OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh jumped on the opportunity Wednesday to support his brother, University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.
Some prominent college coaches, including Nick Saban of Alabama and Dan Mullen of Mississippi St., have criticized Harbaugh for holding 11 satellite football camps this spring in seven states. Saban and Mullen view the camps as a recruiting advantage for the University of Michigan.
However, Harbaugh has defended his right to bring quality camps to high school players. Now the Ravens’ coach is defending his brother.
“My thoughts on my brother’s camps across the country?,” said Harbaugh, repeating a question asked after Ravens’ practice on Wednesday. “I like that question. I think he’s spot on. I think he’s right on. It’s America, isn’t that what he said today? In our America, we’re allowed to cross state lines. Think about it. What are we arguing against? An opportunity for young athletes to take a look at colleges from other parts of the country? Especially those that aren’t from socioeconomic situations where they can travel all over the country to look at schools?
“I can take my daughter to any school in the country, look at the campus, and talk to the coaches. How many kids get a chance to do that? So if we’re arguing against that, we’re arguing against America.”
Harbaugh was smiling after his answer, but the message was clear. One of the biggest supporters of Michigan’s current head coach is the Ravens’ head coach.