Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh finds humor in the SEC and ACC voicing concerns over Michigan’s plans to head to Florida for spring practices. With SEC commissioner Greg Sankey and ACC commissioner John Swofford going on record saying practicing over spring break is detrimental to the student-athlete and NCAA president Mark Emmert suggesting he is no fan of the concept, Harbaugh had no other way of responding but to suggest it was comical.
“I guess (Sankey) is stating a case, but it doesn’t hold water to me,” Harbaugh said Friday to the Detroit Free Press. “It’s not an addition of time, it’s the same amount of time. It’s 20 hours. We’ll be on the same rules and guidelines every other team will be under on spring practice. I think there’s been some humor about it. I think it’s comical that he’s taken exception to it.”
Earlier today Michigan announced plans to hold its annual spring game on the evening of April 1. Tucked away at the bottom of that press release was a confirmation Michigan will be heading to Bradenton, Florida for the opening of spring football practices, as originally planned and confirmed by Harbaugh.
Emmert says the NCAA will review the policies regarding practice time over spring break, seemingly listening to the request filed by the SEC recently. The SEC asked the NCAA to come to a resolution that would fall in line with SEC spring break rules, and asked that that ruling be made as quickly as possible. It may be too late for anything to be done this season, but if Emmert’s voice is any indication, this could be the first and last time Michigan takes its football practices out of state.Or will it?
Or will it?
UPDATE (7:10 P.M.) – Harbaugh has taken to Twitter…