Ohio State has launched into the controversial realm of satellite football camps, scheduling one at Florida Atlantic University on June 17. But with coach Urban Meyer among those calling for the NCAA to halt them, it might end up being the only satellite camp the Buckeyes ever have.

Ohio State has launched into the controversial realm of satellite football camps, scheduling one at Florida Atlantic University on June 17. But with coach Urban Meyer among those calling for the NCAA to halt them, it might end up being the only satellite camp the Buckeyes ever have.

The Ohio State coaching staff will team up with the Florida Atlantic staff on its home field in Boca Raton, which is within reasonable driving distance for prospects from south and central Florida.

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Meyer has said he would rather not schedule a camp away from Ohio Stadium, but with other Big Ten schools doing so - most notably Michigan, which has announced a nine-stop coaches tour - it became a "monkey see, monkey do" situation, Meyer said.

Besides Florida being a recruiting hotbed, there are two main reasons why Florida Atlantic was chosen. Not only did third-year athletic director Pat Chun come from Ohio State, where he was associate athletic director, but current Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash used to work with Owls coach Charlie Partridge on the coaching staff at Wisconsin.

"Partnering with Ohio State is a win-win for both schools," Chun said. "We already have a highly successful summer football camp program. The opportunity to co-brand with the national champions only enhances this June 17 camp and makes it unique in the highly competitive region of south Florida."

Meyer indicated this month that something was imminent, even as he made his stance on satellite camps clear.

"Am I a fan of that? Not really," Meyer said. "A big lure to Ohio State is getting them here on campus."

Penn State has at least four off-campus camps scheduled this year in Illinois, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. But Michigan has gone gung ho under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh, scheduling nine camps in nine days in Indiana, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas and California before returning home for a stop in Detroit.

Such a foray, most notably into Alabama, got the attention of Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban. The Southeastern Conference does not allow such camps.

"If we're all going to travel all over the country to have satellite camps, you know, how ridiculous is that?" Saban said last week. "I mean, we're not allowed to go to all-star games, but now we're going to have satellite camps all over the country? So it doesn't really make sense."

NCAA president Mark Emmert said last week that the NCAA oversight committee is looking into the practice. And Saban has an ally in Meyer - the two are scheduled to play golf today in the Chick-fil-A Challenge for college scholarship funds in Georgia.

"I hope the NCAA puts (an end to the off-campus camps). I think that should be outlawed," Meyer said. "We should not be allowed to do that. Just recruit on campus, and do a good job."

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