NCAA scraps ban on satellite camps; recruiting under study

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors scrapped a proposed ban on satellite camps Thursday, rebuffing a request from powerhouse conferences in the South and clearing the way for coaches to hold and work at clinics far from their campuses this summer.

The decision won’t end the debate that centered on whether the camps are just another recruiting tool: The board also asked the Division I Council to conduct a broad assessment of the entire college football recruiting model in coming months, and that could bring modifications to how the camps are run and who can take part.

The council approved a ban three weeks ago prohibiting Bowl Subdivision coaches from holding or working at camps and clinics away from their schools. The camps had drawn a high profile after Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan staff held camps in the South last summer and he was among the first to praise the board’s decision.

“Good news,” Harbaugh said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “It’s good for prospective student-athletes, fans, coaches and competition.”

The Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference sponsored the proposal that created the ban, but there was an outcry from coaches who contend satellite camps provide opportunities for un-recruited

Article source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2016/04/28/ncaa-board-of-directors-brings-back-satellite-football-camps/83655904/

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