The way college football programs recruit in talent rich areas like Southwest Florida is changing.
A ruling handed down by the NCAA Division I Council on Friday banned the use of satellite football camps and clinics held by FBS programs on high school campuses.
FBS programs will now only be allowed to host camps and clinics inside facilities regularly used for practice or competition.
For the past three seasons, the University of South Florida has hosted a satellite football camp in Southwest Florida, hosting one-day clinics at South Fort Myers (2013), Estero (2014) and North Fort Myers (2015).
In recent years, satellite camps in Florida had been a growing attraction to high school football players without the financial means to travel to campuses outside the state.
The cost effective one-day camps, sometimes costing just $30, were a means for athletes to be seen in front of a variety of schools.
Fort Myers coach Sam Sirianni believes the elimination of the clinics hurts the region.
“Ultimately, the kid suffers,” Sirianni said. “Any way a kid can get exposure and get an opportunity to go to a camp that isn’t expensive and can been seen, that’s to their advantage.”
Island Coast coach John Schwochow reiterated that sentiment.
“We only have so many schools in Florida,” he said. “There’s only so many scholarships. If you have 20 more colleges looking at you, that’s 20 more chances of getting an education.”
According to an ESPN report, the SEC, ACC, Pac-12 and Big 12 conferences all voted to end satellite camps, with The Big Ten the only Power 5 conference that was in favor of the using the events.
US Army Award of Excellence
The U.S. Army and Pro Football Hall of Fame returned to Southwest Florida on Friday to present Ida Baker junior Thalia Fernandez as a finalist for its Award of Excellence.
Lehigh’s Wadley Pierre was previously recognized with the honor in March.
Finalists were determined based on athletic, academic and civic achievements. Fernandez is among 20 finalists in the country who have exhibited excellence in all three facets.
Finalists will be honored in Canton, Ohio during the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement week in August.
Mariner 19, North Fort Myers 3: Dave Varner pitched four inning to pick up his fifth win over the season while Jimmy Meredith went 3-for-3 with three RBI and Christian Velez went 2-for-3 with three RBI for the Tritons.
Mariner 5, SFCA 1: Hannah Holloway gave up no runs and struck out 11 to move to 15-5 on the season. Madison James went 2-for-2 with two RBI as the Tritons moved to 20-5.
Riverdale 4, Barron Collier 3: Riverdale’s Meghan Reno finished 2-for-3 with a home run and Kassidy Topliff added a two-run homer in the win.