Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh created a stir by holding a training camp in Florida over spring break, and he may have inspired some other coaches to follow. On Wednesday, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer told reporters that he is considering doing something similar to Harbaugh’s “creative” idea.
“I think it’s creative,” Meyer told Sara Perlman of WUFT News in Florida. “You always worry about taking their spring break from them, but I’m looking into it for next year and maybe the future too because it’s creative and, if it’s good for the players, we’ll probably do it.”
Meyer spent six seasons as the Florida coach, leading the Gators to a 65-15 record with two national championships. In Meyer’s four seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have compiled a 50-4 record and won a national championship in 2014.
Harbaugh’s one-week camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., drew criticism from many big names in the SEC, including UGA coach Kirby Smart and conference commissioner Greg Sankey, although Florida coach Jim McElwain said “more power to” Harbaugh for pressing the envelope.
According to Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said that he was considering holding a portion of the team’s spring practices elsewhere, mentioning Texas as a potential site for some Spartans practices.
NCAA president Mark Emmert voiced concerns in February about Harbaugh’s camp in Florida, citing concerns of ramped up demands on student-athletes.