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Michigan announces Spring Game will be practice with ‘controlled scrimmage’ portion

Anyone hoping for a straight-up Maize vs. Blue contest may be disappointed.

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Michigan Football’s annual Spring Game is set for Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. ET and the program announced the final details of the event on Monday. It will not be a traditional full-session scrimmage that some fans may have hoped for and instead will be a regular practice with individual and team drills, followed by a “controlled scrimmage” session.

It will not be televised, so your best shot is to either be there or catch the radio broadcast (details below). It is a free event and parking will be available across the street at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School for $30.

From the U-M release:

“The 2019 University of Michigan football team will hold its annual Spring Game presented by PNC Bank on Saturday, April 13, at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines will conduct individual and team drills with a controlled scrimmage during a portion of practice.

The spring football practice is free and open to the public, with the Wolverines taking the field at 5 p.m. to begin warm-ups and drills. The Gates to Michigan Stadium will open at 4 p.m.

The typical prohibited items list will be strictly enforced, with no bags allowed in the stadium for the spring football game. All attendees and items are subject to search. In addition, there will be a bag check starting at 4 p.m. on the South Concourse of Crisler Center.

This practice is one of the 15 allowed under NCAA rules to each program across the country. It is subject to change or cancellation due to inclement weather conditions before or during the session.

Locally, coverage of the practice will air on WWJ Radio (950 AM in Detroit) starting at 4:45 p.m. The radio broadcast will also be streamed on”

Speaking of worth watching, U-M Athletics is making a day out of it with the Men’s Tennis team hosting Minnesota at noon and a lacrosse doubleheader with the men playing Penn State also at noon and the women taking on Rutgers at 3 p.m.