Head coach Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns won't have to make plans to host satellite camps in recruiting hotbeds like Louisiana or south Florida or even set up guest appearances at schools in those locations, as the NCAA passed legislation on Friday that outlaws off-campus camps and guest coaching:
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.
Strong had said on Tuesday that the Longhorns were waiting on that legislate to determine whether or not to hold satellite camps.
"We haven't talked about it," he said. "I think it's going to be voted on here in the next week or so. We'll just see how it comes down and we can always take camps and do camps wherever we need to."
There has been increased scrutiny on those events after Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh was aggressive in scheduling satellite camps in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and Indianapolis last year, a move that represented a threat to recruiting hegemony in those regions. However, schools can still hold spring practices elsewhere, as the Wolverines did at the prestigious IMG Academy in Florida. At least until next year, that is, when there will likely be a proposal to ban that practice as well.
Since Texas hasn't held satellite camps in the past, the rule changes won't impact the Longhorns in any significant way, but it does remove the ability to get in front of out-of-state prospects without the means to travel to Austin. In that regard, the biggest losers as a result of this new legislation are players from lower-income families who can't afford to send their kids on long trips for summer camps. As well as the schools in regions that lack a major talent base, which happens to be most of the Big 12.