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Ban on satellite camps rescinded, NCAA announces

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Somewhere, Jim Harbaugh is dancing a jig.  And his SEC counterparts are pitching a fit.

Earlier this month, the NCAA Div. 1 council controversially voted to ban the practice of satellite camps.  A short time later, NCAA executive Oliver Luck confirmed that the rule would likely be revisited, which it was at a Board of Directors meeting Thursday morning.

Ahead of that meeting, Harbaugh hoped the board “gets it right” by rescinding the ban; coming out of the meeting, the Michigan head coach — along with the rest of the Big Ten and most of the Group of Five conferences, not to mention recruits who will now have more opportunities for additional exposure — will be ecstatic as the board did just that, with the NCAA announcing the directors have “rescinded a rule prohibiting Football Bowl Subdivision coaches from holding or working at camps and clinics away from their school.”

While the lifting of the ban is effective immediately, meaning coaches can continue on with their planned “satellite camps,” it doesn’t mean the issue has completely run its course.  The board has requested that the council, which implemented the ban initially, “conduct a broad assessment of the FBS recruiting environment” as well as “consider the entire recruiting model, including potential modifications to camps and clinics participation.”

The Div. 1 council consists of all 10 FBS conferences with the votes of the Power Five leagues (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC) holding twice the weight as their counterparts from the Group of Five (AAC, Conference USA, MAC, MWC, SBC).  That group approved the initial ban by a by a 10-5 margin. Those voting for the ban included the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, Mountain West and Sun Belt; those against the ban were the Big Ten, AAC, Conference USA and the MAC.

It subsequently surfaced that the Pac-12 representative, UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrerodid not vote the way he was supposed to on the satellite camp issue.  Prior to that vote, 11 of the 12 schools in that conference were in favor of the status quo and against banning the practice, with UCLA the lone abstention.

The SEC as well as the ACC will no doubt continue stumping against the practice and pushing for the ban to be reimplemented as the camps mostly infringe on “their” recruiting territory.  In the meantime, the SEC, at least, is expected to rescind its own conference ban on the camps, allowing its coaching staffs to spread out across the country if they so desire.

For now, however, Harbaugh’s program seems pleased with winning this particular battle in the recruiting war.

Also for now, the practice is back on, with the not-so-thinly-veiled implication, however, that it could be back off at some point in the not-too-distant future.

The Board of Directors is interested in a holistic review of the football recruiting environment, and camps are a piece of that puzzle,” said Board of Directors chair Harris Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina, in a statement. “We share the Council’s interest in improving the camp environment, and we support the Council’s efforts to create a model that emphasizes the scholastic environment as an appropriate place for recruiting future student-athletes.”

UPDATED 2:34 p.m. ET: Officials from both the ACC and SEC have confirmed to CFT that their bans on satellite camps will be rescinded.  The former’s lifting is effective immediately, while the latter’s will go into effect at the end of May.

Hawaii defensive lineman arrested for second time in two weeks

BOULDER, CO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Quarterback Sefo Liufau #13 of the Colorado Buffaloes makes a pass while under pressure from defensive lineman Kennedy Tulimasealii #90 of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Folsom Field on September 20, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Hawaii defensive lineman Kennedy Tulimasealii was arrested two weeks ago on two counts of domestic abuse and contempt, plus resisting arrest and harassment. And, boy, did he ever resist, reportedly fighting with officers — eventually necessitating the use of pepper spray — after being found by police naked in his apartment.

Earlier this week, Tulimasealii decided to double down on his legal predicament.

As reported by KHON2-TV in Honolulu, Tulimasealii was arrested Monday night for criminal property damage. Tulimasealii and his girlfriend were parked outside a Hawaii dormitory when an argument arose, when Tulimasealii allegedly began punching the car’s radio and navigation system, damage totaling more than $1,500.

Tulimasealii was released on $20,000 bail and is due in court on Thursday. He remains suspended from the Rainbow Warriors’ football team. He collected a team-leading 18.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2015.

New Mexico TE Michael Walsh arrested on drunk-driving charge

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Head coach Bob Davie of the New Mexico Lobos shows his frustration during the fourth quarter against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 18, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. Sun Devils won 34-10. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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Arrest Week at CFT continues unabated, with New Mexico the latest program to find one of its players running afoul of the law.

The Lobos’ Michael Walsh, the Albuquerque Journal is reporting, was arrested on multiple charges following a traffic stop late Saturday night.  In addition to driving while intoxicated, the tight end was charged with having no vehicle registration, having no proof of insurance and blocking traffic.

From the Journal‘s report:

According to police, Walsh was approached after the white Ford SUV he was driving sat through multiple light cycles at the I-40/Juan Tabo exit ramp. He was found asleep or unconscious in the driver’s seat, police said. Upon awakening, he exhibited a strong smell of alcohol and acknowledged he had been drinking.

Walsh originally refused a breathalyzer test, according to the complaint, but later provided two samples at or above twice the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08 percent.

“I want to be consistent with these matters, and we’re still in the process of gathering information,” Lobos head coach Bob Davie said Monday. “But there will be some penalty. Obviously, it’s a very serious situation.”

After beginning his career as a quarterback at a Texas junior college, Walsh moved on to UNM as a walk-on wide receiver in 2014.  He subsequently moved to tight end and, while he has yet to catch a pass, has become a significant contributor on special teams.

Colorado State announces future home-and-home with Texas Tech

FORT COLLINS, CO - NOVEMBER 22:  The Colorado State Rams take the field to face the New Mexico Lobos on November 22, 2014 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Colorado State defeated New Mexico 58-20.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Earlier in the week, North Carolina State announced a future series with Texas Tech.  Wednesday, Colorado State did the same.

In a press release, CSU confirmed that it has reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series with Tech.  The Rams will host the Red Raiders in Fort Collins Sept. 6, 2025, and then travel to Lubbock to finish out the second half of the series Sept. 12, 2026.

“It is important for our program to build toward the future and face competition that will challenge us and excite our fans,” said CSU head coach Mike Bobo in a statement. “We’re excited to play a game and have a presence in Texas, where we recruit heavily, and to be able to bring a Big 12 program to Fort Collins.”

CSU and Tech have met twice previously, in 1968 and 1987, with the Red Raiders winning both games.  Each of those contests were played in Lubbock.

Larry Scott: Pac-12 rep ‘did not vote the way he was supposed to’ on satellite camps

WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 02:  UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero addresses the audience prior to introducing Steve Alford as UCLA's new head men's basketball coach on April 2, 2013 in Westwood, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Bet you didn’t see this twist coming, did you?

As you’ve no doubt heard, and much to the chagrin of Jim Harbaugh, the Big Ten and numerous other non-SEC head coaches across the country, the NCAA announced last week that they have barred the controversial practice of satellite camps.  While effective immediately, the ruling is not officially official, at least until the NCAA’s Board of Governors meet next week.

Earlier this week, NCAA executive Oliver Luck revealed that he expects the rule to be revisited, a rule that was approved by the NCAA Div. I council by a 10-5 margin.  Those voting for the ban included the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, Mountain West and Sun Belt; those against the ban were the Big Ten, AAC, Conference USA and the MAC.

The votes of the Power Five Conferences count double, which brings us to the twist:

Dan Guerrero is, of course, the athletic director at UCLA. Why, even as a member is not technically required, by rule, to vote the way his league leans, he voted for a ban on satellite camps when the overwhelming majority of his conference was against a ban is a great unknown — although that discrepancy was already noticed by at least one Pac-12 coach who blistered the NCAA for its decision to ban the camps.

“We’re trying to uncover this, I’m sure most of the Pac-12 is trying to uncover this,” Washington State head coach Mike Leach said during an interview with Rich Eisen late last week. “The Pac-12 poll (on satellite camps), 11 in favor of satellite camps, one abstention. Now how that unfolds into a vote against satellite camps, I can’t imagine. It’s unfathomable.”

If Guerrero had voted the way his commissioner said he was supposed to, that would’ve pushed the vote to eight in favor of a ban, seven against. That, though, wouldn’t have changed anything as the ban still would’ve still been approved, still been put into effect immediately, and still need final approval from the Board of Governors.

That said, it’s not a good look for anyone involved, Guerrero in particular.  Why Guerrero went rogue will be a burning question that continues to linger — and likely grow — until the man responsible for it provides some sort of public explanation.