With the ban now overturned by the NCAA Board of Directors, Bielema says Arkansas could eventually head overseas to host camps.
“For what we have in store for us and recruiting, it’s a different ballgame.” Bielema said Thursday. “It’s chance to go out not only in the United States, but we’re looking at a few global opportunities as well. I can basically take a Bret Bielema camp and go to every high school in the state of Arkansas if we want.”
Bielema has been aggressively pursuing appearances at various camps around the country. In the last week, Bielema said that the program has been invited to or inquired about 84 satellite camps.
The camps were reinstated after a negative reaction to the ban by some prospective athletes and current coaches. Many argued that eliminating satellite camps would strip kids of a chance to be recognized by coaches. The U.S. Department of Justice was also reportedly looking into the policy to determine whether action should be taken.
“‘You wanted opportunities?’, Bielema said. “We got opportunities now.”
There is some uncertainty about just how far and wide programs will choose to hold satellite camps, but one thing is for sure, Bielema and Arkansas won’t be left behind.
“Uncharted waters…it’s the wild wild west,” Bielema said. “We’re going on what we’re calling The Hog Wild Tour 2016.”