Alabama’s Saban wants commissioner for 'wild, wild west' satellite camps _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles, left, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban, right, chat before the game Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Tuscaloosa.

Satellite camps are among his biggest concerns.

“This is the wild, wild west at its best,” Saban said. “There’s been no specific guidelines relative to how we’re managing and controlling this stuff. It’s happening outside our normal evaluation window, which means we’re taking time away from our players.”

Saban said he isn’t blaming Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, though he’s widely seen as one of the main instigators behind satellite camps. Harbaugh later took a shot at Saban and Alabama’s program on Twitter.

“ ‘Amazing’ to me,” Harbaugh tweeted, “Alabama broke NCAA rules & now their HC (head coach) is lecturing us on the possibility of rules being broken at camps. Truly ‘amazing.’ ”

Harbaugh was believed to be referring to the recent resignation of Alabama defensive line coach and former LSU player Bo Davis. Davis reportedly is the subject of an investigation into recruiting violations.

Saban said, each of the power five conferences are “politicking” for what they see as their best interests.

“That’s why I said there needs to be a college football commissioner,” he said.

Sankey again stressed that the SEC as a conference has been against satellite camps from the beginning, but said that now that they are allowed the conference will try to take a leadership role in governing them.