Harbaugh’s camp schedule ‘doesn’t bother’ Delany

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Jim Harbaugh

Rosemont, Ill. – Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is on the same page as Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio when it comes to satellite camps.

Delany held court with the media Wednesday at conference headquarters as the Big Ten’s spring meetings wrapped up, and to no one’s surprise, satellite camps was a topic of discussion.

“I would agree with Mark Dantonio – it’s creative,” Delany said. “It’s an area that has been used before, is being used now.”

The Michigan State coach has been asked plenty about the use of satellite camps, something he and his Spartans staff will do to some extent this summer by attending the Sound Mind Sound Body camps around the country.

He has no desire to take it to the level that Jim Harbaugh has at Michigan with more than 30 camps that hit more than 20 states as well as Australia and Samoa, but Dantonio does appreciate the value to the players in having the camps.

Jim Delany

Delany, too, sees no real issue with the amount of camps Harbaugh and his staff will take part in.

“No, it really doesn’t bother me,” Delany said. “I wasn’t really aware of the satellite camp exception, if you will. I’ve become much more aware of how those rules have evolved. I do think there needs to be a national method in recruitment that absorbs the interest of the students so they can be seen by and can learn about programs, whether it’s Boise State or Michigan or Alabama.”

Many expect there to be some modification to the satellite camp rule by next year, such as a cap on the number of camps one school can attend. But until then, Michigan is taking advantage.

Delany isn’t sure how the rule might be changed, but he hopes for comprehensive studies of the entire recruitment process.

“What is the exact proportionality of satellite camps, institutional camps and perhaps regional camps that are developed by the NCAA or the American Football Coaches (Association)?” Delany said. “How they all fit together is a mosaic. If there is a comprehensive review, I think there will probably be some fences around that.

“But the rules are the rules. There’s nothing that Jim has done or Nick Saban has done – or any other coach who’s involved – that is a violation of the rule.”

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