Football season starts today

It’s already here. Spring football starts today in Tuscaloosa, and while March madness rules the rest of the country …

TUSCALOOSA — There’s a science to spring football.

Forget retooling the depth chart and replacing departed seniors, just fitting 15 dates on the calendar can be a struggle. Throw in Easter on April 8, and Alabama coach Nick Saban faced a decision.

The verdict: Start practice today, take a week off for spring break, and then hit it hard on the other side. Workouts resume March 19 and conclude with the April 14 A-Day game in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

“When Easter falls in spring ball, we usually don’t practice on Saturday,” Saban said. “So we end up having an extra practice. So we have three options. We can have a practice before, we can have a practice after A-Day or we can practice three days in a row somewhere.

“We’ve done it all three ways, but the way that seems to work the best is when you have one practice before.”

Alabama used a similar schedule for the 2010 spring routine. Saban said it helps ease younger players into the schedule.

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