Mike Leach: 11 of the Pac-12 schools support satellite camps; but conference voted against them?

SPOKANE - Multiple media outlets have reported the Pac-12 voted against satellite camps. But Mike Leach on Bill Moos' radio show Monday said 11 of the Pac-12 schools are in favor of the camps. How does that work?

"In our particular conference there are 11 teams in favor of satellite camps and yet the representative that went to meet with the NCAA voted against 'em and it's hard to figure out how that happened. So there may have to be an impeachment for the representative," said Leach.

One Pac-12 school abstained from the vote. Leach did not name that school, though he did say it was not USC.

Later on Monday at a Cougar Club luncheon in Spokane,  Leach said that such camps are a boon to low-income families who can’t send their kids to expensive football camps to get the attention of college coaches.

“For example, there are lots of low-income families all over Southern California,” he said. “These kids are all over the place and they would like, and need, opportunities. USC and UCLA are going to fill up long before they get an opportunity, so they’re going to go somewhere else to play college football and get a degree.”

Some do get the chance to play Division I football, he said. And some others get the chance to play Division II or Division III.

“The schools that are against it are ones that have big recruiting bases,” he said. “In most cases, they’re just trying to eliminate competition on athletes. If other schools don’t know about them, then they don’t have to play against them and I can’t think of a more selfish reason than that. And occasionally, there’s the position of ‘Well, we’re too lazy to do it.’ If  they’re too lazy, then to hell with ‘em.”

Leach was particularly disgusted by the suggestion that some of the motives for banning satellite camps had to do with backlash against Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.

“I hope that these people are not so pitiful that that they would do this because they got their feelings hurt by Jim Harbaugh, so they have to change everything for everybody,” he said. “If that’s the case then they need to go their doorstep with a big piece of chalk and write the name Jim Harbaugh on the threshold so they can feel sad and intimidated and abused. That’s what I think ought to happen.”

Oliver Luck, the NCAA’s executive vice president of regulatory affairs, said Monday that he expects the NCAA to revisit the recent ruling to ban satellite camps.

The NCAA banned satellite camps on April 8 at the urging of the SEC and ACC, with Alabama coach Nick Saban and SEC commissioner Greg Sankey among the most outspoken opponents of the practice of coaches working third-party camps away from campus.

WSU under Leach typically works five or so satellite camps in California in the month of June.

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