When Jimmy takes a call from SI he probably doesn't know that this reporter and his lack of research tried to take down the Michigan program for stretching before practice. Maybe we should just move on from that, were in a much better place now. I'm still a little bitter.
Jimmy spoke to SI and Michael Rosenberg about the NCAA and Satellite Camp, here are some quotes from the article.
"The incompetence of the NCAA has reared its ugly head yet again."
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."
Harbaugh says, "This is going to affect thousands and thousands of people." That is no exaggeration. It will affect thousands and thousands of people.
Harbaugh points out the hypocrisy: "During the NCAA basketball tournament we discuss the term 'student-athlete' ad nauseam in promoting our governing institution and our member institutions. Then, when we have an opportunity to truly promote the 'student-athlete' with a concept shared by educators and football men from all backgrounds, our leadership goes into hiding.
"I suggest we drop the term 'student-athlete' for consistency."
"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."
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."
I love that last paragraph! Well done Sir!
- ESPN Mike and Mike just killed the NCAA yesterday on this topic. Hugh Freeze was just on this morning and said it was a much broader issue and that opinions are skewed where you live. He prefers to run his own camps on his campus and does support other coaches attending his camps. He also didn't agree with Jimmy's comment above about working hard or calling out other coaches in a public forum.