Texas A&M's two-year, $450 million Kyle Field renovation project will prevent the Aggies from holding a "traditional" spring game in 2014 or 2015, the school announced on Friday.
According to a school release, the NCAA rules associated with an off-campus spring game would hinder the Aggies' recruiting efforts for the event. While that was not the sole reason cited by Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman, it clearly played a role in weighing the costs and benefits of holding a spring game outside of College Station.
"After careful consideration and in consultation with Coach Sumlin and the football coaching staff, we have decided not to play a traditional spring football game this year or next as Kyle Field is being redeveloped," Hyman said. "We appreciate the cooperation of the SEC office in considering a waiver to play a spring game off campus, but other factors including NCAA rules and regulations regarding contact with prospective student-athletes also played into our final decision."
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin apologized to the fans, who are understandably bummed to lose an opportunity to get that spring football fix.
"I am disappointed we will not be able to hold a few scrimmages or the spring game inside Kyle Field the next couple of years," Sumlin said. "Our fans, the 12th Man, have been very supportive of the Kyle Field redevelopment as we take one of the greatest college stadiums and make it even better, and louder."
The Aggies open spring practice on Friday, Feb. 28 and will conclude on Saturday, April 5.