No one has gotten under the skin of SEC folks quite like Jim Harbaugh, and the conference is taking steps to try to prevent the Michigan coach from carrying out some of his tactics in the future.
Last year, Harbaugh gave a lot of public attention to satellite camps, which brought him into SEC territory to look at many of the nation’s top prospects. This year, it’s spring practice that has caught the eye, and ire, of the SEC.
Michigan is planning to hold its first week of spring practices (Feb. 27 to March 6) at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., during the school’s spring break.he SEC is trying to put a stop to the planned trip, according to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey told Dodd that the conference has asked the NCAA to prohibit teams from holding spring practice during spring break.
“Our primary reaction [is] that, in the face of the time-demand conversations, we’ve got one program taking what has been ‘free time’ away,” Sankey said, according to Dodd. “Let’s draw a line and say, ‘That’s not appropriate.'”
The request, if approved, is expected to prohibit schools from doing something similar to Michigan in the future, but it is unlikely that it will prevent the Wolverines from taking the trip this year, according to the report.
IMG Academy is the home to many of the nation’s top recruits each year, including three of the nation’s top-100 prospects in the Class of 2017. One of them is linebacker Dylan Moses, who is the No. 1-ranked player and has Alabama as his leader but is interested in Harbaugh and the Wolverines.