DESTIN, Fla. — SEC commissioner Greg Sankey is following 316 people on Twitter, as of Wednesday night, and none of them are Jim Harbaugh.
“Who?” Sankey said on Wednesday, when informed of that fact. It wasn’t clear if he was being cute or just didn’t hear the question. Either way it brought laughter from the room.
So did Sankey have a reaction when Harbaugh took to Twitter to express his displeasure at Saban’s rant against satellite camps.
“I move on,” Sankey said, waving his arm and looking a bit exasperated. “Twitter’s Twitter. I look at my mentions and move on too. So it’s not personal to anyone.”
Satellite camps have been a major topic the first two days of SEC meetings, both behind the scenes and publicly. But after discussing it in detail on Tuesday night, Sankey was fairly sick of the topic by the next night. The media may have been too: Sankey was only asked about it once during his nearly 25-minute press conference. Two if you count the question about Harbaugh’s tweet.
The first question was how receptive Sankey felt the football coaches were to the work being done on a possible conference-sponsored satellite camp.
“For the record I’m not the one brought up satellite camps,” Sankey said. “I’d love to talk about anything other than satellite camps. But you asked. So as you tweet, tweet (that) he’s had enough talk about satellite camps.”
There was some playful interplay with reporters, then Sankey got serious again.
“Yeah, the coaches talked about it. It’s what I said yesterday: There’s discomfort. This is not the direction that we saw as appropriate in Division I football. And our coaches are uniform in that perspective. Yet the recruiting culture has moved, because of what has occurred over the year and the outcome of the (NCAA) board of directors vote. And so we will be engaged in recruiting within the rules that now exist. …
“That doesn’t mean they (the coaches) are appreciative of the opportunity.”