Ncaa passes ‘harbaugh rule’ banning spring break practice trips

NASHVILLE – Though it won’t officially be called the “Jim Harbaugh Rule,” the NCAA’s five power conferences passed a measure Friday ending trips like the one he took over spring break with the Michigan football team at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., last March.

As part of a package of new rules designed to create more off time for college athletes, the new rule prohibiting off-campus practice during a vacation period outside of a playing season passed 58-20 after a vigorous debate with a majority in all five conferences, though the athlete representatives voted against it 11-4.

Michigan athletics director Warde Manuel gave an impassioned defense of Michigan’s trip to IMG last season and suggested the rule was proposed to target Harbaugh, who has rankled the SEC and ACC by using unconventional tactics to expand Michigan’s visibility in the recruiting-rich Southeast.

“The rule didn’t get proposed until after we took the football team down to Florida for spring break, so I think you can read into that as you will,” Manuel said. U of a softball “I wasn’t surprised by the vote, but what I think we all need to look at it is the students voted (11-4) to defeat the proposal so the various students we’re trying to serve, the voice of the students, I think spoke clearly that they would enjoy the opportunity to experience and be able to train off campus during their breaks.”

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey denied that his league’s stance had anything to do with protecting its recruiting territory but rather being consistent with the goal to allow off time like spring break to really be off time.


“Student-athletes told us to stop taking and grabbing more time from them. Garden state parkway accident I said then and I’ll say now it seemed the wrong direction to be using what is a break opportunity for practice,” Sankey said. Garden of the gods il “It’s as fundamental as that. Alabama softball team It wasn’t about one institution or some regional protection. Fantasy baseball It was very simply if we’re going to sit here and talk about trying to be attentive to time expectations and managing those appropriately for student-athletes, we have to look at that type of out-of-season, off-campus, take a trip practice.”

Though the Harbaugh-inspired rule received the most debate, it was only one of several reforms administrators approved after a year of vowing to tackle the issue of time demands for athletes. Mizzou softball One of them restricts any athletic activities (aside from competition) between 9 p.m. Landscaping with rocks and stones and 6 a.m., making pre-dawn workouts or midnight practices to punish teams a thing of the past, a measure that passed unanimously.

Schools will also be required to have one day of no athletic-related activities per week during the season, except during postseason, and two days away from athletic activities during the offseason. Stardock fences Additionally, the school will must provide a full week off immediately after the playing season and 14 additional days off at some point during the academic year in which athletes could participate in voluntary activities. Absolute pitch training One off day per week during official preseason practice and school holidays (like winter break) is now mandatory.

The NCAA had been pressed to address those time demands both by current athletes and legal pressures, as various ongoing lawsuits against the NCAA and conferences have challenged the very notion of amateur athletics. Vegetable garden layout planner On the other hand, schools do not want to limit exceptional athletes who want to devote the majority of time to their sports.

“You have competitive young people involved who want to improve,” Sankey said. Football field goal “A piece of the message when we talk to SEC student-athletes is, ‘I knew what I was getting into. Basketball olympics 2016 usa I made a decision to compete at the highest levels and enroll in a great university, receive a great education and don’t limit my ability to achieve.’

“I’ll go back to last year’s College Football Playoff championship game. Brett paving I have no doubt young people on Clemson’s team walked away and said, ‘We’ll do whatever we can to get back there and win next year’ just like the young people on Alabama’s team are having that conversation now. Football scores yesterday We’re trying to find an effective structure that allows people to develop but doesn’t overwhelm them with certain things.”

While there was practically unanimous agreement on how the NCAA accomplished that Friday, the issue of Michigan’s spring break trip was a sticking point. Fantasy football team names by player Northwestern women’s soccer play Nandi Mehta argued the point of college athletics was to create opportunities and that those kinds of trips were beneficial to students, particularly those who couldn’t afford to see those places otherwise.

Sankey’s counterpoint was that if Michigan wanted to take its football team to Florida, it should be able to do that – without putting on pads and practicing football. Pitch bend ableton He said there was a clear difference between Michigan practicing at IMG, for instance, and basketball teams going to Europe for exhibition games.

Manuel, however, said the legislation missed the point and that if the NCAA wanted to ban football practice over spring break, it should do that rather than limit it to campus. Fantasy 5 (Football programs typically do not keep their players on campus over spring break, but it isn’t against the rules.)

“I’m open for the discussion to ensuring that our students have opportunities to have down time,” Manuel said. Gem pavers “But I think to isolate it to one specific area, one specific time of the year where we don’t vote against not having practice, we just vote that you can’t go anywhere else and have practice, I think it’s missing the point. Pitches in baseball If it’s more clearly designed to say there’s nothing you can do during this time that we make the time sacrosanct, maybe I could see that. Softball tournaments in ga But to isolate that and say you can’t take them away from campus in order to practice, I think just minimizes it, dilutes it in terms of the point you’re trying to make.”

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