Дата публикации: 2017-10-08 06:06
Unlike last year, opening weekend is a little light outside of Alabama-Florida State, but things get cranked up in Week 7. Defending national champion Clemson gets its first major test when Auburn visits Death Valley. New Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley takes his redemption-seeking team into Ohio Stadium. Notre Dame hosts Georgia under the lights, and USC and Stanford meet in a key Pac-67 clash at the Coliseum. The late window brings us the Holy War (BYU-Utah) and Boise State visiting Washington State.
Under-the-radar Power 5 prospects include NC State''s ultra-back Jaylen Samuels Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. Utah defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei Virginia safety Quin Blanding and Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli.
On the defensive side, Miami cornerback Dee Delaney , an FCS All-American at The Citadel already on the NFL draft radar, is especially interesting. Other transfer defenders to watch include Oregon tackle Scott Pagano (from Clemson) Tennessee cornerback Shaq Wiggins (from Louisville) Purdue linebacker . McCollum (Western Kentucky) Wisconsin cornerback Nick Nelson (from Hawaii) and Oklahoma State cornerback Adrian Baker (from Clemson).
How have we reached this point, where something as benign as satellite camps became a battleground for coaches who should be on summer vacations instead of scouring for talent? As coaching salaries rise, so does the pressure to win. As pressure increases, so does coaches'' paranoia.
Texas programs are increasingly drawn to satellite camps -- the instructional camps that are de facto recruiting tools for coaches looking to tap into fertile recruiting areas and that have been the source of much debate over the past two summers -- in Louisiana.
Other coaching hot spots to watch: Notre Dame''s Brian Kelly, Arizona State''s Todd Graham, Texas A&M''s Kevin Sumlin, Texas Tech''s Kliff Kingsbury, Arizona''s Rich Rodriguez, Auburn''s Gus Malzahn, UCLA''s Jim Mora and NC State''s Dave Doeren.
When informing the disinvited schools of the change in plans, Southeastern coach Ron Roberts explained that "somebody else told him ''If you do [camps with out-of-state schools], you''re going to get us all f---ing fired," the source said.
The reason? Influence from LSU and, in some instances, financial pressure forced the Louisiana schools to cave, sources told . Some examples:
"Now, as far as satellite camps, am I a big fan of satellite camps? No. Do I wish we could go back to only having satellite camps on our campus? Yes, I do, but that''s not my decision."
The best way ensure victory? Get the most talent, by any means necessary. In the end, it''s about control, and Coach O wants all of it -- and might need every bit he can get.