The SEC got its wish. Jim Harbaugh got shut down.
The NCAA Division I council officially banned satellite camps Friday.
From the official NCAA press release:
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.
Michigan’s Harbaugh brought satellite camps to the forefront a year ago by holding a series of camps throughout the southeast and other parts of the country, particularly infuriating SEC coaches.
Harbaugh had already planned another round of satellite camps in June that included two stops in Alabama, one in Mississippi and another in Atlanta.
The SEC already did not allow its coaches to participate in satellite camps and proposed legislation last May to eliminate them altogether. Multiple SEC coaches also opposed Michigan holding a week of spring practice last month at Florida’s IMG Academy in early March. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer had a camp scheduled in Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett High School on June 16.
In the event the camps were not outlawed, it would have set off a wild race for SEC coaches to attend satellite camps this summer. UGA coach Kirby Smart was prepared to potentially hold camps of his own.
“We’ve got a plan ready,” Smart told DawgNation.com. “You’ll see soon enough.”
It’s a significant victory for SEC coaches. Not only do they now not have to prepare their own schedule of camps outside state lines, perhaps in locales such as Texas and California, but they also keep coaches from other Power 5 conferences out of their territory.
Alabama coach Nick Saban has been against the spread of satellite camps and this week questioned their “value.”
“If everybody has a satellite camp, every player will have 62 camps to go to,” Saban told reporters, via AL.com. “I don’t know how that works. The way it is right now if a player is interested and comes to your camp, he gets to see your campus, he gets to meet players, gets to work with your coaches a little bit more because he’s in your camp at your place. I think there’s a lot of value.”