Spring football schedule released

The University of South Carolina's 2012 spring football practice dates have been set, it was announced today. The Gamecocks are slated to open their spring drills on Tuesday, March 13, and conclude with the annual Garnet & Black Spring Game on Saturday, April 14.

All 15 of the spring practice sessions are open to the public unless determined otherwise. Most practices will take place at the Bluff Road practice fields beginning at 4:15 p.m. Saturday scrimmages will take place at Williams-Brice Stadium at 10 a.m. All dates and times are subject to change.

Persons with cameras will be permitted to shoot the first 15 minutes of each practice only. After that, no still or video photography will be allowed during the practice sessions without prior consent from the Athletics Media Relations Department. Also, autographs will not be allowed at the practice sessions.

The Garnet & Black Spring Game will be held Saturday, April 14, beginning at 1 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium. Admission to the spring game is free. A pre- and post-game FanFest is currently being planned for fans of all ages. More specific information will be available at a later date.

South Carolina, winners of a school-record 11 games in 2011 are under the direction of eighth-year head coach Steve Spurrier. The Gamecocks finished the 2011 campaign ranked ninth in the Associated Press poll and eighth in the USA Today/Coaches poll, the first top-10 finish in school history.

Here are the practice dates and times currently scheduled (all dates and times subject to change):

Practice No. 1: Tuesday, March 13, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 2: Thursday, March 15, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 3: Friday, March 16, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 4: Tuesday, March 20, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 5: Thursday, March 22, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 6: Friday, March 23, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 7: Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.
Practice No. 8: Tuesday, March 27, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 9: Friday, March 30, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 10: Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m.
Practice No. 11: Tuesday, April 3, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 12: Friday, April 6, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 13: Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m.
Practice No. 14: Thursday, April 12, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 15: Saturday, April 14 (Garnet & Black Spring Game), 1 p.m.

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