SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey objected Wednesday to the widely-considered notion that his league spearheaded the ban on satellite camps in the wake of coaches like Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh infiltrating SEC country.
“That’s a red herring,” Sankey said at the annual College Football Playoff meetings, via Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel.
Harbaugh started the satellite camp saga last summer when Michigan coaches were in seven states last June. It continued in February when Harbaugh announced Michigan would hold spring practices at the IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) in March.
The NCAA Division I Council voted on April 8 to pass a measure prohibiting teams from holding camps outside their own facilities. Michigan’s home, the Big Ten, was the lone power-five conference to vote in favor of keeping satellite camps.
Sankey told the media that the need to get rid of satellite camps isn’t a knee-jerk reaction to recent events.
“We’ve been clear for a year that this needed to change,” Sankey told Mandel.
The main reason for the ban, according to Sankey, is the need to prevent football recruiting from “(going) the way of basketball recruiting, where summer camps take on more importance than the scholastic environment.”
Sankey said, in regard to the measure’s legislation, that there’s been a lot of finger-pointing between counterparts.
“It’s not a healthy byproduct of the legislative process,” Sankey said to Mandel.
Even though the measure passed in the council, it still needs to be ratified by the NCAA Board of Directors. The board will vote on April 28.
It’s safe to say Sankey hopes the ban gets ratified.
“The Council’s action was very appropriate,” Sankey told Mandel. “I hope the Board trusts the Council to take action.”