Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has stirred controversy in college football circles with his latest recruiting power move, heading down the IMG Academy in Florida to hold spring practice at a place that houses some of the nation’s top football recruits.
SEC and ACC coaches see it as an invasion of their home turf. Coaches from other conferences want to get in on the action.
Who better to weigh in than someone who worked under Harbaugh at Michigan just last year? New Maryland head coach DJ Durkin spoke to CBSSports.com as part of a larger piece on the issue and a potential reaction by the NCAA in the way of rule changes.
“They'll be recruiting, I know that,” Durkin said. “It was a hell of an idea on his part. I'm with my staff saying, ‘Let's think of stuff like that.'
“Are they going to have an advantage? Absolutely. Am I going to stay awake at night? No. We have to make up ground because he's going to spend a week there with them. It was a hell of an idea. Just call it like it is.”
Durkin worked as Michigan’s defensive coordinator last season and was regarded as one of the nation’s best recruiting assistants during his time with the Florida Gators.
When scrambling to put a 2016 class together after taking over in College Park, Durkin leaned heavily on those ties in Florida to fill in the team’s gaps. He has repeatedly said that Maryland will continue to recruit the Sunshine State heavily.
“If it's in Jim's head and he wants to do it,” Durkin told CBS, “he's going to do it.”
Read the full piece from Jon Solomon at CBS here.