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Hugh Freeze fires back at Jim Harbaugh for satellite camp comment

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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh – and ESPN Radio host Mike Greenberg – took a shot at Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze for his stance on satellite camps. Now Freeze is firing back.

The NCAA banned satellite camps last Friday, and Freeze said he was fine with the ruling, saying, “I’m away from my family enough, and I just did not want to go. I was ready to. We would’ve jumped in with the rest of them and gone to work.”

That relatively innocuous statement drew the ire of Harbaugh and Greenberg. But Freeze was unapologetic for wanting to spend time at home.

“I probably should’ve said that a little differently, but I’ll never apologize for wanting to be a father and a husband,” Freeze said on Wednesday morning’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” show on ESPN Radio, as per mlive.com. “I miss enough volleyball games (and other things); that is a priority for me.

“I think we work very hard; I don’t think working hard is an issue. If you’re asking me if I want to add more nights away from my wife and kids, I do not. That window is closing for me to be a husband and a father, and I think the kids that play in our system need to see me in that role an awful lot.”

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The reference to “working hard” is directed at Harbaugh, whose response to Freeze’s initial comment was, “You’ve got a guy sitting in a big house, making $5 million a year, saying he does not want to sacrifice his time. That is not a kindred spirit to me. What most of these coaches are saying is they don’t want to work harder.”

Greenberg also had jumped on Freeze (and, my goodness, the hyperbole with this one): “Hugh Freeze’s comment is enough to make you want to smash your head into a wall. … Thank God you and your millions of dollars can sleep in the huge house that you live in while these kids who cannot afford to get to all of these different places – cannot afford to go to Athens, Georgia, to get to your camp – could previously have gone to one spot near where they lived and had the opportunity to work out in front of a whole lot of coaches. But thankfully you can sleep in your bed while those kids may not get a chance to get a college scholarship.”

Freeze responded to Harbaugh’s “kindred spirits” comment Wednesday morning.

“I’ve been very complimentary of Coach Harbaugh and him thinking out of the box,” Freeze said. “But we’re probably not a kindred spirit in regards to making comments toward other coaches in our great profession in public forums like he has done. We’re not real kindred in that regard. But I have great respect for the way he challenges and thinks outside the box. He’s done some neat things.”

Given Harbaugh’s nature, he seems likely to respond to Freeze’s response.

(Feature photo by RICK OSENTOSKI/USA TODAY SPORTS)

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