Nebraska head coach Mike Riley responds to a question during a press conference at Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. before Saturday's start of spring practice.

Things I know, and things I think I know:

Mike Riley understands why football coaches in the ACC and SEC speak out against satellite football camps.

But he generally disagrees with their stance.

"I don't think there are borders to recruiting," the first-year Nebraska coach said last week.

With that in mind, Riley said essentially all of the Huskers' full-time coaches and a few support personnel soon will take to the road for at least five satellite sites. He said the Big Red army (of sorts) will be on hand for camps in Georgia, Florida, California and two in Texas.

For the uninitiated, satellite camps have been a hot-button topic the past two offseasons. The camps allow coaches to travel long distances to work as guests at camps run by other institutions. For instance, Penn State coaches last summer were invited to camps at Stetson and Georgia State.

Georgia State will host to a camp that Riley's crew plans to attend in June. Indeed, it'll be a Big Red army — 15 members strong, Riley said — taking to the road to ostensibly make it easier for players in the aforementioned regions to get a better feel for Riley's staff and his program in general.

Riley said the camps are "awesome" for programs in remote areas — Nebraska and Oregon State come to mind. The Beavers made good use of such camps during Riley's tenure there.

"We can basically take ourselves to these places that are too far away from Lincoln for these kids to drive for unofficial visits very easily," Riley said. "It gives the players an opportunity to work with you, maybe learn a little something in the camp, and maybe get a feel for if they want to play for Nebraska.

"All of a sudden, the player has a chance to be exposed to something new. It might end up being something that impacts his life."

Riley has first-hand awareness of the opposing view. From 1993-96, he was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at USC, where there are a couple hundred prospects within a 100-mile radius who easily can make multiple unofficial campus visits to watch Trojan practices and whatever else.

The SEC and ACC prohibit their schools from sending coaches to satellite camps, which obviously complicates the discussion. But there also is a philosophical divide to resolve, at least in the mind of incoming SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey.

"As we remember camps, they were instructional and development opportunities," he said. "Now, what we're talking about is recruiting tours. So, let's just be clear about what we're really talking about here."

Is there a reason such camps can't combine the recruiting and developmental elements? Why is that a crime against humanity?

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Alabama coach Nick Saban did raise a good point when he wondered why coaches are prohibited from attending all-star games around the country but can head out on satellite tours.

Sankey said his league soon would formally discuss the matter.

"I'm not sure that (other conferences) want our coaches going to places like State College, Pennsylvania," Sankey said recently. "Because very clearly, if we do take the approach that others have, it will certainly, I would expect, change the tone of the conversation."

C'mon, Greg. Much of this discussion is about the SEC trying to protect its coaches from themselves — i.e., league coaches raiding SEC states beside their own.

Meanwhile, Riley is uncertain what the NCAA might ultimately decide on the matter.

"I'm thinking it's a year-by-year thing right now, and I don't know who's going to win out on it," he said. "I really don't think there's anything wrong with doing it. I do see the other side because you're going into, supposedly, their territories, and they don't have to go anywhere.

"I don't agree with the other side, but I can see it."

* If you ever can corner Riley, ask him about his vacation home on the Guadalupe River between San Antonio and Austin, Texas. His wife, Dee, found the old German farmhouse on 3½ acres that they bought for $119,000 during his two-year stint (1991-92) with the San Antonio Riders in the defunct World League of American Football.

Riley hopes to get there in July.

If you really want to get a rise out of Riley, ask him about his favorite musicians — a list headed by Gary P. Nunn, Bob Schneider, Hayes Carll, Robert Earl Keen and Kelly Willis.

"I've seen all them live," Riley said proudly.

Paging L. Kent Wolgamott. I bet our music guru could talk for hours with the new coach.

* A marvelous sports weekend was highlighted by Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s victory. What a spectacle in Vegas. He's a master technician who also can be as mean as a mama wasp. He says he'll fight one more time. I'll gladly pay 100 bucks again to see him close out a spectacular career.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraSip.


Husker columnist

Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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