Now you’ve really done it.

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.

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19 responses to “Now you’ve really done it.

  1. rocksalt

    Gosh, I guess all the criminals are off the streets? All the corrupt bankers have been delivered their comeuppance? DOJ just looking for things to do now?

  2. SWGADAWG

    All I can say is that I really excited that the DOJ has such a clean plate that the way the NCAA handles camps can take up resources that would be needed to fight real crime. But obviously, they’ve got so many resources that they are trying to find something for their lawyers to do. And I’ll add that I have the ultimate confidence that they will do a great job if they do get involved. In my book this is point #36,453 why I’m sure this country is going to pot.

  3. DawgPhan

    already struck a nerve with that crowd I see.

    should be an interesting day of comments.

  4. This is silly and the DOJ must have some big 10 people there or something.

  5. So, will SEC now allow satellite camps in it’s own backyard?

  6. UGA did not need a satellite camp to get Eason from the NW though.

  7. ASEF

    Looking forward to the DOJ lifting the restrictions so that the NCAA schools can offer the exact same number of scholarships with unlimited satellite camps as they do without.

  8. pumblechook114

    Does this strike anyone else as an odd issue to get the attention of the DOJ? I mean, it isn’t like the NCAA hasn’t provided more than ample fodder for this type of informal inquiry. Or is it that the NCAA’s antitrust canary just died?

  9. Normaltown Mike

    Mike Price is going to come out of retirement to coach at satellite camp at the Flora-Bama.

  10. W Cobb Dawg

    Said it before. Most of these institutions are state schools, established to serve their state citizens. Satellite camps = nfl-lite. Yes, there should be minimum standards, perhaps set at the federal level. No, they shouldn’t be travelling the country (or world – which would be the next step) trying out athletes.

  11. Bulldog Joe

    Is there an organization out there that does a better job of stepping in its own shit than the NCAA does?

    Per capita, the University of Georgia Athletic Department does a much better job.

  12. Semper Fi Dawg

    The Prez must have taken a break from his bball game in the Rose Garden to take this call from Jim

  13. K@renM@C

    The SEC steps in pretty well, but surely is outdone by the illustrious U.S. Congress.