Mum is not the word with Jim Harbaugh, especially when Harbaugh is standing up for his unalienable rights.
The Michigan Wolverines‘ new football coach is not new to the recruiting process. Harbaugh took rubble to reform at both the University of San Diego and with the Stanford Cardinal before positioning the San Francisco 49ers just seconds from the Lombardi Trophy podium.
Criticism usually comes before praise, and Harbaugh’s again hearing recycled complaints from other college coaches. These newest jabs attributable to Harbaugh’s involvement with “satellite camps” as a form of prospect-poaching.
Via Yahoo! Sports:
Harbaugh has been the topic of much discussion this offseason while attending 11 camps in nine days in seven states and inviting other coaches to his own camps. While teams are banned from hosting camps more than 50 miles away from campus, teams can guest coach at camps more than 50 miles away. The SEC doesn’t allow its coaches to guest coach, so Harbaugh, who has gone south with his camps, has been encroaching on SEC territory without fear of a southern invasion.
And, in Harbaugh’s world, having camps far away from campus is entirely OK. From USA Today:
Earlier this month, Michigan coaches worked 11 camps in nine days in seven states, including right in the SEC’s backyard. Yeah, Harbaugh knows he upset some of his peers. He doesn’t appear to care.
“In my America, you’re allowed to cross the state borders,” Harbaugh says. “That’s the America I know.”
Like the no-huddle, Harbaugh isn’t going anywhere — and the SEC better get used to it.