After taking a few arrows from Southeastern Conference football coaches and administrators, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany offered a defense of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and other conference coaches that will attend satellite camps this summer.
Harbaugh and his staff will launch the "Swarm Tour" in early June and will work one-day high school camps across the country, including Florida, Texas, California and Alabama. Alabama coach Nick Saban last week called the satellite recruiting camps "ridiculous."
SEC and ACC coaches are handcuffed by their conference rules that don't allow them to work a camp outside the 50-mile radius of their schools. The Big Ten does not apply that rule.
"I don't think (satellite camps) are objectionable," Delany, according to a report Wednesday on FoxSports.com, told reporters attending the College Football Playoff annual meetings in Texas. "I think there are some things out there that are practices that are legal that are probably far more objectionable."
Delany suggested to reporters that oversigning, grayshirting, "flipping" committed players and 7-on-7 camps, which tend to be SEC practices, are objectionable but are permissible.
"Coaches coaching at camps doesn't strike me as a bad practice," Delany told reporters.
Penn State coach James Franklin made two satellite camp stops last season and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said last week his coaches will attend a camp in south Florida. Harbaugh took the Swarm Tour an extra step last Friday when he issued an open invitation to two coaches from every school in the country to attend Michigan's camp, now dubbed, "Exposure U."
The NCAA's Division I Football Oversight committee is expected discuss this issue at its upcoming meetings. Delany welcomes the discussion as long as every angle is covered.
"Recruiting is a difficult area to legislate," Delany told reporters. "I would object to identifying any single practice in an isolated way and focusing on that. I would be open to an omnibus overall view of recruitment, whether it's for basketball or football, to make sure there's balance in access."