UMaine football team begins spring practice Thursday

Posted April 07, 2011, at 5:16 a.m.

ORONO, Maine — It may be the start of baseball season, but in Orono the University of Maine football team is kicking off its spring practice season.

The Black Bears begin spring practices Thursday afternoon at Alfond Stadium.

In all, the team will hold 15 public practice sessions ending April 30 with the annual Jeff Cole Memorial Scrimmage, named in honor of the UMaine assistant football coach who died in 2004 after a 3½-year battle with cancer.

The team last year had a 4-7 record.

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