By now, you know the news of the NCAA striking out against satellite camps, banning them immediately nationwide in a Friday vote. The move has pleased many of the SEC's head coaches (including Alabama's Nick Saban), while others weren't really bothered by the practice, like Arkansas' Bret Bielema and Georgia's Kirby Smart (ironically, as a former protegé of Saban's).
One of those coaches is South Carolina's Will Muschamp. While Saban feels that the practice of programs, i.e. Michigan, headed out of state and to the South to hold camps - in an attempt to come closer to recruits that may be considering their program - had "no value", Muschamp didn't feel threatened, invoking Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh, the poster child of the practice.
Clearly, Muschamp's plan - if the NCAA were not to ban satellite camps - was to visit camps on his own with an eye to do the exact same thing Harbaugh is doing, albeit on a much lesser scale. However, with the NCAA banning the practice nationally, that point is rendered moot. Muschamp's attitude toward such camps is somewhat counter to how Steve Spurrier felt last year when asked about the issue. But even Spurrier conceded that the league would eventually have to cave in to keep pace with their Northern counterparts.
"All of us are against it, obviously, but there comes a point where we all need to start doing it to keep up with Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State -- the Northern schools that come into the South."
On the player's side of things, some of them are understandably upset, especially those who are interested in playing further from home but may not have the financial means to visit a school they hope to play at. It's given birth to the #ChangeNCAA hashtag on Twitter as student-athletes have voiced their displeasure toward the decision.
Whether or not the players' outcry leads to an about-face on a national level remains to be seen. But despite Muschamp and a handful of other national coaches stating that they wouldn't be against satellite camps, it seems as if the league, along with a handful of others, has forced the NCAA to make a decision to shut it down for now. A victory of the SEC? Maybe. But one wonders what would happen if the shoe were on the other foot. And one wonders if Harbaugh hadn't been, well, Harbaugh, and some other coach, if we'd even be talking about this at all.
Bud Elliott, SBN's lead recruiting analyst, wrote his take on it that you can read it right here.