Michigan will be going to Rome in April. It’s a new frontier for Jim Harbaugh, college football‘s favorite boundary-pushing coach. College basketball teams and other groups have made team trips overseas before, but this is the first time that we’ve seen a major college football take on such an aggressive endeavor.
And it doesn’t sound like Michigan’s done.
At Wednesday’s National Signing Day press conference, Jim Harbaugh told reporters that the next destinations on the list for his program include South Africa, Japan, Israel and “maybe” New Zealand.
Italy will be April 22-30… got places planned for year 2 South Africa and 3 Japan 4 Israel year 5 maybe New Zealand
— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) February 1, 2017
As for this year’s trip to Italy, Jim Harbaugh said it’s “not spring break” unlike last year’s team trip to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Spring break practices were recently banned by the NCAA but this trip, scheduled for April 22-30, falls outside those regulations.
But just because it complies with NCAA rules does not mean the logistics of getting all of Michigan football to Italy will be easy. According to Harbaugh, some of the expenses are going to be covered through a donation and associate head coach Biff Poggi helped arrange the trip, which included talking to the Department of Defense and putting down his personal credit card for the hotel.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Jim Harbaugh’s next planned trips? South Africa, Japan, Israel and more