Mark Stoops not a fan of satellite camps

Mark Stoops is not a fan of satellite camps. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mark Stoops is not a fan of satellite camps. (Vicky Graff Photo)


FRANKFORT — During Tuesday’s Governor’s Cup press conference, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops made it clear he was not a fan of satellite camps, college football’s newest fad.

What do you think of satellite camps? “Coach (Bobby) Petrino and I just spent a few minutes talking about the satellite camp. It’s a big issue, and I was just asked about it out there on ESPN radio and I said rather than getting in on this Twitter war and everything and all these people want to get into. To each their own. Whatever you have to do, do. It’s been my experience from participating in one — and I’m going to participate in at least one more — that I’m quite confident that our league will go back and evaluate this situation. To each league, they can do what they want. I don’t want to speak for the other 13 coaches in our league, but I can tell you I can pretty much assure you I feel pretty confident in the direction we’re going to head next year. We have very strong opinions about that after participating in one. I’m not so sure it’s going to be for Kentucky. I think there are some definite benefits, but I think there are some definite drawbacks.”

Does he prefer to get recruits on campus? “That’s a big part of it, getting kids on campus. We’re not real big into working third party people to set things up and paying people to get people on their campus. That’s not what we’re going to do.”

Do satellite camp creators have their own agendas? “I think I made it very clear that whatever I decide to do, fine. People want to criticize me for it, fine. I’m not going to attack anybody for it. People can do whatever the heck they want to do. I’m not going to get involved with third parties and pay people to have camps to recruit one player or two players. I’m not going to do that.”

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