Will satellite camps continue for Beavs?

THE PROLIFERATION of coaches working satellite camps, where a staff works a camp more than 50 miles away from campus but doesn't host it, has increased markedly the last few years. Oregon State will be a big player in coaching these types of camps this summer. But as you might expect, not everyone is happy with it.

Oregon State's coaches will work at as many as 10 camps this summer, Mike Riley estimated in a recent Oregonian article. Some of those camps, and perhaps the majority of them, will no doubt be in California.

It's a great way to get an up close look – film is great but nothing is quite like coaching players on the field.

The benefits to the prospect are immense in terms of exposure. It makes it easier and less costly for high school kids to gain college-level coaching and valuable experience. It makes them a better football player for their high school team and it might just earn them a scholie offer.

So what's the problem?

Simple, schools don't like other schools coming into their backyards. And the complaining is getting louder.

There's a growing call for the NCAA from the SEC and elsewhere to clamp down and eliminate the rule next year and most pundits think that's all but certain to happen.

First off, NCAA rule, the one that prohibits schools holding their own camp more than 50 miles from campus is penal. If the NCAA's aim is to benefit the student-athlete, as they so often claim, there wouldn't be a rule that benefits instead the schools in the most talent-rich areas.

Those schools don't just want to keep the recruits for themselves – they can only take 25 a year. No, they want to keep athletes from going to other schools, succeeding and making the school look like they missed on him.

Riley and the Beavs will be making some hay at the satellite camps. There will be names on the 2015 commit list who sign with the Beavs because Oregon State got to see them at a camp in California or Arizona or Texas or somewhere else that they otherwise would not have seen, would not have offered, would not have signed.

And the NCAA, if you believe all the press this offseason, is likely to do away with all of this next year. It wouldn't be the first time the NCAA chose to side with the big boys over the student-athletes.

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