Harbaugh, Saban trade barbs again on camps

James Hawkins
The Detroit News
Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh goofs around with his son Jack Wednesday in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis – And the satellite camp feud rages on.

One day after Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh tweeted his amazement in response to Alabama coach Nick Saban’s anti-camp comments, the two doubled down on Wednesday.

Shortly after Michigan wrapped up its second camps with 140 football players at Bishop Chatard High, Harbaugh reiterated his reaction to Saban’s remarks that satellite camps are bad for college football.

“I was amazed. Were you amazed? Were you not amazed at that?” Harbaugh said. “How could you not find it amazing?”

When asked to explain why he found it amazing, Harbaugh said “it seemed hypocritical.”

Saban, however, doesn’t seem to care much for Harbaugh’s opinion.

“That’s his business. I don’t really care what he thinks or tweet,” Saban told ESPN on Wednesday. “I say what I think is best for college football and say what I think is best for the players and the kids. As I said (Tuesday), it’s not about him or anybody else.”

During the SEC spring meetings on Tuesday, Saban compared the camps to the “wild, wild west” and argued that there’s “no specific guidelines to how we’re managing and controlling this stuff.”

That drew Harbaugh to fire back on Twitter, tweeting “Alabama broke NCAA rules & now their HC is lecturing us on the possibility of rules being broken at camps. Truly ‘amazing.’”

While Harbaugh likely won’t cross paths with Saban during Michigan’s jam-packed summer camp tour, Harbaugh will soon be working southern camps alongside Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze and Georgia’s Kirby Smart, two coaches who have openly criticized Harbaugh and his use of satellite camps.

“I’m glad that they’ve come around and I’m looking forward to it,” Harbaugh said. “I look forward to connecting to as much of the football world as much as humanly possible.

“Being around other coaches – high school coaches, grade school coaches, college coaches, pro coaches – it doesn’t get any better than that. That’s really connecting to all the coaches and we’re going to connect with a lot of the people that are in football, so I’m looking forward to it.”