Art Briles, Jim Harbaugh teaming up for summer camp

WACO, Texas -- Michigan's Jim Harbaugh and Baylor's Art Briles have evidently become buddies this offseason, and they're taking their alliance to another level this summer.

Briles sent out a pretty intriguing announcement on Thursday: Baylor is bringing in Harbaugh and his Michigan staff to co-host a June 12 summer camp at McLane Stadium in Waco. Together, they'll coach up and evaluate 500 recruits.

Briles and Harbaugh bonded earlier this month when the Bears' coach traveled up to Ann Arbor during BU's spring break and served as a keynote speaker for Michigan's coaches clinic.

Now they're bringing that #CollegialSpirit to their recruiting efforts. Harbaugh traveled to Texas last June to guest-coach at a satellite camp in Dallas, so it's no surprise he'll be back in the Lone Star State this summer. The partnership with Briles is an interesting twist.

At Baylor's pro day on Wednesday, Briles was asked what he learned about Harbaugh during his time in Ann Arbor.

"It was really refreshing, because he's very humble. No ego. It was really refreshing," Briles said. "I'd never really been around him, so I was intrigued like everybody else. He's just like me: He loves football and he's very passionate about it, and he's only concerned about what helps his guys."

And he doesn't fault Harbaugh one bit for finding ways to push the envelope, both in recruiting and exposure, since returning to the college game.

"We're in a little bit different situation being in Texas, to where we don't have to be quite as dramatic," Briles said. "There are so many athletes here, and in Michigan, there's not. That's the difference, I think."

For what it's worth, Briles and Harbaugh really only went head-to-head over one recruit in last year's class: kicker Quinn Nordin. The Michigan signee was the first kid who hosted Harbaugh for a much-hyped sleepover visit in January.

"I probably should have," Briles joked, "because I didn't get that guy."