As Michigan opens up spring football practices down in Florida, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is still in East Lansing addressing the future of the practice. Dantonio said he thinks the NCAA will put an end to the concept, meaning he thinks Jim Harbaugh is enjoying his first and last spring break football practice week with the Wolverines.
“I think that opportunity will close after this year,” Dantonio told the Orlando Sentinel on Saturday. “I don’t think that will be in existence anymore.”
The SEC filed a request with the NCAA to have a hard look at the possibility of shutting down that practice concept as quickly as possible, with SEC commissioner Greg Sankey suggesting it was not beneficial to the players to have to practice over spring break. Those concerns were echoed by ACC commissioner John Swofford and NCAA President Mark Emmert expressed his concern over the idea as well. Harbaugh launched a more veiled shot at those who appeared to be whining over the plan, but he was more direct when it came to responding to a comment made by Smart. Smart chose not to respond to that comment.
Dantonio previously said he never thought about taking his program to another state for spring football, but admitted it is something he would consider discussing in the future if the opportunity was there to take advantage of a similar experience.