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The Husker spring practice schedule, released on Tuesday, will follow much the same format of recent years.

It's basically split into two halves, with eight practices occurring between March 8 and March 20, then an 11-day pause for spring break, then the finish leading into the April 12 spring game.

It'll be a busy first week, with five of the 15 practices going down Saturday-Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday.

As has been reported, Bo Pelini is opening up most of his practices to the media -- all but three of them. As of now, assistants are not listed on the itinerary to do interviews, but we'll see how that plays out.

Tickets for the April 12 spring game are already selling at a good clip. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst said during his appearance on "Sports Nightly" Tuesday that about 30,000 tickets have already been purchased for the scrimmage.

He also explained why the kickoff was moved back to 2 p.m. That's an hour later than the start time originally set.

"It just provides us an opportunity to get more recruits here," said Eichorst, noting that some local kids are taking ACT tests earlier in the day.

Asked by host Greg Sharpe how well-armed Nebraska is to keep up with the big boys in college football recruiting, Eichorst said he thinks the program is "positioned very well."

"At the end of the day, I provide all of our coaches great latitude to run the program and structure the program that they see fit. My role is to provide them strategically with the resources to do that," he said.

"So when we sit down with our football program, we talk about what they need to be successful. And we've provided that. I don't think there's much more you can ask for in that regard. It's not a resource question here at the University of Nebraska, and that's a great tribute to our great fan and supporter base that allow us financially to do that. But we're going to do it in a reasonable way.

"At the end of the day, we're providing, I think, our football program with everything they need to be successful. Just like during the week in game planning and during the game, if we need to make adjustments along the way and we need to do that, we'll do that. I'm really excited about it. I know our staff is excited about the way they restructured some things. Again, however they want to structure it within reason, we're going to support."

Reach Brian Christopherson at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. Follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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