There has been plenty of discussion in recent weeks about the possibility of have spring games between universities. The game itself is not as competitive and fun for the fans as it used to be for many reasons. If the college game would go to something like this it would further push football towards the level of the NFL in my opinion.The closer you get to the NFL model; eventually the players are going to have to be compensated. I don't think most coaches would welcome the idea of playing a spring game, because of what they could show and not show to future opponents. I think there would be some resistance from the coaches and much like the twelfth game in college football it would quickly become just another way to make money.If the concept was done right and you tied in corporate sponsors and forced the big six to play each other than the spring game could be quite interesting and entertaining. Remember television would be a bigger player financially if you had marketable spring games. Here are my pros and cons to the idea.Pros-Potential revenue producer for both schools with television and large gate with everything split.-Better quality competition. Much like preseason NFL scrimmages, the game would give athletes the opportunity to showcase their ability in a big setting.-Give coaches a better intensity for their team in spring evaluation.-Play a non-conference big six opponent you wouldn't normally play.Cons-Injuries. Every time someone got injured in a game that didn't count the coaches would lament the fact that it was being played.-Travel. To get the match ups that make it worthwhile this would need to be included in the budget.-Fairness. All of the big six schools would need to be involved playing a game at a venue even if that meant Rutgers at Kansas.Final Thought.. "It's not going to happen"The more I think about this concept the more I don't think it would work. Its all about money and if you want to generate more money create it in the fall with scrimmages. I think with the roster sizes and the pressure on coaches to win quickly, any game that would not count towards the win column would not be supported by them. I also think the novelty of it would wear off after a few years and the competitiveness for which the game is played would more resemble the NFL Pro Bowl. I know the spring game is a glorified scrimmage, but lets keep it that way. It was meant to evaluate personnel in a setting that gives the fans an opportunity to congregate at the home field and work on their tailgating. Lets create more money by playing games that count, like a playoff tournament and not games that don't.This and That Another off season topic has been the transfer rule. Kids are transferring more than ever now and some schools are stricter than others on where a kid may go to. I honestly think this process has been over thought. If a kid cannot get playing time or is home sick he should be able to transfer to another school and be able to play right away. He should not receive a penalty, especially if he is in good academic standing. I mean there not going to keep him out of school for a year, correct? I also think he should be able to go wherever he wants to go. If you are going to block a kid from changing schools in a league then make it an NCAA rule that you have to sit out a year if you go in the league but can play right away if you go outside the league. We need to update the rules in my opinion and get with the times. Its not fair to the student athlete who can sometimes make the wrong decision coming out of high school. Coaches are against this for two reasons. First they would be wary of other schools re-recruiting their kids to their own school.This is about ethics and if coaches don't trust other coaches to follow the rules then that says a lot about the game today. Secondly the one year sit rule is ammunition for a coach when a kid doesn't get his way. Sometimes coaches can force a kid to stay in the program because he can see whats best for the kid.If the kid stays because he doesn't want to sit out a year, he could eventually find happiness at his current institution. I also think if a coach leaves a program and you want to leave as an upperclassman, you should be able to. Most new coaches will get younger guys to buy in quicker than older guys. If the older guy doesn't fit the new coaches system (see Ryan Mallet at Michigan with Rich Rodriguez).
Spring Game Reform not Going to Happen
April 20, 2012, 2:30 pm