Jim Harbaugh found an incredible loophole in the NCAA rule book that will allow him to ship his Wolverines to Florida for a week next month. So incredible that he could soon have company.
"I think it's creative, there's no question about that," Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio told MLive. "From our standpoint, we've never thought to do that, but we're thinking about it nowadays."
And, why not? Outside of the obvious recruiting exposure, it offers a chance for the 2016 Spartans to get an early start on building chemistry without the typical distractions that can be found on campus. Time demands were the concern SEC commissioner Greg Sankey used to throw his challenge flag earlier this week, but the bet here is that most players would jump at the chance for a team-sponsored vacation to a warm climate.
"If we want to go to Florida or someplace else in Texas or something like that, it would be our option to do that, and I guess that's allowed right now," Dantonio said. "I do think it's important to have a level playing field."
The key phrase there is "right now." As long as it's allowed, seems like every northern school with the means should follow their Major League Baseball teams south to warm weather and sunshine.