Keep the history alive!
I have not been able to track down the original school where this occurred although the University of Pennsylvania was key in working toward salvaging football. However, it first arrived at Arkansas in the spring of 1910 just after Arkansas' first undefeated season. By this time, college football was in danger of being outlawed and made illegal. If Arkansas was not the first school to have a spring practice, then it was among the first to incorporate this into its program.
"It would take the actions of the nation's President to prevent the sport from disappearing into history."
The problem was brought to the forefront of limiting the violent nature of the game after the injury to Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. playing as a freshman and son of President Theodore Roosevelt. Soon after, the elder Roosevelt demanded that rules be implemented to make the game safer and more civil. At first this would be accomplished by regional rule changes incorporated by individual schools. Later this would be accomplished with the establishment of the American (National) Football Rules Committee which became the NCAA in 1910. During this period (end of 1905 to 1910), college football programs were being discontinued at many of the college institutions. However, luckily for us, it was saved from complete extinction.
The rules of the game were under fire and if not changed, the entire sport of football was in danger of being no more. By 1910, the Arkansas spring practice was primarily used to familiarize the team with the new rule changes. The 35-minute half was history and replaced by four 15-minute quarters, field goals were reduced from four points to three points. The neutral zone was established, first downs were changed from five to 10 yards, a minimum of six men were required to be on the line of scrimmage, etc.
With these changes, the program has been able to progress to where it is now. Not only was head coach Hugo Bezdek responsible for renaming the football squad to the current Razorbacks and coaching the first undefeated team, he would go on to also established the first Arkansas spring practice in order to make sure his players were ready for the upcoming fall season. By the way, the 1910 season had a record of 8-1 while scoring 221 points and allowing only 19 points to be scored by the opponents.