The SEC and ACC got their way.
The NCAA Division I Council on Friday closed a loophole in the rulebook that allowed so-called “satellite camps” for football recruiting away from campus. The SEC, which already prohibited holding camps off campus, had initiated the push to apply its rule nationally.
The new rule requires Football Bowl Subdivision schools “to conduct camps and clinics at their school’s facilities or at facilities regularly used for practice or competition.”
This arose as a national issue within the past two years starting with Penn State’s James Franklin holding camps in Florida and Georgia but exploded last year when Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh held multiple camps in the South. Ohio State also did one in conjunction with Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton.
In addition to protecting their recruiting territory, SEC schools didn’t want the hassle of coaches constantly setting up camps in each other’s states. However, several SEC coaches said they were prepared to engage in the practice had their rule not been adopted nationally.
Here is the statement released Friday by the NCAA Division I Council:
“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.”