There aren’t many topics that unify Big Ten football players.
Often they take subtle jabs at each other and use Twitter for entertainment.
But the NCAA Division I Council’s Friday ruling to restrict college coaches from working at camps off their campus has stirred current and former student athletes for a common cause.
Thousands of Metro Detroit football players have used Detroit’s Sound Mind Sound Body camp as a springboard to their college careers, and founder Curtis Blackwell explained Saturday that won’t be the same under the new rule. The restrictions, which include a ban on satellite camps, have induced a petition from a U-M fan.
After Blackwell brought the challenges for the SMSB camp to light, the players took to Twitter to share how much the camp made a difference for them.
Michigan All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis, from Detroit Cass Tech:
I'm not worried about the SEC, what about the kids that only have the resources to go to the satellite camps. SMSB did so much for so many.— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) April 10, 2016
Former Michigan State receiver DeAnthony Arnett, from Saginaw:
Michigan quarterback Shane Morris, from Warren DeLaSalle:
College coaches not being allowed to attended @SMSBFootball camps is taking away the opportunity for so many kids to go to college.— Shane Morris (@ShaneMorris_7) April 10, 2016
Iowa receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley, from Birmingham Brother Rice:https://twitter.com/KMM_11/status/719202879479750658
Michigan State linebacker Jon Reschke, from Birmingham Brother Rice:https://twitter.com/J_Reschke33/status/719175383191592960
Ohio State running back Mike Weber, from Cass Tech:
Former Michigan State defensive lineman Lawrence Thomas, from Detroit Renaissance:https://twitter.com/LawrenceLThomas/status/719186517189652480
Former Michigan cornerback Terry Richardson, from Cass Tech:
Without SMSB none of us would have made it out. https://t.co/nrqoETIhyx— Terry Richardson II (@Terry_Rich) April 10, 2016
Former Syracuse defensive lineman Ron Thompson Jr., from Southfield:
Michigan State wide receiver Donnie Corley, from Detroit King:
Being apart of Sound mind Sound body gave me a exposure and gave me many opportunities to showcase my skills. Why ban? #ChangeNCAA— Donnie Corley (@Hit_Squad9) April 10, 2016
Michigan fullback Khalid Hill, from East English Village:
All I got to say.... pic.twitter.com/HOVhsIJhw4— Khalid Hill (@Thatboylid80) April 10, 2016
Eastern Illinois running back/receiver Devin Church, from Birmingham Brother Rice:
NCAA will never understand how much SoundMind SoundBody helps everyone. Got a chance to compete against the best and get noticed at sametime— DCHURCH (@DevinChurch) April 10, 2016
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