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It's camp season!
Old reliables and new satellite camps are starting to pop up on the schedule. This should be ... interesting.
The NCAA's Division I Council in April banned the satellite camps, which college coaches had traveled to and worked as guests at off-campus sites hosted by other institutions, sometimes in states not close to their school.
Then, last week, the NCAA Board of Directors overturned the ban on satellite camps.
So Odom's satellite camp plan has been launched. [...]
This all meshes with what Odom teased last month. When it was unclear whether the camps would be banned, Odom had mentioned St. Louis and Kansas City -- where Missouri used to hold camps in its Big 12 days -- as well as Texas and "the Gulf Coast region" as possible locations for Tiger satellite camps.
Odom is scheduled to speak with reporters on an SEC teleconference on Wednesday. I'm sure the topic of satellite camps will come up.
The camp at Blue Springs South next month — dubbed the Midwest Elite Football Camp — will be for all incoming and current high school-age players and run from 5 to 8 p.m. Harbaugh will also host a camp at Pittsburg State from 9 a.m. to noon on the same day.
Harbaugh’s wife, Sarah, is the sister of Amy Cain, whose husband, Jimmy, is the Blue Springs South boys basketball coach.
Harbaugh sparked the satellite-camp debate when he went on his inaugural "Swarm Tour" last summer, making appearances at football camps throughout the southeastern United States.
Previously, Gundy had spoken out in support of a satellite camp's benefits.
"It has given us an opportunity for 12 years to go out and coach, and allow the young people in other parts of the state who may not be as financially able to come to Stillwater and be at our camps, we can bring our show to them," Gundy said on April 13. "They can see us as coaches and see us as people and maybe draw an interest in Oklahoma State University based on, those guys are good coaches, I like them, they’re personable, they’re exciting, they’re enthusiastic. Maybe I want to go check out Oklahoma State.
In addition to the Texas camps, Oklahoma State will be guest coaching at a camp in Kansas on July 22nd put on by Emporia State.
I can't really say I have a hot take on the satellite camps issue. It allows kids to get exposure to coaches at all different levels (and allows coaches to get exposure to them), which isn't a bad thing. It probably further negates the concept of "sealing the borders" and whatnot, but those lines were already pretty blurry. It's a free-for-all in recruiting, and this makes it a little bit more so. And while this stinks from the perspective of coaches having down time ... head coaches are paid a hilarious amount of money to be head coaches. We'll say this is part of earning it.