Miami’s Richt: Satellite camps ‘illegal recruiting’

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Mark Richt

While Michigan’s summer satellite camp will have a strong southern flair, coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff will be heading west, as well.

Harbaugh will work a camp at Oceanside High, at which the late Junior Seau played football. Last summer, Harbaugh and his assistants were in Mission Viejo for a camp.

Meanwhile, Miami coach Mark Richt told program boosters Monday he’s not happy the ban on satellite camps was lifted last week.

“The job is tough enough as it is,” Richt said in a Palm Beach Post story on Wednesday. “It is quite a grind for the coaches. I do want them to see their children. I want them to be fathers and husbands. Sometimes the more you add, the more you wear out your people. I don’t think they’re necessary to get the job done.”

Richt, the former Georgia coach, reportedly called the satellite camps “illegal recruiting.”

“To me it’s illegal recruiting off-campus, quite frankly, at a time that’s supposed to be a non-contact period,” Richt said, according to the Palm Beach Post. “You’re just creating contacts off-campus during a time you’re not supposed to be.

“Schools that are in places that aren’t that desirable want to come to your place. Everybody wants to come to paradise. We’ll see what happens.”

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June 2 – Cedar Grove Camp at Maynard Jackson High, Atlanta

June 4 – University of South Florida, Tampa

June 5 – Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va.

June 6 – Bob Jones High, Madison, Ala.

June 7 – Prattville High, Prattville, Ala.

June 7 – South Alabama, Mobile

June 8 – Pearl High, Pearl, Miss.

June 9-10 – Sound Mind Sound Body, Detroit

June 12 – Baylor University, Waco, Texas

June 13 – Greenhill High, Addison, Texas (near Dallas)

June 24 – Oceanside High, Oceanside, Calif.