Richt discusses satellite camp issue with Georgia State's Miles

semerson@macon.comJune 3, 2014 

MACON - Georgia's Mark Richt and Georgia State's Trent Miles conferred for about 15 minutes on Tuesday, before the Pigskin Preview event in Macon. It was an amiable conversation, by all appearances, but a recent point of contention did come up.

Georgia State has invited Penn State this year and Notre Dame next year to come to its campus in Atlanta for what have been called satellite camps. It brings major schools into Georgia's backyard, while the two major schools in the state cannot reciprocate by holding their own satellite camps.

"I addressed it with him a little bit," Miles said. "But it's not an issue. We mostly talked about family, and how the season is gonna go. Those kinds of things."

"Yeah, we talked," Richt said. "You know what, they're doing what's in the best interest of their program. I mean everything's on the up-and-up, everything's within the rules. Obviously it's good for Georgia State in his mind, so I'm happy for him."

But Richt would still like to see the NCAA change the rules. So would Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson.

This has been presented as an SEC vs. everybody else issue. Johnson is on the same side as Richt, going a bit further in his criticism of it.

Johnson said ACC rules are also prohibiting from holding off-campus recruiting camps. He hopes, and expects, that the NCAA will change the rule to align more with the SEC and ACC, and prohibit bigger schools from being featured at smaller schools elsewhere.

"They're skirting the intent of the rule," Johnson said. "That's not what the rule was intended for."

Johnson added that he "doesn't think it's that big a deal." He said he hasn't spoken to Miles about it.

"I imagine I'll talk to him if they want to borrow our facility," Johnson said.

But as long as the rules are the way they are, Miles explained why a program like his should embrace the chance: By bringing in big names like Notre Dame and Penn State, it will attract a better brand of player to Georgia State to see their facilities and what they have to offer.

Miles smiled when asked if his phone line had blown up over the past week, as other big schools seek to jump in.

"Yes and no," he said. "Yes. It's not something we're gonna do every day. We're doing it with Penn State, we're gonna do it with Notre Dame. You guys have to look at it from our standpoint at Georgia State: The exposure we're getting with recruits, we're getting a chance to get kids on our campus that we might not normally get on our campus. And the (ability) for them to open their eyes and see what we actually have is great. And it's a win for the kid, the kid's gonna get exposure to schools they might not be able to afford to drive to South Bend, Indiana, or go to Penn State and go to camp. They can do it right here."

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