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Harbaugh to camp with Ole Miss’ Freeze, Georgia’s Smart

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh

he lift of the satellite camp ban and the ability of SEC and ACC coaches to now work the camps has made for interesting, well, campfellows.

Michigan will now be working southern camps with Georgia, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Perhaps there will be others as the schedules take further shape.

Maybe you’ll recall Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh having issues with Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze’s take on satellite camps after the NCAA Division-I Council voted to ban the camps.

“I’m selfish with my time,” Freeze said at the time, saying he was happy the camps were banned. “I’m away from my family enough, and I just did not want to go.”

Several days later in a Sports Illustrated story, Harbaugh responded.

“You’ve got a guy sitting in a big house making $5 million a year saying he does not want to sacrifice his time,” Harbaugh said. “That is not a kindred spirit to me. What most of these coaches are saying is they don’t want to work harder.”

And now that the camps are back on after the NCAA Board of Governors’ decision on Thursday, it appears Harbaugh and Freeze, along with their staffs, and the Mississippi State staff, will work the Pearl (Miss.) High camp together.

John Perry, the Pearl head coach, posted Friday on Twitter a flyer announcing the camp additions – Michigan already was set to work the camp on June 8. He indicated the head coaches and staffs from all three schools will be there.

This is the second camp so far Michigan will work with other programs. And this is the second camp Harbaugh will work with a head coach he has zinged.

Two months ago, Harbaugh took a shot at Georgia coach Kirby Smart on Twitter after Smart suggested Michigan was breaking rules by heading to Florida for a week of spring practice.

Harbaugh responded on Twitter: “If the Georgia coach is implying any intent on our part to break rules, he is barking up the wrong tree.”

Now, the two coaches and their staffs will work the Cedar Groves Elite camp June 2 at Maynard Jackson High in Atlanta.

Third Alabama camp

Michigan has added another camp in Alabama, and will work the South Alabama camp in Mobile on June 7, according to an AL.com report on Friday. Jaguars coach Joey Jones told the paper that the annual camp usually attracts 100-150 prospects, but now with the addition of Harbaugh and his staff, he expects about 400 campers.

"It's huge for the University of South Alabama and it's going to be a plus for Michigan as well," Jones told AL.com. "It's a great fit for both of us trying to evaluate players. It's just one step in the process. It's going to be a great thing for us to be able to do this."

Former Jaguars athletic director Joe Gottfried is a first cousin of Harbaugh's father, Jack.

Michigan also will work a camp in Madison, Ala., on June 6 and return to the camp in Prattville, Ala., on June 7.

Michigan’s Summer 2016 camps (so far)

June 2 – Cedar Grove Camp at Maynard Jackson High, Atlanta

June 4 – University of South Florida, Tampa

June 5 – Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va.

June 6 – Bob Jones High, Madison, Ala.

June 7 – Prattville High, Prattville, Ala.

June 7 – South Alabama, Mobile

June 8 – Pearl High, Pearl, Miss.

June 9-10 – Sound Mind Sound Body, Detroit

June 12 – Baylor University, Waco, Texas

June 13 – Greenhill High, Addison, Texas (near Dallas)