Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh took yet another shot at the SEC today as the war between him and the most competitive conference in college football continues. Harbaugh has drawn the ire of the SEC for opting to hold a week of spring practice at Florida’s IMG Academy, one of the most talent-rich high schools in the nation, and SEC higher-ups are seeing it as Harbaugh infringing on the conference’s recruiting territory.
Harbaugh thus had the following to say on Twitter, linking to an article by The Detroit Free Press in which he called the SEC “silly” for making such a big deal out of Michigan’s plans to spend a week at IMG.
Talented Magicians are masters of deception, they divert attention w/ 1 hand to conceal & deceive w/ the other hand. https://t.co/GGUSlIDdNc
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 15, 2016
This is not the first time that Harbaugh and the SEC have butted heads, as he had satellite camps in the south last summer. One could go on and on about who’s right and who’s wrong, be it Harbaugh for leaving the Midwest or the SEC claiming that they care more about the practice taking place during spring break than they do about Harbaugh seemingly poaching recruits that SEC schools are targeting, the the facts are simple.
As a head coach, Harbaugh can recruit wherever he wants. Moreover, on top of recruiting the State of Michigan as well as the midwest in general, he should be looking nationwide for top talent to bring to Ann Arbor.
That all being said, the SEC needs to get off of its high horse and think itself as entitled to having priority over prospects in the region. If Harbaugh gets players from that area to commit to Michigan then I’m sorry, but the onus is on SEC coaches and the like to do a better job at recruiting the territory and not go crying to the NCAA to block Harbaugh’s upcoming trip.
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