NCAA Gets It Right In Two Recent Decisions


Good morning, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) fans.  Hope you are having a great weekend.

The NCAA usually gets criticized for a lot of its decisions – and rightly so.  However, the organization everyone loves to hate recently got two decisions right.  Let’s briefly talk about those:

First, the NCAA lifted its ban on satellite camps.  

In a statement Thursday, the board stressed that it wants the Division I council, which enacted the ban earlier this month, to conduct a thorough review of the entire FBS recruiting process.

Unequivocally, this was the right decision.  I harshly criticized the NCAA for this decision:

First, I argued that ACC and Southeastern Conference (SEC) coaches – quite frankly – did not want the extra competition in their backyard and that a satellite camp ban is protectionist style recruiting.  If you have to work harder to get the recruits in the fold, so be it.

Second, and more importantly, I argued that the satellite camp ban would hurt those recruits most that were being hit up by non-Power 5 schools (Florida State and Clemson aren’t going to be hurt by a satellite camp ban – it’s those mid-tier ACC and SEC schools that want to crack the top 25 that might be hurt by this).  For many recruits, a non-power 5 scholarship might be the only scholarship they get – and they might actually be the first person in their family to go college (that’s a big deal in many parts because most athletes aren’t going pro).

And yes, it was the ACC and the SEC that shut these down.  Apparently, the NCAA thinks it’s important to do a little more analysis on this subject.  Here’s thinking they were also a little worried about a Department of Justice informal inquiry into the decision.

Second, the NCAA has basically said that the organization will not tolerate discrimination in any manner when it comes to awarding championship events (h/t @TheComeBack).  Here’s more about what the NCAA said:

“The higher education community is a diverse mix of people from different racial, ethnic, religious and sexual orientation backgrounds,” said Kirk Schulz, president of Kansas State University and chair of the Board of Governors. “So it is important that we assure that community – including our student-athletes and fans – will always enjoy the experience of competing and watching at NCAA championships without concerns of discrimination.”

This was the right decision – discrimination has no place in our society.

We criticize the NCAA a lot on blogs and on Twitter – but they recently got these two decisions right – and should be commended for it.

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