Well, well, well. Look what’s popped up on the radar: the American Football Coaches Association is going to discuss spring football between programs.
“Based upon the buzz about this within the profession the last couple of months, I’m sure we’ll be talking about this when we meet,” AFCA president and Harvard coach Tim Murphy told The Associated Press. “I think the NFL model would be a good way to do it, going through drills with another team. If you wanted to hold a scrimmage, you could do it, but it would just be more complex.
“It wouldn’t be unprecedented, though, because other college sports do it.”
There will be a debate, of course. It’ll be pitched around development (“You can really focus on trying to develop unknowns in your players, which I think is really important,” Saban said. “I think that’s the real value of spring practice.” ) versus competition. But David Cutcliffe may have hit on the deciding factor.
“That’s an old idea, that’s a good idea, but that’s very difficult to get the NCAA to move in those regards,” Cutcliffe said. “Your best chance is if you can prove you can make some money because then you have a chance for the presidents and the ADs to vote in favor of it.”
Hmm… making money. That’s always been such an easy thing for the NCAA to ignore.