On the topic of satellite camps, it is easy to see why the SEC, ACC, Pac-12 and Big 12 would have been in favor of shutting them down while the Big Ten would want to see them continue. It is less obvious why non-power conferences like the Mountain West Conference and Sun Belt Conference would have voted against them while the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA and the MAC voted against the ban. Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson also failed to shed any real light on why his conference would vote in line with the SEC and ACC, although he certainly tried.
The Atlanta Journal-Consitution reached out to the Sun Belt Conference and was given a written reply credited to Benson. It is, shall we say, not so enlightening.
“The Sun Belt voted on a controversial issue to eliminate these satellite camps. Six of ten FBS conferences voted to eliminate these camps. The pros and cons of these camps can be debated, and I am sure there will continue to be discussion on this matter, but for now the majority has spoken and it’s time to move on and the Sun Belt football programs will continue to get better with or without these camps.”
The satellite camps were thought to actually provide more benefits to football programs from the Sun Belt than detract from them, which is why Georgia State has made it an annual mission to bring in a program like Penn State or Nebraska to join them for a football camp each summer. Georgia State head coach Trent Miles also let it be known he was in no way in favor of the NCAA Divison 1 Council’s ruling, saying “It’s very disappointing for the student-athletes who can’t afford to travel out of state to be seen by coaches and schools from other regions.”
But there was a vote, and the Sun Belt voted. Now move on, says Benson.