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A complete schedule of FBS spring football games

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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.

ACC

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 & Pac12.com)

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)

SEC

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

Independents

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

AAC

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

MAC

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

Report: Cincinnati will name Ohio State’s Luke Fickell as new head coach on Saturday

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 26:  Head coach Luke Fickell of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on from the sideline while playing the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 40-34. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Looks like Cincinnati didn’t need to go far to find their replacement for Tommy Tuberville.

According to Toledo sports reporter Jordan Strack, the Bearcats will make the hire of Ohio State co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Luke Fickell official on Saturday.

A person told USA Today that talks between the two parties were progressing on Friday night but not yet complete.

The move makes plenty of sense for Fickell, a Columbus, Ohio native who has spent nearly his entire career in the state not too far from Cincinnati. He did serve as interim head coach of the Buckeyes back when Jim Tressel was fired and was retained by Urban Meyer and served as one of the mainstays of the defensive staff.

Cincinnati has served as a bit of a stepping-stone job to major openings around the Midwest and has proven to be one of the more desirable jobs in the AAC given the resources at the school and the local talent base. The hiring of somebody like Fickell makes plenty of sense on both ends and it seems like the only unknown at this point is whether he sticks around for Ohio State’s semifinal game against Clemson or heads to Cincinnati right away.

Reports: FAU pursuing Alabama OC Lane Kiffin as next head coach

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 22:  Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks off the field after their 33-14 win over the Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After missing out on becoming head coach at Houston, it appears Lane Kiffin’s pursuit of a new job is moving on.

Moving on down to Boca Raton apparently.

First reported by FootballScoop, two sources confirmed to the Associated Press on Friday evening that Florida Atlantic is pursuing Kiffin to become the Owls’ next football coach.

Kiffin has also reportedly been in the mix at South Florida but it looks as though the Bulls are moving quickly to getting a deal done with Charlie Strong. If the former Texas coach turns USF down, the Alabama offensive coordinator could get back in the running in his old hometown of Tampa.

The Owls would represent an interesting destination if the two parties come together however. Combined with his offensive background and ability to recruit, the area known as a retirement mecca could instead be the perfect place for the young Kiffin to continue to rehabilitate his image. The program is looking to replace Charlie Partridge after three 3-9 seasons but FAU has solid facilities for a CUSA team and is located in a talent-rich area.

It seems like quite the drop from being the offensive coordinator at a program like Alabama but the drive to be a head coach is clearly a strong one for Kiffin.

Baylor’s Matt Rhule hires four staffers from Temple, including two defensive coaches

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 14: Matt Rhule, head coach of the Temple Owls stands on the sidelines in the second half against the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. South Florida beat the Temple Owls 44-23. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images)
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One of the most interesting hires this offseason has been Baylor bringing in Matt Rhule over from Temple to be the program’s new head coach.

Rhule didn’t have any previous ties to the state of Texas so many folks were wondering what kind of staff would he assemble. On Friday it seems, we’re getting our first look that not a ton is going to change from his days in Philadelphia.

Baylor announced that four staff members — Francis Brown, Evan Cooper, Sean Padden and Mike Siravo — would be following Rhule from the Owls to the Bears. The program also made official the previously reported hire of Texas high school coach Paul Wetzel.

Padden was previously an associate AD at Temple and heads to Waco as Baylor’s new director of football operations. Titles were not given out for the other three members but Brown coached defensive backs for the Owls, Siravo was the team’s linebackers coach and Cooper was the director of player personnel.

Those hires represent plenty of familiar faces and continuity for Rhule as he settles in with Baylor and figure to be the first of many new coaches added to the staff over the coming weeks.

The release did not state whether they would be remaining with Temple through the team’s Military Bowl appearance but it seems pretty clear they will be filling their new roles relatively quick and probably won’t coach in the Owls’ final game this season.

Missouri hires former Texas coach Brick Haley as new defensive line coach

COLUMBIA, MO - SEPTEMBER 24:  Defensive end Charles Harris #91 and defensive lineman Jordan Harold #55 of the Missouri Tigers celebrate after sacking quarterback Daniel Epperson #11 of the Delaware State Hornets during the game at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It took a few weeks, but Missouri head coach Barry Odom has a new defensive line coach.

The school announced the hiring of Brick Haley on Friday afternoon, a longtime veteran SEC coach who heads to Columbia after previously serving on Charlie Strong’s staff at Texas.

“I’m very pleased and really excited to be joining Coach Odom’s program,” said Haley in a release.  “We haven’t worked together, but I’m very aware of him and the reputation he has in the coaching profession.  I look at this as an unbelievable opportunity to work with someone who has such an impressive passion and work ethic.  It didn’t take me long in our conversations to know that Coach Odom is the right guy and someone you want to work with.  I believe that Mizzou is a place where the sky is the limit, and I’m looking forward to being part of the program.”

Haley has a strong reputation as a recruiter, which is helpful considering that the Tigers are in a bit of a rebuilding job right now. In addition his recent stop at Texas, he also coached at LSU, the Chicago Bears, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Clemson and others.

Missouri does have a strong tradition of producing first-round picks along the defensive line and it appears that, after a one year speed bump with Jackie Shipp, the program has found the next coach to help carry on that tradition.