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Jim Harbaugh tweets Kirby Smart is "barking up the wrong tree"

Credit: MLive.com

Credit: MLive.com

The NCAA clarified Wednesday coaches are not allowed to subtweet at recruits. But that rule doesn't extend to other coaches.

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart explained this week he has no interest in following Michigan's lead of holding an off-campus spring practice, saying, "They're obviously trying to gain a competitive advantage, and obviously that's their right, but I think the NCAA in due time will have to step in and keep it from getting out of hand."

"There are a lot of factors that people haven’t thought about with that deal. You’ve got to think about recruiting rules, how they are going to handle those? Is it an advantage or a disadvantage? Are they going to let coaches go to those? Are they going to be open practices? Do we go over there and watch them and scout them? If it’s open practices, why don’t we go? It’s a Pandora’s Box of what they’re going to get into.”

“Obviously, I don’t want to get into it because I’d like to practice right there in our facility, and I’d also like to have the prospects in state to come to our practices, and us not have to go to them.”

Jim Harbaugh got wind of Smart's (fairly innocuous) comment and offered his own commentary to Smart's commentary.

If nothing else, this has become clear: Harbaugh is the Donald Trump of college football. The man has his way constantly staying in the news by constantly elbowing his way into any conversation, then making that conversation about him. It's maddening, brilliant, and maddeningly brilliant.