NCAA shuts down satellite camps for good


One of the biggest offseason debates now has a verdict. Satellite camps are effectively dead thanks to an update from the NCAA offices today. the Division 1 Council has approved a rule that will require FBS football camps and clinics to be conducted on that school’s campus or in regularly used facilities. The kicker is the NCAA now says coaches affiliated with a program may now only work on their own campus at their own camps.

From the NCAA release;

The Council approved a proposal applicable to the Football Bowl Subdivision that would require those schools to conduct camps and clinics at their school’s facilities or at facilities regularly used for practice or competition. Additionally, FBS coaches and noncoaching staff members with responsibilities specific to football may be employed only at their school’s camps or clinics. This rule change is effective immediately.

So that means any summer plans coaches had lined up to work at camps around the country are now illegal, and that is a shame for (who else?) the prospective student-athletes. Art Briles will no longer be able to guest coach at Michigan. Jim Harbaugh will be locked into working camps in Ann arbor. The SEC and ACC will once again get exclusive contact with recruits down south at their own camps.

This issue has only become an issue because coaches in the south were upset coaches from outside the region were flying in and getting a chance to work at camps in the south while their own conferences prohibited them from doing the same outside their regular locales. Now the SEC and ACC get their way while also limiting the exposure and opportunities some recruits may get elsewhere.

It’s all about recruiting politics, and the NCAA has ruled in favor of harming the maximum number of options prospective student-athletes will have because of it. So the next time you see one of those NCAA promos on TV talking about how much good they do for the student-athlete, remember they ruled to limit their options from the jump.

Utah State player upgraded to fair condition after collapse

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Utah State redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Davis is in fair condition on Friday, one day after collapsing at spring football practice following sudden cardiac arrest, the university announced.

Davis, initially was listed in critical condition, was breathing on his own. He is in the intensive-care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Davis’ parents arrived in Utah on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Davis, who is from Carlsbad, California, collapsed at Merlin Olsen Field and was immediately treated by the training staff, the university said. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

The university said Davis was stabilized in the Logan hospital before being moved to Ogden.

Alabama suspends freshman defensive back after drug arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a drug charge.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday after the first practice of spring that Mitchell was suspended from the team “and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and another man, Christophere Lewis, last week on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Lewis also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions,” Saban said. “There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’ve gotta be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a five-star prospect rated the 34th-best player and No. 3 safety in the 247Composite rankings.

Mitchell was driving the vehicle during a traffic stop. After deputies smelled marijuana, Mitchell picked up a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies found “an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash,” according to the department’s Facebook post.