Feb 20, 2016 04:07 PM EST
Jim Harbaugh Acknowledges Criticism of Spring Break Trip, Confirms He Doesn't Care
With two Power 5 conferences and the NCAA opposing his spring break plans for the Michigan football team, head coach Jim Harbaugh admitted he has been listening to the criticism, and he simply does not care.
"I guess [SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey] is stating a case, but it doesn't hold water to me," he said at an autograph event in Ann Arbor, according to The Detroit Free Press. "It's not an addition of time, it's the same amount of time. It's 20 hours. We'll be on the same rules and guidelines every other team will be under on spring practice.
"I think there's been some humor about it. I think it's comical that he's taken exception to it."
There R B-Ball teams & other NCAA teams that spend summer breaks traveling to countries around the world for team bonding & team development
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 20, 2016
It's an amazing opportunity for the S.A. - ACC teams may have experienced such trips. How is football traveling to Bradenton so different? — Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 20, 2016
Harbaugh plans to take the Wolverines to Bradenton, Fla. during the University of Michigan's spring break at the end of the month. Harbaugh has stated the trip is meant to give his players a break from the bitter winter weather and give them opportunities to bond as well.
Harbaugh will also hold practices at the IMG Academy, the high school that produces several nationally ranked football prospects every year. The SEC has taken issue with Harbaugh's satellite camps in its backyard before, but contended this move was taking it too far.
Sankey told CBS Sports earlier this month he asked the NCAA to block Harbaugh's trip since it was counter to discussions about better managing student-athletes' time away from their respective sports.
According to The State, NCAA President Mark Emmert has acknowledged there is nothing he can do to oblige the SEC. He did, however, go on record as disagreeing with the trip.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford did as well, telling ESPN.com the trip "flies in the face of the whole national discussion of time demands."
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany told CBS Sports he had "no reaction" to the criticism Harbaugh was receiving. All the excitement and attention Harbaugh is generating for Michigan, one of college football's most historic programs, is after all beneficial by extension to the Big Ten.
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