Oh, look – Jim Harbaugh’s pissed off again.
As Harbaugh tells SI : “The incompetence of the NCAA has reared its ugly head yet again.”
From there, Harbaugh really got going, firing at the NCAA’s use of the term “student-athlete,” a certain SEC head coach and the two conferences (the SEC and the ACC) that seem to benefit from this ban. However, Harbaugh wants to be clear: The NCAA is not some nebulous group of bureaucrats. It is comprised of the people who work in intercollegiate athletics. Coaches, athletic directors and school presidents make these decisions. And they completely botched this one.
Harbaugh says the ruling was “knee-jerk … like somebody was shaving in the morning, cut themselves when they were shaving and said, ‘Let’s just ban satellite camps.’
“I mean, what’s it based on? A survey? There wasn’t a lot of discussion or study. What are the facts? What are the perils and merits of making that decision? It just seemed lacking in that regard.”
Yeah, I get all that, but, seriously, dude, you poked the bear. What did you expect would happen?
“It seems to be outrage by the SEC and ACC,” Harbaugh says. “They power-brokered that out … the image that comes to my mind is guys in a back room smoking cigars, doing what they perceive is best for them. It certainly isn’t the best thing for the youngsters. It’s not the best thing for the student-athletes.”
Yeah, like you’ve been showboating because it’s the best thing for the student-athletes. Save the pious hypocrisy for somebody who buys it. You played your move for yourself and you got beat by others who played for themselves.
Even his Hugh Freeze criticism falls flat.
Harbaugh saw Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze say, “I’m away from my family enough, and I just did not want to go,” and it did not sit well with him.
Says Harbaugh: “You’ve got a guy sitting in a big house, making $5 million a year, saying he does not want to sacrifice his time. That is not a kindred spirit to me. What most of these coaches are saying is they don’t want to work harder.”
When it comes to recruiting Hugh Freeze is motivated as much as Jim Harbaugh is. He simply has the advantage of geography and wants to keep it.
I’d tell Harbaugh to move on to the next outrage, but I don’t think he really needs my guidance on that.