Jim Harbaugh takes aim at Nick Saban, Alabama
No, not even Nick Saban is safe from the wrath of Jim Harbaugh.
The Alabama coach discussed the matter of satellite camps at the SEC meetings on Tuesday. And of course, Harbaugh’s name came up.
“I’m not blaming Jim Harbaugh,” Saban said on Tuesday. “I’m saying it’s bad for college football. Harbaugh can do whatever he wants to do if he thinks that’s what’s best. There needs to be somebody who looks out for what’s best for the game, not the SEC or the Big Ten or Jim Harbaugh. But what’s best for the game of college football. The integrity of the game.
“The coaches, players and people who play it. That’s bigger than all this. Now who does that? Now because we have the Power 5, everyone is doing what they want. There needs to be a [college football] commissioner.”
Harbaugh responded to that as only he could. On Twitter.
"Amazing" to me- Alabama broke NCAA rules & now their HC is lecturing us on the possibility of rules being broken at camps. Truly "amazing."
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 1, 2016
Harbaugh’s response is a bit surprising, considering Saban made sure to say that he wasn’t blaming him. But Michigan, which is set to begin its multi-continent satellite camp tour this week throughout the rest of June, is considered by folks like Saban as the instigator of what satellite camps have become.
In reference to Harbaugh calling out Alabama for breaking NCAA rules, that’s a bit of an unrelated jab. Harbaugh is of course referencing former Alabama assistant Bo Davis, who resigned because of recruiting violations.
This obviously isn’t the first time Harbaugh called out SEC coaches. Georgia’s Kirby Smart, Tennessee’s Butch Jones and Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze have all been victims of a Harbaugh bash on Twitter.
If Saban is fair game, who isn’t?