One of the biggest offseason debates now has a verdict. Satellite camps are effectively dead thanks to an update from the NCAA offices today. the Division 1 Council has approved a rule that will require FBS football camps and clinics to be conducted on that school’s campus or in regularly used facilities. The kicker is the NCAA now says coaches affiliated with a program may now only work on their own campus at their own camps.
From the NCAA release;
The Council approved a proposal applicable to the Football Bowl Subdivision that would require those schools to conduct camps and clinics at their school’s facilities or at facilities regularly used for practice or competition. Additionally, FBS coaches and noncoaching staff members with responsibilities specific to football may be employed only at their school’s camps or clinics. This rule change is effective immediately.
So that means any summer plans coaches had lined up to work at camps around the country are now illegal, and that is a shame for (who else?) the prospective student-athletes. Art Briles will no longer be able to guest coach at Michigan. Jim Harbaugh will be locked into working camps in Ann arbor. The SEC and ACC will once again get exclusive contact with recruits down south at their own camps.
This issue has only become an issue because coaches in the south were upset coaches from outside the region were flying in and getting a chance to work at camps in the south while their own conferences prohibited them from doing the same outside their regular locales. Now the SEC and ACC get their way while also limiting the exposure and opportunities some recruits may get elsewhere.
It’s all about recruiting politics, and the NCAA has ruled in favor of harming the maximum number of options prospective student-athletes will have because of it. So the next time you see one of those NCAA promos on TV talking about how much good they do for the student-athlete, remember they ruled to limit their options from the jump.