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NCAA Bans FBS Football Satellite Camps, What does this Mean for Utah?

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA announced today that they were banning satellite camps effective immediately. Our friends over at Maize n Brew did a great write up on this (Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh did a satellite camp tour in SEC country earlier this offseason). Apparently the ACC, Big XII, Pac-12, and SEC all were in support of this policy. The Big 10 was the only Power 5 conference that was not in support of the move.

Below is an excerpt from the full NCAA release (you can find the full release here).

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.

The rule only applies to FBS football programs. FCS programs are still allowed to host satellite camps.

This policy change hurts student-athletes the most, and it also hurts schools like Utah. Many student-athletes cannot afford to take unofficial visits to many different schools, so satellite camps offered players like this an opportunity to show off their skills in front of coaches without having to travel as far. This is a huge blow to student-athletes who are trying to better their lives through a college football scholarship to an FBS school.

This rule hurts Utah because they do much of their recruiting out of state and have had camps result in commits. Utah recruits California, Florida, and Texas heavily. Having satellite camps allowed Utah coaches the opportunity to see prospects in person that they would not be able to otherwise. One of Utah's 2016 signees, athlete Davir Hamilton, was offered by Utah at their southern California satellite camp.

So, if this rule hurts student-athletes, and many schools, who does it help? It helps big name schools in recruiting hotbeds (i.e. the L.A. schools, the SEC, and the ACC). It makes it harder for schools outside these areas, this rule makes it harder for them to pull in recruits, meaning they are more likely to stay at the big name schools in those regions. While this rule change is unfortunate for Utah and recruits, it will just force student-athletes and coaches to get more creative in how they approach recruiting. With sites like Hudl, it does make it easier for recruits to get noticed by topflight programs.