Stanford's David Shaw tosses out a mighty big academic dig

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Shaw says it doesn't make sense to hold a satellite camp where there might only be one person in the state eligible to get into Stanford.
Shaw says it doesn't make sense to hold a satellite camp where there might only be one person in the state eligible to get into Stanford.

David Shaw is not concerned about satellite camps. 

He shouldn't be. They don't exist anymore. But that didn't keep him from delivering a parting shot.  

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"I'm great with whatever college football says, because it doesn't affect us," Shaw said when asked about satellite camps after Saturday's spring game. "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."

Stanford is an elite football program. It's also one of the nation's elite universities (see this piece on what Joshua Garnett went through academically his senior season at Stanford). Shaw knows — he played football and graduated from Stanford.

Is Shaw taking a swipe at the South? Because he's not talking about camps in Southern California. Or one in the northern part of the state. After all, it's a former Stanford coach (Jim Harbaugh) that brought all this attention to satellite camps the past year. Now at Michigan, Harbaugh hit the southern camp circuit last summer and brought his team to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to practice for a week earlier this spring.

Big or small, Shaw's comment is a dig at someone, somewhere. It's also an exaggeration.  

Yes, it's true that not just any high school football player gets in to Stanford. That's not a slap at the academic levels of high school football players. Not just any high school student — period — is accepted at Stanford.

According to a release in March from Stanford, 2,063 students were offered admission (class of 2020) out of 43,997 applications — the most in school history. That's less than 5 percent of applicants. That 95 percent certainly includes some valedictorians and a high school quarterback or two.

Players from 23 states are on Stanford's spring roster, including 20 from California. But there also are four from Georgia, three from Louisiana, two from Texas, two from Florida and two from North Carolina. South Carolina and Tennessee also are on the list. Plenty of those players are being counted on to contribute in 2016 and aren't just on the roster to boost the APR. Senior linebacker Peter Kalambayi (from Charlotte, N.C.) was fifth on the team in tackles last season and is the team's top player from the South. 

The recruiting restrictions that Shaw and Stanford face aren't what the majority of the Power 5 schools have. There are exceptions — Vanderbilt, Duke, Cal, Notre Dame, to name a few — but Shaw does have a smaller pool of players to choose from. 

That doesn't make it OK for him to throw a blanket statement like that over another state or region of the country.

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