June 17, 2017
ANN ARBOR — The votes are in and Michigan has an answer.
When it comes to the program’s next international spring football trip, a trio of places may be on the docket.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Saturday the team took a vote and has settled on possibly going to Paris, Normandy, France and London during spring practice next year.
“We took a straw poll,” Harbaugh said. “Right now, we’re looking into going to Paris, then Normandy and then London — we’d finish up in London.”
Michigan, of course, made a historic trip to Rome back in April, taking the team to Italy for four days of sightseeing and touring around the city and three days of practice.
Harbaugh hopes to have a similar plan in place for next year’s trip, as the team will likely practice — possibly in Paris and London — during the final leg of a journey through Europe.
“Rome was great, there was so much to see,” he said. “One of the things we thought about after the trip was to go to multiple places, not just stay in one place. But there was so much to see in Rome, it was unbelievable.
“But (right now) to see Paris, Normandy and London — that’s what we’re striving for.”
Earlier this week, Michigan said the estimated cost of the team’s trip to Rome was about $750,000 to $800,000.
The Rome trip was funded by a private donation, though the donor has — per Michigan — requested anonymity.
If Michigan makes another trip next season, the funding would again come via private donation.