Spring Game Rundown

Submitted by Brian on April 8th, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Some questions in the inbox about the events/time/date/style of the Spring Game. The details can be found on the official site. The summary:

  • 8-10 AM: tours of the locker room.
  • 9:00 AM: MGoTailgate(?). Tentative. Probably a fiasco.
  • 9:30 AM: Gates open.
  • 10:00 AM: Alumni game scheduled to start.
  • 12:00 PM: Spring game-type substance.
  • 3:00 PM: Baseball and softball games start at their respective fields.
  • ???
  • Profit!

Hopefully next year they'll bump things back a few hours to provide more time for pregame festivities. There is also a baseball game at 7PM Friday and baseball/softball games at 1PM Sunday for anyone in town or making an extended trip.

Parking is free except at Pioneer, where it's five bucks. The golf course is not open.

Is it a game? Sadly, no:

What fans won't see, however, is a true game among the 2009 players. Second-year Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said before practice Tuesday that Saturday's event will be a scrimmage in which certain proven players (like senior defensive end Brandon Graham) will see limited action, while others (like freshman quarterback Tate Forcier) may perform with both the first and second units to gain additional experience.

…and because he's the only healthy quarterback not named Cone. It'll probably be more like Michigan's final spring game under Carr, in which there was a controlled, unscored scrimmage that wasn't much fun. But Michigan's not really in a position to split into two competitive teams.

Weather? Should be quite nice. Currently projected to be 51 and sunny.