In a move that some college coaches seem to have expected, the NCAA overturned their original ban on satellite camps, just weeks after the original ruling. This whole saga, among other things, has opened the world's eyes to UCLA's relationship with the Pac-12 office.
So how does this new ruling impact the Arizona Wildcats? Rich Rodriguez had been very critical of the ban, so as you would expect, he was a happy camper on Thursday. So happy that he actually tweeted, which is a thing he only does a few times a year:
Excited for student athletes that the satellite camp ban was lifted. #opportunites— Rich Rodriguez (@CoachRodAZ) April 28, 2016
Rodriguez was so confident this change of heart from the NCAA was coming he never cancelled Arizona's plans of being a part of satellite camps in the future.
.@CoachRodAZ on satellite camp reversal: "We never cancelled them!! We thought this might happen--it's definitely good for the athletes!"— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) April 28, 2016
The ban on #satellitecamps has been lifted...we will be in Hawaii, LA, SD, IE, Utah, Tampa, Mich, PHX...the camps keep coming...#SummerGrind— Matt Dudek (@AZ_Matty_D) April 28, 2016
So here we are, back where we originally started, after a whole bunch of bickering and infighting about something that most college football fans didn't even knew existed until a few weeks ago.
The next step Rich Rodriguez will want to see is a change in how the recruiting process works, including getting rid of National Signing Day, and allowing recruits to sign with a school whenever they are ready to fully commit themselves to that school.
That would get rid of the slew of decommits we have seen in recent years, and make it easier on coaching staffs, not having to spend time on "commits" if those players have already signed with that school rather than waiting for some arbitrary date on the calendar.
Will he get it? Maybe. In the NCAA's announcement of the satellite camp ban reversal, they also said the membership will be taking suggestions to improve the recruiting model as a whole.
A better recruiting environment is coming. It's just taking time.