This year, head coach Kevin Sumlin and the Texas A&M Aggies are one of a few that will not participate in a spring game scrimmage, due to the renovations of Kyle Field. As the years go by though, more and more programs are seeing them as being not as beneficial as they used to be, and Sumlin is definitely one of those coaches.
As a matter of fact, on Monday while speaking to reporters after practice, he went so far as to refer to the games as “worthless.”
Again, this is something that is becoming more the norm anymore in college football. As Sumlin stated, it’s not like it used to be with the numbers game.
“For us, from a recruiting and national perception, like last year with the presentation and 50,000, that’s what you miss,” Sumlin said. “From a coaching standpoint, we probably gain more from not splitting up the team. It used to be different, when you have 100-something guys and you could split a team up. We have a hard time keeping quality by splitting up.That’s why we go offense and defense. I know fans get tired of that, but it’s worthless to us when you have guys playing with starters and guys that are never going to play just to make two different teams. We’ll probably get more out of it, from a practice standpoint.”
Last week, the Pittsburgh Panthers announced that they wouldn’t hold their spring game, and now with Sumlin’s thoughts on the subject, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not they hold one next season once the renovations are complete.