SEC seeking to deny Michigan from conducting spring practices in Florida
Jim Harbaugh can have his sleepovers, climb trees, have celebrities at his signing day party or take his shirt off and play pickup football with kids.
But the SEC doesn’t want Michigan, or any other school for that matter, to hold practices during spring break.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has told CBS Sports on Tuesday that the SEC has asked to prohibit that. It’s strongly believed to be a reaction to Harbaugh’s announcement on National Signing Day that it would hold part of its spring practice at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., from Feb. 27 to March 6.
A future attempt to do so will probably be blocked but not in time to prevent Harbaugh from having his time in the Sunshine State, according to one high-ranking source.
While the time demands of student-athletes is one reason for the SEC’s request, another concern is obviously keeping a high-profile program out of SEC territory.
We’ll keep you posted on what comes of this situation and whether a decision is made in time to affect this coming spring break.
The request has some in the media debating its true intent.
— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) February 9, 2016