The best laid plans of mice and Bert

Curses, foiled again!

Nah, that makes no sense to me, either.  But I give him credit for asking.


UPDATE:  The NCAA explains why it’s on the mother.

“There won’t be any coaches here,” said Chris Howard, NCAA director of enforcement for football development.

Whether Bielema and Dantonio were serious or not, their tweets Wednesday prompted Howard to contact and remind them this is a quiet period in recruiting, when coaches are not allowed to visit a prospect’s school. So no opposing coaches are allowed at IMG Academy, home to many FBS draft prospects and the site of Michigan’s weeklong spring practice session.

The NCAA allows practice at a high school facility as long as the school pays rent to use it. Elizabeth Heinrich, Michigan senior associate athletic director for compliance, said the school worked through the NCAA to provide the expenses for practice.

So as long as you pay the high school, it’s okay to be there – but if you’re there for free, it’s not.

If you think that sounds like it comes straight out of the “when is a bagel a snack and when is it a meal?” rulebook, you’re not alone.


Filed under Bert... uh... Bret Bielema, Recruiting, The NCAA

21 responses to “The best laid plans of mice and Bert

  1. Debby Balcer

    So how can Michigan go there since its coaches will be around possible recruits too?


  2. Dawgwood

    I heard there is to be no interaction between UM and any of the IMG students. Basically there to use the football field. I mean there is no way there isn’t any violation happening outside of those practices.


  3. W Cobb Dawg

    If nothing else, Harbaugh sure has ruffled a lot of feathers. I thought the spring training game was pretty smart. The only question now is who’s going to be next to take an all expenses paid junket.


  4. Austin

    Smart should take the whole team to Hawai’i for spring break to practice, and it should be an annual trip. I mean, what kid would not love an all expenses paid trip to the tropical paradise 3-5 times during their collegiate career. What a recruiting tool could be. 🙂


  5. Argondawg

    It’s disturbing to watch the Michigan fans go after Bert. I thought our fans were delusional but UM has pretty much sucked for over a decade. They hire a new coach and lose their minds. It’s like they have already won the national title and just need to go pick it up.


  6. 69Dawg

    Holding practices at a high school field should be restricted to bowl practice only. If you think for one minute the IMG players are not “hanging out” at the practice I’ve got some swampland in south Florida I’d like to show you. There are plenty of non high school facilities in Florida for any team to use. NCAA rules must have all been patterned on Catch-22.


  7. Sanford222view

    That is so stupid it is funny. So basically all Bert needs to do is pay to go there and practice by himself then it would allowed.


  8. Hogbody Spradlin

    Harbaugh: “I paid for this microphone!”


  9. HVL Dawg

    Miami is scrimmaging this spring at one of those private football academies.

    It’s no IMG, and it’s not 1,000 miles from home, but….


  10. JCDAWG83

    Maybe I’m naïve, but this business of colleges practicing at high school facilities for Spring break smacks of desperation and a sort of insecurity to me. If a program isn’t appealing enough to recruits on it’s own merit, I don’t think having a practice at a high school is going to make a kid suddenly fall in love with a program.


  11. Time for UGA to practice at Grayson and Archer and wherever in the state of Georgia to finally close the borders. Go Dawgs sic’ em.


  12. JasonC

    Honestly, I’m bit disappointed. If we really wanted to screw Harbaugh, we should get the Westboro Baptist Church involved and truly make it a clusterf__k zoo down there. I’m sure there is some reason they’d love to make Harbaugh’s day.