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NCAA Bans College Football Satellite Camps

No more summer swarm tours for the Wolverines.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA has moved to ban satellite camps, effective immediately.

The camps allowed teams, like the Michigan Wolverines, to travel around the country to scout high school players in their own backyard as prospective members of the program. Now, camps will have to only be held on the university's property.

Here is a snippet of the release from the NCAA:

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.

Jim Harbaugh's satellite camp tour last offseason brought this issue to light, where Michigan was able to venture into SEC country and other areas for an up close and personal look at prospects from all over the country. Coaches may also no longer be employed at high school camps where they are in attendance as guests, either.

This is seen as a win for conferences like the ACC and SEC, who had major concerns about the camps, but it is not necessarily a loss for Michigan. Who it hurts is the student athletes who may have not had a chance to afford to take visits to Ann Arbor or other schools far from home.

Things are going to change on the recruiting trail, but Harbaugh and other coaches will now have to come up another creative idea.