Some SEC coaches and even the conference’s commissioner took issue with Jim Harbaugh’s decision to hold Michigan practices at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., but Florida coach Jim McElwain is not one of them.
At a press conference on Tuesday, McElwain said “more power” to Harbaugh, adding that the Wolverines coach didn’t break any NCAA rules by bringing his team to Florida for spring break.
Via SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi:
McElwain on Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh holding practice at IMG: "More power to him. It's totally legal."
— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) March 8, 2016
Here is McElwain’s full quote:
“I kind of look it as more power to him. It’s totally legal. He’s not doing anything that’s illegal. He’s pressing the envelopes, he’s putting their name in the paper every day. And you know, that’s cool. I mean I’d come to Florida, too. There’s great players here, right? There’s a reason every school in the country comes here and recruits. So I think for them it’s trying to gain an edge and give them an opportunity to practice in great weather. I don’t plan on taking ours to Michigan. I’m all for what he’s doing.”
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey told CBS Sports that the league attempted to block Michigan from holding the practices and NCAA president Mark Emmert voiced concerns about the “demands on student-athletes.” UGA coach Kirby Smart also took issue with Harbaugh’s camp.
Florida is set to open spring practices on Wednesday, which will culminate with the Florida spring game on April 8. It is scheduled to be the first ever Orange & Blue Debut to kick off at night.