NCAA rules: No satellite camps for Leach, WSU

THE NCAA, at the urging of the SEC, ruled on Friday that coaches can no longer participate in satellite camps. The ban on coach participation at camps off campus takes effect immediately, and it means Mike Leach and staff will have to cancel plans they had to work camps in June.

The NCAA Division I council ruled Friday that Football Bowl Subdivision schools must "conduct camps and clinics at their school's facilities or at facilities regularly used for practice or competition." Further, coaches and staff members "may be employed only at their school's camps or clinics." That second part effectively eliminates coaches working satellite camps.

Leach and the WSU coaches usually attend around five satellite camps in California each June.

Both Christian Haangana and Liam Ryan from WSU’s last signing class were first discovered by Cougar coaches working satellite camps in California.

Last year, WSU worked two satellite camps in the Los Angeles area, plus camps in Walnut Creek, Sacramento and San Diego.

The issue was brought to the forefront after Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh worked camps in SEC territory last year, and then this year took Michigan to Florida for four spring football practices.  The SEC and ACC proposed the rule banning both satellite camps and schools holding practices away from its campus, with Nick Saban particularly incensed that a Big Ten school was trying to raise its recruiting profile in SEC recruiting territory.

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