BRADENTON, Fla. -- Jim Harbaugh has been dominating the headlines since his hiring at Michigan over a year ago. The latest headlines were made when U-M made plans to visit IMG Academy for the team's first week of spring practice in Florida.
Of course, this was met with the usual hate and controversy from Harbaugh's bretheren down south. However, for his team, the overall takeaway and response of the trip has been overall positive.
"I think everybody takes away what they take away," Harbaugh said. "As I said before, the morale has been very high and the feedback has been all positive, not any negatives. As a coach, I feel really good about it, I feel really good about what we accomplished here. On a player development level, I also feel really good about the way we came together more as a team. There's some things we probably can do better and we always look to improve. Even have some thoughts on doing this again next spring and how we can make it even better. Multiple levels, this has been a really good thing."
"As I've said before, I recommend this to other football teams, other colleges, it's been fun. Let the guys plays, let the fellas have fun. What's wrong with that?"
Harbaugh recently fired a shot at Tennessee's Butch Jones in response to his tweet about wanting to join other coaches trying spy on the open practice held on Friday. Aside from that, the reaction to his trip plans has been mixed with Harbaugh discussing more specific claims.
"It's been ranged," Harbaugh said. "I think my favorite one so far is the comment that this is a big circus. This, and they also referenced the Signing of the Stars and what a circus, as a youngster I remember the circus coming to town. I remember that being looking forward to it, saving my pennies and dollars up because the circus is coming to town and couldn't wait. Every circus I went to I always left feeling really great about it and it was a lot of fun. That's the way I feel about this, it was a heck of a lot of fun."
Perhaps this might be the last trip to Florida the team might take with an NCAA lockdown seemingly inevitable. However, for now, Harbaugh says the team could possibly be back in Florida next spring if all goes according to plan.
"I don't see why not," Harbaugh said. "You know my feelings about it, the arguments don't hold water. This is a really good thing, it's a great thing for everybody involved. Most importantly the fellas, it's good."