Don't count Stanford head coach David Shaw in as one of the coaches up in arms about the NCAA's recent ban on satellite camps -- just full of Stanford pride.
On Friday, the NCAA released a ban on these off-campus camps used by coaches to draw in recruits from different regions. Now, teams can only hold such camps at their own school facilities.
"I have no opinion," Shaw said. "It's never affected us. People do them, and people don't do them. We've got great attendance at the camps we have here -- we get a lot of guys we want to come."
Then, Shaw had some more interesting things to say about Stanford's role with satellite camps, as I originally reported.
"I'm great with whatever college football says, because it doesn't affect us. It doesn't make sense for us to go hold a camp some place where there might be one person in the entire state that's eligible to get into Stanford."
While Stanford does have some of the most stringent academic standards in the country, this statement independently does appear elitist and arrogant, although I was not able to ask Shaw to clarify Saturday at Stanford's Spring Game. If we take it at face value, it does seem pragmatic, as to not allocate resources on players that cannot get into the school. One little clause tacked onto the end of that sentence could have prevented quite a bit of vitriol. Adding "and can play Division 1 national championship football" to the end of that sentence would have done wonders.
Still, as written, it appears to be throwing several regions under the bus, such as the Midwest and the South, large recruiting regions for Stanford in recent years.
Evidently, with 21 players on the roster from the South and Texas, more than one person from those states can get into Stanford. Realistically his math is not too far off though . Still this could prove detrimental for recruiting from these regions in the future.