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Michigan football to visit Rome for spring practice, education

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Michigan thinks outside the box yet again

Michigan Football Spring Game Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Earlier this week the NCAA banned football teams from taking trips during spring break/vacation periods, which meant Michigan would not be allowed to take a team trip to Florida again like last year. Welp, Michigan found a way to bypass that new rule, they are heading to Rome, Italy in April. This trip will not occur during a designated vacation period, so they’re good to go abroad.

The press release states that during the trip, the team will visit historic landmarks, spend time with youth at orphanages, and visit deployed U.S. military in the country, along with other activities. Michigan will also host a youth clinic and play a scrimmage that will be open to the Italian public.

Jim Harbaugh is excited. "We were looking to provide our student-athletes with a great educational, cultural and international football experience. I am excited that our student-athletes will be able to take advantage of this amazing educational opportunity, be exposed to another culture, and be ambassadors for the United States and the University of Michigan during our visit to Rome." said Harbaugh.

Michigan will hold three of their fifteen allotted spring practices in Rome.

Commence the team bonding. Most of the players and coaches have not traveled overseas, this should be a great experience for all of them.