When it comes to recruiting, many coaches will do whatever it takes, just shy of violating the NCAA rulebook, to get ahead. The Big Ten is no exception.
And Penn State's James Franklin is definitely pushing the limits. What exactly is he doing? Franklin and his staff are participating in a Georgia State football camp. As the York Dispatch reported, the SEC, of course, is not happy.
The NCAA prohibits coaches from hosting and running camps more than 50 miles from their own campuses. But there is a small loophole. As FoxSports.com points out, "What the NCAA does not prohibit, however, is coaches participating in camps more than 50 miles from their campuses. That would be against the rules only if a conference says it is, and the SEC is one conference that doesn't allow its coaches to do this."
So how does this affect Nebraska football? It doesn't, yet. But it could.
Head coach Bo Pelini should take note of Franklin's participation in satellite camps and find a way to get involved in camps of his own. After all, the NCAA isn't stopping him.
If Pelini and his staff were to participate in satellite camps, where should they go? Three strategically placed camps across the country could be the answer to future recruiting success.
The 2014 class was the first since 2009 where the Huskers didn't take a recruit out of Ohio, per the Lincoln Journal Star. That didn't sit well with many fans. So maybe the solution is participating in a camp in the area.
If Nebraska were to participate in a camp in Ohio, it should be at Ohio University. The benefit of Ohio University is that head coach Frank Solich has ties to Nebraska. While his relationship with the Huskers hasn't always been perfect since his departure, time heals all wounds.
Pelini is typically focused in the south during recruiting, but there is talent in Ohio. Participation in a satellite camp in the area just might pick up a few extra solid recruits.
There were four recruits from the state of Texas in Nebraska's 2014 class. While the focus on the area has dwindled a bit since the Huskers departed the Big 12, there is still a good amount of emphasis on recruiting in the Lone Star State.
After all, the state of Texas has produced 35 signees for Nebraska under Pelini, per the Lincoln Journal Star. That's not a bad number.
There's a definite need to stay relevant in Texas. If the Huskers did decide to participate in a satellite camp, getting involved with either TCU or SMU would be the best bet. Both are solid programs where the Huskers could get an invite to participate in a camp.
Plus, SMU is in Dallas and TCU is in Fort Worth. Both areas would provide major exposure for the Huskers.
It doesn't matter if Pelini and staff chose to set up shop in Louisiana or Florida. Either would be a great option with their southern location.
Florida and Louisiana both offer a lot for Pelini and his staff. They know this, after all. That's why the 2014 recruiting class boasted three recruits from each state.
Joining a camp in SEC territory would likely upset the major southern conference, just like Franklin's participation at Georgia State's camp in Atlanta on June 10. But that's honestly not of Pelini's concern. As long as the Big Ten allows participation in satellite camps, why not participate?
If in Louisiana, the Huskers could work with Louisiana-Lafayette. Pelini has ties to Louisiana, and it's been a state he solidly recruits. Working with the Ragin' Cajuns satellite camp would make the relationship in the area stronger.
As for Florida, the University of Central Florida would be a good option. It's centrally located and would allow plenty of recruits to join in.
Whether or not Pelini follows in Franklin's footsteps is ultimately up to the head coach. However, participating in satellite camps would not hurt. As the Huskers continue to build the program, a strong presence in key states would be a major benefit. Satellite camp participation would do nothing but help.
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