NCAA governors could overturn camp ban Thursday

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Satellite camps are not just Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s cause, although it may seem that way.

Harbaugh has been on the forefront because of his multistate “Swarm Tour” last summer that prickled SEC and ACC coaches, who are not allowed to work camps outside a 50-mile radius of their schools.

But after the NCAA Council voted this month to ban the camps, Harbaugh came out swinging in an interview with Sports Illustrated about all he considers wrong with the college athletics governing body. He called out coaches who don’t want to put in extra work and found public support from colleagues like Washington State coach Mike Leach.

Thursday, the NCAA Board of Governors, made up of university presidents and chancellors, meet, and it could overturn the ban. Decisions made by the council, made up mostly of athletic directors, are not final until the board meets.

“I’m hopeful they get it right,” Harbaugh said, according to audio from WMGC. “That (it) benefits who we’re supposed to be benefiting here. But expecting something? I can’t look you in the eye and say I’m expecting one thing or another.”

Harbaugh said Big Ten officials do not have a counterproposal prepared.

Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips, chairman of the D-I Council, told the Associated Press the amount of public discussion since the council’s vote has the board prepared. This discussion includes much backing from local athletes, many playing at Michigan and Michigan State, who took to social media to voice their support of the Sound Mind Sound Body camp, which has its roots in Detroit.

“It’s safe to say it’s caused enough conversation out in media that I have to believe the board is going to be well-prepared and well-prepped as they come together,” Phillips said.

Phillips, casting the vote for the Big Ten, represented the only Power Five conference on the council to oppose the ban. It has, however, since been revealed UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero went against the majority of the Pac-12 and voted to uphold the ban. The Sun Belt commissioner also has said a re-vote would have turned out differently.

The council vote was 10-5 in favor of banning the camps.

According to a USA Today report, the U.S. Department of Justice has opened an informal inquiry into the NCAA’s decision to explore whether the ban limits and damages high school athletes looking to improve their chances at the next level.

There also is another way the decision could be reversed. According to to an ESPN report, the initial vote did not receive an 85 percent majority from FBS programs that voted. There is a 60-day override period when it can be rescinded, but 85 FBS schools must request that the rule be overturned.