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Louisville football won’t have a spring game in 2019

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A lengthy Cardinal football tradition won’t continue under Scott Satterfield.

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According to the Courier Journal’s Jake Lourim, new Louisville football coach Scott Satterfield is doing away with the annual spring game.

Louisville football fans can expect the team’s spring practices to come early this year.

The Cardinals will hold their first spring practice Feb. 11, about a month earlier than they have in the past. They will wrap up spring camp on March 7.

Scott Satterfield’s first team at Louisville will not have an official “spring game” between two halves of the team. But at least one practice — maybe more — will be open to the public. The Cards will practice in front of fans on at least their last day.

Teams are allowed 15 spring practices. Louisville will finish this season before spring break begins on March 9.

For years, this has been an unpopular opinion of mine, but ... spring games have always kind of sucked. The tailgating was fun for a while when the event got really big, but even in those years, the first 10 minutes of the game was always sort of exciting, and then I’d spend the rest of the time just hoping no one got hurt.

I get that this is a spring tradition for a lot of people and that a lot of people are going to be bummed, but I’m cool with this, especially since Satterfield is going to give the fans significantly more access during fall camp. Plus, an open practice/event on the 7th to wrap things up could be cool. But that’s just me. I completely understand those who are desperate for any taste of football in the spring, and who look forward to this every year.

As long as the product on the field is improved next fall, I think everyone’s going to be fine.