Colorado’s summer travel plans changed again on Thursday.
Nearly three weeks after the NCAA Division I council voted to ban satellite camps, the NCAA board of directors overturned the ban.
Now, instead of being restricted to holding camps for high school players on campus, college coaches can return to taking part in camps all over the country.
“I think it’s definitely the right thing for all of college football and all of football, period,” Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre said, joining several of his colleagues in celebrating Thursday’s move. “We’re the ones that got the Pac-12 to originally do it, so I believe in it wholeheartedly.”
Although the NCAA council voted to ban the camps on April 8, many coaches, including MacIntyre, criticized the vote.
UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero came under fire after casting a vote on behalf of the Pac-12 to ban the camps. Pac-12 schools had previously voted 11-0 (UCLA abstained) to keep the camps.
Schools are not allowed to host camps off campus, but satellite camps allow coaches to work as guests at other events. For many schools, including CU, it’s a great way to find talented high school players around the country.
The satellite camps also provide high school players with more exposure to college coaches, allowing those players to take part in camps close to home, rather than having to travel around the country to get noticed.
MacIntyre said he has seen several players earn scholarships they might not have without the exposure from a satellite camp.
MacIntyre said the camps are also a boost to small colleges who host the events and earn more proceeds when Division I coaches take part.
CU originally had eight satellite camps scheduled for the summer, including in New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and California. After the April 8 vote, CU put those camps on hold.
Now, MacIntyre said, “We’ve got our same plan we were going to have originally, so plan A.”
Plan A includes CU’s entire staff taking part in five of the satellite camps, while the Buffs will split their staff for three other camps.
CU will also host a satellite camp on June 11, inviting every in-state school (except Colorado State) to take part and work with players in Boulder.
After the ban on April 8, CU announced several on-campus camps, but will now cancel some of those and instead travel to satellite camps.
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