Hugh Freeze Has The Perfect Solution For Spring Games: Play Different Opponents From Your State For Charity

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Finally someone else with some sense has brought up the long-needed proposal for Spring games. Unfortunately, these Spring football competitions have become boring and there aren’t many coaches looking to change it, besides Hugh Freeze, Nick Saban and a few others.

Auburn coach Hugh Freeze wants to change things up by competing against other teams in Alabama. Also, the Tigers head coach has a way to raise money for charities around the state in the process. This isn’t the first time Freeze has discussed this idea. While at Ole Miss, Hugh Freeze mentioned that it after the traveling team has their expenses paid for, the money would go to a charity.

“I think we got more out of practicing today than we would have playing a spring game, but I will say again that I’m a proponent of playing another school at the end of each other’s spring practice, charge $5 and give every bit of the money after the travel team gets their expenses paid to a charity of choice,” Freeze told the Clarion Ledger in 2016.

We all know that these games have become pointless, which is why most schools don’t charge fans to attend. It’s a bonafide practice, with some live periods. Teams aren’t making money and you can watch on television.

FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS – NOVEMBER 05: Head Coach Hugh Freeze of the Liberty Flames on the sidelines during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on November 5, 2022 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Flames defeated the Razorbacks 21-19. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Speaking after Auburn’s practice on Monday, Hugh Freeze laid out the perfect proposal on how to make these boring Spring games something fans look forward to.

“The solution is, allow us to scrimmage somebody on A-Day, another team. Everybody would get out of it what they want. Let’s adopt a charity to give all the proceeds too. Let’s take foster care in the State of Alabama or orphan care in the State of Alabama. Let Alabama play Troy and we play UAB, or vice-versa, or whoever I don’t care, Alabama State or whoever.

“People will come see that,” Hugh Freeze added. “And your decreasing your injury possibilities by 50% and coaches are smart enough to control, we’re not gonna hit the quarterbacks, we practice that way. If you want to put a blue jersey to not take to the ground, we can do that. I just think it would be great for the sport, I think it would be awesome.”

On Tuesday, Troy head coach Jon Sumrall said he’d be willing to load up the team bus and play Auburn in a scrimmage.

“I don’t know what the interest level is for anybody else, and I don’t think anyone is really interested in what my opinion is. Nobody really cares, I’m the head coach at Troy, so they don’t really care,” he said. “But if I was at [Alabama or Auburn], why not?,” Sumrall told 247 Sports.

Finally somebody with some sense continues to openly call for a change in how college football approaches Spring games. They are boring, but it is certainly a good opportunity to get recruits and alumni to Auburn or anywhere else.

But in the end, this would workout for television networks and the schools, as they prepare for the upcoming season. You know those players are tired of hitting their teammates by the 10th practice, so let’s reward them by playing a different opponent.

We can all have wishful thinking.

Written by Trey Wallace

Trey Wallace is the host of The Trey Wallace Podcast that focuses on a mixture of sports, culture, entertainment along with his perspective on everything from College Football to the College World Series.

Wallace has been covering college sports for 15 years, starting off while attending the University of South Alabama. He’s broken some of the biggest college stories including the Florida football “Credit Card Scandal” along with the firing of Jim McElwin and Kevin Sumlin. Wallace also broke one of the biggest stories in college football in 2020 around the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations against Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

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