Michigan reportedly looking to hold spring practice in Florida
Last year, Jim Harbaugh irked many in the SEC and ACC when he held official Michigan summer camps throughout the Southeast. It felt like the Wolverines purposefully directed their efforts to invade SEC territory from the big bad midwest and “Big Ten country.”
Harbaugh is always full of good ideas and has another one that will send him straight into SEC country again.
The Detroit Free Press reports Harbaugh and his Wolverines program is going to try to hold at least a portion of its spring practice at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, a flag squarely planted in talent-rich Florida.
The idea still needs conference and NCAA approval. But no one could blame the Wolverines for wanting to get away from Michigan during the winter. And IMG has all the facilities the team would need to house players.
Undoubtedly, any time Michigan can move into Florida and get itself in front of those recruits, it is a good thing. And this is completely uncharted territory for the NCAA for spring practices. Typically everyone does their spring practice and spring game on campus — Florida State will have its spring game at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in Orlando this spring while Doak Campbell Stadium gets renovated.
It is still unclear what this means or whether Michigan will be able to go through with this plan. But the Wolverines have put themselves in position to move into the Southeast again. Michigan is trying to become a national power by going where the talent is.