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ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski: Michigan Camps In Australia, American Samoa Were "Love-Of-Game Stuff"

Michigan has come under fire from those against the use of satellite camps for how they've utilized the practice. Not only is Jim Harbaugh in places like Atlanta and South Florida spreading Michigan's brand this week, but his assistants traveled all the way to Melbourne, Australia and American Samoa to hold camps.

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While the obvious idea here is to uncover some diamonds in the rough and build an untapped recruiting pipeline, ESPN's Gene Wojchiechowski, who was on hand for the events, said that the passion the UM coaches displayed for teaching the game seemed extremely genuine.

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">@GenoEspn what % you think played Aussie ball of some sort?

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">@GenoEspn And an absolute waste of money and time.

— R.S. (@gobucks219821)

And an absolute waste of money and time.

— R.S. (@gobucks219821) June 3, 2016

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">@GenoEspn It's a huge waste of money for a coaching staff to fly all the way there when there are 0 prospects. That's the point.

— R.S. (@gobucks219821)

It's a huge waste of money for a coaching staff to fly all the way there when there are 0 prospects. That's the point.

— R.S. (@gobucks219821) June 3, 2016

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Obviously Michigan coaches wouldn't be making the trip if there was no chance of finding a legit prospect or two, but the fact that the coaches reportedly made a serious effort to teach the game to everyone, even those with no chance of ever playing Division I football.