ash was supposed to toe the Big Ten’s unofficial conference line on satellite camps set by Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, then he failed his fellow coaches.
Ash recently revealed to NJ.com’s Steve Politi that he’s actually much closer to Alabama coach Nick Saban‘s stance on the satellite camp issue than he is Harbaugh’s.
“Absolutely I am,” Ash told Politi when asked about being closer to Saban’s line of thinking.
“I’ve been doing this for over 20 years and there have been a lot of really good football players that get recruited and go to camps on campuses, and we weren’t doing satellite camps,” Ash said. “Am I for opportunities for high school players? I am. Absolutely. But right now there are a lot of things going on out there with satellite camps that they’re going to have to go back and take a look at them and review this whole process.”
Ash went on to call for better regulation of the camps by the NCAA.
“There was a time that head coaches could go on the road recruiting in May. They took that away because they were concerned about being able to regulate the activities that are going on out there. So now in June you can go all over the country and basically recruit,” he said.
This revelation will hardly solve the debate on what to do with offseason camps, which provide high school kids a chance to meet and work out for college coaches, but it does show that at least one coach may hold an opinion that could be considered counter to what is in his program’s best interest.
Based in New Jersey, Rutgers certainly could benefit from attendance at satellite camps in areas which feature more fertile recruiting ground. For Ash to come out and essentially say he backs Saban’s line of thinking creates a unique stance that the NCAA may take into account when deciding how to move forward with legislation on the issue.