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NCAA bans football satellite camps



In what likely will be dubbed by many as the "Harbaugh Rule," the NCAA has banned all football satellite camps, effective immediately.

The following is the NCAA Division I Council's announcement:

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.

The rule comes amid an outcry from SEC and ACC coaches, whose conferences have rules in place prohibiting them from working outside their campus. Other leagues had no such rule, and the SEC indicated it would remove its satellite-camp ban this year if the NCAA didn't first ban the practice.

The ruling snuffs out the one-day camp Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and USF's Willie Taggart planned for June 4 on the Bulls' campus. The pair held a similar camp last summer.

Harbaugh held more than 10 satellite camps in at least seven states last summer, and held the Wolverines' spring practice at Bradenton's IMG Academy last month. Ohio State's Urban Meyer was at a satellite camp in Boca Raton last summer and reportedly was slated to hold one this summer in Georgia.

"Jim is doing a great job," Taggart -- a former Harbaugh assistant and longtime friend -- said in a Friday afternoon radio interview on 620-AM. "There's nothing wrong with what he's doing. He's just thinking outside the box, getting his program better."

[Last modified: Friday, April 8, 2016 1:45pm]


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