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Baumgardner wrote a good piece that strongly criticizes Delany for his passive stance on summer camps and how the SEC continues to get its way.
The bigger issue here is conference vs. conference. Big Ten vs. SEC.
The SEC has dominated college football on the field for a decade. And Friday afternoon, it scored another win -- just because it could.
League members expressed concern over an issue -- regardless of how legitimate that concern was (in this case, it wasn't) -- and the SEC's power players went to bat for them. They did it again this winter when Harbaugh announced his plans to take Michigan to Florida for spring break.
And, again, same thing. Sankey slammed the table for days over the issue. Did his arguments always make sense? No, not really. But he stood up and fought for his league, just like he did in the satellite camp saga.
Delany? The only time he really ever touched on the topic came a year ago this month, when he made a claim that the NCAA has bigger fish to fry than satellite camps. Point taken. Point ended.
Michigan is holding a slew of football camps IN ANN ARBOR* this summer:
We live outside of Michigan, but are planning to visit Ann Arbor on or near June 17. I just discovered this date coincides with the UM 5-8 grade Youth Football camp. My son is very interested in attending. Any opinions from the board on how fun/effective/life-changing this camp is? Is the full coaching staff involved with hand-on drills? Current players? Are any feats of strength competitions against the likes of Kalis, Braden, and Cole typically scheduled?
I personally think hearing Harbaugh's opening and closing remarks is almost worth the registration fee alone, but I would love to hear feedback from others who have experienced the camp.
*All UM Summer Football camps are subject to pending NCAA oversight.
...days until Michigan begins its championship run by destroying Hawaii. Or you can look at it as...
...Saturdays from now. Go Blue!!!
Mr. comissioner once again showed just how good he is at his job once again.
Take a look at his reaction to the NCAA's decision-
"But the football oversight committee recommended to the council and the council is supporting action now," he said. "It is what it is. We made our case for holistic vs. ad hoc. You have to accept it. That's part of the (system) we signed on for. No reaction beyond that. You always would like to win rather than to lose a vote — I don't care whether it's in a court or legislature or an assembly of people. You go with the system that's in place, and so I support that, respect that and move on. (Coaches will) pick up recruitment; satellite camps are off the table, but presumably everything else is on it. "
In other words, it doesn't/hasn't/won't keep him awake at night that the NCAA is favoring the wishes of one region of the country.
This guy does not care about any of the actual issues going on in this league. This guy does not care about nor does he support any member school outside of his beloved OSU that he gave a loving, helping hand to back in 2010.
It doesn't matter to him that the people that make college sports happen--the athletes--are the ones truly getting screwed here.
Now, if the NCAA made some kind of ruling on not being able to expand the #footprint so you can push your network on people in other regions, I'm sure he'd have a whole task force.
This whole thing is rotten.
There is no college sports without the athletes, and there is no B1G without the member schools.
So who really has the power again? At some point, maybe the schools should actually put their foot down. What's the point of being in an athletic conference if the guy who represents your interests is as out of touch and incompetent as can be?