The United States Department of Justice has begun an informal inquiry into the NCAA’s ban on satellite camps, reports USA Today’s Paul Myerberg.
The DOJ has inquired about the ban by contacting coaches, conference commissioners and university administrators, according to the report. The DOJ is interested in finding out if the ban will reduce the chances for youth players to have access to college football coaches.
Earlier this month, the NCAA’s Division I council voted to stop coaches from conducting football camps or clinics outside of their own school facilities.
Coaches often used the camps to meet prospects outside of their immediate recruiting area. However, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh drew the ire of the SEC with his aggressive satellite camp schedule. leading to the proposed ban.
Coaches from outside the Power Five conferences—as well as within the Big Ten—have criticized the rule, saying it ultimately hurts prospects from not-heavily-recruited areas. Earlier this month, NCAA executive Oliver Luck said the ban may be revisited.