NCAA ruling a blow to schools such as WSU

DAVE EMERICK, Washington State's recruiting coordinator, was succinct when asked about the NCAA's announcement today that college coaches can no longer attend satellite camps for high school prospects.

"Satellite camps were very beneficial to a school like WSU, but we will now work even harder to get kids on our campus,” Emerick told CF.C.

Satellite camps are hosted by an entity other than a school itself with college coaches serving as "guest coaches." So WSU's staff can go to California in June, work a camp and come into contact with recruits they otherwise wouldn't come face to face with. Make no mistake, this is a recruiting blow to schools like Washington State.

At the urging of SEC schools, the NCAA Division I council on Friday ruled coaches and staff members "may be employed only at their school's camps or clinics." The NCAA also said schools must "conduct camps and clinics at their school's facilities or at facilities regularly used for practice or competition."

That means a principal way to expose athletes and non-major-market colleges to each other is now prohibited.

Former Cougar quarterback Cole Morgan's annual Northwest Elite Camp in the Seattle area, for instance, is now off limits to college coaches. The camp has been staffed each year by coaches from the Pac-12, Big Sky and elsewhere and attracted more than 500 athletes.

That's just a small part of how schools like WSU are now limited when it comes to recruiting.  Cougar coaches have been regulars at camps in California in June -- now those avenues to find and assess prospective recruits are closed.

Scout.com national recruiting analysts Brandon Huffman and Greg Biggins made it crystal clear on their respective Twitter accounts of how they felt about they NCAA's ruling today:

https://twitter.com/BrandonHuffman/status/718481387360092160

https://twitter.com/GregBiggins/status/718491159140503552

https://twitter.com/GregBiggins/status/718492043295633408

https://twitter.com/BrandonHuffman/status/718490355205705728

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