HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The NCAA's Division I Board of Directors has overturned a controversial rule that prohibited FBS (Division 1) coaches from hosting or attending football camps away from their own campus.
The NCAA's smaller Division I Council first adopted the measure earlier this month. Thursday's vote, by the league's larger Board of Directors, overturned that ruling.
The ban would have had drastic effects on Hawaii-based camps, like GPA/Maximum Exposure, as well as those on the mainland that are popular among local residents, like the All-Poly camp in Layton, Utah.
The camps were considered particularly important for Hawaii's student athletes, since they afforded an opportunity to be seen by coaches from across the country without having to make expensive travel plans in order to attend camps at each individual campus.
Representatives for the GPA/Maximum Exposure clinic said more than 80 college coaches attended the event in 2015.
Those clinics will now be able to carry on as planned, with the NCAA saying football coaches may be employed at any camp that follows Division I camps and clinics rules.
"We were prepared for the worst, if it came down that way, but for the most part, the NCAA just reacted too quickly without evaluating the entire situation," said Alema Te'o, who runs the All-Poly camp. "Because the student-athlete doesn't have a voice in any of this, they never considered the effect it would have on them."
This year's GPA/Maximum Exposure and All-Poly camps will continue as planned, organizers say.
Instead of upholding the ban on camps, NCAA officials say they'd prefer a more comprehensive review of the entire recruiting process.
"The Board of Directors is interested in a holistic review of the football recruiting environment, and camps are a piece of that puzzle," said Board of Directors chair Harris Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina. "We share the Council's interest in improving the camp environment, and we support the Council's efforts to create a model that emphasizes the scholastic environment as an appropriate place for recruiting future student-athletes."
The NCAA says the Board of Directors has asked the Division I Council to reconsider the entire recruiting model, including potential modifications to camps and clinics.
Those modifications, should any be recommended, would have to be submitted by September 1, 2016, in order to be considered for the league's 2016-2017 legislative cycle.