Jim Harbaugh rewrote the rulebook two summers ago with his creative use of satellite camps.
LSU’s Ed Orgeron is apparently wagging his finger at the Michigan coach.
In a report Thursday from Sports Illustrated, writers Michael Rosenberg and Pete Thamel detailed how LSU may have flexed its muscles to keep schools such as Texas, Texas A&M, Michigan, Arkansas and Houston away from satellite camps at smaller Louisiana schools.
Southeastern Louisiana was set to host coaches from Texas, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Houston for its camp, while Harbaugh and Michigan was going to come to Tulane this summer.
Later, it was announced that LSU would be taking the place of those schools at the camps.
“LSU’s influence is undeniable,” an unnamed college official noted in the story.
“No. No. This was us keeping Louisiana together,” Orgeron said, noting that everything worked out this way just because LSU was late to put its summer plans together.
Orgeron has managed to pretty well lock up the talent-rich state, but the article argues that moves like this hurt the players from gaining valuable exposure (and possible scholarship opportunities) from the other major schools. LSU and the other smaller schools only have so many scholarships to give, while families may not be able to afford to send prospects to faraway places like Michigan to attend their camps.
(Also probably worth nothing that Rosenberg is a Michigan grad.)
After Harbaugh canvassed the world two summers ago, the NCAA’s new rule said the camps can only be held at colleges, which makes moves like Orgeron’s possible.
According to the report, Texas A&M was scheduled to work a camp with Southeastern Louisiana on June 11 but has been replaced by LSU. Arkansas was scheduled to work a June 8 camp at Southeastern Louisiana with Louisiana Tech, Texas and Houston. Now, only La. Tech will join Southeastern Louisiana at the camp.