Michigan football is coming to Manatee County. Head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed the Wolverines are spending part of their spring football practice at IMG Academy during Wednesday's National Signing Day, according to multiple reports.
The Wolverines trip would coincide with the school's spring break.
IMG was the training ground for one of this year's Super Bowl teams, the Carolina Panthers, ahead of the 2012 season when the team was displaced due to the Democratic National Convention that year.
In January, sources told the Detroit Free-Press that Michigan was eyeing IMG as its spring football practice destination. The Free-Press also cited a football budget that had a surplus of $64 million for the 2013-14 school year as not being a potential roadblock.
The hurdle, though, was the Big Ten Conference or NCAA saying no to the proposal.
ESPN reported Michigan's first four spring practices are scheduled for IMG Academy.
Harbaugh's bid to take his entire team on the road for spring practice is continuing his trend of unconventional methods since becoming the Wolverines head coach. Last June, he raised eyebrows for holding a satellite camp in Prattville, Ala., which is something SEC schools are prohibited from holding off-campus camps.
IMG officials have not commented yet.