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March 2, 2011

The University of South Carolina’s 2011 spring football practice dates have been set, it was announced today. The Gamecocks are slated to open their spring drills on Tuesday, March 15, and conclude with the annual Garnet & Black Spring Game on Saturday, April 9.

All 15 of the spring practice sessions are open to the public. Most practices will take place at the Bluff Road practice fields beginning at 4 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. Also, autographs will not be allowed at the practice sessions.

“We’re going to open up the entire spring to our fans and hope to have big crowds at our Saturday scrimmages,” said head coach Steve Spurrier.

The Garnet & Black Spring Game will be held Saturday, April 9, beginning at 1 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium. Admission to the spring game is free.

The defending SEC Eastern Division Champion Gamecocks, under seventh-year head coach Steve Spurrier will return 48 lettermen, including 13 starters, seven on offense and six on defense, from a squad that went 9-5 in 2010 and finished the season ranked 22nd in both major polls.

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

Practice No. 1: Tuesday, March 15, 4 p.m.

Practice No. 2: Thursday, March 17, 4 p.m.

Practice No. 3: Friday, March 18, 4 p.m.

Practice No. 4: Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. (Scrimmage)

Practice No. 5: Tuesday, March 22, 4 p.m.

Practice No. 6: Thursday, March 24, 4 p.m.

Practice No. 7: Friday, March 25, 4 p.m.

Practice No. 8: Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m.

Practice No. 9: Tuesday, March 29, 4 p.m.

Practice No. 10: Thursday, March 31, 4 p.m.

Practice No. 11: Friday, April 1, 4 p.m.

Practice No. 12: Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m. (Scrimmage)

Practice No. 13: Tuesday, April 5, 4 p.m.

Practice No. 14: Friday, April 8, 4 p.m.

Practice No. 15: Saturday, April 9 (Garnet & Black Spring Game); 1 p.m.