Alabama football coach Nick Saban went on a rant about satellite camps that was one for the ages.
“Anybody can have a camp now. If they have a prospect, they can have a camp, and you’re expected to go to that camp, and they can use you to promote that camp, because Ohio State’s coming, Alabama’s coming. If somebody’s sponsoring a camp, they pay them the money. What do they do with the money? Who makes sure the kid paid to go to the camp? This is the wild, wild west at its best, because there’s been no specific guidelines relative to how we’re managing and controlling this stuff,” Saban told the media during SEC spring meetings.
It was no secret that the national championship-winning coach wasn’t a fan of satellite camps when the NCAA banned them, a decision that has since been reversed. However, he’s never launched into a rant about them. (RELATED: Stanford Football Coach Destroys SEC Country’s Academics)
Satellite camps were made famous after Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh went out of his way to host camps in SEC territory. Harbaugh also didn’t miss the opportunity to respond Saban, highlighting the fact Alabama has been caught cheating multiple times. (RELATED: Freedom-Loving Patriot Jim Harbaugh Drops The Mic On The SEC, NCAA)
"Amazing" to me- Alabama broke NCAA rules & now their HC is lecturing us on the possibility of rules being broken at camps. Truly "amazing."
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 1, 2016
Satellite camps are widely considered to favor northern schools, such as schools in the Big Ten, because it gives athletes in the South exposure to big schools outside of their region.