Washington State coach Mike Leach vowed last week to find out why the Pac-12 conference voted to ban satellite camps, and on Wednesday the conference commissioner shared the back room shenanigans.
Larry Scott, the Pac-12 commissioner, revealed to reporters attending the College Football Playoff meetings in Dallas on Wednesday that 11 of 12 Pac-12 schools were in favor of keeping the camps. But the camps were banned when the NCAA Division I Council voted to uphold the Atlantic Coast Conference proposal.
Scott told reporters that UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero was the Pac-12 representative at the vote and was supposed to vote to back the camps, according to a report by Dallas Morning News reporter Chuck Carlton.
Which was the one team opposed to the camps?
“Form your own conclusions,” Scott said, clearly suggesting UCLA.
Satellite camps are not a new thing to college football, but Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh took them to a new level last summer with his multi-state “Swarm Tour.” The Southeastern Conference and ACC have been opposed.
The Council vote was 10-5 in favor of banning the camps.
Leach, during a Sirius XM interview last week, said he planned to get to the bottom of why the Pac-12 voted against camps.
“I can’t fathom how it’s possible we voted to eliminate it,” Leach said. “I don’t know the details. Whether it’s smart, dumb or in the middle, it’s wrong. It’s wrong. If you’re some kid in south central LA who’s really worked hard at football and worked really hard for your grades, now all of a sudden you don’t have the opportunity to see as many schools as you would otherwise. That’s crazy.”
The case is note completely closed since the NCAA Board of Directors meet on April 28 to certify the Council votes.