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2012 spring practice dates

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The 2011 season is still somewhat visible in the rear-view mirror, and already preparations for the 2012 season are set to commence in earnest.

All 124 Div. 1-A (FBS) programs — UMass (MAC), South Alabama (Sun Belt), Texas State (WAC) and UT-San Antonio (WAC) will make the jump to big-boy football this season — will begin spring practice at some point this month and next — some West Coast schools such as Oregon State won’t start until April — culminating in the respective program’s spring game.

Army has already begun using their allotted 15 spring sessions, while Texas, TCU, Texas Tech and Duke are among the handful of schools that start in February as well.  The vast majority, however, will begin spring practice next month.

Below the jump is a list of the start dates for each individual school plus the date of its spring game, separated by conferences.  Some programs have yet to announce their spring dates, so we will add them to this list as they become available:

ACC

Boston College: first practice — Feb. 18; spring game March 31
Clemson: first practice — March 7; spring game — April 14
Duke: first practice — Feb. 21; spring game — March 31
Florida State: first practice — March 19; spring game — April 14
Georgia Tech: first practice — March 26; spring game — April 20
Maryland: first practice — March 10; spring game — April 21
Miami: first practice — March 3; spring game — April 14
North Carolina: first practice — March 14; spring game — April 14
North Carolina State: first practice — March 23; spring game — April 21
Virginia: first practice — March 19; spring game — April 14
Virginia Tech: first practice — March 28; spring game — April 21
Wake Forest: first practice — March 1; spring game — April 14

BIG EAST

Cincinnati: first practice — March 1; spring game — April 14
Louisville: first practice — March 21; spring game — April 14
Pittsburgh: first practice — March 15; spring game — April 14
Rutgers: first practice — March 20; spring game — April 28
Syracuse: first practice — March 20; spring game — April 21
Temple: first practice — March 12; spring game — April 14
UConn: first practice — March 20; spring game — April 21
USF: first practice — March 21; spring game — April 21

BIG TEN

Illinois: first practice — March 7; spring game — April 14
Indiana: first practice — March 3; spring game — April 14
Iowa: first practice — March 24; spring game — April 14
Michigan: first practice — March 17; spring game — April 14
Michigan State: first practice — March 27; spring game — April 28
Minnesota: first practice — March 21; spring practice — April 21
Nebraska: first practice — March 10; spring game — April 14
Northwestern: first practice — March 3; spring game — April 14
Ohio State: first practice — March 28; spring game — April 21
Penn State: first practice — March 26; spring game — April 21
Purdue: first practice — March 6; spring game April 14
Wisconsin: first practice — March 22; spring game — April 28

BIG 12

Baylor: first practice — March 6; spring game — April 14
Iowa State: first practice — March 20; spring game — April 14
Kansas: first practice — March 27; spring game — April 28
Kansas State: first practice — April 4; spring game — April 28
Oklahoma: first practice — March 8; spring game — April 14
Oklahoma State: first practice — March 12; spring game — April 21
TCU: first practice — Feb. 24; no spring game
Texas: first practice — Feb. 23; spring game — April 1
Texas Tech: first practice –Feb. 17; spring game — March 24
West Virginia: first practice — March 11; spring game — April 21

CONFERENCE USA

East Carolina: first practice — March 19; spring game — April 14
Houston: first practice — March 21; spring game — April 13
Marshall: first practice — March 27; spring game — April 28
Memphis: first practice — Feb. 22; spring game — March 31
Rice: first practice — March 6; spring game — March 30
SMU: first practice — April 2; no spring game
Southern Miss: first practice — March 5; spring game — April 14
Tulane: first practice — Feb. 22; spring game — March 24
Tulsa: first practice — March 6; spring game — April 7
UAB: first practice — March 28; spring game — April 21
UCF: first practice — March 13; spring game — April 14
UTEP: first practice — Feb. 28; spring game — April 6

INDEPENDENTS

Army: first practice — Feb. 13; spring game — March 9
BYU: first practice — March 5; spring game — March 30
Navy: first practice — March 19; spring game — April 14
Notre Dame: first practice — March 21; spring game — April 21

MAC

Akron: first practice — March 20; spring game — April 21
Ball State: first practice — March 27; spring game — April 21
Bowling Green: first practice — March 16; spring game — April 13
Buffalo: first practice — March 20; spring game — April 14
Central Michigan: first practice — March 13; spring game — April 14
Eastern Michigan: first practice — March 13; spring game — April 15
Kent State: first practice — March 27; spring game — April 21
Miami: first practice — March 28; spring game — April 28
Northern Illinois: spring practice — March 28; spring game — April 21
Ohio: first practice — March 27; spring game — April 21
Toledo: first practice — March 14; spring game — April 13
UMass: first practice — March 27; spring game — April 28
Western Michigan: first practice — March 16; spring game — April 14

MOUNTAIN WEST

Air Force: first practice — Feb. 24; no spring game
Boise State: first practice — March 12; spring game — April 14
Colorado State: first practice — March 21; spring game — April 21
Fresno State: first practice — Feb. 27; spring game — March 25
Hawaii: first practice — March 20; spring game — April 28
Nevada: first practice — March 30; spring game — April 21
New Mexico: first practice — March 24; no spring game (subject to change)
San Diego State: first practice — Feb. 21; spring game — March 18
UNLV: first practice — March 12; spring game — April 20
Wyoming: first practice — March 21; spring game — April 21

PAC-12

Arizona: first practice — March 5; spring game — April 14
Arizona State: first practice — March 13; spring game — April 21
Cal: first practice March 13; no spring game
Colorado: first practice — March 10; spring game — April 14
Oregon: first practice — April 3; spring game — April 28
Oregon State: first practice — April 3; spring game — April 28
Stanford: first practice — Feb, 27; spring game — April 14
UCLA: first practice — April 3; spring game — May 5
USC: first practice — March 6; spring game — April 14
Utah: first practice — March 20; spring game — April 21
Washington: first practice — April 2; spring game — April 28
Washington State: first practice — March 22; spring game — April 21

SEC

Alabama: first practice — March 9; spring game — April 14
Arkansas: first practice — March 14; spring game — spring game — April 21
Auburn: first practice — March 21; spring game — April 14
Florida: first practice — March 14; spring game — April 7
Georgia: first practice — March 20; spring game — April 14
Kentucky: first practice — March 21; spring game — April 21
LSU: first practice — March 2; spring game — March 31
Mississippi State: first practice — March 21; spring game — April 20
Missouri: first practice — March 6; spring game — April 14
Ole Miss: first practice — March 23; spring game — April 21
South Carolina: first practice — March 13; spring game — April 14
Tennessee: first practice — March 26; spring game — April 21
Texas A&M: first practice — March 31; spring game — April 28
Vanderbilt: first practice — March 16; spring game — April 14

SUN BELT

Arkansas State: first practice — March 14; spring game — April 14
FAU: first practice — March 19; spring game — April 14
FIU: first practice — March 2; spring game — March 30
Louisiana-Lafayette: first practice — Feb. 28; spring game — March 30 or 31
Louisiana-Monroe: first practice — March 5; spring game — March 24
Middle Tennessee State: first practice — March 17; spring practice — April 14
North Texas: first practice — March 26; spring game –April 21
South Alabama: first practice — Feb. 15; spring game — March 24
Troy: first practice — March 18; spring game — March 31
Western Kentucky: first practice — March 19; spring game — April 14

WAC

Idaho: first practice — March 22; spring game — April 20
Louisiana Tech: first practice — March 16; spring game — April 14
New Mexico State: first practice: March 29; spring game — April 28
San Jose State: first practice — March 6; spring game — April 13
Texas State: first practice — Feb. 25; spring game — March 31
UT-San Antonio: first practice — March 19; spring game — April 15
Utah State: first practice — March 27; spring game — April 28

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9 Responses to “2012 spring practice dates”
  1. woebegong says: Feb 16, 2012 7:42 AM

    Just curious, does anybody see any advantages or disadvantages to starting spring practice early or a little later. I imagine weather probably plays a part in it, but a lot of the schools in Texas and down south are starting in Feb. and weather shouldn’t be a big factor there as far as temps. go. I guess it could be because spring is traditional severe weather time down here, but I don’t know if that drives the schedule or not.

  2. pdcooper08 says: Feb 16, 2012 8:17 AM

    I think the weather dictates for the most part when a program starts there spring period, but they also have to consider the spring break period as well.

  3. southernpatriots says: Feb 16, 2012 8:55 AM

    woebegong & pdcooper08: Great posts both! Another factor we were told some years ago was that conflicts for the practice facilities and/or field was also a factor. Some schools have other activities using some facilities at some schools, so they try to have a time period in which there are no conflicts, if possible. But you are so right, both.

    Weather in the first factor, then spring break, (or quarter final week), then third– access to all facilities unrestricted. There could be some other considerations for particular schools such as construction on facilities from time to time for particular schools, but that would not be a conference wide situation, just limited to a few schools from time to time.

  4. dryzzt23 says: Feb 16, 2012 8:59 AM

    Wait just a second here. I thought (per ESPN, CBS, ABC, etc) that the SEC was more rabid about football than anywhere else in the country….by FAR.

    How can it be that the SEC schools do not have their spring games EARLIER than everyone else? I thought the weather is better down there.

    Army is starting the earliest and they are in New York.
    I must infer from this that the SEC schools are no better than any other schools and that their fans are not any more rabid than any other fanbase in the U.S. This is b/c if the fans were “the most dedicated college football fans in the country (per ESPN talking heads)” then there would be more DEMAND for earlier practice starts and spring games.

    If “weather” is the primary factor then how can it possibly be that northern and western schools start earlier than the deified SEC schools since the weather is so freakin’ amazing down in the southeast that they are upset that every bowl game is not held down there.

  5. burntorangehorn says: Feb 16, 2012 9:26 AM

    dryzzt, I don’t know about the rest of the northern schools, but I’m guessing the reason the USMA is going early is because of a glut of non-football training activities that the entire cadet population has to do, but takes place in April. In particular, waiting until later in March or April would make it almost impossible for football players to participate in the Sandhurst Competition. Each cadet company selects a team of nine cadets (plus alternates) to compete in a very physically challenging test of military skills, mental toughness, and conditioning. Obviously companies have to try out their cadets to select who’ll compete on those teams, and then those teams have to train together prior to the competition. If football players aren’t available for tryouts and training, those companies are left short-handed in selection, and you have to understand that this type of competition is as important as (or more important than) spring football to most of the USMA culture.

    http://www.usma.edu/dmi/sandhurst_competition.htm

  6. mrslay1 says: Feb 16, 2012 9:29 AM

    dryzzt… What a dumbass post. We understand your jealousy, but this is pitiful even for you.

  7. ratedgap says: Feb 16, 2012 9:43 AM

    That is a pretty dumb post. You’d think schools would want to imitate the SEC since, ya know, it dominates national titles. Let me know how that early practice works out for Army. And let me know how many people attend Army’s spring game as opposed to LSU. Should be fun.

  8. woebegong says: Feb 16, 2012 9:55 AM

    I am an SEC fan here also, but do you honestly wanth to compare spring practice games between a school the size of LSU and Army. In the military academies the students have a lot more to do than say the average NCAA football player. I am sure that the Army had some legitimate reason for scheduling the spring practice time when they did. Unlike regular football players at other school, military academies don’t have summer breaks in a lot of cases for their students. These young men and women, go on training exercises or some other missions designed to increase their leadership as well as their military skills. It is a different world for young folks at the academies. They aren’t training for the NFL, with a few rare exceptions, They are training for a military career.

  9. ratedgap says: Feb 16, 2012 1:02 PM

    I used Army, because he used Army as an example. Not for any other reason. Switch it to San Diego State, Fresno State, or Tulane if it makes it any different. The point I was making still stands. He is using the context of a intra squad scrimmage as proof that the SEC fans aren’t “more rabid” than other fans. All I was saying was check the attendance figures at any of the SEC spring games vs others, Army happened to be the example he gave whem making his idiotic point.

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