And you thought it was all done... Then this, in the DetNews, from UF's Jim McElwain:
“I kind of look it as more power to him,” McElwain said Tuesday, the day before the Gators opened spring practice. “It’s totally legal. He’s not doing anything that’s illegal. He’s pressing the envelopes. He’s putting their name in the paper every day. And, you know, that’s cool. I mean, I’d come to Florida, too.
“There are great players here, right? There’s a reason every school in the country comes here and recruits. So I think for them it’s trying to gain an edge and give them an opportunity to practice in great weather. I don’t plan on taking ours to Michigan. I’m all for what he’s doing.”
He speaks truth, maybe because he's hoping Jim will finally call off Chesson?
I hadn't seen this on the board, yet, and I appreciated it-
When asked about Michigan's spring practice trip to Florida, Gus Malzahn responded with the most apropos response I've heard so far:
So, I'm taking off work and taking my 11 year old son to Michigan's open practice this Friday. I was just wondering if any additional MGoBloggers will be there as well. If so, what time are you arriving?
In case you weren't aware, Pat Forde cares deeply for student athletes and is very concerned about their lack of free time, which is why he is against Harbaugh's spring break trip to Florida. Coincidentally, he also really likes Greg Sankey:
"Sankey is smart, principled and wonkishly integral to the NCAA structure - he's the current chairman of the Committee On Infractions..."
So, where are Sankey's comments regarding the current Ole Miss and Tennessee infractions and lawsuit? Oh, right, those issues don't have anything to do with losing recruits. And Sankey will make damn sure it stays that way.
I'm guessing Forde sees what's happening with Michigan/Harbaugh and can't stomach the thought of top southern recruits heading north to play for the leaders and the best, so he's doing whatever he can to voice his opinion and sway perception. What does Harbaugh have planned in case Sankey and the rest of the SEC get their way and prevent this trip? I can only hope the contingency is ready for deployment. If the trip does get blocked, how many recruits who weren't considering Michigan would then be wondering what all the hubbub was about? This ordeal could end up working out in Harbaugh's favor either way it plays out.
Found some footage of today's football practice from Maize & Blue News
This morning, Sam Webb talked with Marcus Ray for almost an hour on Michigan's spring practice. They discussed how practices were run, including the differences between this year and what was done under Hoke, and then did a position by position analysis, including going into a great deal of depth of the three QB's, Morris, Speight and Malzone.
These are on today's WTKA podcasts at this link:
Look for "Marcus Ray In-Studio (and a segment number).
Marcus Ray hopes to be able to announce the spring game and has attended practice to become familiar with the team. This was by far the most informative piece I've yet to come across on how Harbaugh does things, player development and where the team is headed. I was very encouraged by what I heard.