Jim Harbaugh Responds to Butch Jones' Joke About Michigan's Spring Practice

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2016

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh on the field during the first half of the Citrus Bowl NCAA college football game against Florida , Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh unloaded on another rival Thursday, taking to Twitter to offer free advice to Butch Jones after the Tennessee coach made a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Wolverines' spring practice in Florida.  

"Suggestion to my Rocky Top colleague, rather than lunch in Florida you might spend your time and focus attending to your present team," Harbaugh tweeted.

Jones was one of three head coaches who jokingly said they were planning to attend the Harbaugh-led practice at IMG Academy. Arkansas' Bret Bielema started things off and was soon followed by Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and Jones:

It's interesting (albeit understandable) that only Jones received a response. Bielema is part of the sour-grapes SEC crew of coaches who have openly complained to the NCAA about the Michigan practice, and Dantonio spearheads a bitter rival.

But Harbaugh is likely alluding to the problems at Tennessee that run much deeper than football.

Jones is one of three Tennessee administrators named in a Title IX lawsuit against the school and athletic departmentEight women are a part of the lawsuit, which alleges the university and athletic department created an environment that enabled sexual assaults to take place and discouraged victims from reporting crimes, per Anita Wadhwani and Nate Rau of the Tennessean.

Testimony by former Volunteers wide receiver Drae Bowles implicated Jones as one of the worst violators. Bowles said Jones told him he "betrayed the team" after assisting a woman who was allegedly raped by two teammates, per Matt Slovin and Wadhwani of the Tennessean.

Jones denied those claims in a statement and has thus far been given the support of upper Tennessee management, per the Tennessean


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