Can spring football work in Ohio?

Debate continues as Buckeyes’ Meyer helps make push


Bellefontaine football players run sprints on the first day of practice last fall. Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer has urged the state’s prep football coaches to push for the creation of spring football in Ohio. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

In Ohio, the spring season is reserved for baseball, softball, tennis and track and field. Many of the state’s high school football coaches are hoping there eventually is a place for their sport as well.

Spring football has become popular in several other states, but up until now the Buckeye state has not joined in on the trend.

However, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has made clear his desire for the state’s high schools to be allowed to have practice sessions in the spring.

Two years ago, the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s board of directors unanimously rejected a proposal from the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association to institute 10 two-hour non-contact individual instruction sessions.

According to Kenton head football coach Mike Mauk, who has served as a director for the OHSFCA, there is no current plan for another spring practice proposal.

That does not mean the debate is dying.

“As a football coach, I would love to see it happen,” said Benjamin Logan head coach Carleton Cotner. “The extra instruction time would be beneficial.”

Former Bellefontaine High School head football coach Jason Brown has seen first-hand how spring football practice can benefit both the players and the high school football program itself.

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