SEC coaches made it clear this week that they are not fans of Penn State coaches working at camps at Georgia State in Atlanta next month.
What does Georgia State head coach Trent Miles think of the SEC’s complaints?
“That’s their problem. It doesn’t really affect me,” Miles said, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“It’s funny that anybody’s complaining about this. It’s not like this hasn’t been done before – it just hasn’t affected the SEC before. Now all of a sudden a big-name school is coming to a mid-major school like us and they’re like, ‘Oh, wait a minute. We can’t have that.’”
Ordinarily a handful of camps being held at a low-level FBS school like Georgia State would not even be on the radar of coaches in the big bad SEC, but the involvement of Penn State head coach James Franklin is not something the SEC coaches are fond of. They don’t want coaches from a school like Penn State to infiltrate the SEC’s fertile recruiting grounds, especially when the SEC prohibits its members from setting up similar arrangements.
The NCAA’s rule does not allow coaches to host camps out of state and more than 50 miles from their campus, but a loophole in the rule allows coaches to be guests of other programs. That’s how the Miles-Franklin collaboration checks out.
This arrangement is beneficial both ways. Franklin and his staff are able to build a rapport with some southern prospects that might not have the means to attend a camp hundreds of miles away in central Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, these prospects who are looking for a Penn State offer get exposed to GSU’s coaching staff and campus.
The whole thing has been a boon for Miles and his program.
Miles, who called the idea “brilliant,” told the AJC that Franklin reached out to him with the idea a few months ago. In addition to Penn State, Miles will also welcome Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly and staff to the 2015 edition of the camp.
“Some kids won’t be able to go to Penn State and Notre Dame. And some who do, maybe things won’t work out for them and in two years they’ll remember us and come back,” Miles said.
While SEC commissioner Mike Slive reaches out to the NCAA about potentially closing the loophole, Miles thinks there other issues in the world of college football more important than these camps.
“There’s more pressing needs for the NCAA to worry about than this. This is an instructional camp to help kids get better.”
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