Ole Miss is the lone SEC school that will not participate in the ritual of a spring football game in 2016.
And though Rebels coach Hugh Freeze has never been a big fan of the intrasquad scrimmage format, the ongoing construction at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium is the official reason for the absence of a contest to end the spring practice season.
Instead, the Rebels finished up with their 15th practice on Saturday with little fanfare, and that was just fine with Freeze.
According to The Clarion-Ledger’s Hugh Kellenberger, Freeze has an idea for an alternative to the traditional spring game for future seasons.
Freeze has gone on record before to say that he’d like the opportunity to play against another team during his scrimmage at the end of the spring, and now he’s floating out ideas as to how that might be beneficial for everyone.
“I think we got more out of practicing today than we would have playing a spring game, but I will say again that I’m a proponent of playing another school at the end of each other’s spring practice, charge $5 and give every bit of the money after the travel team gets their expenses paid to a charity of choice,” Freeze said. “I think that we would all get a lot out of that and you can play one on ones, twos on twos, threes on threes and just get a lot done.”
“You can find out more about yourself and I think it would be good for football to give back,” Freeze said. “People would pay $5 to see us play somebody. I don’t want it to be expensive. I’ll tell you what, just make it to whatever you can give — a dollar, 25 cents, 50 dollars — but here’s the charity of choice and come see us play another school.”
There are obviously unsolved logistics involved, like which teams would play against each other.
It’s unlikely that conference opponents would want to give other league teams a free on-field look at their product prior to the fall.
It’s also unlikely that major teams would travel a great distance to play in these, as it would rob their fans from the opportunity of experiencing the game for themselves at a reasonable expense.
But we don’t hate Freeze’s idea of giving fans something to get excited about while also giving back to their community.