Dear SEC, Stop Falling Into Jim Harbaugh’s Trap – Daily Cavalcade

    SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, why are you falling for all of Jim Harbaugh’s tricks? - The Daily Cavalcade

    February 12, 2016

    SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, why are you falling for all of Jim Harbaugh’s tricks?


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    SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, 1) why are you falling for this and 2) does your rhetoric apply to your basketball programs, too?

    Jim Harbaugh is the equivalent of the annoying little brother in the backseat on a long car trip holding his finger one inch away from your face taunting, “I’m not touching you … I’m not touching you.” And yet you engaged, and now Harbaugh wins no matter how this all plays out.

    Harbaugh looks brilliant, and he looks innovative. That’s all that matters here.

    You tried to argue back, but your salient points might possibly ring true if the very theoretical foundation of your conference wasn’t built on Bear “It’s kind of hard to rally around a math class” Bryant’s all-true-correct quip.

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, the student-athlete matters, and they all need time to blow off steam, and college football programs work players too hard, and there needs to be reform. So, Commissioner Sankey …

    Why did the Texas A&M men’s basketball team go to Europe last summer?

    This had NOTHING to do with going into someone else’s backyard to maybe help with recruiting, all while getting the A&M brand name out there, right?

    LSU spent August going to Australia for exhibition games a full three months before the college basketball early tournaments kicked in. According to you, you don’t think Tiger hoops players could’ve enjoyed summer life before school started?

    But to keep it all to the current topic, if you really don’t want Spring Break football practices so SEC student-athletes can get some time to relax, then why do you give a flying fig what the University of Michigan does with its football program and its players?

    What’s it to you if Harbaugh wears out his Wolverines? If you don’t like it, then don’t allow SEC teams to practice during their supposed time off. Or, maybe, it’s because this is Michigan and you wouldn’t have cared a single lick if it was Eastern Michigan making plans for Bradenton instead. 

    Harbaugh’s pushing every button and walking every fine line to at least give the appearance like he’s the smartest guy in the college athletic room – which, at the moment, he is.

    So just put it out there what’s really going on …

    The SEC doesn’t want Michigan to possibly take away a recruit or five from the SEC’s deathgrip on the region, and it’s of little to no use to you or your league for LSU, Florida, and others to try taking time away from an already packed world to go run a satellite camp in Detroit or a spring practice in Cleveland.

    Harbaugh and Michigan still have Ohio State and Michigan State to deal with, and the SEC will still have the most talent and at least two national title-caliber teams for the next bajillion years no matter what. So why stress so much other than to worry that someone else might be getting a slight advantage that your football teams aren’t? 

    Commissioner Sankey, I really do believe you’re one of the forward thinkers in college athletics, and I know you really do believe in meaningful and quality reform.

    So let Harbaugh be Harbaugh.

    Keep making that sausage however it is you’re doing it, SEC, and if you want to take the student-athlete high road, fantastic – you can do that and still rule the college football world.

    If your schools are better, and your coaches are better, and your recruiting abilities are better, then you should have no problems whatsoever with your football programs being able to keep the local student-athletes close to home.

    When your conference has to face Michigan, apply the atomic wedgie you’re supposed to. And if you can’t – like Florida couldn’t in the 41-7 loss in the 2016 Citrus Bowl – at least your league’s players will have been better rested.

    MORE: 5 Keys To Michigan’s 2016 Football Schedule

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