The Michigan football program has quickly risen to the top of the list when it comes to doing cool stuff.
Under coach Jim Harbaugh, the Wolverines practiced at the IMG Academy last season, redecorated the visiting locker room against Iowa, and is now taking the the best road trip of any other team in the FBS this season.
According to a release by the University of Michigan, the Wolverines will be going to Rome for a week of practice this season.
Michigan will train at the facility used by AS Roma, the Serie A soccer team of the city. In addition to practicing football, the players will also take a tour of the city, visit landmarks, volunteer at an orphanage, and visit troops stationed in the area. The visit will culminate in an exhibition scrimmage which will be open to the public.
Harbaugh’s decision to take them to the IMG Academy last season was frowned upon and led to the passing of legislation in the NCAA that might prohibit this kind of trip in the future. That is why it is important that Harbaugh and the Wolverines sell this trip as an opportunity to expand the brand of football, as well as it being a great opportunity for the players to visit abroad.
“The study abroad and international internships will better prepare our student-athletes to compete in today’s global economy,” added Harbaugh. “We are committed to offering our students a broad experience that will prepare these young men for life after football.”
Jim Harbaugh appears to be at the head of the pack when it comes to creative recruiting techniques. Don’t think for a second this isn’t ticking in the minds of the elite high school talent, weighing their options as they sit with scholarship offers from every major program.