Quickly after the NCAA reversed its decision on satellite camps, it didn’t take long for eager college football programs to pounce on the renewed opportunity.
The NCAA’s board of directors overturned the ban on Thursday afternoon, and within hours, Georgia and Michigan agreed to team up for a satellite camp in Atlanta. Following the NCAA lifting restrictions on satellite camps, the SEC did the same with its own internal ban on the practice, which allowed new Georgia coach Kirby Smart and his staff to hold a football camp off-campus.
Man its on and popping pic.twitter.com/wUOy3AJo4V
— Coach J. Smith CGHS (@headbcg) April 29, 2016
This arrangement comes after Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was incredibly critical of Smart’s comments condemning Michigan’s use of satellite camps, particularly at the IMG Academy in Bradenton.
“They’re obviously trying to gain a competitive advantage and that’s their right,” Smart said to the Macon Touchdown Club when asked about Harbaugh’s spring camp in Florida (via DawgNation). “But I think the NCAA in due time will have to step in.”
Jim Harbaugh, naturally had to respond to Smart in the most Jim Harbaugh way possible:
If the Georgia coach is implying any intent on our part to break rules, he is barking up the wrong tree.
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 24, 2016
But Smart told DawgNation’s Seth Emerson that the exchange was a misunderstanding.
“That whole thing got so overblown,” Smart said. “Because he and I, he and staff members from his staff had communicated. That’s a big deal to the media, big deal to you guys. But in the coaching profession we’re a bit more lighthearted about it.”
By June 2, it’s likely that Harbaugh will call Kirby Smart by his name at the camp in Atlanta.