The biggest faux controversy of the college football offseason seems to have reached a conclusion, as the NCAA has decided to ban college football satellite camps, or recruiting camps that are held far away from campus. Here's the language from the official NCAA release:
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.
Ohio State held one of these camps last offseason at Florida Atlantic, and the Buckeyes were planning on holding at least one camp this summer, in Georgia. It would appear that those camps have now been scuttled.
Of course, given Ohio State's success both on the field and on the recruiting trail, the Buckeyes probably don't actually need to host out of state camps to attract interest from recruits. The change in rule is the bigger blow to Michigan, who has made an aggressive use of the perceived loophole to hold camps all over the country, rankling SEC coaches to the point that they pushed for a change in the rule.
Canceling these camps is potentially good news for coaches, as the extracurricular time and bandwidth demands required from participating in these -- which Urban Meyer had spoken to previously -- have been mitigated. It's probably good news for coaches in the South or other talent-rich areas, who now can worry a little bit less about aggressive efforts to "poach" local recruits. And it's good news for Ohio State, since this policy at least frustrates Michigan even if only a little. But it's also probably bad news for students, especially those without the money to take lots of unofficial visits, or who aren't as highly recruited.
This probably won't be the last time the NCAA has to consider legislative change based on something Harbaugh is pushing at Michigan. After all, this policy doesn't say anything about Michigan's recent spring break trip to Florida, a move that also drew criticism. With one loophole is closed, it's a safe bet others will look for a new one.