Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh makes no bones about it: He will do whatever possible to bend NCAA rules to the breaking point, whether it's forcing the organization's hand on satellite camps or international trips during institutional breaks.
Harbaugh's latest hire is Michael Johnson Sr., who up until Monday afternoon coached The King's Academy in Sunnyvale, California:
Head football coach Michael Johnson has resigned and is taking a position on staff at the University of Michigan. Good luck coach!! #GoBlue— TKA Athletics (@TKA_Athletics) February 13, 2017
Perhaps most importantly to Michigan fans, Johnson is the father of Michael Johnson Jr., already one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in 2019.
This is also another calculated stroke against the NCAA:
There is an NCAA proposal that would ban the employment of recruits' HS coaches within 2 years of their enrollment.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) February 13, 2017
This gets around that.
Johnson's son, Michael Jr., is a 2019 recruit. It's February 2017 -- a typical 2019 wouldn't enroll until summer 2019. Outside the window— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) February 13, 2017
Say what you will about Harbaugh's antics. It's a helluva way to defeat the army of bagmen that pervades college football.