Maybe Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh can settle their differences face-to-face now.
Ole Miss and Mississippi State coaching staffs will join the Michigan staff at a satellite camp at Pearl High School (Pearl, Miss.) on June 8, Pearl coach John Perry told The Clarion-Ledger‘s Will Sammon.
Harbaugh and Freeze have been on opposite sides of the debate over satellite camps, which were banned in early April by the NCAA Division I Council before the NCAA Board of Governors overturned the legislation Thursday.
Freeze originally said he was glad after the initial ruling, because he would be able to spend more time with his family. Following Freeze’s comments, Harbaugh called him out publicly during a press conference.
“You’ve got a guy sitting in a big house, making $5 million a year, saying he does not want to sacrifice his time,” Harbaugh said. “That is not a kindred spirit to me. What most of these coaches are saying is they don’t want to work harder.”
Freeze later responded to Harbaugh’s criticisms, including a barb of his own.
“I’ve been very complimentary of Coach Harbaugh and him thinking out of the box,” Freeze said. “But we’re probably not a kindred spirit in regards to making comments toward other coaches in our great profession in public forums like he has done. We’re not real kindred in that regard. But I have great respect for the way he challenges and thinks outside the box. He’s done some neat things.”
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen has also been at odds with Harbaugh over the satellite camp issue, suggesting prior to Harbaugh’s first season in Michigan that maybe Harbaugh should stick closer to home.
“I imagine, if Jim Harbaugh was going to have a camp, he would want to coach the kids in Michigan, the young kids in Michigan, maybe how to be better football players,” Mullen said, according to Sporting News.
June 8 should be an interesting day at Pearl High School.