Spurrier retires and Harbaugh steps up to fill the gap.
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Most of this Kevin Scarbinsky column on Jim Harbaugh’s perfidy in bring spring practice down South is bullshit, because we all know that Greg Sankey’s stated concern about infringing on kids’ spring break time is hypocritical, but since we’re on the subject, I have to acknowledge that Scarbinsky shoots and scores with this:
What about Jim Delany? What about the Big Ten commissioner who’s so concerned about the student-athlete that he proposed a return to the quaint days of freshman ineligibility?
If Delany was sincere in his belief that “a year of readiness” would benefit student-athletes before they were asked to play games, what does he think about Harbaugh’s plan to take away even more of their down time?
Surely, Delany can’t be pleased with this idea even if there appears to be no specific NCAA rule that prohibits it. Yet he’s been absent, at least publicly, from this debate.
What a surprise.
The SEC is urgently requesting the NCAA to block Michigan from holding part of its spring practice in Florida because
it doesn’t want Jim Harbaugh’s ugly mug getting extra exposure at IMG Academy it would be held during spring break.
No, really. Cue Greg Sankey’s sad tears:
“We have work to do on [giving athletes a] day off. We have work to do on, how do you provide a postseason break? It seems where this is one where reasonable people could say we just shouldn’t be in this space.”
That is so sweet. And if the NCAA doesn’t do it for the kids, then what? Then Sankey intends to get medieval on Harbaugh’s ass.
“The net of that is to say the Southeastern Conference is not going to be outpaced in recruiting,” Sankey said. “If the national approach is that we want to have more aggressive summer camps and coaches touring around all summer, then we will not only engage in that behavior, we will certainly engage in that behavior more actively — probably more effectively than others.”
Sounds reasonable to me, Greg.
UPDATE: The SEC actually has a rule prohibiting its members from doing what Michigan is doing.
I guess we know what Sankey’s first move will be if the NCAA turns down his request.
This is some expert trolling, if you ask me.
Can’t wait to hear the responses to that. And you can bet Corch and Franklin are asking themselves, “why didn’t I think of that?”.
For obvious reasons, today’s buffet is flavored with recruiting news.
- The Pope and “the ultimate sports marketing project”.
- Ian Boyd asks the musical question, “Do you need a blue-chip QB recruit to win?”
- Georgia’s recruiting dilemma, in one sentence: “The comment he gave me was he’s got a good relationship with Kirby but he wants to win.”
- At this point, I think we can say this is an established narrative: “By attempting to upgrade his class on the fly — exchanging earlier commitments for better-regarded, higher-ranked prospects — Harbaugh is following an Alabama-like blueprint, echoing a similar approach taken by his greatest rival, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.” Love to hear Big Jim Delany’s take on the matter.
- Recruits who pledge to a coach and not the school stand a good chance of being disappointed. Of the 650 head coaches and assistants who were coaching at current Power Five schools in 2011, 66 percent of them left the staff by 2015, according to a CBS Sports analysis of team rosters.
- The Big 12’s expansion opportunities look even more feeble than the Big Ten’s move with Maryland and Rutgers was.
- Not sure what all those different shirt colors mean? Let Paul Myerberg explain.
- A theme in the 2015 recruiting class: Of the nation’s top 50 players, 42 took the field last fall.
Rise and shine, peeps.
- A Big 12 championship game could mean as much as $2.5 million-$3 million per school each season, but Bob Bowlsby claims the odds are no better than 50-50 that the conference suits will have a vote on it. Uh hunh, right.
- Deposed Mizzou president says football player’s strike was “the equivalent of throwing gasoline on a small fire”, but he is “willing to accept some of the responsibility for what happened”. That’s mighty white of him.
- Further tales from the wussification: “You can’t assume this is safe for these guys anymore, which is a bummer.”
- Ian Boyd explains why the free safety is the most important position against the spread.
- Here’s an early (way too early?) look at Georgia’s 2016 depth chart. Kendall Baker seems to be a guy to keep an eye on.
- With regard to recruiting rankings, Bill Connelly posits that the ‘Bama bump is real. And it’s
- Stewart Mandel hits on the same thing I noted a couple of days ago about the direction Big Ten recruiting is taking these days: “There’s a twinge of hypocrisy to see this happening up north, where fans have long cast aspersions at Southern schools for what they perceived to be ethically questionable methods of ‘roster management.'” You’ve come a long way, baby!
Again, how familiar sounding is that to us down here in the ruthless South?
My point here isn’t to condemn Harbaugh. He’s simply following a path that is well trod, mainly because it’s effective. And based on current national recruiting rankings, it’s clearly paying off.
No, I’m just amused at the silence emanating from the Big Ten, which routinely used to pat itself on the back for its superior, nobler approach to recruiting, compared with those lowlifes in the SEC. My guess is that Ohio State’s success in recruiting and its rapid return to national prominence under Meyer quieted the critics. All Harbaugh’s done is open his own sausage factory. I doubt Michigan fans are going to turn their noses up at the final product.