You can call it a jamboree.
Maybe it's just me, but after seeing my fair share of spring contests over the past few weeks, I can truthfully say that I am all in favor of allowing programs to face each other in actual spring games.
Dabo Swinney had it right when he suggested that schools like Clemson should be allowed to face off against other schools in a jamboree-style meeting. He even suggested that there should be an option to play a traditional spring game or an out-of-conference opponent that is within driving distance.
The idea has garnered a lot of traction. So much that the American Football Coaches Association will discuss it during its annual meeting next month.
"Based upon the buzz about this within the profession the last couple of months, I'm sure we'll be talking about this when we meet," AFCA president and Harvard coach Tim Murphy told The Associated Press last week. "I think the NFL model would be a good way to do it, going through drills with another team. If you wanted to hold a scrimmage, you could do it, but it would just be more complex."
Sure, it would be more complex, but somehow other Division I sports like basketball, soccer and field hockey manage to pull it off. Meanwhile, the NCAA frowns upon schools from doing the same with football.
"I would definitely be for it," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said during the Big Ten's teleconference.
Fans would love it and most of all, it would provide something that school's desperately love: money.
With schools charging anywhere from $5 to $15 to attend a spring game, imagine what you could charge if you were facing USC or Ohio State?
For coaches who have limited numbers of players available to them during the spring, the idea of playing another team would be an attractive alternative.
"I think it's getting harder and harder in the spring to field two teams to play each other," USF coach Skip Holtz said following his team's spring game on Saturday. "It would be great if it was like a preseason game."
There are, of course, drawbacks to the idea.
Injuries would always be a concern as no coach wants to see a player go down with a major injury. However, a player can get hurt during team drills as well.
Rules would have to be established beforehand to limit contact to players such as quarterbacks and kicker. My guess is, kickoffs would be off the table as well.
Then there is the sportsmanship angle.
No matter how toned-down the scrimmage or game would be, it would still be competitive although who wins and who loses should not be a priority.
"As long as it didn't turn into a scheme thing where everyone is putting the emphasis on who wins or who loses, then I think it would be a great idea," Holtz added.