Dan Wetzel and Pat Forde at Yahoo! Sports have an interesting story today on how Oklahoma State and Oklahoma take advantage of a loophole in NCAA rules to bolster their recruiting in Texas.
Six years ago, the NCAA passed a rule that restricted schools from operating out-of-state satellite camps located more than 50 miles away from campus. The rule kept the Cowboys and Sooners from having camps in Texas.
Texas doesn’t hold satellite camps and Texas A&M is prevented from them by NCAA rules, but other Texas schools–Baylor, Texas Tech, TCU and others–can have the camps all across the state.
To get around the rules, both OU and OSU have teamed up with Division III schools in Texas. The D3 schools officially host the camps, while the D1 schools’ coaches are “hired” to work them.
So to combat the rule and avoid getting boxed out, OU and OSU – among others – became creative and started teaming up with a D-III institution to do what their Texas rivals are able to do – get their coaches some valuable face time with recruits.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin brought the issue up at the SEC meetings over the summer and would like the rule changed.
Thursday, he Tweeted the link to Forde and Wetzel’s story, which he was quoted in: