The ACC and SEC were big winners last Friday, when the NCAA Division 1 Council announced effectively immediately the banning of satellite camps.
The ruling struck a chord in Ann Arbor, specifically with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his players. With many of whom have used such camps to get noticed during their playing days of high school.
Today, in a Big Ten teleconference call with the media, U-M’s All-American tight end Jake Butt added his name to the list of players who oppose the NCAA’s recent ruling, noting the lack of “voice” the governing bodies of the NCAA give to the actual players.
“I think sometimes we can get lost a little bit but we do have a voice,” Butt said. “The athletes are one of the driving forces that gets this NCAA to run. Sometimes I feel (the student-athletes) aren’t heard as much as possible, especially with these satellite camps."
Butt further explained the importance having satellite camps, adding the unique opportunities players get to have with coaches they otherwise would never get a chnace to see them play.
“I think it’s stripping the opportunity from a lot of kids that don’t have the chance to get out there and see some of these programs and get one-on-one coaching with some of these coaches across the country," Butt said, who made it point that he is still looking for answers from the NCAA.
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"I really looked at it as who’s really winning in this situation?” Butt said. “If the NCAA is so much for the student-athletes, where does the student-athlete win in this? That was my biggest question and I’m still looking for an answer for that one.”