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NCAA satellite camp argument boils up once again

Coaches either love or hate satellite camps in college football... And some of them aren't afraid of telling you exactly how you feel.

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Mike Leach is a big proponent of satellite training camps in NCAA football. Just ask him. Rich Eisen did that earlier this offseason, shortly after the NCAA banned them, and what he got back was gold.

But about a month ago, the NCAA listened to the backlash, and overturned their ruling. Affirming that the practice of satellite camps were completely legal. And that solved all the problems. Nobody complained about anything ever again and it was never brought up.

Or so we all hoped.

The college football issue that created a civil war between the haves and have not's reared its ugly head once again Tuesday and, not surprisingly, Jim Harbaugh was at the center of it all.

It all started when Nick Saban gave an interview Tuesday morning saying that the camps were bad for college football. "This is the wild, wild West at its best," Saban said at the SEC Spring meetings. "There have been no specific guidelines relative to how we're managing control of this stuff. It's happening outside the normal evaluation window, which means we're taking time away from our players." Saban says that the camps are bad because they incorporate third parties into recruiting and because they lack guidelines, basically saying it's easier to cheat when a team holds these kinds of camps.

Saban then went on to talk about Jim Harbaugh. "Harbaugh can do whatever he wants to do if he thinks that's what's best. There needs to be somebody who looks out for what's best for the game, not the SEC of the Big Ten or Jim Harbaugh. But what's best for the game of college football. The integrity of the game.

And that's when things got interesting. Jim Harbaugh didn't take to kindly to being called out... And took to the tool of the masses to voice his displeasure.

No, Mike Leach hasn't chimed in yet, but we all know that it's just a matter of time before we hear from the coach on this topic that just won't seem to die.

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