Chris Brown links to this fascinating history of spring football by Sports Illustrated. There’s a quote from Bobby Bowden that caught my eye. It’s about one major development which occurred in the wake of the practice restrictions the NCAA put in place in the late ’90s:
… The limit on the number of full-contact days unintentionally helped bring about an offensive revolution. With power-running programs unable to practice as they had before, coaches put players in pads and shorts and spread them across the field, working on one-on-one drills and operating in space. The result: a proliferation of the spread offense, run in some form by dozens of teams.
“You can coach the spread all year round,” says Bowden. “That rule of limiting contact in spring practice absolutely led to a shift in what offenses you see in college football today.”
Honestly, that never occurred to me before, but I can see a certain logic to it. What do y’all think about that?
(By the way, the answer to Chris’ question in his header is “because we can”. Just sayin’.)