John Perry, the head coach at Pearl (Miss.) High, announced Wednesday that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff will hold a satellite camp a at his school on June 8. This, of course, brought a lot of attention — positive and a whole lot of negative — Perry’s way.
“I know people say Ole Miss and Mississippi State will get mad at you, but I don’t think so,” Perry told 247Sports. “From our standpoint, it’s straight luck that we get the chance to host it. It’s a fundraiser for our program, and my job is to look out for Pearl football.”
— John Perry (@jperry_pearl) March 23, 2016
Perry, whose father is an Ole Missseason ticket holder, is well aware of Harbaugh’s notoriety in SEC country, and the angst he’s caused among the conference’s coaches, who aren’t thrilled with the advent of satellite camps held throughout the SEC’s fertile recruiting grounds Perry also knows that Harbaugh has taken on a larger-than-life persona and isn’t afraid tomakes waves in the national media.
“I think Jim Harbaugh is the Donald Trump of football,” said Perry, who added that Mississippians began voicing their displeasure five minutes after he tweeted the news. “People just can’t stop talking about him.”
As long as the polarizing Wolverines coach continues to push his way into SEC territory, that won’t change any time soon.
How did Perry Land Harbaugh for the event, dubbed the Next Level Football Camp? Turns out, it was a matter of travel convenience.
“Michigan wanted to hold (a camp) in Mississippi this year, and I think Brandon was the original site. Brandon couldn’t host it because of some football facility things and sorts, so they called me,” Perry explained. “Really, where it’s at is about being close to an airport and facilities. At the end of the day, they wanted to do one in Mississippi.”