The NCAA Division I Council has shut down all satellite camps, effective immediately. The council announced the decision in a statement, which was posted to Twitter by Bryan Fischer of Bleacher Report.
NCAA D1 council has shut down satellite camps pic.twitter.com/ifCJG6yDds
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) April 8, 2016
This means that unlike last season, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and others won’t be able to hold camps for their teams across the nation and will instead have to stay on their own turf. It wouldn’t be shocking if this rule change came as a result of the SEC making a fuss over Harbaugh holding a week of spring practice at Florida’s IMG Academy, a known recruiting hotbed for the SEC.
And not for nothing, but this rule change is just ridiculous. Satellite camps do a good job of giving various college athletic programs a presence in a region where they may not be as prominent as other schools, so for them to suddenly be banned just looks territorial.
Hopefully, this brings enough outcry that the rule is reversed soon.
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