I know Harbaugh is far from perfect. He's a college coach, so there is a healthy mix of ego, hypocrisy, obsession and misguided priorities in his life. However, the guy has passion. And the guy turns that passion into interesting opportunities. Last year as part of spring ball, he took his team to Florida. This year, it went bigger and he took the team to Rome. Since you can't pay these players, a truly educational trip like this is a justifiable form of compensation. It is great PR too. Heck, we might get more BC alums to travel to Rome for a Spring game than we would hosting one in Alumni.
An added bonus is that Harbaugh got to meet Pope Francis and hand him a Michigan helmet. Given the Pope's history as a Jesuit, do you think he would turn down a visit from America's only FBS Jesuit football team?
Make this happen, Martin Jarmond.
Coach Harbaugh & Pope Francis!! 🇭🇺 🇺🇸 〽〽〽 #GoBlue #HailToTheVictors #FaithFamilyFootball #TheMichiganDifference #HarbaughEffect pic.twitter.com/VUvJ7G7yh8— Michigan Nation24/7 (@247Wolverines) April 26, 2017