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NCAA College Football 2016: Jim Harbaugh Tries to Upstage the SEC and Other News

Apparently, the SEC wants the Michigan Wolverines to be hit with a 15-yard unnecessary practice foul for wanting to come down to Florida to show off their program during Spring practice.

George Schroeder of USA TODAY Sports wrote a story on the paper’s website that outlines just how Michigan’s head coach Jim Harbaugh is once again pushing the envelope in terms of stepping on the toes of the big, bad power conference.

The Southeastern Conference is pushing to stop the Michigan football team’s planned spring break trip to Florida – to hold several spring practice sessions – before it happens. Michigan’s plan is to practice at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. That’s smack in SEC territory, of course. But SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said location wasn’t the issue.”

I might be the only one who finds humor in this, only from the standpoint that it is something Harbaugh would do, if nothing more to make a statement about Big Ten football and to create drama and a story when recruiting news is waning and there will be plenty of “dead” time until college football practice revs up this spring.

Harbaugh was known for his feisty intensity in the NFL and obviously brought it with him back to his alma mater. The fact Michigan beat Florida in the Citrus Bowl in January, where the Wolverines all but dominated the Gators in every facet of the game, might have something to do with the notion by the school’s second year head coach.

Schroeder wrote that the SEC hopes the NCAA Football Oversight Committee will take up the issue as soon as possible, according to Sankey. The SEC sent a letter to other FBS conference commissioners and to the oversight committee.

We shall see if there is a halt to this process and if the Michigan program moves south for Spring Break.

SPURRIER BACK WITH THE GAMECOCKS

We all knew Steve Spurrier wouldn’t stay away from the college football game too long. It has been announced by the University of South Carolina that Spurrier, who abruptly announced he was retiring in the middle of last season, will fill the role of ambassador for the university.

As Josh Kendall of The State writes, “It’s the job Spurrier signed on for in 2013 when he signed a contract extension to be the Gamecocks football coach. That deal stated he would have the option to remain at the school as an ambassador following his retirement. He retired in October and decided in January that he would accept the role.”

Spurrier is as candid a coach as you will ever meet and is honest as the day is long. His face and connection to the school will help put butts in seats and continue to satisfy boosters and alumni.

TIDE RECRUITING LEADS TO EARLY PRESEASON NO. 1 RANKING

As if college football needed more news, the Alabama Crimson Tide are already a favorite to win another national title. Thanks in part to a solid recruiting effort by head coach Nick Saban, Alabama sits atop the list of schools in a very early Top-25.

There are six teams from the SEC listed among the masses.

Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com, wrote on the company website his picks for the upcoming season. Suffice to say he thinks the Tide will keep on rolling in 2016.

In his assessment of the top schools next year, Schlabach writes of Alabama…

The Crimson Tide followed up their fourth national championship in seven years with another top-three recruiting class. They’re going to have to replace a lot of firepower on defense after losing star linebacker Reggie Ragland and defensive end A’Shawn Robinson. New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt takes over for Kirby Smart, who left to become Georgia’s new coach. Junior college signee Charles Baldwin might be able to help on the offensive line right away, and redshirt freshman Blake Barnett is the early favorite to replace Jake Coker at quarterback.

Florida State is second in the poll, followed by Michigan, Baylor and Clemson.

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