Why No Spring Game This Year Will Negatively Affect Texas A&M
But, kicking off the new era by announcing that you won't have a traditional spring game in 2014 was not exactly what we were expecting.
However, that's the case for Sumlin and the Aggies, as new renovations on Kyle Field will limit Texas A&M from holding the annual spring frenzy on campus. And, of course, the even better news is that not only will it cancel the 2014 spring game, but the university has also stated that the 2015 spring game is out of the question as well.
An SEC school without a spring football game? Simply madness.
I mean, the reasoning obviously makes sense. When you win football games like Sumlin has in College Station, you're bound to get facility upgrades. In this particular case, we're talking $450 million in upgrades that could make the stadium one of the largest in the entire country.
The downside is that it just so happens that those upgrades will limit the program's chance to put on a spring tradition for its rabid fans.
The 12th Man may be the most well-known fanbase in college football, so it would be an understatement to say that these fans are disappointed with this turn of events.
While the stadium upgrades will undoubtedly enhance their gameday experience, these people still want their spring football.
Especially with so many unknowns heading into the 2014 season as A&M looks to replace Manziel at quarterback, and also fix some problems defensively that plagued them throughout the 2013 campaign.
But even though this will cause Aggie fans to be a little stir crazy when other spring games around the nation are televised on ESPN in a few short months, this won't leave the football program down and out.
It does negatively affect the recognition of your program during a time when football fans are in desperate need of a game-like fix.
Regardless of A&M's spring game presence, you can guarantee that the crowd will fill the stands in College Station when the Aggies have their home opener on September 6 against Lamar.
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