NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — More than a thousand high school football players paid $50 dollars a piece with hopes of getting the attention of coaches from more than 40 different colleges.
Make no mistake, this was not a learning camp, not a skills camp. College football is big business, and ODU coach Bobby Wilder teamed up with Penn State Coach James Franklin looking to find that diamond in the rough that might help take their programs to the next level. There are some that think these events are a good idea and some don’t like them at all.
“A lot of the questions and criticisms are coming from coaches and athletic directors at schools that there league rule is they are not allowed to do satellite camps,” Bobby Wilder said. “I will quote the always quotable Jim Harbaugh at Michigan when he said it’s un-american not to allow someone to cross a state line for the purpose of doing a camp.”
The ACC and SEC do not allow their programs to participate in satellite camps. Wilder has no plans to take ODU on the road for a satellite camp, instead out-of-state programs will continue to come to Norfolk.
“You can ask most schools in the country, even in the conferences whose rules don’t allow them to be here, if they could we would be getting a lot of phone calls particularly after what’s happened now, word has gotten out about this camp.”
Penn State plans to come back next year, along with Jim Harbaugh’s staff from Michigan.