TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — During an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show Friday morning, Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked about Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines practicing in Florida during their Spring Break.
Harbaugh ruffled a lot of feathers throughout the Southeastern Conference and college football with his decision to set up camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for a week in early March. Harbaugh also caused a stir with his satellite camps, including one in Prattville, Ala.
Saban said he’s more focused on having practices in Alabama.
I don’t really [know] about Michigan and their program. I think everybody’s gotta make decisions that they feel best for what they need to do in their program. I don’t think when people design the rules, that they design the rules to take your team someplace else and have spring practice during spring break. But there’s a lot of good people in a lot of good places in the NCAA that will [discuss] whether that’s something that we should or shouldn’t do. Whatever they decide we’ll kind of roll on. We love having spring practice right here at Alabama. There’s a lot of people that have a lot of interest here and this doesn’t disrupt our players’ schedule, their class time and we get a lot out of it, have a lot of fun. A-Day is a big thing around here, and we kind of look forward to it.
From there, Patrick followed up and asked Saban if he understood what Harbaugh was doing and why he was doing it. Patrick asked Saban, who once coached at Michigan State, about the difficulties of recruiting the South for schools in the Big 10. Saban said he understands what Harbaugh is trying to do.
Yeah, I get it. But I’m not sure that anybody really knows the value of doing some of these things — whether it’s having off campus camps all over the place. If everybody has one then how do the kids decide where they go or where they don’t go, and how much of a benefit really is it? The same thing with this. Nobody really knows how big a benefit it is. What’s the value for what they do? That’s for everybody to decide on their own. I basically like focusing on the way we do it. I’m not too worried about what somebody else is trying to do.
Finally, Patrick joked with Saban about the possibility of taking Alabama to Michigan for a week of practice. Saban was a good sport about the entire thing.
First of all most of our team would be shocked by the weather, so that’s not something that they would really relish doing. But those are all nice places, I’ve spent a lot of time in the Big 10. I coached Ohio State and Michigan State. There are a lot of good people there, and we have a lot of good relationships there. But I’m not sure it’s something our players would look forward to and I don’t really know what the benefit of that would be as well.
Alabama is scheduled to practice today at 4:30 p.m. CT. It’s the Crimson Tide’s fourth workout of the spring.
WATCH: Alabama coach Nick Saban on the Dan Patrick Show