Posted on: April 22, 2011 7:45 am
Edited on: April 22, 2011 9:40 am
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Posted on: February 4, 2011 2:18 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Colorado head coach Jon Embree has big ideas about changing his program. He necessarily has to; the status quo for Colorado has deteriorated to the point that merely doing things Dan Hawkins' way but just better isn't going to bring many fans or high-level recruits into the fold.
Now, while recruiting for 2011 is done and actual football won't start for another seven months, there isn't a whole lot Embree (or any other coach--this isn't an indictment of Embree specifically) can do to excite fans between now and the start of the 2011 season except, well, talk.
One area where he can start making changes that directly affect the fans, however, is the spring game. And on that note, Colorado will be playing its annual spring game at night:
Embree's clearly not doing a very good job of disguising his real motivation for the switch: recruiting. Later in the article, he even goes on to mention that he'd like to bring in the Colorado HS football state champions at halftime of the spring game, and if that's not a gigantic NCAA violation, it will be the next time the rules are revisited.
And yet, potential recruits are far from the only people who would enjoy watching a spring game under the lights. Depending on what the school does with tailgating policies for the new night game, students might have an absolute blast with the event (and some'll probably show up drunk no matter what). Moreover, since it's just a spring game, there's really no need to stay until the very end; fans can just come to see as much as they want, then go home whenever, which minimizes traffic problems.
Plus, night football's just fun. Sure, it'll be chillier than if the game were during the day; Boulder's average highs are in the mid-to-upper 50s during early April (the spring game is April 9), while lows are in the mid-30s. But 35-40 degrees for a football isn't terrible, and it's not as if nobody in Colorado has a coat.
All in all, this should be a neat development. We'll see how the fans respond to such an event.