Dantonio: I wasn’t singling out UM with ‘abuse’ comment

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Mark Dantonio

East Lansing – Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio clarified his comments on satellite camps Tuesday, saying he was not singling out Michigan or Jim Harbaugh.

On Monday, Dantonio was asked about the move by the NCAA to ban satellite camps on “The Drive with Jack” on 92.1 FM in Lansing and closed his remarks by saying, “I guess abuse brings control.”

Before practice on Tuesday, Dantonio said that comment spoke to a broader issue.

He said the “abuse” comment was over his concern that every program would be diving head-first into multiple camp stops each summer.

“That speaks to how many people are headed in that direction this year,” Dantonio said, “not just one specific university. That’s what everybody had on the docket. Everybody was on the docket for that, including us.”

The result of the ruling is that coaches will no longer be able to work camps like Sound Mind Sound Body in the Detroit area, an event attended by hundreds of players. It also means coaches from smaller conferences like the Mid-American can no longer work at camps like Michigan State’s.

Dantonio said the issue was discussed among coaches in the Big Ten and there was a consensus to continue allowing satellite camps.

“I am in favor of opportunities for young people,” Dantonio said. “I’m in favor of making this game better. Anything that can promote those things are positive. I think having camps enables you to do that and having coaches go out and do camps enables you to do that.

“I do think there is a mad rush to the finish line by universities all over America. So I think you take that into context. You vote as conference and we voted as a conference to have satellite camps.”

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