Why Do We Keep Making Such a Big Deal out of a Thing Called Satellite Camps?
Maybe until 2015 or even 2016, you had never heard of a "Satellite Camp", but now I'm guessing you've at least heard them mentioned as of late.
Satellite camps are camps that college programs put on in which they go outside of their campus to hold a instructional camp.
Seems pretty harmless right? Well clearly that is not the case in the minds of some.
There was a big uproar from the southeastern part of this country from fans and coaches alike that had some major issues with these such camps.
The critiques claim that these camps invade on their recruiting territory and that they give to much branding to those programs when they in some cases have a campus that is 500 plus miles away.
Once that uproar started to include some of the bigger programs in the SEC, the NCAA started to really take notice. In April, the NCAA deemed it was time to put a halt to these camps and outlawed them.
Since that ruling, the uproar flipped to those that were putting these such camps on and the swell of momentum from those angered by the ban was much more than the anger that was there from those who opposed the camps.
That swell of momentum caused the NCAA to reverse track on their decision and allow satellite camps while they did an extensive review of the process.
In my opinion, these camps are essential in exposure, growth and development for the sport of college football and I don't agree with those who think satellite camps are bad for the game.
These camps are needed to help under privileged student athletes get notoriety, get looked at and seen. It truly helps them compete literally with the "Jones's" if you will.
They can provide better chances for universities and programs to evaluate more and not miss as much on potential prospects. In addition, it does help the brand of those programs to create a place in a new landscape that they may of not had an imprint in prior.
Furthermore, it helps the high schools and the high school coaches in that area stay connected for future recruits as well.
I am hopeful that the review by the NCAA will provide the same information that I just laid out and that it will be beneficial in keeping satellite camps a part of the college football landscape for many years to come.