NCAA overturns ban on satellite camps
The NCAA has overturned its ban on satellite camps, allowing more colleges to hold scouting opportunities in Florida and the Tampa Bay area.
The NCAA's Division I board of directors rescinded a rule adopted earlier this month by a council of conferences.
"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 chairman Harris Pastides, who's also South Carolina's president. "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."
Satellite camps have become one of the most controversial offseason stories in college football. They allow staffs to hold recruiting camps away from their campuses, often allowing multiple schools - sometimes in different states - to evaluate and coach prospects. Michigan had one scheduled at USF in June. USF still plans to hold that session, along with three other Bulls satellite camps. Within an hour of the ruling, Arizona announced that it will be having a satellite camp in Tampa.
The SEC and ACC were among conferences that disapprove of the camps, which allow programs to infiltrate their recruiting bases. With Thursday's ruling - and previous legislation from the league - SEC will be able to start such camps this summer.
"While we are disappointed with the NCAA governance process result, we respect the Board of Directors' decision and are confident SEC football programs will continue to be highly effective in their recruiting efforts," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. "We continue to believe football recruiting is primarily an activity best-focused in high schools during the established recruiting calendar, which has provided opportunities for football prospective student-athletes from all across the country to obtain broad national access and exposure but with appropriate guidance from high school coaches, teachers and advisors that focuses on both their academic and athletic opportunities as they decide where they will play college football."