Serious question for you: is there an organization out there that does a better job of stepping in its own shit than the NCAA does?
The United States Department of Justice has begun an informal inquiry into the topic of satellite camps by calling college football coaches, conference commissioners and college administrators, two people with knowledge of the matter told USA TODAY Sports.
I bet those are some fun conversations. I wonder what they’re talking about.
The DOJ’s interest, according to one of the people who spoke to USA TODAY Sports, is based on whether an NCAA ban of satellite camps — a term used to describe off-campus coaching clinics attended by prospective student-athletes — could jeopardize or lessen opportunities for youth players to be seen or have access to college football coaches.
If I’m in college athletics, a standard of “jeopardize or lessen opportunities for youth players” would scare the bejeezus out of me. What if, say, the DOJ decided to look at the number of scholarships handed out – or, more to the point, not handed out – in non-revenue sports in the same light?
Needless to say, that Board of Directors’ vote on Thursday just got a lot more interesting.