Stanford coach David Shaw appeared on the Paul Finebaum show Tuesday to clarify a comment he made that some took as a jab towards southern recruits.
When asked about his opinion on the NCAA’s recent ban of satellite camps on Monday, Shaw said the change would not affect him because Stanford‘s high-academic standards limits the number of out-of-state players that can get into the school.
“I’m great with whatever college football says, because it doesn’t affect us,” Shaw told SBnation.com. “It doesn’t make sense for us to go hold a camp some place where there might be one person in the entire state that’s eligible to get into Stanford.”
Many schools, including a number from the Pac-12, have used camps in the South to target players that would traditionally attend SEC schools. However, Shaw asserted that his comment has nothing to do with camps specifically in the South.
“The conversation wasn’t about holding satellite camps in SEC country,” Shaw said. “That’s not what we were talking about. That was not the context of the conversation. It would be ridiculous to insinuate that that was the conversation, considering especially that my mother is from Alabama, my dad is from Louisiana.
“I’m not going to take shots at the south, that’s ridiculous. You’ve heard me say repeatedly how much respect I have for the SEC and what they’ve accomplished and the coaches in the SEC.”
Shaw also said the school’s admission process makes satellite camps unrealistic for Stanford in general.
“What I was referring to, honestly, was the expense and the effort that it takes to have a satellite camp to where our admissions process for student-athletes is very, very difficult now,” he said. “What I could have said, if you look at it, is that we’re talking about football players, where one football player in a particular state. That’s where I could’ve used different words.”