Jeff Brohm’s Spring Football Idea Makes Sense But Problems Still Remain
When the Big Ten canceled their season earlier this week, the Big Ten coaches said ‘We need to have an idea for spring football for these kids.’ The cynics including myself feel like spring football is a carrot to dangle for the fans, players, and coaches. But Jeff Brohm, the Purdue Head Coach, took the initiative to come up with his own spring football idea. This is a good one and one that the Big Ten and Pac-12 could apply this Spring. We’ll see if this actually happens for the Spring, or just a fun idea Brohm built out as he wondered about football.
#Purdue coach @JeffBrohm has put together a very detailed and thoughtful proposal for spring football in the #B1G and how it would work in fall 2021. Will have more later but here’s the overview. pic.twitter.com/2hKtArzqgJ
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 13, 2020
This is an innovative idea that could honestly work for the Big Ten to have both seasons. This gives players enough time off in-between the spring and fall then also adding that spring practice will not be the same in 2021. There are a few things that I could see people challenging for the Spring. The weather is the biggest one. Spring weather is a bit different than what we’re dealing with in the Fall. Things start off shitty then get better in Spring when dealing with the Midwest. It is the opposite of the Fall. Will these teams be able to practice outside before the season starts? I’m not sure. Also, most games would have be scheduled during the day, but with the Big Ten Network, ESPN, and FOX, they’ll make sure there are ways to figure it out.
The part of the Fall that I’m wondering about is how will they figure out the non-conference stuff? Ohio State has a matchup with Oregon on its slate. Wisconsin is playing Notre Dame. Purdue, Brohm’s school, is also playing Notre Dame next season. And all of these are the exact reason why we’re not playing in Spring. Why would the Big Ten sacrifice all of these matchups? All are major revenue drivers, and if the assumption, we’re playing with full crowds in 2021, why throw those away for a spring season?