The Pittsburgh Panthers have cancelled their spring game, choosing instead to focus on improving behind closed doors, reports CBS Sports.
Paul Chryst believes there will be more than enough value in intrasquad scrimmages in the 15 practice sessions between March 16 and April 13. The added bonus is that none of those sessions will be open to the public.
"The thought behind [the decision], honestly, is to get one more good work day out of them," Chryst explained via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"Most, if not every spring game I've been a part of, you really end up sacrificing a lot. It sounds crazy, but just being locked into a place, bad weather. … You're kind of locked into that day. These days are really valuable for us."
Chryst admits that cancelling the games give the fans little opportunity to interact with the team during to off-season but the school will arrange alternative events for fan interaction in the coming weeks.
"It's a little bit selfish doing what's best for the program," Chryst said. "You appreciate [the fans]. You don't want it to come off as not being appreciative. It's not the intent. But there is real conviction that for this group of guys, the guys in the building … you feel really good that this is the right thing. You hope the people appreciate that."
Texas A&M has also cancelled their spring practice because of the Kyle Field renovations while Oklahoma State will host just one open practice session instead of a spring game.
Pittsburgh finished the 2013 season with a 30-27 victory against Bowling Green in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl, giving them a winning record on the season.