James Franklin liked satellite camps before they were cool.
Earlier this week, the Penn State coach voiced his support for the NCAA’s proposal to limit the number and locations of satellite camps. He also took what appeared to be a subtle jab at Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who has largely become the face of the satellite camp movement.
It’s a place Franklin occupied before Harbaugh even arrived at Michigan. Here’s what he told the Centre Daily Times:
“I was like, the poster boy for satellite camps (two years ago). I don’t know why, but I was,” he said. “Somebody else has become the poster boy for satellite camps now. That’s fine with me. And it’s gotten out of control, like a lot of things in life and a lot of things in our profession. It’s gotten into extremes again, and I don’t think that’s what anybody wants.”
Franklin went on to say that he believes satellite camps should only be held at other colleges, rather than the high schools many of them are held at now.
“I don’t think it should be with third parties, recruiting services or things like that,” he said. “I think it should be on college campuses with college staffs. If you want to go somewhere else and do it, great. But it should be run by colleges. I think we’re asking for trouble with those things.”