Satellite camps are one of the hottest topics in college football this offseason, and rightfully so. In case you aren’t familiar with what a satellite camp is, let me try to explain it in its simplest terms. It’s when a coaching staff is invited to a high school or another university to serve as a guest at a camp. For example, Penn State‘s coaching staff was invited to attend satellite camps at Stetson and Georgia State last year.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has taken that thinking to another level. The Wolverines’ coaching staff is set to embark on a seven-state, nine-camp tour this month, and they will visit SEC territory such as a high school in Prattville, Ala. where he will be able to work with some of the best recruits from the state of Alabama.
Due to an SEC rule, the University of Alabama is not allowed to hold any satellite camps within a 50-mile radius of Tuscaloosa. This means that Harbaugh will essentially get a free recruiting visit and pitch in Nick Saban‘s backyard, and the Crimson Tide head coach isn’t happy about it.
“This is the wild, wild west at its best. There have been no specific guidelines relative to how we’re managing control of this stuff. It’s happening outside the normal evaluation window, which means we’re taking time away from our players. We have to worry about our players doing the right things with the limited time we have them, but we’re not going to do that because we have to be somewhere else to see someone else.”
Saban added that he doesn’t blame Harbaugh for holding the camps and that he “can do whatever he wants to do if he thinks that’s what’s best,” per ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy.
Per For The Win’s Laken Litman, Saban also said it’s “amazing” that “somebody didn’t stand up and say, ‘Here’s going to be the unintended consequences of what you all are doing.'”
Harbaugh got wind of Saban’s comments and he was not happy. He took to Twitter and fired off one of the greatest tweets of all time.
“Amazing” to me- Alabama broke NCAA rules & now their HC is lecturing us on the possibility of rules being broken at camps. Truly “amazing.”
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 1, 2016
These two schools have to make an effort to play each other while Saban and Harbaugh are still in charge. It would seriously be one of the greatest buildups to a game in history.