Spring break is usually a chance for young athletes to unwind and spend time away from their respective sports. University of Michigan football players, however, won’t have that luxury this year.
During the school’s upcoming vacation, coach Jim Harbaugh plans to take his team to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to conduct spring practices. This, unsurprisingly, hasn’t sat well with a lot of higher-ups in the college football community — including SEC commissioner Greg Sankey.
According to The State’s Josh Kendall, NCAA president Mark Emmert joined the chorus of dissenters on Friday while addressing the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees.
“There is a big debate going on among administrators right now about how to provide more time off for student-athletes so the use of spring break for practices caused a lot of people to be concerned about it, and that’s an appropriate concern,” Emmert said. “We are trying to find ways to dial back the demands on student-athletes, not ramp them up.”
There is currently no rule that prohibits Harbaugh from using spring break to his advantage, per Emmert, and it’s unlikely one can be put in place in time to stop the boisterous coach from pulling off his latest headline-grabbing move.
“There’s a difference between not being prohibited and being OK,” Emmert added.
The NCAA Football Oversight Committee will review this issue, according to Kendall.