Jim Harbaugh calls criticism of Florida practices ‘comical’
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is not taking criticism of his team’s upcoming trip to Florida very seriously.
Harbaugh has scheduled spring break practices for the Wolverines at the IMG Academy in Florida, drawing the ire of coaches and conference commissioners who seemingly perceive the trip as a shady recruiting tactic. Coaches have also been critical of Harbaugh for scheduling the practices during time off from school.
Friday, Harbaugh laughed off those concerns.
Just asked Jim Harbaugh if he's bothered by SEC pushback to the spring practice stuff: 'I think it's comical,' followed by a chuckle— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) February 19, 2016
Also on Friday, NCAA president Mark Emmert questioned Harbaugh’s decision to schedule the trip. According to current NCAA rules, the spring break practices are not prohibited, but the NCAA will reportedly meet in April to discuss a potential change in its regulations regarding the time student-athletes spend on athletics.
There R B-Ball teams & other NCAA teams that spend summer breaks traveling to countries around the world for team bonding & team development— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 20, 2016
The Wolverines went 10–3 in Harbaugh’s first season at the helm. The spring practices are scheduled to begin on Feb. 27 and last through March 6.