Mark Dantonio predicts demise of spring trips
Two weeks ago, Mark Dantonio caught some off guard when he called Jim Harbaugh’s spring break practice relocation idea “creative.”
The Michigan State coach said that he would consider the possibility of moving his team to Florida or Texas in the coming years.
But on the day Michigan began its spring break practices in Bradenton, Fla., Dantonio predicted their demise.
“I think that opportunity will close after this year,” Dantonio told the Orlando Sentinel. “I don’t think that will be in existence anymore.”
That would fall in line with what SEC commissioner Greg Sankey predicted when he raised his complaint about Michigan’s spring break plans. The NCAA wasn’t able to rule out the possibility of Michigan relocating — though it doesn’t violate any current rules — before the team headed south.
As long as players aren’t practicing more than four hours per day during the week, Michigan isn’t in any violation. Still, there’s already been much made around the NCAA about Harbaugh’s revolutionary idea. Harbaugh’s back-and-forth with various SEC opposers has been well-documented.
Harbaugh’s opposers aren’t just SEC folk. Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson told the Orlando Sentinel that he doesn’t support the movement, either.
“It’s ridiculous,” he said. “To take spring practice somewhere else — it’s like camps weren’t enough. But if they’ve got the money and they want to do it, more power to them.
“I wouldn’t do it for our kids. I think you’re just taking their spring break. … I think if you polled our kids and said, do you want to have spring practice in Destin (Fla.) during the week of spring break, they would say no. We’ll find our own way to Destin.”
But as for 2016, the Wolverines will continue their practices Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in Bradenton.