This spring’s slow start to warm weather has gotten in the way of many college football programs’ recent spring games.
Just this weekend, Michigan joined a variety of other Midwest universities in canceling their annual spring scrimmage due to forecasted thunderstorms. And because of the limited remaining spring practices for the team, the scrimmage is not set to be rescheduled.
Iowa State and Wisconsin have similarly canceled planned games set to take place this weekend, and others have altered their schedules in an attempt to salvage their respective games.
Michigan football staff, including Jim Harbaugh and athletic director Warde Manuel, expressed disappointment in recent press statements, lamenting the cancellation of the game but insisting that all decisions were made in the name of the team’s safety as well as the safety of fans and staff at the stadium on any potential game day.
“We want to ensure the safety of our fans as well as the student-athletes and staff,” Manuel said, addressing the hazardous reality that would be attempting to hold the game this weekend.
Wisconsin canceled their spring game this Tuesday with no rescheduling plan — Iowa State canceled its game Monday. Both schools expressed similar concerns about event safety in the face of the oncoming storms.