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Pitt Cancels Spring Game

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Pittsburgh has decided to cancel its traditional spring game and opt for more practice for the young team. Photo by David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images.
Pittsburgh has decided to cancel its traditional spring game and opt for more practice for the young team. Photo by David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images.

Pittsburgh is trading in its spring football game this year in exchange for some extra practice for the young team.

Since the team's intrasquad scrimmages in March and April will be closed to the public, Pitt plans to schedule fan outreach programs to show its appreciation for the fans.

"It's a little bit selfish doing what's best for the program," coach Paul Chryst said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "You appreciate [the fans]. You don't want it to come off as not being appreciative. It's not the intent. But there is real conviction that for this group of guys, the guys in the building ... you feel really good that this is the right thing. You hope the people appreciate that."

Pitt isn't the only team to have made this decision. Texas A&M canceled its spring practice due to renovations on Kyle Field, and Oklahoma State will hold one open practice in place of a spring game.

"The thought behind [the decision], honestly, is to get one more good work day out of them," Chryst told the newspaper. "Most, if not every spring game I've been a part of, you really end up sacrificing a lot. It sounds crazy, but just being locked into a place, bad weather. ... You're kind of locked into that day. These days are really valuable for us."