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February 8, 2013

Auburn to practice 15 times in 25 days

Photo by Todd Van Emst

AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn lives his life and works his craft 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. All day, every day.

It comes to no surprise, then, that Auburn will cram 15 spring football practices, concluding with the annual A-Day scrimmage, into 25 days. For the math-disinclined, that means a minimum of four instances with back-to-back days on the practice field, somewhat of a rarity in spring ball.

But hey, no better way to establish the helter-skelter tempo of Malzahn’s ways from the first whistle.

Auburn announced Friday Malzahn will hold his first spring practice as the Tigers’ head coach on Wednesday, March 27. The rest of the schedule is yet to be determined, leading up to A-Day at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday, April 20. Kickoff time and TV arrangements will also be released in the near future.

Just for comparison, four other SEC schools that have announced their spring schedules – Arkansas, Ole Miss, Missouri and Tennessee – will let their spring schedule drag out for at least five weeks.

Tennessee’s new coach Butch Jones opens March 9, and Arkansas, under new head man Bret Bielema, starts March 10, meaning the Volunteers and Razorbacks start two and a half weeks before Auburn … yet all three programs finish up the same date of April 20.

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