NCAA president Mark Emmert said Friday that Jim Harbaugh’s plan to hold Michigan football practices in Florida during spring break is likely to be a one-and-done situation.
In Columbia, S.C., Friday to speak to South Carolina’s Board of Trustees, Emmert told the State newspaper it’s likely too late to prevent Harbaugh’s plan this year. However, it’s likely to be outlawed after this year.
“There is a big debate going on among administrators right now about how to provide more time off for student-athletes so the use of spring break for practices caused a lot of people to be concerned about it, and that’s an appropriate concern,” Emmert said. “We are trying to find ways to dial back the demands on student-athletes, not ramp them up.
“There’s a difference between not being prohibited and being OK.”
Harbaugh announced on Feb. 3, national signing day, that the Wolverines will hold a week’s worth of spring practices at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 29-March 4, when Michigan is on spring break. Current NCAA rules limit the number of spring practices and outline the time frame in which they must be held, but do not require them to be held on campus or even nearby.
The plan has been widely panned by college football administrators, including SEC commissioner Greg Sankey.