SEC responds to NCAA’s decision to overturn ban on satellite camps

The NCAA has overturned its ban on satellite camps and so has the SEC.

An 'SEC' logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Just a few hours after the the NCAA’s Division I board of directors rescinded the NCAA Division 1 Council’s April 8 decision to immediately ban all satellite camps on Thursday afternoon, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey reiterated that SEC schools will also be able to participate in satellite camps next month.

“While we are disappointed with the NCAA governance process result, we respect the Board of Directors’ decision and are confident SEC football programs will continue to be highly effective in their recruiting efforts,” Sankey said in a statement.

“SEC coaches will be allowed to engage in summer camps as a result of Conference legislation approved during the 2015 SEC Spring Meetings.”

The SEC voted last year at the spring meetings that if a national ban on satellite camps wasn’t implemented, its own ban would expire on May 29. After the NCAA lifted its ban Thursday, the SEC will stick to those plans.

Satellite camps have become a controversial offseason storyline in college football. They allow coaching staffs to hold recruiting camps off campus and, at times, in different states to evaluate prospects.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and some of his assistant coaches helped out at a satellite high school football camp hosted by Florida Atlantic last year.  The ACC and SEC are among the conferences that have been against satellite camps and have prevented their coaches from being involved with them.

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