Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Because the only thing better than spring football is actual football.
Here's a schedule of this year's spring practices. Oh, and does it excite you to know that they're all open to the public and that admission to the Grove Bowl is free this year? Because it should.
- Sunday, March 17, 3:00 PM
- Monday, March 18, 8:00 AM
- Wednesday, March 20, 8:00 AM
- Friday, March 22, 8:00 AM
- Monday, March 25, 8:00 AM
- Wednesday, March 27, 8:00 AM
- Friday, March 29, 8:00 AM
- Monday, April 1, 8:00 AM (Definitely be there as to not miss Hugh Freeze pull some hilariously wacky April Fool's Day prank!)
- Wednesday, April 3, 8:00 AM
- Friday, April 5, 8:00 AM
- Saturday, April 6, TBA (This could be a scrimmage held in VHS or the IPF)
- Monday, April 8 8:00 AM
- Wednesday, April 10 8:00 AM
- Friday, April 12 8:00 AM
- Saturday, April 13, 1:00 PM (Grove Bowl in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium)
The practices will be either on the practice field or in the IPF. Really, that part shouldn't be too hard to figure out.
What I find the most remarkable and welcome element of these practices, if it holds true, is that they're supposedly all open to the public. If you'll recall, even Houston Nutt closed some Ole Miss practices (so he could, you know, remind players of their initials) and Ed Orgeron was notoriously wary of media and fan interference in pretty much everything he did. In that light, it's refreshing to see that our program's most confident and competent playcaller in at least a decade is not at all concerned with outside observers. In fact, if he and the AD's office are willing to let people into the Grove Bowl for a whopping cost of $0.00, I'd say they want us there.
Maybe I'm looking into that bit too much, but to me it comes off as this staff having pretty solid confidence in their abilities in preparation and playcalling. Granted, they'll close practices in the Fall, but for now we will all get to see the goings on of our football team for a few weeks, which is nice.
[Oh, and as we do every spring, if there are any of you who would like to submit your fan-based perspectives on the spring practices, do so. We'll compile them and create some fun practice recaps out of them.]