Power 5 Conferences Vote to End Satellite Football Practice Sessions
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Power Five conferences have voted to stop coaches from taking teams off-campus during any vacation period outside a sport’s season for practice, a rule proposed after Jim Harbaugh took his Michigan Wolverines to Florida during spring break last year.
The rule passed by a 58-22 margin Friday morning at the Power Five conferences’ third annual autonomy session at the NCAA convention. The Big Ten voted 11-3 for the change.
Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel opposed the proposal before the vote and noted later that the 15 student-athlete representatives from Power 5 schools voted 11-4 against the rule. Manuel says Michigan had been waiting before deciding whether to hold an off-campus practice a second straight year.
The Power 5 conferences also approved other rule changes, including rules giving student-athletes time off to rest.
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