Texas A&M's Pat Henry has pushed for a grand outdoor track complex for the past decade, to no avail to date for the coach who's brought multiple national titles to Aggieland. Such a venue with an expansive grandstand would come in handy right now for that most prominent of A&M sports: football.

The Aggies are without a home for their annual Maroon & White game this spring because of a $450 million ongoing renovation to Kyle Field. A&M's football stadium is without an east side lower deck — and even without a field, as the storied grounds are a massive dirt pile while being lowered 7 feet.

“With Kyle Field in the shape it's in, we've got to look for alternatives,” A&M athletic director Eric Hyman said Thursday. “And 'alternatives' mean all the way across the board.”

“Across the board” means potentially other A&M campus sites such as the program's practice fields, or perhaps Bryan High School's large stadium three miles from A&M.

“We've looked at all of those things, and what we'll end up coming up with is something that allows us to play the spring game based on SEC guidelines, and what the NCAA allows us to do,” Hyman said.

The Southeastern Conference explicitly outlines its rules for spring games, in an excerpt from the SEC Commissioner's Regulations provided by league official Herb Vincent. Primarily: “All spring practices, including spring games, must be held either: (1) on campus; (2) in a facility regularly used for practice or home competition in the immediate campus community; or (3) in a facility used at least twice during the applicable academic year for regular season home competition.”

According to A&M athletics spokesman Alan Cannon, the Aggies can apply for a waiver from the SEC to play the game off campus, but ...

“There are also NCAA rules prohibiting contact with prospective student-athletes and/or families and coaches at off-campus events, such as a spring game,” Cannon added.