Nick Saban responded to Auburn head football coach Hugh Freeze’s idea of a potential change to the spring football game format during his latest press conference.
Freeze discused his proposed new format last week.
“The solution is: allow us to scrimmage somebody on A-Day, another team. I think everybody would get out of it exactly what they want, and let’s adopt a charity to give all the proceeds to. Let Alabama play Troy and we play UAB or vice versa, I don’t care. People will come see that,” Freeze said at Auburn’s media availability on Monday.
Nick Saban was asked about the idea, and he appeared to be interested if it benefitted ‘people.’
“I didn’t know anything about that,” Saban said. “We’re always interested in helping people any way that we can. If that’s the purpose of what they’re doing, that’s certainly a good thing and we try to do a lot of things to create opportunities for people in our foundation and will continue to do that. If there’s something along those lines in the spring game that would be helpful to somebody, I think it’s a great idea.”
There are some pros and cons to the idea of scheduling in-state opponents for the spring scrimmage. One aspect that would help teams would be the change of pace, these teams are already competing against one another throughout the spring and the summer leading up to the start of the season, so playing someone new might help them get in game mode. Although it’s hard to argue against the benefits of competing against your teammates, these scrimmages help coaches get a good idea of how to format their depth charts.
Both Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson are neck and neck in the competition for the starting spot with the A-Day game only two weeks away, and the current spring game format will certainly help Alabama make their decision on who to start at quarterback.