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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the schools that voted against the proposal to ban offseason trips for practice during a vacation period: NC State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Illinois, Michigan, South Carolina, Washington, West Virginia.

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Power 5 votes to stop off-campus practices

The Power 5 conferences have voted to stop coaches from taking teams off campus to practice during a vacation period.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan AD Warde Manuel, after the vote to ban spring-break practice trips, asked if he feels coach Jim Harbaugh is a target of college legislators: "The rule didn't get proposed until after we took the football team down to Florida for spring break. So I think you can read into that as you will."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Addendum on the vote to prohibit spring-break football practice trips: Big Ten schools voted 11-3 in favor of the proposal to ban trips like the one Michigan took last year; student-athletes on the autonomy committee voted 11-4 against the ban.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

The most interesting autonomy item, Proposal No. 2016-139, which bans off-campus practice during a vacation period outside the championship season, passes with approval from all five conferences and 58 of 80 votes. No more spring break trips to Florida for Jim Harbaugh, effective Aug. 1, 2017.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting comment during the autonomy discussion on Proposal No. 2016-139 (banning offseason practice off campus) from Nandi Mehta of Northwestern women's soccer: "Why are we here?" Mehta, among 15 student-athlete reps on the autonomy committee, opposes the proposal. She says the point of college athletics is to create opportunity for student-athletes. "I don't think it's right to strip a student-athlete of this opportunity."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey continues robust discussion over proposal to ban spring-break trips. Sankey is in favor of the proposal. Sankey notes that this would not ban overseas trips for teams in the offseason. And if there's an exception that needs to be made for skiing, Sankey said, that's fine. The bigger issue is time management.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan AD Warde Manuel speaks in opposition of autonomy proposal to ban off-campus during non-championship season: "I'm in opposition of this legislation. I know this comes as a shock to many of my colleagues." Not one Michigan football player complained of the experience at IMG Academy last year, Manuel said. "If we want to take this further, we should not allow any practice."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

The autonomy group is now discussing off-campus practice during a vacation period outside the championship season. They're looking at Michigan here.

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Also from the council meeting today, Jim Phillips said the issue of holding a spring-break camp away from campus -- as Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh did last year at Florida's IMG Academy -- was forwarded to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which will discuss perhaps when it meets Thursday and issue a recommendation back to the council.

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Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has been known to get creative on in-home visits with recruits. He has had sleep overs, climbed trees and now you can add riding go-karts to the list. Harbaugh, defensive coordinator Don Brown and linebackers coach Chris Partridge all traveled down to Leesburg, Georgia to conduct an in-home visit with ESPN 300 defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon. The coaches and prospect drove go-karts, went bowling and made arts and crafts for Solomon's younger sister on the visit.

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