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Report: NCAA changes to satellite camps could include a 10-day limit

June 17, 2016

ANN ARBOR — The rules and regulations surrounding satellite football camps are likely to come in some way, shape, or form. Back when the NCAA lifted its previous ban on the camps, the issue was assured to be revisited.

When that time comes, Jim Harbaugh’s wide-reaching, barn-storming satellite tour could start to look a lot different.

Two possibilities, according to documents obtained by The Virginian-Pilot from the recent Conference USA meetings, would be jarring.

One proposal discussed is to cut the window for satellite camps from 30 days to 10 days.

Another proposal is to ban the camps altogether and, according to The Virginian-Pilot, replace them next spring with camps the NCAA would sponsor at NFL training centers and high schools.

Under the current configuration, Michigan’s satellite camp tour is making 38 stops in 22 states in a one-month span.

In April, the NCAA Board of Directors overturned a ruling by the NCAA Division I Council to ban satellite camps.

Any news rules or proposals would have to go through a similar approval process.

According to those documents discussed at the Conference USA meetings (league member Old Dominion hosted camps attended by Michigan, Maryland and Penn State this summer) and obtained by The Virginian-Pilot, “The NCAA would mandate counseling on recruiting and academics at its satellite camps, and is considering compensating low-income athletes for the cost of traveling to the camps.”

Among other rule proposals in those documents includes the creation of an early signing period in August of a high school prospect’s senior year and a move to ban or limit the practice of enrolling incoming student-athletes in January before their freshman years.

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