Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh discusses player compensation.
Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press
TOLEDO, Ohio — Jim Harbaugh hasn’t watched the Amazon documentary series that chronicled Michigan’s 2017 football season.
But he’s heard good things.
“Reviews have been good. I haven’t watched it, I can’t watch myself. I don’t like to even hear my own voice tape recorded,” Harbaugh said Thursday at a legal aid benefit in Toledo. “And some of those losses, I don’t think I could watch them (again).”
Either way, Harbaugh didn’t rule out the possibility of doing another documentary project with the crew that put together the Amazon series that was released last month.
Members of the film crew were with Michigan’s program during its recent trip to Paris, as was the case last year in Rome. The original crew filmed everything surrounding Michigan’s program throughout the 2017 season, through the team’s bowl game loss to South Carolina in Tampa, Florida on Jan. 1.
Michigan made $2.25 million from its participation in the series and had heavy editing power throughout the process.
Will it happen again?
“It’s possible,” he said. “A possibility. Just talking to people, asking them what they think.”
Satellite camp 2018
Michigan will begin its summer camp tour with a satellite camp on the campus of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia on June 1.
By new NCAA rule, Football Bowl Subdivision teams can participate in summer camps for a period of 10 days in June or July and coaches can only participate in camps if they’re held on the campus of an NCAA member institution.
Harbaugh said the staff still plans to get to as many as it can, while also having a handful of its own in Ann Arbor.
“It’s not like years past when the whole staff goes to each camp, it’ll be two or three coaches spread out,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see how much ground we can cover in those 10 days. Theoretically, with 10 coaches plus me plus (grad assistants), theoretically you could be at about 15. But that’s not physically possible I don’t think.”
South Africa the favorite
Harbaugh said recently some of the candidates for next year’s spring foreign trip were South Africa, Greece, Spain and Cuba.
The team will vote again. Though Harbaugh has his personal favorite.
“The front-runner is Africa. Johannesburg, Cape Town. A safari,” he said. “That’s got to be the front-runner.
“We’d have to figure that one out soon, though, because that’d be a logistical undertaking.”
He also said Michigan is looking into finding a way to get players class credit during these trips.
Additionally, he said he found himself in a little bit of trouble after revealing that both Bobby Kotick and Don Graham were the donors who funded the foreign tours.
“A little bit,” he said with a smile. “They genuinely wanted it to be anonymous. Genuinely. I apologize, got a little emotional. But we were just very thankful, we all felt that way. Very appreciative.”
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