If you ask around the southern part of the country, you probably will not find too many people who are fans of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh right now. He has drawn the ire of many SEC coaches and even ACC commissioner John Swofford for taking his team to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida for spring practices this week.
However, one ACC coach seems to be pretty happy with the stand Harbaugh has taken in recent months. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher praised Harbaugh for changing the game up and taking his kids out of state and on a trip that most of them might not ever get to take.
“I applaud the guy,” Fisher said Tuesday. “He’s doing things he has to do to be successful.”
Jimbo Fisher also doesn’t seem worried about Harbaugh doing some recruit hunting essentially in his own backyard. He said that Big Ten schools have always recruited out of Florida.
“Michigan always came to Florida and got players,” Fisher said, adding, “I promise I lose no sleep over it.”
However, Fisher has also questioned whether NCAA rules actually allow for the Wolverines to actually be able to practice on a school’s campus, especially since he was denied permission to speak at a coaches clinic at IMG Academy.
From the Palm Beach Post:
Fisher’s issue comes with the discrepancy in the rules. Fisher said he and three other coaches, including Alabama’s Nick Saban, were asked by IMG to speak at a coach’s clinic during the spring evaluation period in late April. Fisher agreed but was forced to back out when he was informed by the FSU compliance department that it would be an NCAA violation.
“I started thinking – We can’t speak on their campus during the evaluation period and they’re allowed to practice there when no coaches are allowed to be out (recruiting)?” Fisher said. “Don’t tell us we can’t speak at a clinic there but they can practice.”
This has certainly become an increasingly tense situation the last few weeks. Jimbo Fisher doesn’t seem too bothered by the fact that Harbaugh has beaten whatever NCAA rules may be in place.
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