Ole Miss concluded its spring practices Saturday with a normal practice.
Construction at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium took away the opportunity to hold a spring game, but Rebels coach Hugh Freeze certainly wasn’t losing any sleep over it.
Freeze has never been a big fan of spring games, but he does have an idea to add some flavor to the normal, dull glorified scrimmages you see around the country.
“I think we got more out of practicing today than we would have with a spring game,” Freeze told reporters Saturday. “But I will say I am a proponent of playing another school at the end of each other’s spring practice.”
That might sound a little crazy at first, but Freeze isn’t the only one who’s on board with the decision. Alabama coach Nick Saban admitted he’d consider going that route if the fans want it.
But Freeze has thought out more than just the idea.
He would play a local school outside of the SEC that won’t be on Ole Miss’ schedule for the four years and charge $5 for tickets. Then, he’d use the money made to first pay for the traveling team’s expenses before donating the rest to the school’s charity of choice.
“I think that we would all get a lot out of that,” Freeze said. “You can play ones-on-ones, twos-on-twos and threes-on-threes and just get a lot done. I’m sure there’s some negative. I can’t think of one.
“We’ll be back to doing our spring game next year, I’m sure. Hopefully we’ll have people that aren’t injured and you can have a legitimate competition. But I watched some of the ones that are on TV this year. I can’t say that they broke my heart that we didn’t have that kind of game.”
Freeze said he brought up the idea at the SEC Meetings in Destin, Fla., last year.
“All the coaches were very supportive,” Freeze said. “We’d like to play somebody because you can probably find out more about yourself and think it would be good for football to be back. … I’ll bring it up in Destin to see if it can gain any traction.”