ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has become the poster child for college football satellite camps.
But a day after the NCAA’s Division I council announced proposed legislation that would limit the number of and locations of satellite camps, Michigan’s second-year coach — a certain trailblazer for satellite camps — said Thursday morning that he is for the legislation, and that college football and football players will still benefit from camps.
The NCAA’s Division I council recommended one 10-day period for coaches to work at satellite camps, and that camps must be held on the campuses of NCAA member schools, or at college facilities. Coaches were previously allowed to work at satellite camps for two consecutive 15-day periods, without geographic restrictions. The proposal will be voted on in April.
“If every school’s doing 10, that would probably be more than what was done last year,” Harbaugh said Thursday morning on Detroit’s WXYT-FM. “The possibility, it’s a really good thing. Everybody carries the water but the main thing is that football’s being spread around the country and youngsters are getting good coaching and they have opportunities to show what they can do.”
Harbaugh and his staff were scrutinized for the saturation of satellite camps. For instance, in June 2015, Michigan had satellite camps in seven states over the course of eight days.
This past June, Michigan scoured the globe, sending football coaches to more than 40 camps in Australia, the south Pacific and across the United States. Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said this summer that the cost of the camps would be roughly $350,000. Michigan has not yet released the financial information regarding the cost of the camps.
If the legislation passes, “That would take away a lot of fun,” Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh, however, took an optimistic spin on the proposed legislation.
“I’m going to be for it. That could be a real positive. Look at the bright side. Less fun for us but more coaching for guys who want to play football.”