To Satellite or Not to Satellite

Satellite Camps were a hot topic at the Big 12 spring meetings earlier this week. Will Charlie Strong and the Longhorns take advantage?

It appears like Big 12 programs will be allowed to conduct satellite camps… for the time being at least.

At the Big 12 spring meetings on Wednesday, commissioner Bob Bowlsby said that the league’s athletic directors are “all over the place” when it comes to the idea of satellite camps.

“Our Ads for the most part are OK with where we are right now,” he said.

What are satellite camps?

They allow college coaches to travel throughout their state or even out of state to work as guests at camps hosted by other institutions.

NCAA rules prohibit colleges from hosting camps outside of a 50-mile radius of their campus. But that doesn’t mean they can’t serve as guests at camps.

The ACC and SEC do not allow their programs to be involved in satellite camps. But the Big Ten does and new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh immediately set plans in motion to take advantage of it by announcing a seven-state, nine-camp tour set for June.

Two of those locations include Dallas and Houston, which has to make those coaches from schools inside Texas cringe because Michigan will be able to sale its program to two of the biggest hotbeds in the country.

New SEC commissioner Greg Sankey announced on Tuesday that he’d like a national rule banning participation in these camps. Otherwise he’d allow his coaches to conduct them.

This is something to keep an eye on moving forward. It’s not yet clear if Charlie Strong will take advantage of this and hold camps in Dallas, Houston, and/or Florida. But it makes sense.

We’ll keep you posted on Strong’s views on this moving forward.


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