ATLANTA — Gus Malzahn is not going satellite camp crazy.
The Auburn coach has so far scheduled only three satellite camps, far from the country-spanning 27 camps Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has already placed on his calendar this summer or Bret Bielema‘s far-out-there idea of hosting camps internationally.
And that’s just how Malzahn likes it.
“We will do very few,” Malzahn said Tuesday at the College Football Hall of Fame. “We’re wanting to get guys to our campus, I think that is very important. At the same time, I want my coaches around our players too, be there at the office and not just traveling the world.”
Malzahn has not yet released a full list of camps, but it doesn’t appear the number will grow much more between now and the SEC’s ban on satellite camps lifts May 29.
The Tigers are now set for at least three camps in June, with the latest date featuring a partnership with FCS program Mercer in Macon, Georgia.
Auburn is one of four SEC programs scheduled to send coaches to the event scheduled for June 3 and 4. Auburn has not yet made it clear which coaches it will be sending to camps in Stockbridge, Georgia (June 9) and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (June 3). Malzahn has not yet announced if he will attend the camps.
Auburn is scheduled to host Mercer for a non-conference football game in 2017. The Tigers will pay the Bears $450,000 for visiting Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Auburn has scheduled nine on-campus camps, including two half-day camps, in June and July. The number is nothing out of the norm compared to Auburn’s past schedules and also includes a youth camp for players in grades third through eighth.
The NCAA rescinded its ban on satellite camps April 28. The SEC’s ban on camps will be lifted May 29. Malzahn’s goal has been to conduct camps in the southeast, within the Tigers’ recruiting footprint.
“I’m going to do what’s best for Auburn,” Malzahn reiterated Tuesday.