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SEC at odds with Michigan's Harbaugh over camps

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh introduces his team to fans and media at Michigan Stadium, during the NCAA college football team's annual media day in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh introduces his team to fans and media at Michigan Stadium, during the NCAA college football team's annual media day in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Ding) AP

Jim Harbaugh's tour through the South will pass through Mississippi this summer. Last week, Pearl coach John Perry announced that the Michigan head coach is planning on hosting a camp June 8 on the Pirates' campus.

It's the latest in a series of camps across the South that will include stops in Madison, Ala., on June 6 and Dallas on June 13. Last year, Harbaugh held camps in Indianapolis, Alabama, Texas, Pennsylvania and California in early June.

The satellite camps have really ruffled the feathers of the SEC and ACC. Both conferences are understandably territorial of their rich recruiting grounds.

Mississippi State's Dan Mullen spoke out against such camps last year.

"I'm not into it," he said on the Head-to-Head radio show, adding that such camps are geared more toward recruiting than improving skill sets like at a typical football camp.

Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze was asked about the Pearl camp following Monday's Pro Day.

"Welcome to the 'Sip," Freeze said simply put.

While college coaches in the South may not love it, the same can't be said for some of Mississippi's recruits.

Ocean Springs wide receiver Austin Williams holds 11 offers and said he's considering attending Harbaugh's camp.

"I think it's pretty awesome he's coming down here to check out the kind of talent we have in Mississippi," he said. "It definitely helps so we don't have to pay to visit Ann Arbor."

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