Texas A&M Announces No Spring Football Games in 2014 and 2015

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2014

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 14:  Head Coach Kevin Sumlin of the Texas A&M Aggies stands on the field before a game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Kyle Field on September 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Texas A&M announced on Friday that it will not have a spring game in 2014 and 2015, according to a statement released by the university.

Said athletic director Eric Hyman:

After careful consideration and in consultation with Coach Sumlin and the football coaching staff, we have decided not to play a traditional spring football game this year or next as Kyle Field is being redeveloped. We appreciate the cooperation of the SEC office in considering a waiver to play a spring game off campus, but other factors including NCAA rules and regulations regarding contact with prospective student-athletes also played into our final decision.

As alluded to by Hyman, the reason behind the decision is the renovation of Kyle Field, which would have forced the spring game to an off-campus location.

Hosting the game away from the university would raise a number of issues, chief among them the inability for coaches and players to interact with prospective student-athletes and their families.

"I am disappointed we will not be able to hold a few scrimmages or the spring game inside Kyle Field the next couple of years," said head coach Kevin Sumlin, according to the statement.

The spring game is a useful annual exercise but not a necessary one. It is a chance for the school to sell tickets and make money during the offseason and for fans of the program to see their team in "action" during the winter months.

Lacking it, the Aggies will not be able to indulge in that opportunity the next couple of seasons. That is a shame for all involved parties, but it won't necessarily stunt the team's development in any significant way.

Still, a spring game in 2014 would have been ideal to shed some light on the quarterback position in the wake of Johnny Manziel's decision to declare for the NFL draft. Or at least for a player to use the exhibition as a launching pad.

Last year, for example, Jameis Winston starred in the Florida State spring game, which propelled him to the starting job over current Alabama quarterback Jacob Coker and eventually the Heisman Trophy and BCS National Championship.

Senior Matt Joeckel, sophomore Kenny Hill and incoming freshman Kyle Allen—the aptly named top-passer in the Class of 2014—are the chief competitors to start at quarterback next season.

But they'll have to duke it out behind closed doors.