The SEC has definitely had enough of Jim Harbaugh as of late.
CBS reported Tuesday afternoon that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has asked the NCAA to prohibit teams from holding spring practice sessions during the week of spring break.
This comes just days after Harbaugh announced that the Wolverines will spend their spring break week (Feb. 29-March 4) practicing at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Harbaugh intends to hold Michigan’s first spring four workouts in Bradenton before returning to Ann Arbor for the rest.
Similarly to Harbaugh’s famous satellite camps from Michigan’s Summer Swarm tour, there are no NCAA rules preventing Harbaugh from taking the team to Florida for their spring practices. Just like those satellite camps, the SEC is asking the NCAA to modify the rules in order to prohibit such things.
“Our primary reaction (is) that, in the face of the time-demand conversations, we’ve got one program taking what has been ‘free time’ away,” Sankey told CBS. “Let’s draw a line and say, ‘That’s not appropriate.’ “
Add this to the growing list of Harbaugh’s outside the box ideas that are getting under the competition’s skin. For what it’s worth, the experience looks like a fun one for Michigan football players.
Harbaugh explained last week that part of his reasoning for taking Michigan to Florida for spring ball is to make sure “everyone has a spring break.” He said, in addition to regulated practices and meetings, he plans on taking the team to the beach, to the pool and to a putt-putt golf course.
He also said that by having a week’s worth of practice during spring break, Michigan’s players will be able to go through winter semester exam weeks without any football obligations.
“Those will be discretionary weeks so our guys can focus and concentrate on finals,” Harbaugh said. “Then, we’ll be outside, we’ll be in Florida, we’ll go to the beach. It’ll be a good time for the team to connect and be together.
“That’s a lot of levels right there … very much looking forward to it.”
It certainly seems like a win/win for the Michigan football program. The fact that IMG Academy is home to many of the nation’s top football prospects, including No. 1 overall from the 2017 class Dylan Moses, isn’t lost on the detractors.
It appears as though the NCAA does not plan on taking any sort of action soon and as long as the rules allow it, Jim Harbaugh will continue to push Michigan into the forefront of the college football world.
Here’s to another year of crazy headlines because he isn’t slowing down anytime soon.