Looking for a way to mix things up for the spring game in Ann Arbor, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has decided to set-up a draft to choose teams. The draft will be held one week from today, March 28, with the spring game scheduled for the following Saturday, April 4.
This approach to the spring game is similar to what Harbaugh has previously done at Stanford and will be a change in approach from how Harbaugh’s predecessor at Michigan handled the spring game. Brady Hoke generally opted for more of a practice routine that fans could get a chance to watch in the stadium and even on the air on Big Ten Network. Let’s face it, there is not much to get excited about watching a practice on the TV, so Harbaugh is already doing something that should generate at least a little more interest in a spring exhibition of sorts.
Teams across the country handle spring games differently. Some schools prefer to hold a scrimmage using the general rules of the game. Others modify the scoring system and award points for individual plays. Some schools put on a public practice just like opening the doors to a training camp and others hold no spring game at all.
We will have to wait and see just what will go into Harbaugh’s first spring scrimmage at Michigan, but Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com notes Harbaugh has rewarded the winning team with a steak dinner in the past. College football players never want to miss out on something like that. Heck, I don’t either.