One minor (in the big scheme) source of income for a lot of college coaches is offseason instructional camps. The coach and his staff get to use the school facilities, while also conducting some scouting, at a cost to the attendees.
On Tuesday, the Syracuse Orange announced that the Dino Babers Football Camps will be held in June this year, during two separate sessions. The first is Saturday, June 10, while the second event is on Sunday, June 18.
These are one-day, non-contact events for player not currently attending a four-year college. They specifically spell out potential prospects entering grades nine through 12, prep school and junior college kids as well. Entry is $50 in advance and $60 day-of.
While the completely open entry of these sorts of events makes elite recruits fairly unlikely, there are some exceptions. Elijah Hughes, the recent East Carolina transfer to SU basketball, once attended a Jim Boeheim camp and now he’ll suit up for the Orange. Other players in football and basketball have also attended campus early in high school, and eventually ended up playing for Syracuse as well.
While these camps don’t guarantee that Babers attends (the language in the release specifically keeps it to a vague “staff” qualifier), you can bet he’ll at least make an appearance for a few and take interest in any players already on his radar for the future.
Though it looks like no media’s allowed, family is. So if you’re a relative of someone attending, stick around and tell us about it (please).