The last two offseasons, Jim Harbaugh and company have taken their team on international trips across the world. In 2017, it was Italy. Last year, it was France.
Now, the team is heading to Africa — South Africa to be more specific.
Director of Football Operations Mark Taurisani tweeted Tuesday the team’s plans to travel to South Africa this spring.
@UMichFootball is in for a special trip this Spring. Looking forward to an educational experience and some quality team bonding before the 2019 season! #MichiganDifference #GoBlue 〽️ pic.twitter.com/ZcjMfuHUgp— Mark (@MarkTaurisani) February 18, 2019
The Associated Press is reporting the trip will take place in May after the semester. It also reports the team will not practice on this trip, much like last year’s trip. The team, however, did practice in Italy in 2017.
While some people may poke fun at these trips, — you know, the “WHEN ARE YOU GONNA TAKE A TRIP TO INDIANAPOLIS” crowd — this is a great way for the players and coaches to learn about other cultures, be able to see things they wouldn’t be able to otherwise, and bond all at the same time. This is a tremendous opportunity for everyone involved. And not a single penny comes out of the university’s pocket. Truly a win-win.