Jim McElwain Sees No Problem With Jim Harbaugh’s Florida Practices

    Jim McElwain sees no problem with Jim Harbaugh's Florida practices, saying, "if it’s within the rules, then more power to them."

    March 3, 2016

    Jim McElwain isn’t fazed by Jim Harbaugh’s stopover in the Gators’ backyard.


    Add Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain to the camp of those who support Jim Harbaugh’s idea to host spring practices in Florida.

    McElwain, who squared off against Harbaugh in the Citrus Bowl, doesn’t see what Harbaugh is doing as a problem as long as it’s not unlawful.

    “You know what, I’m like, if it’s within the rules, then more power to them,” McElwain told ESPN’s Derek Tyson. “It’ll be interesting. If it’s an open practice, shoot, there might be some people there watching. Who knows.”

    This controversy is somewhat of a new world vs. old word order. Things have been done a certain way within college football for a long time, but Harbaugh is taking a fresh approach to market his program – all while staying within the NCAA rules. McElwain understands exactly the mountain Harbaugh has to climb, as he’s facing a similar situation at Florida, being forced to think outside the box in order to rebuild the Gators.

    It’s sort of like when Urban Meyer landed in the Big Ten and started recruiting against other Big Ten teams. Meyer shook up the status quo within the conference. Harbaugh is doing the same, only on a national scale.

    When it comes to reestablishing a titan at the head of the table it pays to skirt the line and be creative. 

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