Complete list of 2011 spring practice dates

2 Comments

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.

Rutgers offensive line went curling and it was no Miracurl on Ice

Getty Images
Leave a comment

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang are almost over but one of the best moments to happen over in South Korea came early Saturday morning stateside as Team USA completed an improbable run toward a gold medal in curling. John Shuster and company wound up capturing America’s first ever Olympic curling gold medal and fittingly won by beating the No. 1 ranked team in the world from Sweden in what is now being dubbed the Miracurl on Ice.

It’s no stretch to say that curling is not just enjoying its quadrennial moment in the spotlight but is genuinely seeing interest in the sport peak in places from coast-to-coast. That even includes the bustling winter sports capital of… Piscataway.

Rutgers offensive line apparently tried their hands at curling for the first time earlier this week and The Players’ Tribune sent along a camera to see how they did against a local club.

Let’s just say that the Scarlet Knights should stick to football. That said, a Big Ten curling tournament should definitely be in the works ASAP.

Either way, congrats to Team USA on the gold medal and let’s hope their victory tour includes teaching offensive lines far and wide how to bring the, ahem, hammer.

Pitt hires WMU’s Cory Sanders as safeties coach, promotes Charlie Partridge

Getty Images
Leave a comment

It’s taken a little longer than he would have liked but Pat Narduzzi finally has a complete coaching staff.

Pitt announced on Saturday morning that Cory Sanders was joining the program as the Panthers 10th assistant and will be coaching the safeties. The veteran was most recently at Western Michigan in 2017 and also has head coaching experience at the Division II level.

“Cory Sanders really impressed us during the interview process,” Narduzzi said in a statement. “We will be adding a young, up-and-coming coach who has outstanding football knowledge and really excels at teaching the fundamentals. Cory is also a relentless recruiter with a great eye for evaluation. He is a great addition to our staff and now gives us two coaches—along with Archie Collins—who will focus on the secondary.”

Collins, who was hired late last month, is set to focus on coaching the cornerbacks and also heads to the Steel City from a directional school in Michigan (Central, in this case). The pair will essentially split the job that former assistant Renoldo Hill handled before he left to join the Miami Dolphins staff.

The school also announced that defensive line coach Charlie Partridge was being promoted to assistant head coach after his name surfaced in connection to several openings this offseason. Paris Johnson, a former graduate assistant for Narduzzi back at Michigan State, was named assistant director of player personnel as well.

Purdue QB David Blough cleared for spring practice

Getty Images
Leave a comment

In a stark change from most offseason news in the sport, Purdue has something positive personnel-wise to hang its hat on moving forward.

By way of the Indianapolis Star, head coach Jeff Brohm revealed Friday that David Blough is “way ahead of schedule” and has been cleared to participate in spring practice, which kicks off this coming Monday, for the Boilermakers.  Just how much of a participant the quarterback will be remains to be seen, though.

“He’s doing a great job and he will be out there at spring practice and will be participating,” Brohm said according to the Star. ‘Whether it will be fully that remains to be seen. He will be out there Day 1 and doing some portions of practice.

“We’ve got to make sure we protect him, especially in 11-on-11 settings. We’ll see how the first week goes if we can progress on that.”

Blough suffered a dislocated ankle in a November win over Illinois and missed the remainder of the 2017 season.  At the time of the injury, it was thought that it and the subsequent recovery process would keep the junior out of spring practice.

Blough had started the two games leading up to his season-ending injury, with Brohm confirming that the rising senior will be the starter as this offseason kicks off in earnest.  Elijah Sindelar, who reclaimed the starting job after Blough’s injury, will miss spring practice as he continues to recover from a torn ACL on which he played for the last month of the regular season plus the Boilermakers’ bowl game.

Illinois adds longtime NFL assistant; DC Hardy Nickerson given beefed-up title

Getty Images
Leave a comment

There was some movement on the coaching staff front for Lovie Smith Friday.

Illinois announced earlier today that Gill Byrd has been hired by Smith as the Fighting Illini’s safeties coach.  Byrd will also hold the title of passing-game coordinator.

“I’m very pleased to have Gill Byrd join the Illini coaching staff,” said Smith in a statement. “We’ve spent several seasons together in the NFL and I envision Gill bringing a great combination of knowledge and enthusiasm to our program. He will be a terrific influence on the young men he coaches, and, as good a coach as he is, he is probably an even better person.”

Byrd, who played his college football at San Jose State, has spent the past 19 seasons at the NFL level, coaching defensive backs during stops with the St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and, most recently, with the Buffalo Bills last season.  This will mark Byrd’s first-ever job at any level of college football.

In addition to the hiring of Byrd, the football program also confirmed that Hardy Nickerson has been given the additional title of assistant head coach.  Nickerson has served as the Illini’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for each of the past two seasons.