Jim Harbaugh Responds To ‘Comical’ Criticism From SEC

    Jim Harbaugh responds to the criticism he's received from the SEC over his Florida spring practices.

    February 19, 2016

    Jim Harbaugh responds to the criticism he’s received from the SEC over his Florida spring practices.

    Jim Harbaugh is a man with a plan. He’s working to rebuild the Michigan football program and brand, and he’s thinking outside of the box to do so. Part of his tactics, however, have others up in arms.

    The Southeastern Conference has been the most vocal regarding his plan to host spring practice at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Commissioner Greg Sankey is arguing that Michigan players will have an increased time load because of it.

    Push the propaganda to the side and the real beef the SEC has with Harbaugh is that he’s camping out in the South’s fertile recruiting grounds. He won’t admit that, but that’s the cold hard truth. 

    Harbaugh addressed the criticism on Friday.

    “I guess he’s [Sankey] stating a case, but it doesn’t hold water to me,” Harbaugh said. “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 that every other team will be under during spring practice.

    “I think it’s comical that he’s taking exception to it.”

    What’s even more comical is if the SEC focused on other things rather than Harbaugh’s four practices in Florida, the publicity would be minimal. Harbaugh is only going to be able to pull so many elite recruits out of the state every year, and the added media coverage is only going to help him in the process.

    As for the party that really matters, Harbaugh says “there hasn’t been one complaint from any of our players.”

    It’s like taking candy from a baby for Harbaugh, and that baby right now just so happens to be the nation’s most powerful conference.

    MORE: Why The SEC Needs To Quit Falling Into Jim Harbaugh’s Trap


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