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Auburn coach Gus Malzahn sees no value in attending satellite camps with assistants

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn coaches spring football practice on Thursday, March 3, 2016.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn coaches spring football practice on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Auburn Athletics

When Auburn’s assistant coaches attend satellite camps this month in Mississippi, Georgia and Florida they won’t be travelling with their head coach.

During a brief appearance with reporters at the SEC Meetings in Destin, coach Gus Malzahn explained why he doesn’t see the value in personally attending satellite camps.

“There’s no recruiting, it’s just evaluation,” Malzahn said. “You work out players and all that. From a head coach’s standpoint, I don’t see any value in that. I want to be around our players. The most important thing to me is our current players.”

Malzahn’s philosophy helped guide Auburn’s strategy to participate in only a limited number of satellite camps this summer.

When he first discussed satellite camps he tried to keep an open mind, but ultimately decided on a conservative approach limiting Auburn’s camp appearances to areas within the program’s recruiting footprint.

Auburn will be at Mississippi Gulf Coast for the school’s Elite Football Camp on Friday along with fellow SEC rivals Ole Miss Missouri and LSU.

The Tigers coaching staff will split up next week for camps in Miami and the Atlanta area. The team is partnering with five Florida high schools for The Mecca Football Camp at Gibson Park on June 10. It’s also attending the Minority Coaches Association of Georgia Football Academy on June 9-10 in Stockbridge where guest coaches from more than 100 college programs are expected to attend the two-day camp.

Malzahn isn’t looking at adding any additional dates.

“I really think this summer there will be a learning experience for everybody, all coaches and programs will kind of have better idea (next year),” Malzahn said. “Bottom line for me is I want my coaches around our players. Our coaches just got off the road after five or six weeks.”