Spring game cancellation won’t hurt Michigan or help opponents
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Will Michigan not having a spring game give other teams an advantage against them? — Travis R. Kinchen, via Facebook
Michigan won’t lose any sort of advantage by canceling its spring game Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Its opponents won’t gain any advantage, either.
Spring games are glorified practices in front of fans. Other teams could have gained an advantage had the Wolverines canceled practice. Three of the Wolverines opponents this fall — Indiana, Wisconsin and Northwestern — opted to practice indoors instead of play a spring game.
Michigan hosted families and recruits to watch practice Saturday at Glick Field House, in lieu of a spring game that would have been played in wet weather in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines went through situational drills and a controlled intrasquad scrimmage in front of an intimate crowd.
“[Not playing the spring game] was a big bummer for us, but practice is practice,” tight end Nick Eubanks said. “We got it in, and that’s how we treated it, and got better.”
The Wolverines have 15 practices allotted for the spring, per NCAA guidelines. Michigan needs every opportunity it can get to improve its game as it prepares for its season opener Sept. 1 at Notre Dame.
The cancellation of the spring game disappointed some fans, who may have hoped to get a look at the 2018 version of the Wolverines, including quarterback Shea Patterson.
It disappointed sophomore wide receiver Tarik Black, too.
Black was ready to play at Michigan Stadium for the first time since September, when he sustained a broken left foot against Air Force.
“I was looking forward to it,” Black said. “I wanted to go back out there and hear the fans, and hear the ‘Hail to the Victors’ song, but, hey, it happens.”
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