Hugh Freeze gets more family time with NCAA’s satellite camp ban


Everybody who follows college football knows the time demands on a coach can take someone away from their family life a bit more than a typical nine-to-five job. Fortunately for Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze, the NCAA’s decision to shut down satellite camps will allow the Rebels’ head coach to spend a little more time at home with his family.

I’m selfish with my time,” Freeze said, per The Clarion-Ledger. “I’m away from my family enough, and I just did not want to go. I was ready to. We would’ve jumped in with the rest of them and gone to work. But I’m glad we can have a camp and I can sleep at home.”

If satellite camps were allowed and the SEC allowed its coaches to participate in them, nobody would have forced Freeze to do so. The pressure to keep up with the competition, however, would have pushed Freeze to line up at a football camp outside of his typical surroundings. Given he is paid close to $5 million to coach at Ole Miss, one might think he could handle just a little more time away from home, or maybe he could afford to bring his family with him.

Nevertheless, Freeze is just one of many coaches around the country to share their reactions to the NCAA’s controversial decision to shut down satellite camp practices in college football. The SEC led the charge in the public eye to have the NCAA clamp down, and the conference was joined by the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 in voting against satellite camps. The Big Ten was the lone power conference voting in support of the camp practices.

“I understand there’s one side of the fence that says, ‘Well, it could cost kids opportunities,’” Freeze said. “There’s the other side of the fence that it could’ve been a total circus that would put so much pressure on these kids because you might have 50 camps in Atlanta or Dallas.”

Freeze shares a logic that was somewhat similar to the thoughts shared by Alabama head coach Nick Saban, although Saban was a tad more excessive with his hypothetical line of thinking. If satellite camps were allowed, there very likely would not have been 50 different camps in any one city, so that argument feels hollow. Washington State head coach Mike Leach was one coach taking a different stand on the NCAA’s decision, although Stanford head coach David Shaw offered a slightly different take from his unique position.