February 27th, 2016 at 6:03 PM ^

I sort of feel like the OP avatar is Harbaugh and the SEC. The team is in Florida, so obviously we know which one is Harbaugh.

Also, I love this quote: To summarize, during a quiet period, Harbaugh gets to have Michigan’s presence in front of 5 percent of the nation’s top 250 recruits and their coaches. Talk about a stroke of genius.


February 28th, 2016 at 7:03 AM ^

This article totally ignores the fact that "break" periods, whether it be winter, summer, spring or fall, routinely have mandatory team activities occurring, many of which include travel.  Who here thinks the NCAA is competent enough to craft regulations that could lawyer through those landmines? Have fun stormin' the castle!


February 27th, 2016 at 6:12 PM ^

The author gave half the story, but it did have more of Harbaugh's view than most.  But he still slanted it towards the 'against the rules' angle, which its not.  He also slanted it towards the 'infringes on time' line of BS.  Also, from the practice schedule and visitor rules, the recruits won't be watching until the open practice on Friday.  So what's the problem?


February 27th, 2016 at 9:57 PM ^

All the practices are open to HS coaches, but recruits can only attend on Friday.


February 27th, 2016 at 6:28 PM ^

look at how Michigan and Harbaugh is tweaking  recruiting rules to get a leg up.

And here is the thing, so what? Exposing the NCAA to the hipocrisy which underlines its being and rules --suggesting we operate for the best interests of our student-athletes-- and are concerned about their time demands as normal students, denies a certain reality and fact: they aren't ordinary students, they are students who carry the banner of their school in athletic achievement, and therefore are treated differently and appropriately, for the most part.

And this separation of church and state, program and perception, is why the NCAA is both required and viable and made itself into a seeming indispensable institution protecting its member schools from the extravagant imagination of those it employes to seek granduer in athletic achievement at the expense of  those who just want to play by the rules, and not really look or challenge them.

Just because a few squeaks in the South squawk about Harbaugh bringing his team down for some R&R mixed with practice near the beach during Spring Break is some kind of student vacation withdrawal is the weakest claim ever made to support a recruiting advantage that the SEC and ACC don't want challenged.



February 27th, 2016 at 7:06 PM ^

“That, in my mind, is Jim Harbaugh,” he wrote. “If the NCAA bans satellite camps, he'll just do something else. If the NCAA stops the spring break thing, he'll just do something else.” - from Baumgardner's article RE: "The Office" analogy

Yeah, that's probably close to the truth, and as we've discussed here, in doing these things - allowed but unwritten - it speaks to what recruiting actually is on a day-to-day basis, not what other conferences at least publicly pretend it is. The most amusing part of it is that the most vocal opposition comes from those who are in some ways the walking antithesis of the stated intent of the existing rules. 

big john lives on 67

February 27th, 2016 at 7:28 PM ^

Anybody know what action is required in order to change the rule about this type of trip? Is it Emmert decree or SEC whining? Is it two thirds majority vote of member institutions?

How is it assumed that it will be so easy to change this rule when southern schools have been able to block baseball scheduling rules to preserve their competitive advantage over the north? It would seem that northern schools would be able to block the no trip rule.

Honey Badger

February 27th, 2016 at 7:36 PM ^

If the NCAA changes the rule, wouldn't it apply to all sports? No more fall baseball trips? No more basketball trips to Europe? I am just curious if they can draft a rule just for football? Of course, it seems like it should be for all sports since everyone is so concerned about the student athletes.

Pierre Despereaux

February 27th, 2016 at 8:07 PM ^

I believe that someone on here said that the NCAA can make sport specific rules.

Obviously it won't be in the best interest of the student athletes but for more "political" reasons. 

If it was really about the student athletes, college football bowl games wouldn't be played over the break to give them time off, but we all know that the all mighty dollar rules.


February 27th, 2016 at 7:42 PM ^

this idea is because they don't want to have to do it too to stay competitive. The same reason they passed the Saban rule, so they all wouldn't have to visit a 100 high schools in the spring when they would rather be playing golf.


February 27th, 2016 at 11:24 PM ^

Seems odd that in a sport built around the idea that getting to play on New Year's Day was an aspirational goal, the idea is that kids shouldn't be forced to focus on sports during their vacation.


February 28th, 2016 at 12:06 AM ^

I think the main thing that should determine whether we have spring practice trips is if the football players, their parents and teachers are okay with it.

If those people are okay with this trip, or others in the future, then the poobahs should leave their noses out of this.



February 28th, 2016 at 12:41 AM ^

How many UM teams are traveling as a team during spring break?

It isn't just football.  The softbal team is playing in a tournament this weekend in California.

They start playing games again on Wednesday evening in Fullerton, CA and return home Saturday evening.

They have had spring break trips for many years. 

I guess it is under the radar.  Likewise, women's basketball is in NJ for a Sunday game and will start their Big10 tournament next week during spring break.

I hope the Harbaugh rule won't apply to teams who are currently in-season.




February 28th, 2016 at 2:06 AM ^

I don't know if anyone else feels the same, but Durkin has rubbed me the wrong way with some of his quotes since leaving Michigan. I hope we pound him into a pulp the next time we play MD.