The kerfuffle that erupted over satellite camps made for quite the number of angry words, thinly veiled subtweets and lines drawn between conferences.
But as camp season comes to an end to make way for football season, the hand wringing and hair pulling have stopped. Jim Harbaugh got all the publicity he craved as he hopscotched his way around the country.
In the ACC? Not much changed.
Given the opportunity to participate in satellite camps for the very first time, the ACC mostly shrugged its shoulders.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, Duke coach David Cutcliffe and North Carolina coach Larry Fedora announced at spring meetings they would not go to satellite camps, and they held true to their word. After considering them, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and Miami coach Mark Richt ended up staying home, too.
Those decisions ended up being no brainers. Duke is highly selective about the players it recruits and also is in a terrific state for recruiting; Florida State, Miami, Clemson and North Carolina are also in fertile recruiting states. It hardly makes sense for them to start spending money to recruit when they have a large pool of talent just steps away from their campuses.
For them, the best camps are their own.
As for the other league schools, head coaches and assistants participated – but they did not make them a big deal. They went to only a handful of camps in key recruiting areas (New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, Virginia) and stayed as low key as possible, using them to scout, yes, but also get their programs a little more visibility.
As Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi told ESPN.com's Derek Tyson from a camp in Atlanta, “Obviously, you get the opportunity to get the University of Pittsburgh’s name out there in a different state, a different city, whenever you have that opportunity. There’s a lot of great players out here, a lot of great coaches out here, and it’s just good to give your time and to show we are out here looking at kids.”
Has this put anybody at a disadvantage when it comes to recruiting?
In the latest ESPN Recruiting rankings, Florida State, Miami, Clemson and North Carolina rank in the Top 13 for the class of 2017. Had they participated in satellite camps, those rankings would more than likely be the same.
Michigan, which attended more satellite camps than any program, ranks No. 5. It is probably safe to say the Wolverines would be among the top 5 with or without the 25 satellite camps they attended. Perhaps there will be an impact in later classes, which are the biggest targets among the camps being held this summer. But it's not a given that satellite camps will yield a plethora of scholarship offers, either.
As for the future of satellite camps, that remains in the air. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told USA Today that feedback coaches gave to the Division I Football Oversight Committee made it sound like the environment surrounding satellite camps is “hard to characterize as anything but a mess,” as many ACC coaches and assistants predicted.
Whether they can be legislated before next summer is up in the air. No matter what happens, this satellite camp season shows the ACC seems totally fine without making them into a big deal.