The United States Department of Justice may have something to say about the recent NCAA satellite camp ban.
The DOJ has started “informal inquiries” about the camps by calling college football coaches, conference commissioners and college administrators, according to a report from USA Today’s Paul Myerberg. The inquiries were brought on by the concern over limiting opportunities for potential student-athletes, per the report.
The satellite camp issue has been debated ad nauseam in recent months leading up to the Division I Council’s decision on April 8 to ban the camps, effective immediately, after a 10-5 vote in favor of the legislation. The ACC, Big 12, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC and Sun Belt supported the ban, while the American, Big Ten, Conference USA and Mid-American voted the other way. The Power Five schools’ votes counted for two points each.
The decision was defended by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, who said the ban would help enforce the current summer recruiting schedule. Others, namely Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, argued that the NCAA was removing chances for prospective athletes and specifically called Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze lazy.
The NCAA Board of Directors will vote Thursday on whether or not to uphold the satellite camp ban, which would prevent coaches from holding youth camps away from their respective program’s facilities.