If Jim Harbaugh wants to enter SEC territory, he’ll first get a fight from commissioner Greg Sankey.
But he won’t get a war on Twitter.
After Harbaugh learned of the SEC’s attempt to block Michigan from holding practices and its spring game at the talent-laden IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., he took an apparent shot at the commissioner.
“Question of the day: Does anyone find whining to be attractive? Just curious,” the coach wrote on Twitter.
“I’m not going to reduce what is an important conversation to some childhood use of Twitter,” Sankey said., via AL.com’s Brandon Marcello. “This is an important issue.”
The back-and-forth between Michigan’s coach and the SEC commissioner stems from the conference’s request to the NCAA to block Michigan from spending spring break practicing in Florida, citing a time-demand concern discussed by the Power 5 conference leaders discussed at the NCAA’s annual convention back in July,
“What’s unfortunate is people try to reduce this to simply a competitive issue, which it is not,” Sankey said, via Marcello..
“That’s the national issue and if I’m the only one that is going to speak about it, so be it. But it is one piece of this conversation that we don’t need to further. In addition, we need to understand that it’s really clear when people do things — push the boundaries — others follow and I think it is all in our collective best interests to say out-of-season sports using, in this case, spring break for practice purposes, is not appropriate.”
The issue at stake is not whether it’s fair for a Big Ten team to play its spring game in Florida, where the SEC typically recruits. It’s that student-athletes dividing their time between schoolwork and their sports in accordance with NCAA rules.
Sankey expects this issue to be resolved in a “timely manner,” according to Marcello.