Nobody said Jim Harbaugh's antics would not ruffle any feathers after he arrived in Ann Arbor.
Southeastern Conference head coaches are not happy about the idea of schools like Michigan camping on their turf. Auburn's Guz Malzahn chimed in a few weeks about his displeasure with satellite camps. Now, Alabama's Nick Saban has voiced his concerns.
"If we're all going to travel all over the country to have satellite camps, you know, how ridiculous is that?" Saban said. "I mean we're not allowed to go to all-star games, but now we're going to have satellite camps all over the country. So it doesn't really make sense.
"I certainly think that we need to address this if it's going to be a competitive disadvantage and other people are going to have these kind of camps. So, I think it's something that we'll probably address as a conference, and I think it's something we ought to look at from an NCAA standpoint because I think it's best to have a rule where people come to your campus, they can come to your camp."
Georgia's Mark Richt also has his thoughts on the subject:
"It has come up in our league meetings, I would prefer everybody stayed on their own campus quiet frankly," Richt said. "If you are going to do a satellite camp, you have to decide how many and where, you have to be thinking about your staff. I mean how many more times do you want them to leave their wife and kids to go do something like that. We all love to recruit, we all want to see kids perform, but where do you end up drawing the line. I just don’t know."
Last week, Michigan officially announced their "Summer Swarm Tour 2015," where the staff will travel to camps in seven states in nine days.
Part of the reason that SEC coaches are angry about this comes from a conference rule that prohibits programs from coaching at high school camps more than 50 miles away from their campus.
Big Ten schools are held to a similar standard, though a loophole allows them to serve as "guest coaches" at any camp, anywhere.
Penn State's James Franklin exploited this loophole last year. Now, Harbaugh and staff are not only taking that idea, but they are attacking it with "an enthusiasm unknown to mankind."
Will the loophole close soon?
While the loophole exists still to hold these camps, it would not be surprising if it was closed sooner rather than later.
NCAA president Mark Emmert has ddressed where the satellite camp debate is headed.
Emmert on satellite camps: FB oversight committee will have topic "on the top of their list... I think they have to address it nationally."— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) April 23, 2015
We will have to wait and see what ultimately happens with this, but it is interesting to see the SEC up in arms over this ordeal with some of the rumored recruiting tactics that go on in the South.
I can't wait for the "We Are The SEC" rally to stop all satellite camps.
Oh, the poor, poor SEC.
Simi Fehoko narrows down his list of schools
Class of 2016 wide receiver Simi Fehoko (Salt Lake City, Utah) released his top five schools via Twitter on Wednesday evening, where Michigan made the cut.
Also included in his top group are BYU, Utah, Stanford and Washington.
Top 5. pic.twitter.com/wsWpgoUkfj— Simi Fehoko (@Simi_Fehoko) April 22, 2015
He is a four-star prospect and the 46th-ranked WR in the class, per the 247 Composite.
Michigan offers 2016 OL Fries
On Thursday, Michigan offered 2016 offensive lineman Will Fries (Cranford, New Jersey), according to 247 Sports.
Fries is a three-star propsect and the 37th ranked offensive tackle in the class, per the 247 Composite.
That's it for Friday. Check back in Monday for the latest roundup of Michigan football recruiting news and more.