DETROIT — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh takes the approach that he’s merely standing his ground, when it comes to others challenging his philosophies on satellite camps or criticizing him through social media channels.
Harbaugh spoke to more than 600 prospects at Friday’s Sound Mind Sound Body camp on the Wayne State campus, delivering a message to the players that their dreams should be so big that others poke fun at them.
“Everybody gets made fun of,” Harbaugh said. “Somebody makes fun of somebody for something all the time.
“I’ve been made fun of every day of my entire life, including today.”
Harbaugh has also been challenged on his aggressive approach to satellites camps on the recruiting trail.
Alabama coach Nick Saban went so far as to suggest the possibility of compliance complications with so many camps and more people involved.
“This is the Wild Wild West at its best,” Saban said at the SEC meetings in Destin, Fla., on May 31. “There’s been no specific guidelines relative to how we’re managing and controlling this stuff.”
Harbaugh took Saban’s comments personally, and referenced the Crimson Tide’s less-than-perfect compliance history on his Twitter account.
“You stand up for what you believe in,” Harbaugh said. “Some people fire one over your bow, you fire one back.”
Harbaugh said his stance on creating opportunities for young players through the use of satellite camps is authentic, regardless of how some choose to interpret it.
“It’s coming from a good place, it’s what we feel,” Harbaugh said. “We’re stating the truth as we believe it to be.”