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.

Big 12 presidents take vow of public uniformity

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby arrives to speak to reporters after the first day of the conference's meeting Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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There may be plenty of heated debates and conversations behind closed doors, but when it comes to showing the public their stance, the leaders of the Big 12 have agreed to stand together for the greater good of the Big 12. On Friday, Big 12 presidents and chancellors agreed to defer all comments to commissioner Bob Bowlsby.

The show of uniformity in refraining from comment appears to put Oklahoma president David Boren on notice. Boren had made headlines with his public remarks regarding the stability of the Big 12 by suggesting the conference was psychologically disadvantaged in the power conference landscape, speaking out in favor of expansion and lamenting the missed opportunity to add Louisville to the conference. Boren’s comments have either been echoed by fellow Big 12 leaders or disputed by others. Boren speaking out gave credence to the idea the Big 12 really is not standing on solid ground as a conference, because if Oklahoma is not happy with the state of the Big 12, then there are issues that will continue to be problematic. For the Big 12 to be stable, it likely needs Oklahoma and Texas to be happy. Now, no matter what Boren really thinks, he is essentially muzzled on the big topics for the Big 12.

After two days of meetings, the Big 12 essentially comes out of their meetings silent and without any drastic changes in the works. Expansion was discussed during the recent meetings, but no specific candidates were discussed during the board of directors meeting. Bowlsby did suggest there may not be an ideal number for the conference, which is currently operating with 10 members.

So for now, as has been the case for the last few years, there is no movement on the expansion front for the Big 12, which may be disheartening to fans of BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, UCF and any other number of programs dreaming and wishing for an invite to the power conference.

UAB approves funding for $15 million football facility

UAB coach Bill Clark watches during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
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The rebirth of UAB football continues to be underway. Days after signing its latest recruiting class (which actually ranked ahead of four Conference USA teams) and confirming its coaching staff to continue preparing for the program’s return in 2017, UAB’s Board of Trustees approved the funding for a $15 million football facility to be built on campus.

The 46,000-square foot facility will include updated locker rooms, administrative offices weight rooms and more to allow for the operation of a steady football program. This is the kind of support the program lacked at the time it was temporarily and hastily shutdown at the end of the 2014 season. It is important to keep in mind, however, this is still a work in progress for the university as it prepares to properly support its football program.

“Do the stars need to align a little bit? Yes, but so far they are,” UAB Athletic Director Mark Ingram said, per Al.com. “We feel great about the design efforts… People are making pledges.”

UAB head coach Bill Clark, who has admirably opted to stay in Birmingham to lead the program through this unique time, seems appreciative of the show of support from the university’s higher-ups.

“It’s just confirmation of where we’ve already been headed,” Clark said. “It’s a process that you go through at the university level to get buildings built, and for them to put phase one and phase two together is a big deal because it really just speeds the process up.”

Cold Turkey: Big 12 bumps Texas-TCU form Thanksgiving to Black Friday

A Texas fan dressed up as a Thanksgiving turkey shows disappointment over the performance of the Longhorns during the first half of an NCAA college football game against TCU, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
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The Big 12 announced a pair of adjustments to its 2016 conference schedule this morning. The more notable of the two changes is the move of Texas and TCU’s Thanksgiving night game to the next day, Black Friday. The game scheduled to be played in Austin on Thanksgiving night will now be played the following day as part of a request of television partners ESPN and FOX.

This will mark the second straight season TCU has played on Black Friday. Last season the Horned Frogs defeated Baylor in one of the sloppier weather games of the year. Playing on Thanksgiving had been a long-standing tradition for the Longhorns. Texas squared off with rival Texas A&M 69 times before the Aggies departed the conference for the SEC. Without the Aggies to play on Thanksgiving, Texas has kept that tradition going with games against either Texas Tech or TCU. However, the addition of a third game in primetime to the NFL schedule ahs created a bit of a stir when it comes to television partners. Knowing the NFL will grab the large majority of the football viewers on Thanksgiving night, the Big 12 now avoids being in the NFL’s dark, ominous shadow. Time will tell if this is a one-year deal, and hopefully it is. Some of us actually prefer watching college football on Thursday night.*

Texas Tech’s home game against Kansas has actually been moved up a couple of days to Thursday, September 29. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, October 1. Now it will get a chance to shine on primetime on either ESPN or FOX Sports 1. The Big 12’s television dates have not been announced, so it remains to be seen if this game will be aired on ESPN or FS1.

*Full disclosure: NBC will begin airing Thursday night NFL games this season, so this statement is voided in the event NBC is airing the Thanksgiving night NFL game because the almighty peacock would not look favorably upon me if I stood by that statement!

USC AD Pat Haden to retire

Southern California athletic director Pat Haden looks on during the second half of their NCAA college football game against Arizona, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. USC won 38-31. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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USC athletics director Pat Haden is retiring, the school has announced. Haden, who has come under fire for a handful of reasons in recent years, will officially retire from his position as athletics director of USC on June 30, 2016. He will continue to work with USC for the next calendar year to assist with the renovations of the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Haden took on the role of AD at USC in 2010 after serving as a trustee of the university. Haden took on the job as USC looked to recover from fresh NCAA sanctions against the football and men’s basketball program (see: Reggie Bush). Haden made two coaching hires at USC, including the most recent hiring of Clay Helton after he had been an interim coach for the Trojans. The hiring of Steve Sarkisian ended up being a notable failure for Haden. USC also reworked its approach to academic standards under Haden’s leadership, which has proven to pay off with improved GPAs and graduation rates.

Haden was also one of the first members of the College Football Playoff selection committee. Haden stepped down from his position after receiving advice from a doctor to limit his involvement.

USC will now open a worldwide search for the next AD, which should be a search that attracts a number of high-profile candidates. USC president C.L. Max Nikias says he will work with Nick Brill, principal and co-founder of the Brill Neumann executive search firm in finding the new AD. There is no timeline for making a new hire, but there should be plenty of time to have a new permanent AD in place or ready to take over by the time Haden’s term as AD expires over the summer.