In the wake of news that NCAA would effectively be shutting down satellite camps -- off-campus and often out-of-state camps popularized by head coaches like Michigan's Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State's Urban Meyer -- there has been a significant amount of criticism from those who wanted to see the camps remain legal.
Alongside the media, one of the first came from Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald, who said there were "better solutions" than to ban them.
Turn back the clocks to June of last year and you'll find another strong critic of any sort of NCAA regulation -- Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. When asked about the criticism surrounding the camps, the Ravens' coach echoed statements made earlier by his brother.
"It’s America, isn’t that what [my brother] said today?" Harbaugh said. "In our America, we’re allowed to cross state lines. Think about it. What are we arguing against? An opportunity for young athletes to take a look at colleges from other parts of the country? Especially those that aren’t from socioeconomic situations where they can travel all over the country to look at schools?
“I can take my daughter to any school in the country, look at the campus, and talk to the coaches. How many kids get a chance to do that? So if we’re arguing against that, we’re arguing against America.”
SEC and ACC coaches oppose the rule because they themselves are situated in the most fertile recruiting grounds in the country. Geography helps them to fence off that area and keep other programs out, or at least make it much harder for them to recruit there.
These satellite camps break that mold and there's nothing established programs or businesses hate more than competition. But competition works in the favor of student-athletes because it spurs innovation and gives them the most possible options.
Michigan's Jim Harbaugh sees that and it's clear his brother does, too.