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Jim Harbaugh Rips NCAA, SEC and ACC After Satellite Camp Ruling

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Harbaugh broke his silence in an interview with Sports Illustrated on Tuesday.

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It took a few days, but Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh has finally broken his silence on the NCAA's ban against satellite camps, and he pulled no punches in the process.

Speaking to Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg, Harbaugh criticized the ruling and the NCAA for the "knee-jerk" reaction and subsequent ruling and that it affects thousands of people.

"During the NCAA basketball tournament we discuss the term 'student-athlete' ad nauseam in promoting our governing institution and our member institutions," Harbaugh told Rosenberg. "Then, when we have an opportunity to truly promote the 'student-athlete' with a concept shared by educators and football men from all backgrounds, our leadership goes into hiding.

"I suggest we drop the term 'student-athlete' for consistency."

Many believe that the NCAA caved to the demands of the ACC and SEC, who took issue with Harbaugh's "Summer Swarm" tour last season and also Michigan's spring break trip to Florida in February. He chimed in with his two cents there, as well.

"It seems to be outrage by the SEC and ACC," he said. "They power-brokered that out ... the image that comes to my mind is guys in a back room smoking cigars, doing what they perceive is best for them. It certainly isn't the best thing for the youngsters. It's not the best thing for the student-athletes."

He did not stop there, either. Ole Miss head coach came out the other day and said he was okay with the ruling because he was "away from his family enough" and "just did not want to go."

Harbaugh made his opinion known on Freeze's statement.

"You've got a guy sitting in a big house, making $5 million a year, saying he does not want to sacrifice his time," he said. "That is not a kindred spirit to me. What most of these coaches are saying is they don't want to work harder."

It does not look like Harbaugh v. the NCAA, SEC, ACC and rest of the college football world is over just yet.

In fact, it may just be heating up again.