Spring Game to be at 6pm; Gentry to TE full-time, Khalid Hill at FB

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on February 19th, 2016 at 4:44 PM

At Harbaugh's signing earlier at MDen, he said the spring game would be played at 6pm on Friday, April 1st. I realize I already created a thread on the spring game being April 1 but the time was not announced yet and that is a pretty key detail for a Friday game.


EDIT: also appears he's having a presser now. 


Khalid Hill is going to work at fullback. Zach Gentry will stay at TE

— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) February 19, 2016

Harbaugh said Mason Cole will get work at center right away when spring starts. Peppers is full go.

— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) February 19, 2016

Harbaugh says all the early enrollees are doing well. He singled out Carlo Kemp: 'He looks like he's been here for years.'

— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) February 19, 2016



February 19th, 2016 at 4:49 PM ^

do not like...quite a few people from west michigan and other areas from more than an hour away not going to be able to make it. will be interesting to see if they have more or less than last year.

Wolverine Devotee

February 19th, 2016 at 4:54 PM ^

Yup, this screws over a ton of people. People with kids, people who can't take off of work, people who come in from far away. I expect the attendance to be pretty bad and the SEC-loving media to make note of it, ignoring the start time and day of week. 

Good luck to the folks trying to get through Friday rush hour traffic on 696. 

Wolverine Devotee

February 19th, 2016 at 5:03 PM ^

The fact of the matter is that people would be ripping this idea to shreds if this was two years ago. 

Just poor planning by the department. Hands are tied. All 15 practices have to be within 34 days. April 2nd on a Saturday can't happen because The Big House is double-booked for a Men's and Women's Lax doubleheader. Not to mention the large amount of people that will be next door and taking up parking spaces around the stadium for the Gymnastics regional. 

Pepto Bismol

February 19th, 2016 at 5:24 PM ^

People would be ripping this idea two years ago because the team was shit and the AD was a jackass and people were ripping everybody for absolutely anything.

Now, people are happy. 

Saturday would obviously be better, but it's just the Spring Game.  And if your skin crawls and you make a 'who farted' face when I type "just the Spring Game", then this event means more than enough for you to take a day off work.


February 19th, 2016 at 6:43 PM ^

Totally agree with Pepto.  If you really want to go, take a day off or, if you live close enough, half a day.  Bring the family, it's a Friday night.  Sorry your cheese got moved, but cumong, be flexible, it's a free spring game we're talking about!


February 19th, 2016 at 5:29 PM ^

How hard is it to move a lacrosse game? We moved the Michigan Maryland game on 2 days notice. The attendance for the spring game won't be over 3,000 if it starts one hour after people get out of work. I like both Hackett and Harbaugh but not sure how this is going to turn out. I think people have a right to be upset about not being able to go to it when they were planning on doing just that.


February 19th, 2016 at 8:49 PM ^

Well, its two lacrosse games, for one. 

And it's their season, not football's. Those are actual games that count in the Big Ten standings for the men's and women's teams. Asking them to move their games so football can practice/scrimmage would be disrespectful to those student-athletes.

And they moved the UMMaryland game because it was an in-season game where there werent other scheduling problems but their were weather/safety concerns. Slightly different. 

rob f

February 19th, 2016 at 5:51 PM ^

but enough of the pouting and whining and stomping your feet over the start time. And thats exactly what your multiple posts looked like on your earlier thread about the Spring Game. Being petulant here on the MGoBoard won't change a thing and is a bad look for someone who is obviously tired of being a constant target of Internet abuse.

Like it or not, life is all about making adjustments to things you have no control over. Get used to it.

Is a 6 pm start time ideal for me? No, but I'll adjust. It's a 2 1/4 hour drive each way for me in good weather. I'll make it work for me because it's a high enough priority to do so.

Wolverine Devotee

February 19th, 2016 at 6:04 PM ^

It's petulant when it's the minority who are against the idea, but just part of a good, old-fashioned mob when it's the majority.

And I didn't neg you. I never do. You're one of my favorite posters on here. 

The attendance will suffer because of the people who can't take off of work. But like I said, this was just bad planning and there really is no choice but to have it on April 1. 

I think 8pm would be better because it isn't an hour after everyone gets off of work, but I digress. 

I'm still going and meeting up with friends who go to U-M that I've never been able to see a game with since I obviously don't sit in the student section. Won't ruin my day. Hope the weather is decent.


February 19th, 2016 at 6:39 PM ^

"Like it or not, life is all about making adjustments to things you have no control over. Get used to it."

I see, so I guess you never complain about anything... I for one don't care either way (I live hundreds of miles away). The time seems to be important to WD, why do you feel the need to change that?


February 19th, 2016 at 5:48 PM ^

How does this screw over people with kids?

I fall into this category and think this is unfortunate scheduling both for selfish reasons and for the university. My kids are too young for me to bring them to an actual game. The Spring Game is the perfect event to get them into the big house to get a taste of the M football experience and start building little Michigan fans (thus not wasting $ on tickets if they want/need to leave early, they have more room to roam around their seats and not piss off others by kicking them in the back, etc.). As stated above, those of us who don't live in the immediate AA area cannot logistically make it there with the family by 6pm on a Friday. So, my kids will miss out on their Big House experience this year, and extrapolating this to all other families in the same boat, the university has a weaker link to the alumni/fan community as a result.

Gucci Mane

February 19th, 2016 at 9:40 PM ^

How can you not get your kids to Ann Arbor by 6 pm ? Do you live in Chicago or something ? Whinning is not attractive. And I don't mean to single you out, many here are whinning about this. As for me this time is amazing, but I would literallly attend the spring game if it was at 4am on a monday morning. 

Gucci Mane

February 19th, 2016 at 10:04 PM ^

Leaving work a couple hours early would make it easy to attend for anyone that lives within a 90 minute drive. I guess I just find it odd that someone would be so invested in Michigan that they post on a Michigan blog and then can't take a half day off work to make the game ?

Am I wrong to assume that many here are Michigan graduates with good jobs that offer some flexibility ? Even if there is no flexibility at all just use a sick day ! I understand that in some cases this is not possible, but that applies to any time, on any day.

Gucci Mane

February 20th, 2016 at 12:52 AM ^

I am currently in school and I have missed 1 class in the past 4 semesters....to attend signing of the stars. I'm sorry an attendance rate of about 99.5% isn't good enough to work for you.
Edit: make that 2 times in the past 2 years, I forgot about last year when I had to get tested for something that was a cancer concern (it was fine).