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When Leach and Guerrero meet next week in Phoenix, they should sell tickets

PAC-12 COACHES and athletic directors will get together next week with commissioner Larry Scott in Phoenix for their annual meeting. Mike Leach, staunchly in favor of satellite camps, will be there. UCLA AD Dan Guerrero, who voted for the satellite camp ban as the Pac-12 representative despite 11 of 12 Pac-12 schools in favor of the camps, will also be in attendance.

Oh to be a fly on the wall for that conversation.  Without mentioning UCLA or Guerrero by name, it was readily apparent Leach will have some questions for Guerrero in Arizona.

“Can you fathom 11 schools being in favor of satellite camps and we vote against it?” Leach asked rhetorically on a Pac-12 conference call held Tuesday. “Because I’m about to go to a bunch of meetings there in Phoenix where I’m going to be stuck there for however many days and there’s going to be a certain amount of dialogue.

“And the dialogue should lead to a certain amount of consensus where we agree that we’re going to take a position, a certain direction, and then all of a sudden we’re going to go opposite.. well then that entire thing is a waste of my time and I’ll just stay up here in Pullman, Washington, America, and have a big time.”

The NCAA enacted a ban on satellite camps on April 8.  Pac-12 commissioner Scott said Guerrero did not vote the way he was supposed to. Guerrero, about two weeks after the fact, offered an explanation to Sports Illustrated HERE.

“I can’t fathom anyone who would be against satellite camps but I think it’s pretty clear one school is,” said Leach.  “The only reason they could possibly be against satellite camps is some selfish motivation of locking other schools out of the opportunity to see (players in their region).

"As a conference we’re obligated to do everything we can to restore it on behalf of the schools evolved. I think everybody would benefit… the more opportunities the better it is for everybody.”

Leach also brought up how schools and conferences were caught off guard by the vote put on the table by the NCAA in the first place.

“It’s my hope that it gets reversed, I don’t know if it’s going to get reversed or not … the notion of banning them in the first place was dubious,” said Leach. “It was very behind the scenes and there wasn’t a lot of clarity to it. There are whole conferences that as you call their coaches they weren’t even aware they were going to vote on this. Under the best of circumstances, this whole thing is very shifty.

“The majority is against (a ban) and I would think anyone with a conscience with regard to low income student-athletes and the opportunities that college football is supposed to provide would be against it anyway."


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