Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald Reacts To Satellite Camp Ban

    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald reacts to the NCAA's satellite camp ban. Fitzgerald is disappointed in the decision.

    April 8, 2016

    Northwestern Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald is not happy with the NCAA’s decision to ban satellite camps.

    The NCAA announced a ban of satellite camps on Friday, effective immediately.

    It’s a decision that Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald is not in favor of.

    “Disappointed to read satellite camp news-better solutions than a ban- will hurt PSA’s & Group of 5 schools,” Fitzgerald tweeted after the news.

    While the change will have ripple effects across the spectrum of college football, it really hurts smaller schools and unheralded athletes. These are the programs who can’t afford to hop a private plane and travel across the country to recruit lesser-known athletes. It’s a lose-lose for both the institutions and, especially, the players.

    Fitzgerald also shared a graphic of the Northwestern Football Chicagoland Showcase Camps, highlighting that in 2015 over 320 coaches from 112 colleges attended the showcases. Imagine the exposure kids gained that would have never been afforded otherwise.

    “We still plan on having our Showcase Camp – unfortunately the Group of 5 (12 in 2014) schools will be unable to attend,” Fitzgerald said.

    As an example how the camps helped lesser-recruited players, Deandre Pierce, a 2016 Boise State signee, tweeted “That’s how I got Boise State and how you can expose yourself to college coaches without paying expenses” following the NCAA’s announcement. Pierce was a 3-star recruit from Long Beach, Ca.

    The Broncos were scheduled to hold a camp in Los Angeles this summer, but with the change, will now have to come up with another way to discover players around the country.

    It’s yet another head-scratching move by the NCAA, especially considering the young men trying to further their playing careers and receive a college education are the biggest losers.

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