Kickstarter. Spring practice opened Wednesday for Clemson, where the 48 degree high gave the Tigers a chance to christen their new indoor practice facility. North Carolina also started spring practice Wednesday. It's also basketball and baseball season in Chapel Hill so, despite the fact that they went 8-4 in Larry Fedora's first season and return a bunch of starters, nobody noticed. The Rice Owls also opened their spring practice schedule Wednesday.
UK is Now Offering $2 Shots of Bourbon. The most revolutionary spring practice story from Wednesday is the revelation that Louisville will be selling $1 beers at their spring scrimmage, scheduled for April 13. Admission is free to the public, making Papa John's Stadium the greatest college bar in America for one day. The spring game is billed as the Wendy's Wonderful Kids Spring Game, because nothing says that kids are awesome than dollar draws.
The Constant Gardner. Presumptive Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, who was scheduled to begin his final spring practice on March 16, will get one more year of eligibility after the NCAA granted a medical hardship waiver for Gardner's 2010 season. That makes Gardner, who became Michigan's starting quarterback midway through the 2012 campaign when Denard Robinson suffered an injury, a redshirt junior. Former Wolverines head coach Rich Rodriguez unsuccessfully petitioned for the waiver in 2010, but the power of Brady Hoke's pointing brought it home on appeal.
Maybe he Really Likes Blondie. Former Minnesota head coach and recently-named Florida State tight ends coach Tim Brewster is a national treasure for tweets like this:
All the ballers in Miami just know I'm coming to getcha!! Let me know!! Go Noles!! #NoleNation— Tim Brewster (@TimBrewster) March 5, 2013
The tweet is coming from inside the house! THE TWEET IS COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE!
In other Tim Brewster Twitter-related news, some of Coach Brew's Twitter antics during his one-year stint as tight ends coach at Mississippi State are now rubbing Bulldog fans the wrong way.
Ryan Swope knows how to caress an egg. Texas A&M does the trick shot quarterback video, only with wide receiver Ryan Swope and some machines, because that's how A&M rolls, baby:
Do As I Say, Not as I Do. New Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen made a very public display of his disgust with former tight ends coach Jay Boulware when Boulware left the Badgers after accepting the position in January. Andersen filled the place left by Boulware's abrupt departure Tuesday by hiring Nevada running backs coach Jeff Genyk...who had just joined Nevada's staff in January.
In other coaching news, Indiana hired Buffalo defensive coordinator William Inge as the team's new linebackers coach and co-coordinator. Inge replaces Mike Ekeler, who recently joined Lane Kiffin's staff at USC. Head coach Kevin Wilson had started spring practice without filling out the final spot in his staff, but the Hoosiers should now be set for 2013.