Looks like Harbaugh and Company plan to do the abroad trip after Finals ever year. Specific places were mentioned and hadn't seen that posted yet.
- This year its Rome.
- Next year he wants South Africa
- Japan next
- Israel after that
New Zealand and London mentioned but no specifics given.
They plan to avoid the only once in 4 year limitation of international abroad trips by not scrimmaging against any other team.
Trip costs are said to being covered by a single donor. Speculation, Ross?
*SIAP, any mention of south africa brought up no results
***edit: I see I was beaten to the punch. Guess formatting and more information loses the race
The Freep has an article this morning on the hypocrisy of SEC and ACC coaches whining about Spring Break practice in Florida. "What about the kids?" rings very hollow when they have no problem with kids giving up Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Winter Break, etc., but somehow, Spring Break is sacrosanct. It's all about a recruiting advantage, and keeping Michigan (and other northern interlopers) out of their territory.
There isn't much new ground in the article. And there is one factual inaccuracy: the Rome trip is happening not over Spring Break but after finals and the term is over. Still, I don't think there was a single snarky comment about JH or Michigan in the piece.
Here's some of the content for those of you who refuse to go to a Freep link:
Really, this is nothing more than a battle for potential recruits. Schools in talent-rich areas don’t want to give up their geographical advantage. Plain and simple.
As soon as Harbaugh announced he was headed to Florida last year, coaches — primarily in the ACC and SEC — started complaining. Their conference commissioners complained, too. Greg Sankey asked the NCAA to stop teams from practicing during spring break. Last week, he got his wish, when the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee voted to ban the practice.
Sankey wasn’t concerned about the well-being of Michigan football players. He didn’t care that they might lose out on frolicking in the sand somewhere or whatever else they’d be doing if Harbaugh hadn’t dragged them down to Florida.
Sankey didn’t want Harbaugh — or any other Northern interloper with a brand name — coming down and setting up shop in the most fertile recruiting area in the country.
I was at the UM coaches clinic and this was brought up. I thought that the high school coaches on the blog ought to know about this as well as any of you that are parents of high school athletes.
The new eligibility standards have moved the GPA up from 2.0 to 2.3 for the core high school courses of English Math and Science and the lower the GPA the higher the ACT or SAT must be. You cannot repeat courses for a better grade after the 7th semester. You can have a GPA of 2.0 but you will not be able to compete freshman year (academic redshirt). The coaches, kids and their parents had best be thinking about these standards when they set their courses for their freshman year of high school. There may be no way to ever be eligible if you mess up your course requirements and your grades from your freshman year of high school
Florida State University, via its "Student Assistant Fund," is paying for an insurance policy for Jameis Winston on which he can collect if he is injured in a way that hurts his NFL value. The article linked below says that it's up to the conferences to determine how such student assistant funds can be used. Am I missing something here? This seems like the school is giving Winston a direct monetary benefit to play there. Just to clarify - I'm not making an argument that athletes should or should not be paid; I'm just wondering how FSU can get away with this under the current rules. Does Michigan or any Big 10 school ever pay for such insurance policies for their players? Anybody know?
Today, the Big 10 issued a statement opposing the changes in recruiting rules scheduled to go into effect in July, reading in part:
We have serious concerns whether these proposals, as currently written, are in the best interest of high school student-athletes, their families and their coaches. We are also concerned about the adverse effect they would have on college coaches, administrators and university resources. We look forward to working with the NCAA toward improving the game, the recruiting process and the overall college football experience for all student-athletes.
Personally, I hope this provokes the NCAA to respond to increasing levels of criticism about the upcoming changes. The changes are going to do nothing but eliminate any down time for recruits and the coaches who recruit them.