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It’s like Mean Girls, but with Saban and Harbaugh instead of Lohan and McAdams

It’s like we are caught in grade school all over again with two of the popular kids having a bit of a standoff over a difference in opinion.

Did you hear what he said? He was totally talking trash about you man!

Yo, Jimmy said this about you, Nick! Are you just going to take that from him?

Think “Mean Girls,” but with college football coaches instead of Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams.

Let’s recap just what we are talking about real quick. Alabama head coach Nick Saban was asked about satellite camps at the SEC meetings this week, to which Saban expressed his negative stance on the policies and reiterated some of his concerns over the practice. Saban was specifically asked about Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, who is underway on his month-long satellite camp extravaganza in Indianapolis today, which led the Wolverines head coach to launch his reaction to his Twitter followers in 140 characters or fewer. Naturally, Saban was then asked to respond to Harbaugh’s Twitter posting.

“I’m not blaming Jim Harbaugh,” Saban specifically said when asked if he puts any blame on Harbaugh. “I’m not saying anything about it. I’m just saying it’s bad for college football. Jim Harbaugh can do anything he wants to do. I’m not saying anything bad about him, if he thinks that’s what’s best.”

Still, Harbaugh took this as an opportunity to launch his latest Twitter attack as he prepped for the first stop on his satellite tour this month (in Indianapolis, home to his former quarterback Andrew Luck).

Naturally, Saban brushed aside the Harbaugh tweet and focused on his concerns. Saban never ripped Harbaugh, let it be clear. Harbaugh came off a little oversensitive about the comments from his counterpart in the south. There really is nothing new to see here, and we should all move along. But we’re talking about two of the most recognizable coaches in the game from two of the top programs in college football history. It would be nice to simply let these coaches do their talking on the field, and perhaps a clash in the College Football Playoff would settle the score, but let’s slow down for a minute.

This entire satellite camp discussion this week at the SEC meetings is essentially digging up the same storylines from earlier in the spring. Nothing new has come out of the conversation, and it is simply more of the same right now. Even though we are talking about Harbaugh and Saban, I hope one of you will be so kind to wake me up from this boring debate when something new develops with new points being made on the topic.

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Kevin McGuire
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