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CFC asks Leach, Moos: Would WSU do week of spring in Southern Cal, a la Harbaugh in Florida?

MIKE LEACH once told me he’d wear a men's fur coat in a game if he thought it would help Washington State recruiting. With the college football world buzzing about Jim Harbaugh taking Michigan down to Florida for a few spring practices, the question is this: would Leach and Bill Moos consider taking the Cougs out to Southern California for a week of spring ball?

Don't count on it.

"I don't necessarily think that what Michigan is doing should be outlawed," Leach texted to CF.C. "We need to strive toward less legislation. From a practical standpoint, I think allowing the players to have their spring break off and coming back refreshed is more beneficial. I also think that we will have more focused work if we are not (traveling out of state)."

Bill Moos was decidedly against the idea.

"No. Spring football should be a time of focus without potential distractions. Plus, we have better ways to invest our resources," said Moos.

Leach and his staff usually attend around five satellite camps in California each June. Last year, WSU worked two satellite camps in the Los Angeles area, plus camps in Walnut Creek, Sacramento and San Diego.

Satellite camps have gained popularity in recent years. The NCAA prohibits schools from hosting camps outside of a 50-mile radius of their campuses but coaches can be guest instructors at third-party camps. Rather than prospects and their families incurring large travel costs to get to a school's camp, college coaches come to them. The SEC has asked the NCAA to end the practice of satellite camps.

Meanwhile, Harbaugh is taking Michigan to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for four practices, much to the SEC's chagrin.  IMG is crammed full with sought 2017 prospects.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey insists his objection has to do with the time demands on Michigan athletes practicing during spring break. NCAA president Mark Emmert has expressed similar concerns. However, the inaction on the time demand issue says something far different.  No, there is only one thing driving this: the SEC is incensed a Big Ten school is trying to raise its recruiting profile in Florida, in SEC recruiting territory.

The guess from this chair is the SEC will likely be successful in pushing the NCAA to make Harbaugh's spring endeavor against the rules -- but for next year, not in time to stop Harbaugh from heading to Florida at the end of this month.  For more, click here.


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