The NCAA Division I council recently put the kibosh on satellite camps, closing the loophole that allowed big programs to recruit away from campus. Naturally, every coach is being asked about the NCAA's decision, and on Monday, it was Stanford head coach David Shaw's turn via Rule of Tree:
It makes sense.
As of right now, Stanford's admission rate sits at a stingy 4.7%. That's lower than literally every Ivy League school. Meaning, Stanford's academic standards are astronomically high, and they want athletes that will perform academically-- they can't stress that enough.
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Plainly, it makes no sense for them to incur the cost of holding camps half the country away where there might be a trickle of high school students that could actually get in.
Shaw could've used less absolute terms than "one person" and "entire." But the subject being college football and this being the Land of Bald Eagles and Budweiser, there was no way anyone was going to react reasonably anyway. It also didn't help that Paul Finebaum pulled that specific part and tacked "in SEC Country" onto the end of the header in the graphic that made the rounds on Monday:
I'm sure this is really going to help you recruit nationally. pic.twitter.com/BSCNsqH9hA— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 11, 2016
It's totally possible that it was a thinly-veiled shot at the "Dumb Rural South," and it's pretty easy to take it that way.
Until it dawns on you that Stanford never used satellite camps to begin with, at which point you realize it was more like a thinly-veiled shot at "Everyone Who Isn't Already In Palo Alto."