Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has not been shy about responding to his critics around the SEC, from commissioner Greg Sankey to Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and UGA coach Kirby Smart.
Now, Tennessee coach Butch Jones has crossed into Harbaugh’s line of fire:
“Suggestion to my Rocky Top colleague, rather than lunch in Florida you might spend your time and focus attending to your present team,” Harbaugh tweeted.
Harbaugh’s above tweet appears to be in response to Jones asking to join Bielema and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio for lunch in Florida. This came after Bielema tweeted that his staff may visit Michigan’s open practices this week at Florida’s IMG Academy.
As for what Harbaugh meant, the Wolverines coach could be referring to the recent off-field issues that have surrounded the Volunteers program in recent weeks.
Tennessee is currently in involved in a Title IX lawsuit against the school, which includes allegations of sexual assault. Jones was also recently accused by a former player of calling him a traitor after the athlete helped an alleged rape victim.
The NCAA responded Wednesday to Bielema’s supposed plan to visit Michigan’s practices, telling the coach he could not do so, but Bielema was just the latest member of the SEC to take issue with Harbaugh’s team moving practice to Florida for spring break.
Jones may have been attempting to just join in on the joke with two of his colleagues, but Harbaugh clearly did not take it lightly. The Michigan coach has shown no indication of backing down from the SEC’s displeasure with his team’s practices.
Jones is just the latest person, and maybe not the last, to catch a direct barb from Harbaugh.