NCAA reverses ban on satellite camps, which helps SMU

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The NCAA Division I Board of Directors reversed a rule Thursday afternoon that prohibited FBS football coaching staffs from holding or working camps away from their campuses. The NCAA originally banned the camps, often known as satellite camps, on April 8.

SMU had scheduled June camps in Austin, Houston and East Texas before the ban earlier this month. The school can hold the camps again without restriction.

Proponents of the camps advocated that they save recruits and their families the travel costs to get to on-campus camps, as well as give previously un-recruited or under-recruited players more exposure. The exposure could potentially result in a scholarship offer, especially if multiple coaching staffs at multiple levels are working the camps.

Opponents of the camps contended that the ban on them would keep coaches on campus and drive recruiting toward the local area.

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