In the latest edition of the SEC versus Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has now joined the party.
Bielema sent out a tweet Wednesday that hints at a visit to Michigan’s open practice this week at Florida’s IMG Academy during the Wolverines’ spring break.
“After early meetings & lift tomorrow with our players thinking about heading to watch an open practice tomorrow at IMG with the staff #WPS,” he tweeted.
Harbaugh tweeted on Feb. 24 that all the team’s practices would be open to Florida high school football coaches with the final practice on March 4 open to friends, family and fans. So either Bielema mixed up the dates — tomorrow is March 3 — or maybe he plans to ask Harbaugh for an exception?
That should go over well.
It appears the Arkansas coach has started a trend. Michigan State coach Mark D’Antonio, who would benefit from seeing the rival Wolverines practice, wants to join Bielema in Florida:
— Mark Dantonio (@DantonioMark) March 2, 2016
Tennessee coach Butch Jones later got in on the action, asking the two coaches if he could join them for lunch via Twitter.
— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) March 2, 2016
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has already expressed his displeasure with Harbaugh’s decision to practice in Florida. UGA coach Kirby Smart also had some comments about the issue. Harbaugh promptly responded to both complaints via Twitter, saying Smart was “barking up the wrong tree” for implying that Michigan was attempting to break rules.
The practices are currently legal under NCAA rules, but it doesn’t feel like we have heard the last from this spat.