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Sport Toledo moves spring game to Friday night to avoid inclement weather

23:52  12 april  2018
23:52  12 april  2018 Source:   nbcsports.com

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The University of Toledo spring football game has been moved to 7 p.m. Friday night at the Glass Bowl due to potential inclement weather forecasted on Saturday. Admission is free to the public and the scrimmage will use a running clock and is expected to last about one hour.

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This is supposed to be one of several big weekends for spring football games around the country but inclement weather forecast in the Midwest has led to other ideas at many schools in the region. While they are not following schools like Wisconsin, Michigan or West Virginia in completely cancelling their game, Toledo is moving their annual ‘Blue and Gold Spring Football scrimmage’ up to Friday night in order to avoid potential storms on Saturday.

Kickoff at the Glass Bowl is now set for 7 p.m. as a result and the school will use a running clock to keep things moving (and, according to a release, limited to about an hour of action). Players will still be available for autographs after the game and former Rockets stars like Kareem Hunt, Rolan Milligan, Michael Roberts and David Fluellen are still set to serve as honorary coaches even with the festivities being moved under the lights a day earlier.

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The forecast of inclement weather for the originally scheduled time of noon Saturday prompted the change. Poor spring weather prompted the Wisconsin Badgers on Tuesday to cancel their spring game scheduled for Friday night .

@ToledoRockets. The Official Twitter account of the University of Toledo Athletic Department. scrimmage has been moved from Saturday to Friday night at 7:00 p.m. due to an inclement weather forecast. Free admission. Autographs afterward. Game should last about one hour.

Interestingly, Toledo is still holding their youth football clinic as scheduled on Saturday morning but will move things indoors to the nearby Fetterman Training Center instead of having it at the stadium.

The Rockets are coming off a banner season in 2017 that included an 11-3 record and that elusive MAC title. The team is set to return as many as 16 starters for the 2018 campaign and should once again be one of the conference favorites even if they don’t get a proper spring game this weekend to send them off to summer workouts.

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The 2018 schedule includes the inevitable flexing of two late-season Sunday games to Saturday. This is not, in my own personal view uninfluenced by anything I’ve heard or not heard from anyone at NBC, an insignificant development. For the first time ever (except in the event of inclement weather and/or collapsing domes and/or inclement weather [ more ]The 2018 schedule includes the inevitable flexing of two late-season Sunday games to Saturday. This is not, in my own personal view uninfluenced by anything I’ve heard or not heard from anyone at NBC, an insignificant development.

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