Harbaugh goes shirtless in 'Bama: 'That was a blast!'

The Detroit News
Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh plays shirtless with camp participants Friday in Pratville, Ala.

In a game of shirts and skins, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh chose skins.

Harbaugh, in Prattville, Ala., for the second stop of his "Summer Swarm Tour" on Friday, took the field with the high school campers — there were about 300 attending the Prattville "Elite Camp" to work with Harbaugh and his Michigan staff — and played a little football.

Photographs of a shirtless Harbaugh made the rounds via social media in the afternoon, with some posters poking a little fun at his pasty coloring.

At the conclusion of the camp, Harbaugh spoke to the players.

"On behalf of all the coaches here -- that was a blast!" Harbaugh said.

Prattville is 90 miles from Nick Saban's kingdom in Tuscaloosa, and reaction to Harbaugh's Alabama camp was predictably negative.

"The Prattville football coach should be fired for allowing the camp," one person wrote at

However, another wrote: "Good for Prattville, and for Coach Harbaugh. I'm a Bama fan/grad but Nick Saban and other SEC coaches need to stop whining. It's NOT about them. It's about the kids. If these camps are beneficial to them, great. And the last time I checked, Saban and (Auburn coach Gus) Malzahn don't have any trouble recruiting great athletes to play for them. So just stop it with the whining, and think about what's best for the athletes."

Harbaugh and his staff head to Tampa next for the USF One-Day Camp. Their tour will make stops in Pennsylvania, Texas and California before returning to metro Detroit in a week for the Sound Mind Sound Body Academy at Macomb Dakota High.