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Jim Harbaugh calls Nick Saban’s comments ‘hypocritical’


ATLANTA – Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was back at it Thursday, calling Alabama coach Nick Saban “hypocritical” for his comments on satellite camps.

Harbaugh called out Saban on Twitter earlier this week and did not back down when he met with the media following his joint satellite camp with Georgia at Maynard Jackson High.

“The issue was what I said it was,” Harbaugh said. “Someone who has even recently broken rules and has that in their history is lecturing us other coaches on potentially violating rules. I thought it was a hypocritical act.”

Alabama recently parted ways with defensive line coach Bo Davis following accusations Davis broke recruiting rules. When meeting with the media at the SEC spring meetings Tuesday, Saban said he thought satellite camps could lead to rules-breaking because of their lack of oversight.

Harbaugh has been perhaps the most vocal proponent for satellite camps and left the one in Atlanta for another camp at Lee County High in Leesburg, Ga.

Harbaugh — who wore a Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves jersey top and his usual khaki pants — definitely had no qualms about being in SEC territory.

“In my America, you’re allowed to cross state borders,” Harbaugh said. “Good to be here in Georgia.”

Harbaugh had taken umbrage with Georgia coach Kirby Smart earlier this spring when Smart spoke out against satellite camps. But when it came to Thursday’s camp, Harbaugh said there was friendly interaction between the two.

“It was good,” Harbaugh said. “All positive. All healthy and productive. Collegial. We connected with the football world in a big way today.”

Smart was joined at the camp by assistants Tracy Rocker and Sam Pittman. Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State also had coaches at the camp.

(You can follow Dan Mathews on Twitter @DanMathewsATL)

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