The Southeastern Conference got its wish on Friday when the NCAA prohibited satellite football camps effective immediately.
The NCAA stated Football Bowl Subdivision schools must “conduct camps and clinics at their school’s facilities or at facilities regularly used for practice or competition.” Further, coaches and staff members “may be employed only at their school’s camps or clinics.” This effectively eliminates the “guest coaching” loophole coaches such as Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Penn State’s James Franklin have utilized to coach at camps across the country.
It was the SEC that proposed a rule prohibiting satellite camps after Big Ten schools and other set up shop in fertile Southern recruiting bases. Michigan hosted a satellite camp at Prattville High School last summer and had two more planned this summer in Alabama.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban was one of the most vocal opponents to satellite camps and said Wednesday even if the ban didn’t go through, he didn’t see any value in Alabama participating in them.
“How many teams play Division 1 football?” Saban asked. “Are they all going to have a satellite camp in every metropolitan area? That means they’ll have 113 camps in Atlanta, 113 in Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Dallas, Houston. I mean, it sounds like a pretty ridiculous circumstance for me for something that nobody can really determine, did it have any value anyway?”
The Atlantic Coast Conference also supported the banning of the satellite football camps. The SEC said it would drop its own ban on May 29 and allow its coaches to participate in the camps if a national ban was not implemented. Multiple SEC coaches, including Georgia’s Kirby Smart, said they’d be ready to do it if the ban was lifted.