Jim Harbaugh says U-M has allies in satellite camp argument

The Michigan Insider exclusively talked with Jim Harbaugh and discussed future spring break practices and satellite camps.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Jim Harbaugh's offseason plans have been under a microscope since he was hired to be head coach at Michigan.

With satellite camps and spring break practice trips aside, you can't say that Harbaugh isn't trying to be creative finding new ways to promote the U-M brand of football he wants to portray on Saturday.

The Michigan Insider exclusively sat down with the U-M head man to discuss the future spring plans and other satellite camps in the making. With the fate of spring break practices largely hanging in the balance, Harbaugh believes its silly for his football team to be punished for something other athletic programs do on a regular basis every single year.

"At its essence it would be hard for me to envision that people - rule makers - would deprive football players only on going on trips," Harbaugh said. "You don't take that away from the golf team, the swim team, the wrestling team, the track team, softball, baseball, name a sport, basketball. Those student athletes have the ability to do that. It would be hard to imaging they would single out football."

For spring break, that's another story. The so-called naysayers of the spring break trips believe there's some type of sanctity for a player to receive some rest and enjoy his break. Not to Harbaugh, he just doesn't see how the football program should be punished for doing things other people are doing.

"You know how I feel about that," Harbaugh said. "I feel that there is no sanctity to spring break. You go on campus, you watch how many games that are being played here on campus on Easter? There's more sanctity to me, personally, when it comes to Easter Sunday than spring break. The debate, I just don't see how you can deprive the football team, the players only."

The satellite tours will rage on this summer until someone, specifically from the NCAA, will tell Harbaugh to stop doing them. If it had to come down to vote, Harbaugh believes the program has enough allies to support the satellite camp tour continuing.

However, as Harbaugh alludes to, this is the NCAA we are talking about here. Common sense isn't its strongest suit.

"The camps in terms of allies, we're doing camps again," Harbaugh said. "Very collegial gestures, working together in the spirit of coaching football. Again with South Florida, with Baylor this year, with Iowa State. We do have allies and we'll continue that effort. Don't see that it would change but there's a lot of rules that have been made that aren't the best rules.

"You can't say you can put that past rule makers to make another dumb rule."


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