Stanford coach David Shaw had some explaining to do after making some interesting comments about satellite camps that could be perceived as a diss toward the South.
Shaw appeared on The Paul Finebaum Show Tuesday afternoon to clarify comments that could be perceived as insulting to southern recruits. Finebaum wasn’t amused by Shaw’s statement and responded on Twitter Monday.
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— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 11, 2016
Here’s what Shaw said on Finebaum’s show a day later:
“The conversation wasn’t about holding satellite camps in SEC country,” Shaw said. “That’s not what we were talking about. That was not the context of the conversation. It would be ridiculous to insinuate that that was the conversation, considering especially that my mother is from Alabama, my dad is from Louisiana.
“I’m not going to take shots at the south, that’s ridiculous. You’ve heard me say repeatedly how much respect I have for the SEC and what they’ve accomplished and the coaches in the SEC.”
Shaw continued: “What I was referring to, honestly, was the expense and the effort that it takes to have a satellite camp to where our admissions process for student-athletes is very, very difficult now. What I could have said, if you look at it, is that we’re talking about football players, where one football player in a particular state. That’s where I could’ve used different words.”
So there you have it. Shaw claimed he wasn’t questioning the intelligence level of Southeast recruits, but was speaking in a broader sense. Stanford’s out-of-state recruiting tactics and rigid admission standards wouldn’t merit a satellite camp in a distant region.
Maybe it’s time coaches quit talking about the defunct camps to prevent misunderstandings such as this from occurring again.