They might as well name the satellite camp rule “The Jim Harbaugh Clause,” because the Michigan coach was the man who created, and in a way ended, the satellite camp craze.
Harbaugh was livid about the NCAA’s ruling that restricts coaches from attending any camps not held on campus. These camps were a major recruiting chip for Harbaugh, who was free to roam the country hosting coaching camps across the nation and poaching recruits from other Power Five conferences.
Harbaugh ripped the NCAA for banning the camps entirely and described the decision as “knee-jerk … like somebody was shaving in the morning, cut themselves when they were shaving and said, ‘Let’s just ban satellite camps,’” according to Campus Rush’s Michael Rosenberg.
“I mean, what’s it based on? A survey? There wasn’t a lot of discussion or study,” Harbaugh said. “What are the facts? What are the perils and merits of making that decision? It just seemed lacking in that regard.”
Harbaugh didn’t limit his tirade to just the NCAA, however. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was also on Harbaugh’s naughty list for saying that he didn’t mind the ban because he didn’t want to spend even more time away from home at remote camps.
“I’m selfish with my time,” Freeze told The Clarion Ledger’s Daniel Pauling. “I’m away from my family enough, and I just did not want to go. I was ready to. We would’ve jumped in with the rest of them and gone to work. But I’m glad we can have a camp and I can sleep at home.”
Harbaugh was having none of that excuse. In fact, he practically called Freeze lazy.
“You’ve got a guy sitting in a big house, making $5 million a year, saying he does not want to sacrifice his time,” Harbaugh said. “That is not a kindred spirit to me. What most of these coaches are saying is they don’t want to work harder.”
So although many coaches were ready to pack their bags and hit the road on their own coaching tours, it’s Harbaugh who comes out as the biggest loser in this situation. And nobody handles losing worse than Jim Harbaugh.