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Barnes Blogs about... football privacy

by Mike Barnes

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Posted on February 24, 2011 at 4:46 PM

The Longhorns are back on field for spring football.

Well, I think they are.  That's the rumor.  But nobody really knows because practices are closed.

To the media.  To the fans.  I think the players are allowed, but do we really know?

Mack Brown took over a UT program in 1998 that had very open habits.  But while John Mackovic alienated fans and media in other ways, Mack took over and slowly decided things were better behind closed doors.  Spring workouts.  Summer drills.   Almost everything but games... when 100,000 people and more can show up.

I'm not a big fan of the privacy.  Especially for spring drills.  You know why?  Because you won't win any games in the spring.  Sure, you can show some great athleticism or fall into some bad habits, but so much will change between now and the actual games.   

Once the season starts, all bets are off.  Close the doors.  Lock the gates.  Keep air space clear so nobody knows what's going on.  That's fine.  But, come on.  It's spring football.  It's going to be basic stuff to get used to the new coaches.  It's going to be lots of reps for the backups to try to show their stuff.  It's a great time to get re-enthused about a team that was so embarrassing last year.

You know what I'd rather see?   I want colleges to have the same choice as some high schools.  Skip spring practice and get extra time in August.  That's when it will really be important.

Right now, we have to believe what we hear.  And for the Horns right now, seeing will be believing.