On Friday, the NCAA announced a ban on FBS schools from holding satellite camps in locations other than their own facilities on campus, effective immediately.
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) April 8, 2016
The NCAA has banned satellite camps and it looks like coaches can no longer work other offsite camps, either. pic.twitter.com/XmiuVgwDuO
— Woody Wommack (@RivalsWoody) April 8, 2016
This of course has been a topic of discussion since second-year Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh decided this past winter/spring to hold a satellite camp down in the state of Florida at the IMG Academy. Harbaugh and his staff have held camps in numerous states since last season and had planned on doing it again next year as well.
The outrage began when multiple SEC coaches and administrators openly voices their displeasure with Harbaugh and other schools from the north posting up their camps in their territory. The SEC, and some pundits from the ACC, claimed that it was a competitive disadvantage, because both conferences have specific rules in place that doesn’t allow their programs to hold camps more than 50 miles away from their campus.
Harbaugh has been adamant about being able to expand camps nationwide predominantly for the recruiting aspect but also in an effort to build quality bonding time with teammates and staff. Fellow Big Ten foes, like Urban Meyer at Ohio State and James Franklin at Penn State, have fully supported what Harbaugh has done, having practices in other states.
Harbaugh was asked back late in March on a local radio show in Ann Arbor if he thinks the NCAA would push forward and be pressured to make such a ban on satellite camps.
“I don’t see why that would change,” he said. “But there’s a lot of rules that have been made that aren’t the best rules. You can’t say you can’t put it past rule makers to make another dumb rule.”
Sorry, Jim. The NCAA has ‘made another dumb rule.’
Even new Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel has voiced his support for his coach and the thought of having satellite camps.
“It’s not restricted to only schools up north going down south,” Manuel said last week. “Listen, it’s something where I don’t see what the problem is in having out coaches go to other parts of the country and participate in camps that help these young people grow.”