Help me to help you help me.

Andy Staples points out a little money-making quirk in the satellite camp business.

… Now, a college program can pay a high school any amount of money to host a camp the college coaches would then work. If that high school features recruits the college wants, that dynamic would provide an unfair advantage under the current NCAA framework*. Schools can pay high school coaches to work their on-campus camps, but the NCAA examines the payouts and can punish schools that pay one coach at a higher rate than another. There is no such way to control satellite camp payments. For instance, Big State could insist that renting the field at High School High costs $50,000, and no one could dispute it…

At this point, is there anybody left in the college athletics business… oh, excuse me, the noble pursuit of helping young amateur athletes achieve their goal of obtaining a college education… who’s not getting a piece of the action?  (Besides the student-athletes themselves, that is.)


Filed under It's Just Bidness, Recruiting

6 responses to “Help me to help you help me.

  1. ASEF

    Somewhere in the afterlife, Logan Young is wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?”


  2. Cojones

    Can I set up a Cojones Academy, use my property as a place for recruits to gather and then charge bigtime U 50k for each attendance? How about a secondary property?

    Don’t look now, Dear, but our retirement account just took a jolt upwards. You can thank the Senator for helping me to help you.


    • ASEF

      Better make it $75000. You’ll need a budget for paid player appearances once the NCAA approves personal marketing.

      And don’t forget that you’re charging campers $50 a head for the right to be seen by coaches at Big State U from 10 am to 1 pm. If memory serves, 15% of that time will actually be spent doing football things.


    • Macallanlover

      Better put a sign up warning them about the mushrooms and leafy plants.


  3. Go Dawgs!

    I’ve always enjoyed signing day, but that was because it was the one day of the year when I had to know about recruiting. It has gotten so much harder to ignore recruiting, though, and I find it annoying. You used to have to seek recruiting news out by going to Rivals and paying them for the information. Now it’s part of the mainstream coverage of your teams. I seriously don’t care about a class of ’18 recruit committing somewhere because he’s going to change his mind three times.


    • 69Dawg

      Amen. It is a joke to be worried about some high school freshman. This whole process will eventually be the end of competition for all but the Power 5 and only a few of the Power 5 teams will be capable of this kind of staff commitment for recruiting all the grades of high school.