Jim Harbaugh: There was 'fake outrage' regarding IMG practice reactions
Ok, I get it.
Michigan’s spring break practices came and went and you’ve already heard enough about them. Well unfortunately for you, the subject is still being talked about.
Jim Harbaugh joined ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning and guess what he was asked about? His spring break practices in Florida, of course.
And yes, Harbaugh was asked about his reaction to the reaction his practices got from SEC and ACC opposers. But unlike when he denied that doubters even existed after Michigan’s first practice in Florida, Harbaugh publicly addressed them this time.
“I thought it was fake outrage,” Harbaugh said. “I thought it wasn’t really real. People used the sanctity of spring break as their moral stance. I thought it was fake. I thought it was fake outrage.”
Harbaugh made his feelings known numerous times on social media in regards to how he felt about those questioning his motives. His battle with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey received plenty of attention, as did his shots fired at Georgia coach Kirby Smart and Tennessee coach Butch Jones.
The argument from Sankey and others was that taking away a kid’s spring break is a fine line to walk. Mike and Mike co-host Mike Golic pointed out that the word “moral” never is associated with “spring break.”
Harbaugh piggybacked on that idea.
“You know, thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Mike!” Harbaugh said in response to Golic. “When did spring break become…something we couldn’t all afford to miss?”
Harbaugh stood by his original argument that programs from a variety of sports use spring break as a chance to compete in a nicer climate. Naturally, that led to references about “Remember the Titans” and the 1939 Cornell swim team.
The subject of other coaches copying the idea came up, as well. Urban Meyer said on Tuesday that he would look into taking spring practices south and Mark Dantonio previously agreed that it was a “creative” idea.
Does Harbaugh think his competitors will be stopped by the NCAA before they get the chance to try it out?
“It’s possible. I don’t see on what grounds they could,” he said. “As I said before, I would recommend it to other coaches for their team. It was all positive for ours.”
Harbaugh came back to the same point that he’s made on several occasions throughout this whole ordeal. Does it really matter?
To those that still say it does, Harbaugh delivered one final note on the subject.
“Let them play, let them have fun,” Harbaugh said. “What’s the problem?”