Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh sounds off on satellite camp vote
It was just four days ago when the NCAA Council voted to ban satellite camps across the country.
We knew Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was going to sound off on the vote, the question was — how soon?
Harbaugh’s response was made public today in an interview with Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated.
“The incompetence of the NCAA has reared its ugly head yet again,” Harbaugh told Rosenberg.
The Wolverines’ head coach went on to say that this decision “is going to affect thousands and thousands of people.”
The ban on satellite camps also bans coaches from working at camps at other schools. These camps allowed athletes to get gain valuable coaching, get noticed by other programs, and potentially earn a scholarship.
While the rule certainly does put a wrench in Harbaugh’s recruiting plans, it really hurts small schools that aren’t in talent-rich areas, as well as high school students who can not afford to travel to camps.
Harbaugh pointed out that there simply wasn’t enough research done to come to this conclusion.
He referred to the ruling as “knee-jerk … like somebody was shaving in the morning, cut themselves when they were shaving and said, ‘Let’s just ban satellite camps.'”
But the real bombshell from Harbaugh came when discussing the term “student athlete” in college athletics.
“During the NCAA basketball tournament we discuss the term ‘student-athlete’ ad nauseam in promoting our governing institution and our member institutions. Then, when we have an opportunity to truly promote the ‘student-athlete’ with a concept shared by educators and football men from all backgrounds, our leadership goes into hiding.
“I suggest we drop the term ‘student-athlete’ for consistency.”
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart spoke about the topic last week on BTN Live.
Check out what he had to say here.