The NCAA Division I council that recommended changes to the schedule and changes to the recruiting cycle is taking on satellite camps, too.
According to Zach Barnett of Football Scoop, the council also proposed Wednesday to make major changes to the summer camp structure currently in place. The system now allows for 30 total days broken into two sets of 15 consecutive days that coaches are allowed to host or participate in camps. The changes would reduce the total number of camp days to 10 and allow them to be chosen by each institution instead of having the consecutive days mandate.
The council also recommended that these camps are changed from an instructional classification to a recruiting event. This would put a restriction on which coaches are allowed to attend, limiting it to just the head coach, the nine full-time assistants on staff and any graduate assistant that has passed their recruiting exam.
The SEC fought to limit satellite camps after Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh took advantage to encroach in SEC recruiting territory. Alabama coach Nick Saban was an unabashed detractor to the concept of camps to begin with.
The proposed change would vastly limit coaches like Harbaugh that took full advantage of the camps last summer. Harbaugh’s “Summer Swarm Tour” covered 33 different locations over the span of 20 days in June. These changes will now go through the NCAA’s legislative process before receiving a vote in April.