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NCAA College Football 2016: Jim Harbaugh Pokes the SEC Bear and Other News

University of Michigan’s head coach Jim Harbaugh is quickly becoming college football’s public enemy No. 1. In an attempt to rile the SEC and to bring more exposure to his program down south, the Wolverines will hold their spring practice in Bradenton, Florida on Feb, 29. Of course, schools in the SEC are none too happy about the “invasion” of the Big Ten.

Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press wrote a story earlier this month about how Harbaugh was bringing the powerhouse program to the state of Florida and that the school’s spring game would be played earlier than it usually is.

“We’ll have four practices down there we’re going to work hard and have fun doing it,” he said. “I’ve already got some plans. We’re going to have swim meets, we’re going to have putt-putt golf, we’re going to have football meetings. It gives us a chance to win on a lot of different levels.”

This is the type of maneuver that shows Harbaugh’s brashness, much like his rival and fellow Big Ten coach, Urban Meyer. While neither are joining forces to make the SEC uneasy, both are trying to prove the conference up north is just as comparable, if not better than their southern counterpart.

Meyer has announced he will be holding a satellite football camp June 6 for high school football players at Jacksonville University.

The irony here is the placement of the Big Ten in the state of Florida. Harbaugh and his program beat the Florida Gators in the Citrus Bowl this past January. Meyer coached the Gators to two national titles before he left the program in a cloud of controversy.

Harbaugh has claimed the reason for moving the practices to Florida is to make sure all athletes have a spring break that otherwise might not be able to afford it. Something tells me there is more to it than that and Harbaugh, who loves controversy, is just stoking the fire to bring attention to his program.

MUSCHAMP CLEANS HOUSE

One thing Will Muschamp had to do when he got to Florida, after replacing Meyer in Gainesville, was cleanup the culture of the program and by doing so, some players were released from the program. It looks like Muschamp is making changes on South Carolina’s campus as well.

Al Harris, a defensive back and David Johnson, a defensive end, are no longer with the program, Muschamp announced and was reported by 247sports.com.

Harris was a Freshman All-SEC performer his first year on campus playing in 12 games with four starts. He had 21 tackles and broke up three passes. Harris played in 11 games last season and had 25 tackles with four pass breakups.

Johnson came to South Carolina as a linebacker but moved to defensive end. He played in nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2014. Johnson played in 10 games a year ago and had 20 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss. He also had two quarterback hurries.

There were no reasons given as to why both players are no longer part of the program.

CLEMSON IS THE BEST

While the Clemson Tigers were basking in the glory of being the best college football team for the majority of 2015 season, the city where the university is king was voted the best in the country.

It may not be the news everyone wanted to hear – fans wanting a national title instead – but it’s worth noting that the South Carolina city is football proud and it is recognized nationally.

The State reports that Clemson, S.C., home of the national runner up Clemson Tigers, is the highest-ranked college football town in the country, according to an annual study conducted by WalletHub.com. Clemson finished No. 2 overall behind Green Bay, Wis., home of the NFL Packers. That’s some pretty high praise and some pretty impressive company. The Tigers in-state rival, South Carolina ranked 66th in the poll and fifth among SEC schools.

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