At Georgia, Kirby Smart is pushing for the entire state to show up for G-Day.
Meanwhile, at Arizona, RichRod’s decided the whole spring thing isn’t worth the trouble.
Spring football for colleges begins Friday. Really.
“Hell, the weather’s nice her year round,” Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said from Tucson, where his team was set to hit the practice field amidst a forecasted high of 88 degrees. “Let’s enjoy it.”
Rodriguez is not the first coach to shift his 15 “spring” practices into February. Duke opened even earlier in 2015 (Feb. 6), while Stanford, Northwestern and a couple others have moved to late February. The stated reasons include giving players that suffer injuries more time to recover and freeing them up to concentrate on academics the rest of the semester.
Practices are spread out over seven weeks (which includes spring break), concluding March 25.
But Rodriguez is taking things one step farther. He’s basically decided to blow up the way his team practices altogether. The Wildcats’ 15 practices will overwhelmingly consist of individual drills and basic fundamentals. There will be only one formal scrimmage, no spring game and relatively few 11-on-11 periods.
Inconceivable! Can you imagine the hue and cry that would arise if we were deprived of spring scrimmage stats? How would we know that the coaches were starting the wrong quarterback without G-Day QBR to fall back on?
Even better, can you imagine if RichRod had taken the Alabama job and tried this? He’d be run out of Tuscaloosa on a rail.