Bad weather is putting a damper on plans for some college football programs’ spring games this weekend.
The Michigan Wolverines joined a group of schools opting to cancel their annual spring scrimmage scheduled for this weekend due to impending thunderstorms throughout the Midwest.
Due to the limited number of spring practices remaining for the team, Michigan announced Wednesday it would not reschedule Saturday’s “situational scrimmage” it had planned to make open to the public.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and athletic director Warde Manuel said they were disappointed that fans will miss their lone opportunity to see the team this spring, but the safety of the team, fans and staff at the stadium was the top priority.
“We want to ensure the safety of our fans as well as the student-athletes and staff,” Manuel said in a statement. “We also wanted to provide as much notice in advance for fans and the families of our players that were considering attending.”
Harbaugh said the weather report he saw indicated there was a 100 percent chance of thunderstorms near Michigan Stadium on Saturday evening.
Wisconsin announced its plan to cancel the Badgers’ spring game Tuesday evening with no plans to reschedule. Iowa State cancelled its game Monday. Both schools cited safety concerns with the coming storms.
“The only thing you feel bad for is our fan base because you love the opportunity for our kids to get out,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell told reporters earlier this week. “Our fans have been so awesome to us the last two years, in terms of showing up and have been such a huge, huge piece of why that’s been such a positive event.”