January 20th, 2017 at 1:40 PM ^

What if a football player wants to take an actual vacation during the break?  I understand the benefits to us going down in FL to recuit players, but what if some players do not want to practice during their vacation.  If Jim wants to take his players to FL to scape the cold, he can still do it.  They just cannot practice while there.  


January 20th, 2017 at 1:58 PM ^

The NCAA and the SEC are awful and deserve the hate this board gives them, but what no one here has mentioned is that Student-Athletes are also in favor for it. This proposal was put forward to all SAACs (Student Athlete Advisory Committee, governing body of student-athletes run by student-athletes located at every NCAA school) and they all voted in favor of a ban over forced practices during school breaks in the offseason. This wasn't as much the NCAA protecting their golden child in the SEC, this was all athletes in all sports wanting this. 


January 20th, 2017 at 3:12 PM ^

its turf. But let's not kid ourselves that this was about anything but recruiting from Jim's point of view.  What I hope he will do is to take the team to IMG for other activities (fun and otherwise) during the break.  They can do all kind of eye catching stuff and get even more publicity out of it.

Tshimanga Cowabunga

January 20th, 2017 at 2:46 PM ^

This could be a valid point if they had banned out of season practices during school breaks. However, they didn't do that. They only banned off campus out of season practices during school breaks. This, to me, is the most hypocritcal aspect of the ban. If they truly had the interests of the "student-athletes" in mind, they could have and should have taken it a step further. Instead, it is a very pointed ruling. 

I Like Burgers

January 20th, 2017 at 12:39 PM ^

I'm with Brian's plan:

Unleash the bagmen.  The NCAA doesn't give a shit about them, so why should anyone else?  And Michigan has more money than just about everyone.  If the SEC wants to bring piss to a shit fight, let 'em.

Maison Bleue

January 20th, 2017 at 11:19 AM ^

So you can do it in every other collegiate sport except Football? Makes sense, good job NCAA.

Why not just name it the "Fuck Jim Harbaugh and All of Our Student Athletes" rule?


January 20th, 2017 at 12:48 PM ^

The term was invented to avoid future classification of "student athletes" as employees, thereby avoiding worker protections and compensation.

I know people want to avoid NCAA football turning into the NFL but we're already there in all ways except the athletes getting their share of the pie. Owners/universities use the NFL front office/NCAA to do their bidding in the interest of restricting athlete compensation and ability to move team-to-team.


January 20th, 2017 at 11:21 AM ^

What a joke... It's taken the NCAA 3 years to look into allegations of paying players at Ole Miss, but the spring break ban passed in no time, because that is much more detrimental to the integrity of the NCAA.


January 20th, 2017 at 11:33 AM ^

That's because all it requires them to do is sit in a big conference room, eat donuts and pie, smoke a few cigars, and talk. That's a pretty easy and/or enjoyable job, especially when it involves discussing the mischiefs of Jim Harbaugh.

Investigations on the other hand actually require traveling to and fro AND writing stuff down on legal pads. It's difficult work.

Inflammable Flame

January 20th, 2017 at 11:21 AM ^

I wonder if University of Michigan buying property elsewhere constitutes as campus if they put a "study hall" on the property with tutors? Don't have to use the study hall, but it would then be considered part of campus, no?