AUBURN, Ala. — Three is enough for Gus Malzahn.
Auburn will take part in only three satellite camps — two in Georgia and one in Mississippi — the coach told reporters Monday in Mobile, Ala.
The dates were previously announced, but speculation had the Tigers visiting more camps in the future. That apparently will not be the case for Auburn, which Malzhan believes would be better served by bringing players to its campus instead of stretching his staff across the country to view talent.
Auburn is scheduled to send coaches to Mercer in Macon, Ga., for a camp scheduled for June 3 and 4. Auburn has not yet made it clear which coaches it will send to camps for the Minority Coaches of Georgia Association in Stockbridge, Ga. (June 9) and a separate camp hosted by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (June 3). Malzahn has also 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 to visit Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Auburn’s conservative approach is quite the opposite from programs such as Michigan, which is approaching participation in 30 satellite camps this summer.
“We’re wanting to get guys to our campus, I think that is very important,” Malzahn said last week at the College Football Hall of Fame. “At the same time, I want my coaches around our players too, be there at the office and not just traveling the world.”
Auburn previously discussed camps in Tampa and Miami, according to a person familiar with the decision.
The SEC’s ban on satellite camps ends May 29.