Click here for part one of the author’s interview with Caragher.
The NCAA made two major policy decisions for college football in the past week. On Apr. 8, the NCAA prohibited coaches from hosting camps at sites other than the regular practice or playing field. Then on Apr. 11, the NCAA suspended the creation of any new bowl games until 2019.
Last summer, San Jose State held football camps in the Sacramento, Los Angeles, Inland Empire, and San Diego areas as well as on campus. The new policy puts some recruits at a disadvantage because they cannot afford the long-distance travel, says San Jose State head football coach Ron Caragher.
“It’ll make us change our philosophy. I’ve really enjoyed working the satellite camps. They’ve been very beneficial,” Caragher told Inside the Spartans on Monday.
“Now we just have to do a good job of exposing our camps to prospects, exposing the dates that we have, and getting campers to come up and participate,” he stated about the new NCAA policy.
Caragher also prefers evaluating prospects in person and says that highlight videos are not enough to do so.
“I want to see [prospects] in person, because sometimes, the level of competition of the opponent you don’t always know when you watch film,” said Caragher.
On the NCAA’s bowl creation moratorium, Caragher expressed support for the decision and advocated using the Academic Progress Rate as a secondary measure for choosing bowl teams.
“Let’s reward those teams that have a good APR,” said Caragher. “...Going to the [Cure] Bowl came about in a roundabout way, but all in all, the kids are doing things the right way.”
Caragher also called the pending Vermeil-Walsh Athletic Center project, commonly known as the North End Zone, important for the progress of the football program.
“That would bring us on par with other teams in this conference,” commented Caragher. “...The bar is where it’s never been in San Jose State football history.”
“That building is so important to us on a recruiting standpoint, and it sends a message to recruits that football is important here,” remarked Caragher.
Last week also marked a personal tragedy for all-conference punter Michael Carrizosa. On Apr. 4, his mother Amy Rodriguez died from cervical cancer at age 40. Rodriguez was a detective for the Monterey (Calif.) Police Department.
“We as a team said a prayer, and I know that his teammates have reached out to Michael in support of him during this trying time,” said Caragher.
CBS Sports Network ran a video feature of Carrizosa and Rodriguez prior to kickoff of the Cure Bowl on Dec. 19, 2015. Proceeds from the Cure Bowl went to Breast Cancer Research Foundation. At the time, Carrizosa was not the only member of the football team touched by cancer in his family; senior safety Simon Connette had lost his mother to brain cancer the year before.
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