NCAA Division I Board rescinds satellite camp ban

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Just weeks later after the NCAA announced a ban on schools holding satellite camps across the country aside from their own campus, the Division I Board of Directors have decided to retract the ban.

The Board has also called for the Division I Council, who put the ruling in place back on April 8, to review the recruiting process at the FBS level as a whole.

This rule of course became wildly polarizing by and large part because of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh. Division I football programs have always been allowed to post up satellite camps all across the country, but it generated mass buzz when the now second-year head coach in Ann Arbor began doing it in the summer of 2015.

Those in favor of the satellite camps largely believe that it presents more opportunities for any and all high school prospects around the country, regardless of where they play or their rating status, to be looked at by some of the most high-profile college coaches holding camps in their area.

The camps also are in theory more cost efficient for high school players and their families, where they can pay to attend one camp that hosts multiple college programs and coaching staffs, as opposed to players having to travel potentially cross-country to visit just one team at a time.

NCAA Board of Directions chairman Harris Pastides, also the president at the University of South Carolina, released a statement regarding the decision to lift the ban:

“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 of Directors chair Harris Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina. “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.”

This is definitely a very controversial topic that sparks plenty of conversation and debate for the NCAA and it has been brought to the forefront over the last few seasons in particular with the recruiting process as a whole being more hyped up than ever. That being said, it is something anyone involved with the NCAA has never really been able to fully grasp.

NCAA Division I Council chairman Jim Phillips, also a member of the board and the athletics director at Northwestern University actually expressed his interest in the latest decision regarding the camps and clinics rule, saying it is good for the NCAA as a whole:

“It’s clear that the membership has differing views on this subject, and the Council appreciates the Board’s insights into this important issue,” Phillips said. “This review will provide an opportunity to identify the most effective ways prospective student-athletes can have their academic and athletic credentials evaluated by schools across the country.”

The satellite camps and clinics were never really subjected the the ‘recruiting window’ coaching staffs had in the off-season. Their main intention was to welcome in numerous high school prospects in the area, teaching/enhancing the football-playing skills they already possess.

While they are also a great revenue builder for universities, they are much more cost-efficient for the players themselves, given that it presents them with more opportunities to interact with multiple coaching staffs and personalities in one setting.