As they've done in recent years, Colorado coaches were planning to work at several football camps throughout the west this summer.

On Friday, those plans changed when the NCAA Division I council voted to shut down satellite camps, effective immediately. Four of the Power 5 conferences - including the Pac-12 - voted against the camps, according to

"I thought that was coming," CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said of the ruling.

Schools are not allowed to conduct camps more than 50 miles away from campus, but satellite camps got around that rule by having coaches work as guests at other camps. For example, CU coaches have worked as guest instructors at the University of Redlands.

CU coaches have worked at several camps each year in Arizona, California, Texas, etc. CU is one of several schools that have discovered quality talent at the camps.

The Southeastern Conference was the biggest opponent of the camps. The SEC does not allow coaches to work at camps, even as guests, more than 50 miles from campus. Meanwhile, schools like Michigan were working all over the south and gaining a recruiting edge in SEC territory.

MacIntyre was disappointed in the ruling to ban the camps, however, because he said they were a great benefit to high school players. The satellite camps allowed high school players to get seen by major Division I schools at a camp close to home.


For players who can't afford to travel, the satellite camps may have been the only opportunity to get seen.

"I feel it's very unfortunate for the high school athlete, because now they are not going to be seen as much," MacIntyre said. "It'll be interesting how that works out."

MacIntyre said the ban on satellite camps will also hurt small colleges who hosted them. A school like Redlands, for example, could draw more and better talent by promoting guest instructors from a Pac-12 school.

"It hurts small college football, because we worked with Redlands and we would go in there and they would get all the proceeds and they needed that money to pay for coaches and help pay for their program," MacIntyre said. "Now they're not going to be able to do that."

Although not a fan of the ruling, MacIntyre said the Buffs will go with their Plan B and work more camps close to home.

"I think it's unfortunate, but we'll adapt and keep moving forward," he said. "We had two plans in place and we'll have more camps here on campus and do more of that type of thing."

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