“Kent State doesn’t have a camp.”

I realize that I’m coming dangerously close to treading into deceased equine territory, but for those of you who’ve found it easy to dismiss the possibility that closing satellite camps could have any negative consequences for high school players looking for an opportunity, let me introduce you to the Sound Mind Sound Body (SMSB) Football Academy, which, by the way, got its start in 2004.

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15 responses to ““Kent State doesn’t have a camp.”

  1. FarmerDawg

    Easy fix, regional HS combines. All coaches and schools on even footing.

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  2. Mike from Myrtle Beach

    This is ridiculous. Why don’t we just mandate that every HS FB player get a college tryout? And a trophy.

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  3. ChicagoDawg

    “for those of you who’ve found it easy to dismiss the possibility that closing satellite camps could have any negative consequences for high school players looking for an opportunity”. Perhaps those who oppose satellite camps have seen the light and just want to stop kids from being “exploited”? What was being characterized last as exploitation is this week’s lost opportunity.

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    • Perhaps those who oppose satellite camps have seen the light and just want to stop kids from being “exploited”?

      You mean, like every coach in the SEC? Heh, right.

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      • ChicagoDawg

        Playing off the discussion last week on how “exploited” these poor kids are, it was obviously said tongue and cheek. Now, we are mourning the lost opportunities for being exploited by Big10 schools.

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        • My only point here is that, once again, the regular bleating we hear from the NCAA and its member schools and conferences about serving the interests of kids is largely horseshit.

          As far as your point about being exploited, is it unreasonable for the market to set different valuations on different talents?

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          • ChicagoDawg

            Ha! Yes, I get it. It is a nuanced discussion.

            And yes, while not in the “exploitation” camp, I certainly recognize the need to better take care of student athletes (share the benefits). I believe things like providing catastrophic injury insurance, increased stipends, etc., are all good steps in that direction and still more left to do. However, I think it stops well short of collective bargaining and some of the other far reaching approaches that are being knocked around, which I think would crater the whole system.

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    Why don’t we have one large tryout extravaganza instead of multiple small camps across the country. We could “combine” all these camps, and hold the annual function in some central location, say Indianapolis.

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    • How does that help a kid from West Bumfuddle, Texas? Unless you’re offering for the schools to pay his expenses, that is.

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      • KershDawg

        I could be wrong but this is why I have no problem with them completely getting rid of these camps; no college is going to host their camp anywhere near that school in West Bumfuddle, TX. They’re only going to schools like IMG, Buford, or De La Salle.

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  5. ASEF

    If they can get kids from Detroit to Tampa, I bet they can find a way to get them to Kent State.

    Recruiting and retention are inexact at best. For every kid who receives a scholarship, another one doesn’t. Maybe that other kid would have used the opportunity better. Maybe they both would make the most of it. Maybe the first kid does. It’s pure guesswork. That’s at best a sliver of “more opportunity” to justify what appeared to be a pretty significant alteration recruiting rules and recruiting hoopla.

    That opportunity can easily be created elsewhere.

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  6. 92 grad

    Hmm. Replace “football player” with “trumpet player” or “visual artist”.

    My point is, any kid with talent or a gift in any other endeavor has to go to universities and put themselves “out there” in order to get noticed and compete for scholarship. It’s not like ball players have it easier than anyone else, oh….wait.

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