Kirk Ferentz wants to prohibit outside coaches at camps

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday June 18, 2015


Kirk Ferentz has the ability to participate in satellite camps and has done so plenty, but he’d rather they be outlawed, and he says it’s leading to an AAU-style environment with football.

Satellite camps have been a point of debate for the past year, even though the camps themselves have been around for a long time. It’s gotten to the point where the SEC will lift a self-imposed ban on its coaches next summer if the NCAA doesn’t ban them.

Given the benefits they provide for both teams and players, a ban is unlikely to happen. But Ferentz actually sides with the SEC coaches who want to cut them out.

“Before they became so talked-about, we actually did two of them last year,” Ferentz told SiriusXM College Sports Nation. “They’re good experiences. We did three this year, and I don’t think we made the news for any of them. We don’t really broadcast it. We go out and do the same thing.

“What it really gets down to is just how you want to use your time. Me personally, I’m hopeful — and the NCAA will probably react — my personal preference is I’d like to see camps probably be limited to campus. On top of that, I would support not allowing any outsiders coming to work your camp.”

That last point is something Ferentz has implemented at Iowa. While Jim Harbaugh invited coaches from across the country to work at a Michigan camp this week and will have a number of NFL quarterbacks working a Michigan QB camp, Ferentz wants to keep it with his actual coaching staff.

"What we do here the last couple years is a shift to one-day camps and putting a cap on the number so our staff can actually coach the camp,” Ferentz said. “If a young guy comes here, it’s actually an Iowa football camp, and he’s coached by Iowa coaches, and we’re not paying exorbitant amounts for third-party people or high school coaches to bring prospects here.

“I think there’s things we can do to be a little more sane and eliminate some third parties. Unfortunately, we’re starting to see a lot of third-party interest enter into our sport, much like the basketball coaches have been experiencing for some time.”

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.