The last of the 2014 Big 12 spring football games is set for Saturday when Kansas State holds its annual Purple vs. White spring scrimmage, which will conclude the Wildcats official 15-day spring practice sessions.
A number of college programs, including Oklahoma State and TCU in the Big 12, no longer hold annual spring games for public attendance, opting instead to go with extra practice time and scrimmages that are closed to the public. Kansas State is among those schools that still see value in holding a spring game that is held on a Saturday afternoon at the end of spring practice time.
Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, longtime Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, the dean of all Big 12 football coaches, said, if it were left up to him, his preference would be to just hold practices in the 15-day period that the NCAA allows teams to hold organized drills and training in the spring, but he recognizes the value that comes from holding a spring game to cap off the spring practice period.
“It’s for our fan base,” Snyder said. “I would prefer practices, but our fans enjoy seeing our players and the environment and all those sorts of things. So we will always do it (hold a spring scrimmage for the Wildcat fans).
“Part of the day (the spring game) is to develop an understanding about game day,” the K-State head coach said. “Everything we do on Saturday will be a replica of what we will do any Saturday next fall.”
The annual Purple-White spring game is the only time all year when Snyder allows the quarterbacks to call their own plays. As a result, the spring games usually turn into pass-happy offensive displays and high scores, much to the excitement of the fans in attendance.
Over 16,000 Kansas State fans and supporters were in attendance at the Purple-White spring scrimmage a year ago following the Wildcats’ 2012 conference championship season.