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.

QB controversy in Tuscaloosa? Freshman Tua Tagovailoa impresses at Alabama spring game

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Alabama’s annual A-Day spring game took place at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday and those tuning in to the Crimson team’s last minute 27-24 win over the White team had to be especially impressed with the Tide’s explosive offense under new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.

In particular that comes at the quarterback position, where there might be more of a controversy at the spot than first thought. Incumbent Jalen Hurts was very sharp on his downfield passes but his strong outing (301 yards, two touchdowns, one interception) was overshadowed by true freshman Tua Tagovailoa, who simply stole the show down in Tuscaloosa.

The early enrollee signal-caller from Hawaii jumped onto the scene in the first half of the game and wound up completing 17 passes for 313 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while working with both the first- and second-team offenses. You could normally dismiss numbers put up against a team’s second-string defense, this is Alabama we’re talking about so you know it’s coming against numerous future All-SEC players.

Tagovailoa did throw a pick-six in the second quarter but that was mostly because linebacker Terrell Hall made an unbelievable play on a swing pass to snatch the ball out of the air and run it all the way back to the opposite end zone. Freshman tailback Najee Harris (70 yards rushing) as well as stud wide receivers Calvin Ridley, Robert Foster and Jerry Jeudy (134 yards, two scores) also stood out on Saturday.

In all, offense ruled the day as the two quarterbacks combined for over 600 yards through the air. That probably won’t make reviewing film with Nick Saban all that pleasant for members of the secondary next week but was probably good news to most fans after lackluster performances down the stretch to end last season.

Either way, everybody should probably start brushing up on how to pronounce Tagovailoa even if he doesn’t ultimately unseat Hurts as the starter because the young QB has lived up to the early billing by recruiting analysts.

Baylor freshman tailback Abram Smith out for the season with spring ACL tear

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Baylor kicked off the first spring game of the Matt Rhule era on Saturday and wrapped things up with a 65-39 Gold team victory over the Green squad that included a pretty impressive touchdown catch from former basketball player Ish Wainright.

The news wasn’t all rosy in Waco however as after the game Rhule announced that freshman running back Abram Smith would be lost for the 2017 season after suffering an ACL tear in the Bears’ first spring practice.

Smith wasn’t being counted on as being a starter this season but his loss is a fairly big blow to the team’s depth at the position. Returnees JaMycal Hasty and Terence Williams already missed parts of the spring game due to injuries on Saturday, leaving just senior Wyatt Schrepfer to take most of the carries late in the contest.

All three figure to be good to go by the time fall camp rolls around but there’s not much behind them with Smith being lost for the year. A three-star recruit coming out of high school, the early enrollee likely would have seen some snaps in 2017 but will instead have to spend it redshirting on the bench.

Brian Kelly takes the blame for Notre Dame’s struggles last season

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Notre Dame wrapped up spring football with the Irish’s annual spring game on NBC Sports Network on Saturday afternoon in South Bend and front and center was not surprisingly head coach Brian Kelly.

While fans of the team were probably most interested in how quarterback Brandon Wimbush looked, Kelly did go into detail about what the offseason has been like after last year’s disappointing 4-8 campaign. While the coach has been known to be a bit defensive when it comes to the team’s struggles, he did open up during a sit-down interview and was transparent in taking the blame for the way 2016 went.

“When you have a losing season, you have to look at yourself first,” Kelly told NBC Sports’ Jac Collinsworth. “I’ve always felt like there isn’t a bad football team but there is bad leadership and I don’t think I provided the kind of leadership (last year). It starts with yourself.”

Kelly goes on to discuss the significant changes to the Irish coaching staff, how this team is very much a work in progress and how Wimbush is handling taking over as the starting signal-caller.

The Gold team ended up winning the spring game 27-14 over the Blue team behind a strong defensive performance. If Saturday’s outing was any indication, Notre Dame should be much improved this upcoming season and that seems to start from the top on down.

SEC commissioner confirms graduate transfer rule changes will be discussed at spring meetings

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We’re still over a month away from the SEC’s annual spring meetings down in Destin, Fla. but one item we might be able to confirm is on the agenda will be the graduate transfer rules for the conference.

It’s a hot topic around the league and particularly so at Florida, which is in the mix to land Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire but can’t officially take him due to restrictions from the conference office.

That may change however, as SEC commissioner Greg Sankey confirmed in a radio interview on Friday with ESPN Gainesville.

“It will come up,” Sankey said, according to SECCountry.com. “I do think we need to look where we’ve been restrictive in the past because of the absence of national rules and look at reducing some of those restrictions. I’m one who would position it as interest in freeing things up without just removing every restraint, because I think the restraints have been healthy for us.”

At the heart of the issue is a rule that limits schools from taking additional graduate transfers if previous graduate transfers failed to meet academic requirements after enrolling. The move was designed to prevent a number of situations where players would transfer over just to play and not really go through coursework at their new school.

Other NCAA conferences have failed to follow the SEC’s lead in this area however and now the league is being put at a bit of a disadvantage on the graduate transfer market. This is particularly an issue with the Gators this offseason but it seems as though there will be quite the discussion down in Destin among athletic directors and head coaches about changing the rules to be on more of a level playing field with other conferences on this front.