Another head-scratching move from the NCAA came Friday when it announced football teams’ satellite camps will be ended immediately.
The camps were used by schools in key recruiting areas to allow them to evaluate high school players in their home area, also helping the potential recruits who may not be able to afford to fly to the school for their hosted camps or for unofficial visits. Now, schools can only host camps on their campus.
Boise State had scheduled at least six satellite camps this summer in California, Texas, Washington, Oregon and Utah.
Two years ago, the Broncos held their first such camp in Texas, and last summer had a pair in California. Among those that passed through the Broncos’ camp in Long Beach was defensive back DeAndre Pierce, who signed in February.
A big winner in the ruling, as usual, is the SEC and most southern-based power conferences, which had raised complaints last year when Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and staff held camps in Alabama, Florida, Texas, Indiana, Pennsylvania and California. Surprisingly, the Mountain West voted to end satellite camps, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
Last May, Boise State coach Bryan Harsin was supportive of satellite camps when he addressed it on KTIK 93.1 FM.
“It’s a good idea, because it’s easier for us to get to areas than it is for everybody to get to us. I understand not every conference does it, so there are issues for some coaches ... it gives us an opportunity to get out and work with other coaches. If it changes and everybody’s on the same page, then you’re back to where it was, trying to bring people to your campus, which ultimately is what we want to do, it just isn’t always feasible.”
Now, the challenge for Boise State, located in a place not always easy to reach, is getting more recruits and their teams to come to its hosted camp, which will be held in June.
The news was celebrated by only a few: ESPN’s Travis Haney said he was in the Tennessee football offices when the ruling came, tweeting: “Some very happy Vols. Among those who didn't want camp proliferation.”
However, most were not happy. Washington State coach Mike Leach said the following:
In an SB Nation story, South Florida coach Willie Taggart was quoted as saying:
“I think the wrong message has been put out. No one's really talking about how good it is for the kids. If you really think about it, this is the right thing to do. Kids are going to camps all over the country, spending all this money to try and get the most amount of exposure, when it’s the schools that have all the money.
Boise State’s spring game kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday at Albertsons Stadium. The offense will take on the defense. The winning team gets a steak dinner, the losing team gets foil-wrapped hot dogs. The game will consist of four 10-minute quarters. Following a 12-minute halftime, the third and fourth quarters will feature a running clock.
Here is the scoring system:
6 Points – Touchdown
3 Points – Field Goal
3 Points – 4th Down Conversion
2 Points – 20-plus-yard Explosive
1 Point – PAT
6 Points – Touchdown
3 Points – Turnover
3 Points – 4th Down Stop
2 Points – Three-and-out
2 Points – Sack
1 Point – Field Goal Inside Red Zone