Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh speaks at the ChadTough gala Saturday, May 13, 2017.
Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press
Michigan football is two weeks away from its satellite camp tour, which apparently begins June 2 in Macon, Ga.
But scheduling has become an uphill battle with some schools trying to keep the Wolverines away.
U-M coach Jim Harbaugh spoke to SI.com about how Michigan was disinvited from its scheduled satellite camp at Tulane on June 9 and denied an opportunity for a camp in North Texas.
In New Orleans, LSU conveniently took the Wolverines’ place. In North Texas – where U-M reportedly wanted to go – Oklahoma is the main school and Michigan was denied.
“It’s definitely a strategy by several football factories to prevent competitors on their turf, the kids be darned,” Harbaugh told the site.
Harbaugh’s satellite camp mantra in his three years at Michigan revolved around the kids. Michigan jumped from a week of satellite camps in 2015 to a month, nearly 40 camps, in 2016 and this year his staff will likely fill the new NCAA-limit of 10.
New NCAA rules also mandate that the camps be held on a college campus and a visiting school cannot be the host.
While recruiting and creating a presence in other parts of the country matters, Harbaugh insists it helps kids by bringing the camp near them, saving them the cost of visiting a faraway campus.
At a number of U-M-attended camps last year, other major schools also had a presence with their coaches but rarely, if ever, did those staffs actually work and run the drills as Michigan’s group did.
SI.com’s Pete Thamel outlined in the article how the rescinded Tulane invitation occurred. Apparently Tulane used the excuse that they wanted a guarantee Harbaugh would be there, because U-M has a camp in Tennessee the same day. But Harbaugh has worked two camps in the same day in different states previously.
In Louisiana, it has occurred with other major powers also getting shut out.
Harbaugh restated his mission that coaches should work “as many as you can physically do. It’s good for the student-athletes, good for their families, good for the game, good for the high schools.”
U-M’s known 10 camps schedule, based on reports:
June 2: Mercer University in Macon, Ga.
June 4: Valdosta State in Valdosta, Ga.
June 4: Old Dominion, Norfolk, Va.
June 10: Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Conn.
June 11: UCLA in Westwood/Los Angeles
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