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It’s on: 43 spring games on tap to whet your football appetite

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Thanks to Bobby Petrino‘s motorcycle misstep and subsequent firing, there’s one thing that’s been lost of in recent days: Spring Practice 2012 is rapidly winding to a way-too-soon conclusion.

To that end, a whopping 43 teams — if our math is correct — will conduct their annual spring games Saturday.  From seven members of the Big Ten to six apiece in the SEC and ACC, each of the 11 conferences will have at least one team putting the finishing touches on the last — in most cases — of its 15 spring sessions.

And, of course, we’ here at CFT will have you covered throughout.  This post will serve as a “landing page” for all of our spring coverage, replete with all sorts of links, tidbits and other minutia from today’s games and will be updated throughout the afternoon and into the evening — or night as the case may be.

So, enjoy this little break from the off-field soap operas and bask in the last “real” football — aside from a handful of spring games the next couple of weekends — for the next five months or so.

— Relieved Trojans get through spring game unscathed. (April 15, 12:36 a.m. ET)

Big Ten spring games wrap-up. (April 15, 1:11 a.m. ET)

— Spring game officially launches post-Moore era at Boise State. (11:54 p.m. ET)

— Stanford headlines Pac-12 spring games wrap-up. (10:36 p.m. ET)

SEC spring games wrap-up. (10:18 p.m. ET)

ACC spring games wrap-up. (8:57 p.m. ET)

— Oklahoma goes beyond Belldozer package in spring game in this Big 12 wrap-up. (7:21 p.m. ET)

— Defense takes advantage of a (basically) Denard-less Michigan offense. (6:59 p.m. ET)

Newcomers shine, McCarron struggles in Tide’s A-Day spring finale. (6:18 p.m. ET)

Big East spring games wrap-up. (4:37 p.m. ET)

— Mother Nature wreaking havoc on Midwest spring games, the Big Ten in particular. (2:42 p.m. ET)

— Due to inclement weather — and by “inclement weather” we mean “OMG, we’re all gonna die!!!” — Indiana’s spring game was moved indoors. (1:12 p.m. ET)

— Purdue has cancelled its spring game scheduled for today due to rainy weather.  Instead, the Boilermakers will conduct a scrimmage indoors, which will be closed to the public. (12:41 p.m. ET)

— Leading WR one of a dozen ‘Noles to miss spring game

Marshall DB Tiquan Lang arrested on DUI, weapons charges

HUNTINGTON, WV - SEPTEMBER 6: Tiquan Lang #21 of the Marshall Thundering Herd returns an interception for a touchdown late in the second half against the Purdue Boilermakers at Joan C. Edwards Stadium on September 6, 2015 in Huntington, West Virginia. Marshall defeated Purdue 41-31. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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There’s a combination you don’t see very frequently.

According to the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Marshall defensive back Tiquan Lang was arrested on multiple charges early Saturday morning.  Those charges include driving under the influence, possession of a concealed deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance.  All three of those charges are misdemeanors.

The situation began when police officers observed Lang asleep/passed out in a running vehicle and went downhill from there.  From the Herald-Dispatch’s report:

Upon arrival, officers turned off the car and made multiple attempts to wake the man, who was asleep with the driver’s seat reclined, according to criminal complaints. Police state the man had trouble maintaining balance as he exited the vehicle once awake.

After he was out of the vehicle, police say they found a Glock 27 with an extended 30-round magazine partially concealed under the seat.

A police dog sniffed out one full and two partial Xanax bars in the center console. Reports state police could smell the odor of marijuana, but none was found. A plastic cup with a small amount of liquor was located in the console.

Lang told police he had a prescription for the medication, and his drowsiness was exacerbated by drinking the liquor, according to the complaint.

The football program is aware of the development and will handle the matter internally.

Over the past three seasons, Lang has started 23 gams the past three seasons.  Last season, Lang was second on the team with 91 tackles.  He returned both of his interceptions for touchdowns as well.

Even before Kenny Chesney concert trashed it, plan was to replace Jordan-Hare turf

performs onstage during the 4th ACM Party For A Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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On April 23, country music star Kenny Chesney performed at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium — and it’s fair to say that he tore the place up. Chesney and various guests performed at the “Music and Miracles Festival,” one of the first concerts ever at Jordan-Hare. The goal was to raise a million dollars to fight hunger and cancer. And it was a party. More than 50,000 people were there.

“Sometimes,” Chesney said after it was over, “you feel the energy long before you hit the stage.”

With all that energy, yeah, the field took a significant beating.

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The Auburn grounds crew then announced via Twitter that they would resod the field at the end of May and get things back to normal in plenty of time for football. The story could have died there.

But, of course, stories don’t really die too quickly these days. I mean: Look at that field. First came the comments and the talk about how the flooring was kept down the whole time. Then came the backlash toward Chesney. There’s no need to explain just how holy the Jordan-Hare Stadium field is to Auburn football fans. When people saw the after photos — even though it is months until the season opener against Clemson — well let’s just say things were said.

Chesney, a big football fan who wrote the song “The Boys of Fall” about high school football in his town, was pretty troubled by the whole thing. See, Auburn had always planned on resodding the field after the concert. That was obviously the strategy after inviting Chesney to perform in the first place.

“The plan to host Kenny Chesney at Jordan-Hare Stadium always included a full field replacement following the event,” Auburn associate AD for Operation Jeremy Roberts said. “And the field cover strategy we approved took this into consideration.”

“The plan the school had in place,” concert production manager Ed Wannebo says, “had nothing to do with this concert … the sod was being torn out regardless.”

Ah well, what is it that Chesney sings in “The Boys of Fall?”

It’s knockin’ heads and talkin’ trash
It’s slingin’ mud and dirt and grass

Utah State dismisses starting guard Tyshon Mosley

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Expected to compete for All-Mountain West honors this season, Tyshon Mosley will instead be searching for a new college football home.

In a press release, Utah State announced that Mosley has been dismissed from the Aggies football program.  The only reason given was the standard violation of unspecified team rules.

In early August of last year, USU announced that Mosley was one of three players who had been suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season.  He returned from that suspension to start nine games at left guard.  At the end of last season, he was named honorable mention All-MWC.

After redshirting as a true freshman in 2013, Mosley started 11 of 14 games at left guard in 2014.

Abner Logan, projected starting LB, announces departure from Terps

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Not long after putting spring practice 2016 to bed, Maryland’s linebacking corps has taken a significant and unexpected hit.

On Instagram over the weekend, Abner Logan announced that he has decided to transfer out of the Terrapins football program.  As Logan will be leaving the Terps as a graduate transfer, he would be eligible to play immediately in 2016 if his next destination is at the FBS level.

After tearing his ACL in August of last year, Logan missed the entire 2015 season.  He was projected as a starter at linebacker under first-year head coach D.J. Durkin.

Logan was suspended for the first six games of the 2014 season by the university for unspecified reasons.  He came back to play the final seven games of the year.

In 2013 as a redshirt freshman, he started four of the 12 games in which he played.