Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh says Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s recent comments are “hypocritical.”
The battle of words between Jim Harbaugh and Nick Saban went another round on Thursday while Harbaugh was in Atlanta for a stop on Michigan’s satellite camp tour.
Harbaugh was asked about his issue with Saban’s comments regarding satellite camps earlier in the week.
“The issue was, what I said it was,” Harbaugh stated. “Somebody that has recently broken rules and has that in their history is lecturing us coaches, us other coaches, on potentially violating rules, and I thought it was hypocritical. I thought it was a hypocritical act.”
Saban told reporters at the SEC spring meetings on Tuesday “there’s going to be unintended consequences” of satellite camps with regards to the integrity of the game and, specifically, recruiting.
“I’m not blaming Jim Harbaugh. I’m not saying anything about it. I’m just saying it’s bad for college football. Jim Harbaugh can do anything he wants to do. I’m not saying anything bad about him if he thinks that’s what’s best. There needs to be somebody who looks out for what’s best for the game, not what’s best for the Big Ten or not what’s best for the SEC or not what’s best for Jim Harbaugh, but what’s best for the game of college football. The integrity of the game.”
Harbaugh responded to Saban on social media by tweeting, “‘Amazing’ to me- Alabama broke NCAA rules & now their HC is lecturing us on the possibility of rules being broken at camps. Truly ‘amazing.'”
On Wednesday, the day after Harbaugh tweeted the criticism, Saban told ESPN, “I don’t really care what he thinks or tweets. I say what I think is best for CFB & the players.”
Interestingly enough, one of the items Harbaugh is addressing is the fact Alabama is currently awaiting the NCAA’s report regarding recruiting violations committed by a former assistant coach.