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A complete schedule of FBS spring football games


Unless you’re a Pitt or Texas A&M fan, you’re within a couple of weeks until your school wraps up spring practice with an annual spring game at its football stadium. Here’s a handy list of when every FBS program is playing its spring game, and if you’re really into watching weird scoring systems and fourth-string offensive linemen you can even catch some of these on TV or online.


Friday, April 11: Louisville

Saturday, April 12: Boston College, Clemson (on ESPNU, 3 p.m. EST), Florida State (ESPN, 3 p.m. EST), Miami (ESPN3, 6 p.m. EST), N.C. State, North Carolina (ESPN3, 3 p.m. EST), Virginia

Friday, April 18: Georgia Tech (ESPN3, 7 p.m. EST)

Saturday, April 26: Virginia Tech (ESPN3, 2 p.m. EST), Wake Forest

Already played: Duke

No game: Pitt

Big 12

Saturday, April 5: Baylor, TCU

Saturday, April 12: Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech (Fox Sports Southwest, 12 p.m. EST), West Virginia

Saturday, April 19: Texas (Longhorn Network, 2 p.m. EST)

Saturday: April 26: Kansas State

No game: Oklahoma State (open practice, 2:30 p.m. EST)

Big Ten

Saturday, April 5: Michigan

Friday, April 11: Maryland

Saturday, April 12: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin (Big Ten Network, 4 p.m. EST)

Saturday, April 26: Michigan State, Iowa, Rutgers

Pac-12 (all games televised on Pac-12 Network &

Saturday, April 12: Arizona (4 p.m. EST), Colorado (2 p.m. EST), Stanford (4 p.m., EST)

Saturday, April 19: Arizona State (2 p.m. EST), USC (4 p.m. EST), Utah (3 p.m. EST)

Saturday, April 26: Cal (2 p.m. EST), UCLA (8 p.m. EST), Washington State (4 p.m. EST)

May 3: Oregon (2 p.m. EST), Oregon State (4 p.m EST)


Saturday, April 5: LSU, Ole Miss

Saturday, April 12: Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina (12 p.m. EST, ESPNU), Tennessee, Vanderbilt

Saturday, April 19: Alabama (2 p.m., ESPNU), Auburn (3 p.m., ESPN), Mizzou

Saturday, April 26: Arkansas (2 p.m., Cox Sports TV), Kentucky

No game: Texas A&M


Saturday, March 29: BYU

Friday, April 11: Navy

Saturday, April 12: Notre Dame (NBC Sports Network, 12:30 p.m. EST)

Saturday, April 19: Army


Saturday, March 29: USF

Saturday, April 5: Cincinnati, SMU

Friday, April 11: Houston, Memphis

Saturday, April 12: UConn, ECU, Tulsa, UCF

Saturday, April 16: Temple

Already played: Tulane (open practice)

Conference USA

Saturday, April 5: FAU

Friday, April 11: Rice, UTEP

Saturday, April 12: FIU, Louisiana Tech, North Texas Old Dominion

Friday, April 18: UAB

Saturday, April 19: Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky

Saturday, April 26: UTSA, Marshall


Saturday, April 5: Bowling Green

Saturday, April 12: Eastern Michigan, Ohio, Toledo

Wednesday, April 16: UMass

Saturday, April 19: Akron, Ball State, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan

Saturday, April 26: Kent State

Saturday, May 3: Miami

TBD: Buffalo, Central Michigan

Mountain West

Wednesday, March 19: Air Force

Saturday, March 22: San Jose State

Wednesday, March 26: San Diego State

Saturday, April 5: Fresno State

Friday, April 11: UNLV

Saturday, April 12: Boise State, Utah State

Saturday, April 19: Colorado State

Saturday, April 26: Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada

Sun Belt

Saturday, March 29: Troy

Friday, April 4: Appalachian State

Saturday, April 5: South Alabama

Saturday, April 12: Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas State

Friday, April 18: Arkansas State

Saturday, April 19: New Mexico State

Friday, April 25: Idaho

Virginia Tech grabs control of ACC Coastal with win over Pitt

Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans (4) throws the ball against Pittsburgh in the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/John Heller)
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It’s not quite over, but No. 25 Virginia Tech will be firmly entrenched in the driver’s seat of the ACC Coastal heading into the final month of the regular season.

Thanks in large part to 406 yards passing from Jerod Evans, Tech was able to survive off a fourth-quarter rally by Pittsburgh and secure a 39-36 road win Thursday night.  Evans’ performance was easily the best of his career, and just the second time he’s gone for 300-plus yards.  The first (307) for the first-year starter came just two weeks ago in a loss to Syracuse.

Evans was also part of an offense that rolled up a season-high 556 yards on the night.

With the win, Tech improves to 4-1 in conference play, tied with North Carolina for the Coastal lead.  However, by virtue of the Hokies’ Oct. 8 win over the Tar Heels, they control their own destiny in the division.  Tech has three league games remaining — at Duke (0-3) and home games against Georgia Tech (1-3)  and Virginia (1-2) — and, if they win all three, they will represent the division in the ACC championship game.  UNC would need to win out plus see Tech lose at least one game in order to win the division.

Pitt fell to 3-2, with those two losses coming to VT and UNC, meaning they have essentially eliminated themselves from Coastal contention.  In a losing effort, Pitt running back James Conner contributed 141 yards and three scores on the ground on just 19 carries.

Jury awards former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary $7.3 million after defamation suit

STATE COLLEGE, PA - JANUARY 24: Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary stands in line with other mourners as they wait to pay respect to former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno during a public viewing at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the campus of Penn State on January 24, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno, who was 85, died due to complications from lung cancer on January 22, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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A Pennsylvania jury has awarded former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary a whopping $7.3 million on Thursday evening in a case that found the school defamed him for his role in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the jury (which included two PSU employees) took just under four hours to render the verdict. While the lawsuit is not completely over because a judge has to rule on McQueary’s whistleblower claim, the verdict is nevertheless a blow to the Nittany Lions after the school was found guilty of defamation and misrepresentation in the case.

McQueary, a former quarterback in State College and an assistant under Joe Paterno, was at the center of the Sandusky scandal back in 2011. He allegedly witnessed Sandusky’s sexual assault of a boy in team facilities back in 2001 and reported what he saw to Paterno and others, but nothing was done about the crime. The revelations a key part in a case against Sandusky and eventually led to the ouster of Paterno and McQueary’s subsequent loss of his own job at the school.

The timing of the news is probably not what Penn State fans wanted to hear about this week after they celebrated the program’s biggest win since the scandal last Saturday in a come from behind victory over then-No. 2 Ohio State.

Report: Steve Addazio’s job could be safe even without bowl berth in 2016

COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 24:  Head coach Steve Addazio of the Temple Owls celebrates after the Owls scored against the Maryland Terrapins during the second quarter at Byrd Stadium on September 24, 2011 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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It’s been a rough slate for the “dudes” at Boston College the past few years.

The Eagles are 3-4 with very few wins over FBS teams the past two seasons and are on a 12 game losing streak in ACC play. N.C. State, Louisville, Florida State, UConn and Wake Forest are coming up on the schedule and so it goes without saying that winning three of those in order to make it to a bowl game in 2016 is going to be tough.

Even with that run of losses in the league and a second straight year without a postseason berth, it appears unlikely for the school will make a move to fire head coach Steve Addazio according to USA Today‘s Dan Wolken.

Addazio, who is 20–25 overall in Chestnut Hill, has two things working in his favor per the report: a decently-sized buyout at a school with some tight purse strings and the potential for having a new athletic director after Brad Bates’ contract expires next year.

“In other words, there’s a school of thought at Boston College that it might just be better from a timing perspective to give Addazio one more chance to turn it around and start fresh with a new athletics director next year,” writes Wolken.

It probably isn’t what Boston College fans want to hear after two 7-6 seasons have given way to potential two years without a bowl under Addazio and one of the most frustrating offenses in the country to watch on a weekly basis. Perhaps the head coach can turn things around in the coming weeks and months but it probably helps lessen the pressure knowing he’ll at least have some additional time to get the program back on track.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh could make over $10 million during the 2016 season

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 17:  Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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When USA Today released their annual series on college football coaching salaries, it wasn’t a complete shock to see Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh top the list given how much the school has invested in him since he returned to Ann Arbor from the NFL.

What was a little surprising was the total compensation figure listed for the Wolverines’ head coach at a whopping $9,004,000. That’s a figure that’s more than $2 million more than the second highest paid coach (Nick Saban) and $3 million more than Big Ten rival Urban Meyer.

As it turns out, that lofty salary is mostly the result of the way Harbaugh’s contract is structured and due to roughly $4 million in insurance premium payments on top of his standard half a million salary. But that’s not going to be the coach’s final compensation number at all this year as he has a chance to top the $10 million mark through a variety of bonuses.

Per USA Today:

  • $125,000 if the team plays in the Big Ten Conference championship.
  • $125,000 if the team wins the Big Ten title game.
  • $300,000 if the team plays in a College Football Playoff semifinal.
  • $500,000 if the team wins the national championship.
  • $50,000 for being voted Big Ten coach of the year by the conference’s coaches.
  • $75,000 for winning any one of six national coach of the year awards.
  • At athletics director Warde Manuel’s discretion, up to $150,000 based on the team’s academic performance, as long as its single-year and multi-year NCAA Academic Progress Rate figures are at least 960.

Michigan is ranked No. 2 in the country and has a fairly clear path to the College Football Playoff and national title game if they keep playing like they have so it’s not hard to see Harbaugh hitting most of those bonuses to become the sport’s first $10 million man.

While fans at many other schools may throw their hands up in disgust as a result of those figures, you can bet maize and blue fans believe Harbaugh to be worth every single penny.