So, Greg Sankey is not going to lower himself to a Twitter war – “some childhood use of Twitter” – with Jim Harbaugh, because what’s at stake for the children is too damned critical.
“What’s unfortunate is people try to reduce this to simply a competitive issue, which it is not,” Sankey said.
The NCAA does not prohibit schools from conducting off-site practices during spring break, but Sankey believes the move by Michigan is counter-intuitive to the time-demand concerns discussed by Power 5 conference leaders and student-athletes at the NCAA’s annual convention in January.
“That’s the national issue and if I’m the only one that is going to speak about it, so be it,” Sankey said. “But it is one piece of this conversation that we don’t need to further. In addition, we need to understand that it’s really clear when people do things — push the boundaries — others follow and I think it is all in our collective best interests to say out-of-season sports using, in this case, spring break for practice purposes, is not appropriate.”
Question: if this isn’t a competitive issue, then what business is it of the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference as to what the coach at Michigan does with his players?