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.

WATCH: Duke surprises walk-on DE Danny Doyle with scholarship

DURHAM, NC - SEPTEMBER 26:  Rain on the helmet of the Duke Blue Devils during their game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Wallace Wade Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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College football programs periodically post videos surprising walk-ons with scholarships, and it’s just the darndest thing. Every time a new video released, a dust storm happens to descend upon CFT’s remote offices.

This time around Duke walk-on defensive end Danny Doyle received this proverbial pot of gold, and head coach David Cutcliffe presented him with the scholarship after conspiring with the young lad’s parents.

Police report details how forklift ran over Michigan RB Drake Johnson

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Jim Harbaugh called it a “miracle” Wolverines running back Drake Johnson was not seriously harmed when he was run over by a forklift in April, and a police report unearthed Tuesday detailed exactly how it happened.

According to the document obtained by the Detroit News, a forklift operator identified named Matt Johnson was operating his vehicle at Michigan’s indoor track facility “and felt a bump, stating he thought he ran over a starting block, when he saw Drake Johnson, a student-athlete, roll from under the forklift. And M. Johnson realized he had ran over Drake Johnson who was sitting on the track floor stretching.”

The operator only realized he ran over the running back when he rolled out from under the vehicle.

Johnson was examined by a Michigan athletic trainer at the scene, then again at Schembechler Hall before being transported to U-M Hospital’s emergency room by athletic staff.

“All I can say is thank god,” Johnson later tweeted.

“I can tell you this, it would have killed a lesser man, but he is blue twisted steel, very flexible and amazing,” Harbaugh said on the call. “But it’s one of those miraculous things and he is doing well.”

“It’s a miracle right up there with Easter. Just thanking God he is all right, that’s my thoughts on it.”

Pac-12 to tamper down on select #Pac12AfterDark kickoffs

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When you allow television networks to pay you $3 billion to broadcast football games and happen to be located on the West Coast, you’re going to pay for it in the form of late kickoffs. ESPN and Fox want eyeballs on their networks as long as possible on fall Saturdays, and they’re not putting SEC games on at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

So, naturally, the Pac-12 drew those time slots.

And they absolutely hated it.

Remember, this is a conference that only recently joined the 21st century. For decades, the conference was happy with its 10 teams, its football games played on Saturday afternoons and its basketball schedule diced into a handy Thursday-Saturday format. Larry Scott was hired in 2009 to modernize the league while increasing the bottom line, and part of that required late kickoffs.

But on Tuesday the conference announced it has worked with its television partners to reduce the number of late kickoffs. ESPN and Fox won’t change their late slots, but the conference has received clearance to play Pac-12 Network games in previously exclusive windows of 2 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. local time. The change is expected to reduce the late night kickoffs by “up to” four games.

“The Pac-12 has some of the most loyal fans in college athletics and we appreciate our television partners working with us on this important issue for fans,” Oregon AD Rob Mullens said in a statement. “The increased exposure and revenue from our contracts with ESPN and FOX Sports have been instrumental to our success, but we continue to work hard to minimize as much as possible the negative impact late start times have on our fans who travel great distances to see our teams in person.”

Additionally, the conference announced it has instituted a field storming fine structure of $25,000 for a first offense, $50,000 for a second offense and $100,000 for a third offense. The SEC has a similar structure on its books.

“The Pac-12 Council carefully considered this policy and its impact on our fans who loyally support our teams,” Cal AD Mike Williams said. “This enhanced policy underscores the importance our universities place on the safety and welfare of our student-athletes, officials and fans, and will allow us to educate staffs and fans on procedures going forward.”

Finally, Pac-12 Network will start broadcasting eSports contests between member schools. Clear your schedule now.

Washington promotes Jennifer Cohen to athletics director

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When Scott Woodward left his post as Washington’s athletics director for the same job at Texas A&M in January, the Huskies promoted Jennifer Cohen to be the program’s interim AD.

Washington spent the next four months searching far and wide for Woodward’s replacement, and ended up finding her already sitting in Woodward’s old chair.

“I am very pleased to announce Jen’s appointment,” Washington president Ana Mari Cauce said in a statement. “She has all the skills and energy to provide exceptional leadership for Husky athletics. Her years of experience leading its fundraising program, along with her direct involvement overseeing football, provide a strong foundation for assuming overall leadership for the department.  This is the right time for her, and I look forward to a very exciting time for our students, coaches and fans of Husky athletics.”   

The Tacoma native joined the Huskies’ athletics department in 1998 as an assistant director of development and eventually rose to handle all of UW’s fundraising efforts. Before becoming interim AD, Cohen also oversaw the Huskies’ football and baseball programs.

“I am humbled, honored, and extremely thankful for this opportunity,” said Cohen. “The University of Washington has been part of my life for nearly two decades, and I believe our department is poised to accomplish great things. Together, we will work to positively impact our student-athletes, inspire a championship culture, and build and unite our community. I believe there is no better place to achieve these things than at Washington, and I can’t wait to get started.”

From a football standpoint, Cohen inherits a program on more stable footing than it’s been in a decade and a half — and considering the turmoil the Rose Bowl-bound 2001 Huskies experienced off the field, one may have to go back to the national championship days under Don James in the early 1990’s to find a rosier time for Huskies football. Chris Petersen is entrenched as head coach and has Washington positioned to be the nation’s top sleeper heading into this fall, and Husky Stadium recently underwent $50 million in renovations that Cohen herself fundraised.

Cohen also arrives to the position with Petersen’s enthusiastic approval.