NCAA Says Satellite Camps are Banned, Effective Immediately

By Tim Shoemaker on April 8, 2016 at 1:19 pm
Jim Harbaugh's satellite camps are over.

The days of satellite camps are over.

The NCAA announced Friday in a release, effective immediately, the Division I Council has approved a proposal that bans FBS teams from participating in satellite camps. 

"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," the release said. "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."

The satellite camp debate became popular last summer when Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh went on a tour holding several across the country. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer also held one last summer at Florida Atlantic and was reportedly scheduled to have another this summer at a Georgia high school.

Under the new proposal, schools are only allowed to hold camps now on their own campus.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany spoke with Nicole Auerbach of USA TODAY Sports on Friday regarding the NCAA's ruling.

"But the football oversight committee recommended to the council and the council is supporting action now," Delany told USA TODAY Sports. "It is what it is. We made our case for holistic vs. ad hoc. You have to accept it. That's part of the (system) we signed on for. No reaction beyond that. You always would like to win rather than to lose a vote — I don't care whether it's in a court or legislature or an assembly of people. You go with the system that's in place, and so I support that, respect that and move on. (Coaches will) pick up recruitment; satellite camps are off the table, but presumably everything else is on it. "

According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, six conferences voted against satellite camps while only four voted in favor. The Big Ten was the only Power 5 conference to cast a vote in support of satellite camps.

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