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NCAA Bans Satellite Camps

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The NCAA's Division I Council has sided with the Southeastern Conference's proposal to ban satellite camps in football.

"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."

Satellite camps had become popular last summer as coaches from northern schools traveled south to participate in camps operated by smaller schools, giving those coaches a chance to meet and evaluate players that wouldn't be able to attend camps at their own schools. SEC rules prevented their coaches from participating in satellite camps, and had pushed to extend that ban across all of college football.  For what it's worth, Nick Saban doesn't think they offered much value.

Nebraska joined the parade last summer after Penn State's James Franklin started the practice in 2014.  After finding success last summer, Mike Riley planned to do it again this summer...but now those plans are off.

There was no word from the NCAA as to whether rules that benefit the SEC (such as restrictions on official visits) would also be changed to help level the playing field in college football.