Swinney promoting spring game, while Pitt cancels in favor of extra 'real' practice

Duke finishing up its spring drills this weekend, before any other ACC teams hit the field

Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly carries the ball during the Orange-White Spring Football Game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Photo by Sefton Ipock

Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly carries the ball during the Orange-White Spring Football Game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Clemson will kick off its spring practice on Wednesday, March 5 - a few days after Duke plays its spring game, and three weeks before Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech hit the field for the first time.

The highlight of the Tigers' spring session will be the annual Orange-White game on April 12. Coach Dabo Swinney is pushing to make Clemson's spring game a bigger deal than ever, with near-capacity attendance and a full fall-Saturday atmosphere.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has cancelled its spring game in order to "maximize limited practice time," according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Panthers' 2013 game drew just 3,642 fans last year.

By mid-March, most of the ACC's teams (except Duke) will be on the practice field, working to settle personnel issues headed into the summer.

Saturday, April 12, will be a particularly busy day, with spring intrasquad games scheduled at Clemson, Florida State, Boston College, Miami, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia.

Louisville will hold its spring game on Friday, April 11. Games are scheduled for April 18 at Georgia Tech and April 19 at Syracuse, and for April 26 at Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Follow Kerry Capps on Twitter @oandwkc

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