Dantonio on satellite camp ban: I guess abuse brings control


Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio has had the upper hand on his rivals from Ann Arbor in more recent years, but he has been keeping a close eye on what Jim Harbaugh has been doing since his arrival at Michigan. Dantonio also has not been afraid to take a carefully crafted shot at Michigan when the opportunity arises, and he may have done just that on Monday with his response to the NCAA’s decision to shut down satellite camps.

“I guess abuse brings control,” Dantonio said in a radio interview on 92.1 FM in Lansing. Whether intended or not, this can be interpreted as a shot at Harbaugh and Michigan organizing national summer tours for football camps last year and this coming summer. Harbaugh has become the target of criticism for those who have opposed to the satellite camp method that has become a bit of a growing trend in college football.

While Dantonio may have taken a mild jab at his counterpart in Ann Arbor, he actually offered a different take on the satellite camp issue that was much more supportive of the concept.

“One of the things is, it stops the opportunity of young people going to a particular camp,” Dantonio said. “At Michigan State’s camp, we may have 30 colleges here working the camp. Maybe the smaller colleges can still come but the MAC cannot come. That was advantageous for the MAC in general and those schools to be able to come and see players.

The NCAA Division 1 Council satellite camp ban only pertains to FBS coaches, so coaches from FCS and lower division schools are still allowed to attend satellite camps

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Utah State player upgraded to fair condition after collapse

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Utah State redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Davis is in fair condition on Friday, one day after collapsing at spring football practice following sudden cardiac arrest, the university announced.

Davis, initially was listed in critical condition, was breathing on his own. He is in the intensive-care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Davis’ parents arrived in Utah on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Davis, who is from Carlsbad, California, collapsed at Merlin Olsen Field and was immediately treated by the training staff, the university said. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

The university said Davis was stabilized in the Logan hospital before being moved to Ogden.

Alabama suspends freshman defensive back after drug arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a drug charge.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday after the first practice of spring that Mitchell was suspended from the team “and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and another man, Christophere Lewis, last week on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Lewis also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions,” Saban said. “There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’ve gotta be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a five-star prospect rated the 34th-best player and No. 3 safety in the 247Composite rankings.

Mitchell was driving the vehicle during a traffic stop. After deputies smelled marijuana, Mitchell picked up a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies found “an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash,” according to the department’s Facebook post.