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Jim Harbaugh vs. Everybody: Harbaugh holds nothing back, slams NCAA, SEC, Freeze in SI exclusive

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh speaks about his displeasure at the satellite camp ban as well as firing a few shots at his competition in a Sports Illustrated exclusive.

You just simply couldn't expect Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh to stay silent.

Known for many scathing Twitter responses, Harbaugh finally broke his silence about the satellite camp ban by the NCAA with a bang. In an exclusive interview with Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg, Harbaugh voiced his displeasure with the ruling. Saying that it not only impacts football programs but "thousands" of other people as well.

"During the NCAA basketball tournament we discuss the term 'student-athlete' ad nauseam in promoting our governing institution and our member institutions," Harbaugh said in the piece. "Then, when we have an opportunity to truly promote the 'student-athlete' with a concept shared by educators and football men from all backgrounds, our leadership goes into hiding.

"I suggest we drop the term 'student-athlete' for consistency."

Not to be outdone, he also touched on the SEC and ACC conferences and the fact they were the loudest voices in favor of banning the satellite camps. Harbaugh absolutely didn't hold anything back to Rosenberg.

"It seems to be outrage by the SEC and ACC," he said. "They power-brokered that out ... the image that comes to my mind is guys in a back room smoking cigars, doing what they perceive is best for them. It certainly isn't the best thing for the youngsters. It's not the best thing for the student-athletes."

Of course, Harbaugh couldn't get away with not "shooting one across the bow" as he has on social media. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze recently commented that he was away from his family too much and satellite camps would add from that time away from home.

Naturally, in his normal fashion, Harbaugh had a response for that as well.

"You've got a guy sitting in a big house, making $5 million a year, saying he does not want to sacrifice his time. That is not a kindred spirit to me. What most of these coaches are saying is they don't want to work harder." 

What happens next remains to be seen but Harbaugh has certainly stoked the smoldering fire. 


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