Pitt coach Paul Chryst admits canceling the spring football game might seem “a little bit selfish.” But he values practice time over tradition, and the result this year is that Pitt won't conclude spring drills with an intrasquad game for the first time since the 1940s. “I never remember a time when we didn't have a spring game,” said Pitt historian Alex Kramer, who was a student manager from 1948-1951 and later an administrative assistant to five football coaches. Chryst said Thursday he believes finishing spring drills with a regular practice will be better for his team. “The thinking behind that is to get one more good work day out of (the players),” he said. “Most, if not every, spring game you end up really sacrificing a lot. “These days are really valuable for us.” Asked about fan reaction, he said, “You appreciate those people. That's a real thing, a good thing. That's certainly not the intention to (say fan support) doesn't matter. “It's a little bit selfish when you are trying to do what is best for the program. You feel really good that is the right thing to do and you hope people appreciate that.” Pitt is one of only three FBS schools to cancel their spring game this year. That includes a group of 128 teams in 10 conferences, plus independents Notre Dame, Army, Navy and BYU, according to FBschedules.com. Texas A&M canceled its games for 2014-15 due to renovation at Kyle Field, and officials didn't want to move it off-campus because of recruiting restrictions. Oklahoma State will have one open practice for fans.
Pitt football cancels spring game
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Feb 28