Spring Practice Dates Set for Gamecock Football


By Rob Dew

Columbia, SC (USC SID)-- The University of South Carolina's 2013 spring football practice dates have been set, it was announced today. The Gamecocks are slated to open their spring drills on Tuesday, March 5, and conclude with the annual Garnet & Black Spring Game on Saturday, April 13.

The Garnet & Black Spring Game will begin at 1 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium. Admission is free. The contest will be broadcast live on ESPN3, and will also be shown on ESPNU on a delayed basis. More details on the events surrounding the spring game will be announced at a later date.

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. Autographs will not be allowed at the practice sessions.

The annual Pro Timing Day is set for Wednesday, March 27, beginning at 10 a.m. The skills conducted on the Williams-Brice Stadium field will be open to the public.

South Carolina has posted back-to-back 11-win seasons and top-10 finishes for the first time in school history. Under the direction of ninth-year head coach Steve Spurrier. The Gamecocks finished the 2012 campaign ranked eighth in the Associated Press poll and seventh in the USA Today/Coaches poll, their highest finish ever. The Gamecocks enter the 2013 campaign on a five-game winning streak.

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

Practice No. 1: Tuesday, March 5, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 2: Thursday, March 7, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 3: Tuesday, March 19, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 4: Thursday, March 21, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 5: Friday, March 22, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 6: Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. (Scrimmage)
Practice No. 7: Tuesday, March 26, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 8: Thursday, March 28, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 9: Tuesday, April 2, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 10: Thursday, April 4, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 11: Friday, April 5, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 12; Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. (Scrimmage)
Practice No. 13: Tuesday, April 9, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 14: Thursday, April 11, 4:15 p.m.
Practice No. 15: Saturday, April 13 (Garnet & Black Spring Game), 1 p.m.

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