Kliff Kingsbury defends Spring Game tradition - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Kliff Kingsbury defends Spring Game tradition

Texas Tech Head Football Coach Kliff Kingsbury Texas Tech Head Football Coach Kliff Kingsbury
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

While Texas Tech is gearing up for their annual Spring football game 11 a.m. April 12 at Jones AT&T Stadium, more and more Universities are opting out of the Spring Game format.

Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Pitt are among programs not holding Spring football games and other colleges are considering doing away with their games as well.

The reasons vary. Oklahoma State dumped their Spring Game for an "Orange Blitz," a free open practice with interaction between players and fans. Texas A&M decided not to host a Spring Game because Kyle Field is being renovated. Aggies Coach Kevin Sumlin called the Spring game "worthless" and said splitting up the team is only a benefit to the fans.

Other schools worry about injuries. So what does Kliff Kingsbury think about schools canceling their Spring football games?

"I'm not sure when that started to trend. I think it's good for the fans. You only get six home games in the regular season. We get five some years so to have another game at Jones Stadium, where everyone can come back and tailgate and have festivities, I think it's fun for the University and great for the fan base," Kingsbury said.

The Red Raiders will have an open practice in Midland March 29, a Friday Night Lights open practice at the Jones April 4 and the Spring Game April 12.

That's three events that put Texas Tech positively on full display and can only excite potential recruits. Kliff also wants to see how his players react on the field.

"When the lights come on, when there's pressure and people are watching, how will they perform? I like to see our players," Kingsbury said.

Admission to the April 12 Spring Game is free.

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