Here's a sign of the nation's growing football appetite: The Big Ten Network is planning to broadcast live all but one of the conference's spring football games this year on TV or the Internet.
The only exception is the conference’s most recent addition. Nebraska doesn’t want to show its retooled offense to its new rivals.
Spring games are blossoming on television as sports networks discover the value of airing the glorified scrimmages, tapping into fervent college fan bases — people who might otherwise be joining the tens of thousands at the stadium. It’s free advertising in the middle of the offseason for programs competing for the country’s top recruits.
The only ones who don’t seem to be on the bandwagon are some college coaches, a bunch conditioned to fret over the tiniest of details.