Michigan football is spending its spring break practicing in Florida and it has drawn criticism from a few of the biggest names in the SEC, including commissioner Greg Sankey and UGA coach Kirby Smart. Coach Jim Harbaugh couldn’t care less, though.
After a practice on Monday, the second-year Michigan coach talked to reporters about the session and was his usually dismissive self when asked about the criticism he has received. Via Nick Baumgardner of MLive Media Group:
Baumgardner: But you can see why people are concerned about this, right?
Harbaugh: “No, I can’t really see that.”
Baumgardner: Do you care if people are upset?
Smart told reporters last week that Harbaugh is “obviously trying to gain a competitive advantage” by holding the satellite camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. On Tuesday, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher made similar comments about Harbaugh’s idea, but was complimentary of the effort.
“Jim beat the rules,” Fisher told Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post. “That’s fine. I applaud Jim for trying to do something different.”
Sankey raised concerns as well, but didn’t point toward a potential recruiting advantage as the problem. Instead he said that student-athletes shouldn’t be burdened by being forced to go to a camp during spring break when their schedules are already full.