Complete list of 2011 spring practice dates

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While some spring practice sessions have already commenced — sans media and fans — the vast majority will rev up in the coming days and weeks.

For those who are interested in when their team will begins preparations, or when an archrival responds in kind, here’s a handy list of every start and spring game date for each of the Div.1-A schools, very neatly sorted in a conference-by-conference format.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.  And also thank you very much to the National Football Foundation for their email help in compiling this list.

ACC

Boston College
Spring football starts: March 15. Spring game April 16.

Clemson
Spring football starts: March 4. Spring game April 9.

Duke
Spring football starts: March 4. Spring game April 9.

Florida State
Spring football starts: March 21. Spring game April 16.

Georgia Tech
Spring football starts: March 28. Spring game April 23.

Maryland
Spring football starts: March 29. Spring game April 30.

Miami (Fla.)
Spring football starts: March 5. Spring game April 16.

North Carolina
Spring football starts: March 16. Spring game April 9.

North Carolina State
Spring football starts: March 17. Spring game April 16.

Virginia
Spring football starts: March 16. Spring game April 2.

Virginia Tech
Spring football starts: March 30. Spring game April 23.

Wake Forest
Spring football starts: March 15. Spring game April 16.

BIG EAST

Cincinnati
Spring football starts: March 29. Spring game: April 30.

Louisville
Spring football starts: March 23. Spring game: April 15.

Pittsburgh
Spring football starts: March 15. Spring game: April 16.

Rutgers
Spring football starts: March 29. Spring game: April 30.

USF
Spring football starts: March 3. Spring game: April 2.

Syracuse
Spring football starts: March 8. Spring game: April 16.

West Virginia
Spring football starts: March 28. Spring game: April 29.

UConn
Spring football starts: March 15. Spring game: April 16.

BIG TEN

Illinois
Spring football starts: March 29. Spring game April 23.

Indiana
Spring football starts: March 8. Spring game April 16.

Iowa
Spring football starts: March 23. Spring game April 16.

Michigan
Spring football starts: March 19. Spring game April 16.

Michigan State
Spring football starts: March 29. Spring game April 30.

Minnesota
Spring football starts: March 24. Spring game April 23.

Nebraska
Spring football starts: March 12. Spring game April 16.

Northwestern
Spring football starts: March 7. Spring game April 16.

Ohio State
Spring football starts: March 31. Spring game: April 23.

Penn State
Spring football starts: March 16. Spring game April 16.

Purdue
Spring football starts: March 2. Spring game: April 9.

Wisconsin
Spring football starts: March 22. Spring game: April 23.

BIG 12

Baylor
Spring football starts: Feb. 28. Spring game April 2.

Iowa State
Spring football starts: March 22. Spring game April 16.

Kansas
Spring football starts: April 1. Spring game April 30.

Kansas State
Spring football starts: April 6. Spring game April 30.

Missouri
Spring football starts: March 8. Spring game April 16.

Oklahoma
Spring football starts: March 21. Spring game April 16.

Oklahoma State
Spring football starts: March 7. Spring game April 16.

Texas
Spring football starts: Feb. 24. Spring game April 3.

Texas A&M
Spring football starts: March 22. Spring game April 16.

Texas Tech
Spring football starts: Feb. 18. Spring game March 26.

Conference USA

East Carolina
Spring football starts: March 21. Spring game April 16.

Houston
Spring football starts: March 5. Spring game April 9.

Marshall
Spring football starts: March 31. Spring game April 23.

Memphis
Spring football starts: March 16. Spring game: April 16.

Rice
Spring football starts: March 8. Spring game: April 9.

SMU
Spring football starts: April 4. Spring football ends: April 30.

Southern Miss
Spring football starts: March 14. Spring game: April 9.

Tulane
Spring football starts: March 14. Spring game: April 16.

Tulsa
Spring football starts: March 8. Spring game: April 15.

UAB
Spring football starts: March 23. Spring game: April 16.

UCF
Spring football starts: March 18. Spring game: April 16.

UTEP
Spring football starts: April 1. Spring game: April 30.

INDEPENDENTS

Army
Spring football starts: Feb. 16. Spring game March 9.

BYU
Spring football starts: March 14. Spring game April 9.

Navy
Spring football starts: March 28. Spring game April 22.

Notre Dame
Spring football starts: March 23. Spring game: April 16.

MAC

Akron
Spring football starts: March 23. Spring game: April 16.

Ball State
Spring football starts: March 29. Spring game: April 23.

Bowling Green
Spring football starts: March 18. Spring game: April 15.

Buffalo
Spring football starts: March 23. Spring game: April 16.

Central Michigan
Spring football starts: March 15. Spring game: April 16.

Eastern Michigan
Spring football starts: March 8. Spring game: April 10.

Kent State
Spring football starts: March 29. Spring game: April 16.

Miami of Ohio
Spring football starts: March 22. Spring game: April 15.

Northern Illinois
Spring football starts: March 22. Spring game: April 23.

Ohio
Spring football starts: March 28. Spring game: April 16.

Temple
Spring football starts: March 23. Spring game: April 16.

Toledo
Spring football starts: March 17. Spring game: April 15.

Western Michigan
Spring football starts: March 17. Spring game: April 16.

MOUNTAIN WEST

Air Force
Spring football starts: Feb 23. Spring game March 17.

Boise State
Spring football starts: March 7. Spring game April 16.

Colorado State
Spring football starts: March 24. Spring game April 23.

New Mexico
Spring football starts: March 22. Spring game: April 16.

San Diego State
Spring football starts: Feb 26. Spring game: March 24.

TCU
Spring football starts: March 4. Spring game: April 2.

UNLV
Spring football starts: Feb. 28. Spring game: April 2.

Wyoming
Spring football starts: March 5. Spring game: April 9.

PAC-12

Arizona
Spring football starts: March 21. Spring game: April 16.

Arizona State
Spring football starts: March 22. Spring game: April 23.

Cal
Spring football starts: March 29. No spring game; last practice April 30.

Colorado
Spring football starts: March 11. Spring game: April 9.

Oregon
Spring football starts: March 28. Spring game: April 30.

Oregon State
Spring football starts: March 28. Spring game: April 30.

Stanford
Spring football starts: Feb. 21. Spring game: April 9.

UCLA
Spring football starts: March 31. Spring game: April 23.

USC
Spring football starts: March 22. Spring game: April 23.

Utah
Spring football starts: March 8. Spring game: April 16.

Washington
Spring football starts: March 29. Spring game: April 30.

Washington State
Spring football starts: March 7. Spring game: April 16.

SEC

Alabama
Spring football starts: March 21. Spring game April 16.

Arkansas
Spring football starts: March 15. Spring game April 16.

Auburn
Spring football starts: March 23. Spring game April 16.

Florida
Spring football starts: March 16. Spring game April 9.

Georgia
Spring football starts: March 10. Spring game April 16.

Kentucky
Spring football starts: March 23. Spring game April 23.

LSU
Spring football starts: March 11. Spring game April 9.

Ole Miss
Spring football starts: March 28. Spring game April 16.

Mississippi State
Spring football starts: March 4. Spring game: April 9.

South Carolina
Spring football starts: March 15. Spring game April 9.

Tennessee
Spring football starts: March 22. Spring game: April 16.

Vanderbilt
Spring football starts: March 18. Spring game: April 17.

SUN BELT

Arkansas State
Spring football starts: March 12. Spring game April 16.

Florida Atlantic
Spring football starts: March 30. Spring game April 23.

Florida International
Spring football starts: March 3. Spring game April 1.

Louisiana – Lafayette
Spring football starts: March 3. Spring game: April 16.

Louisiana – Monroe
Spring football starts: March 10. Spring game: April 9.

Middle Tennessee
Spring football starts: March 16. Spring game: April 9.

North Texas
Spring football starts: March 23. Spring game: April 15.

Troy
Spring football starts: Feb. 23. Spring game: March 26.

Western Kentucky
Spring football starts: March 21. Spring game: April 16.

WAC

Fresno State
Spring football starts: March 16. Spring game: April 9.

Hawaii
Spring football starts: March 9. Spring game: April 15.

Idaho
Spring football starts: March 24. Spring game: April 22.

Louisiana Tech
Spring football starts: March 10. Spring game: April 2.

Nevada
Spring football starts: March 24. Spring game: April 16.

New Mexico State
Spring football starts: April 2. Spring game: April 30.

San Jose State
Spring football starts: April 5. Spring game: April 30.

Utah State
Spring football starts: March 28. Spring game: April 23.

Oregon State reportedly finds new head coach in Beau Baldwin

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As coaching vacancies are opening up, one report Friday night says Oregon State has filled their vacancy in the football program. Cal offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin is reported to be slated as the next head coach of the Beavers, according to Football Scoop.

The hire is expected to happen quickly at the conclusion of this weekend’s Pac-12 action. Cal is playing UCLA Friday night in the season finale for the Bears, and Oregon State plays Oregon on Saturday.

Baldwin joined the Cal staff under new head coach Justin Wilcox after eight seasons as the head coach at Eastern Washington, one of the top FCS programs over that span. Baldwin will be no stranger to the Pac-12 North, having competed against a handful of Pac-12 opponents over the years and even winning. As a head coach at Eastern Washington, and before that at Division 2 Central Washington, Baldwin has a record of 95-35 with a national championship at Eastern Washington in 2010.

Oregon State’s head coaching position opened up on October 9 when Gary Andersen mutually agreed with the university to part ways, leaving behind a buyout as part of the agreement.

No. 25 Virginia Tech defeats Virginia for 14th straight year

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It’s been a long time since the last time Virginia handed their in-state rivals from Blacksburg a loss, and it will be at least another year more until they do so again. No. 25 Virginia Tech (9-3, 5-3 ACC) extended their winning streak against Virginia (6-6, 3-5 ACC) to 14 with a 10-0 win in Charlottesville on Friday night.

Josh Jackson‘s eight-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cunningham was the only touchdown scored in the game and padded a lead to 10-0 for Virginia Tech in the third quarter. A week after making big plays for a half against Miami, Virginia’s offense was finding little opportunity with the football. Virginia Tech held the hosts to fewer than 200 yards of offense.

The last time Virginia Tech lost to Virginia was in 2003. The Cavaliers upset the No. 21 Hokies 35-21 with a 28-7 advantage in the second half. Virgina Tech’s shutout of Virginia was the third shutout victory in the series for the Hokies since 2006, all with Bud Foster as defensive coordinator.

Both Virginia Tech and Virginia will be participating in the bowl season this year. What bowl games that are heading to remains to be determined.

Iowa clobbers Nebraska in what appears to be end of the road for Mike Riley

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The Iowa Hawkeyes have been one of the weirdest teams to figure out this season. On Friday, the Hawkeye faithful were thankful the good Iowa showed up in Lincoln. Iowa (7-5, 4-5 Big Ten) blasted Nebraska (4-8, 306 Big Ten) on the strength of a 28-point outburst in the third quarter of a 56-14 victory over the Huskers. For Nebraska, it was a fitting end to a disappointing season and perhaps the final nail in the coffin of the Mike Riley era in Lincoln.

Iowa became the third team to win three straight games played in Lincoln, Nebraska in the last 40 years. Oklahoma and Texas are the only two programs to pull off that once-unthinkable feat. But since Nebraska joined the Big Ten and paired up with Iowa for a regular season rivalry in the Big Ten schedule, the Hawkeyes have enjoyed their trips to Nebraska. This just happened to be the biggest blowout in the Big Ten series, and it came one year after Iowa blew out Nebraska by a 40-10 score the previous season. For those counting at home, Nebraska has now lost two straight games to Iowa by a combined score of 96-34.

Nebraska managed to show some fight late in their road game at Penn State last week, but Iowa was having none of that this week. The Hawkeyes out-gained Nebraska 505-267 in offensive yardage and Iowa forced three Nebraska turnovers while picking up 23 first downs and allowing just 12. Nebraska went the entire second half without scoring a point, while Iowa went on a roll. This game was tied 14-14 at halftime, believe it or not.

Iowa running back Akrum Wadley took over the game for the Hawkeyes. Wadley rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns, with two of those scores coming in the third quarter.

Iowa will now go to a bowl game, while Nebraska is tasked with figuring out what to do next. Unlike at Arkansas, where the plug was pulled on Bret Bielema minutes after losing a regular season finale at home, Mike Riley is still employed by Nebraska. But for how much longer? Rumors about where Nebraska is going next continue to swirl, with UCF head coach Scott Frost being a trendy name to attach to the Nebraska job (Frost just completed an undefeated 11-0 season at UCF), but there has been no official change just yet in Lincoln.

But with an AD change this year and the way this season devolved, Riley’s days are all but over in Lincoln.

No. 15 UCF remains perfect after wild win over USF clinches AAC East

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I’ll allow you to try catching your breath before we try to recap exactly what happened in the final minutes of the War on I-4 between two AAC championship contenders. No. 15 UCF (11-0, 8-0 AAC) came out on the positive end of a wild and crazy ending to keep the regular season spotless in the loss column. UCF scored a go-ahead touchdown, gave up a tying touchdown, scored the game-winning touchdown and recovered a late fumble to close the books on a 49-42 victory over rival USF (9-2, 6-2 AAC) in the span of just two minutes.

UCF and USF combined for over 1,100 yards of offense in the back-and-forth game, but UCF scored three touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters to get off to a fast start and find a way to grab the game by the horns and drive it home. McKinzie Milton passed for 373 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 56 yards and a score to help the Knights outlast a valiant effort from Quinton Flowers and a record-setting day for USF wide receiver Tyre McCants. Flowers passed for 503 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 102 yards and a score. McCants broke the USF record for most receiving yards in a game in the first half, but ended his day with 227 yards.

USF had their opportunities to win this game. The Bulls missed a field goal in the first half and Flowers threw his only interception late in the first half when it appeared the Bulls could have taken a lead into halftime. The fumble by Mitchell Wilcox came at the end of a play that was moving the ball across midfield in the final moments. USF, the preseason favorite in the AAC, will still be going to a bowl game and should be a threat to whomever they face, but two losses along the way prevented them from living up to the lofty expectations placed on them this season.

UCF will host Memphis in the AAC Championship Game next week. The winner of that game will be nearly guaranteed a spot in the New Years Six bowl line-up as both teams are currently the highest-ranked teams in the playoff selection committee’s weekly rankings. UCF defeated Memphis earlier in the season with a 40-13 victory in Orlando, but the Tigers have been playing much better since that game. The rematch should be much more competitive next week.

UCF wrapped up a perfect regular season on the same day No., 2 Miami suffered its first loss of the year. UCF is now the only undefeated team in the state of Florida this season.