New NCAA rule will prevent satellite football camps

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The NCAA has approved a proposal that will require schools to conduct football camps and clinics only at their own facilities.

According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, conferences that voted against satellite camps included the ACC, Big 12, SEC, Pac-12, Mountain West Conference and Sun Belt, while the Big Ten, AAC, C-USA and MAC voted in favor of them.

The SEC proposed the rule in response to Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s spring practices and satellite camps. Harbaugh scheduled a Michigan practice at the IMG Academy in Florida, and was scheduled to coach at football camps around the country this summer.

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The SEC complained, largely over perceived recruiting advantages for Harbaugh. The SEC and ACC ban their coaches from such satellite camps. The SEC would have lifted its ban if the new NCAA rule did not pass. 

Under the new rules, FBS coaches and staff members may only be employed at their own program’s camps and clinics. The changes are effective immediately.

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