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Magnus said schools had been receptive to having their games televised. LSU coach Les Miles would rather not have a spring game at all _ he believes it’s an inefficient use of limited practice time. But these scrimmages bring in big bucks for the top programs. So if he has to have one, Miles doesn’t mind it being on TV.

“Your guys love to play on television,” Miles said before Saturday’s game, which was shown on ESPN. “It gives you the air of a big game. Your guys want to play better.”

Still, coaches whose games are televised may be more likely to hold back certain plays they don’t want their opponents to see. Asked if he recorded Texas’ spring game, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables deadpanned, “I don’t know if I did or not.”

“Were they on?” he asked to the laughter of reporters.

From the Sooners’ standpoint, Venables said, “I think we’re on TV as much if not more than anybody and we get plenty of exposure.”

Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne, the Cornhuskers’ former coach, was concerned televising the spring game would hurt attendance _ which has been more than 77,000 in recent years. Osborne said the school makes $700,000 to $800,000 in revenue from the game.

Coach Bo Pelini will be able to tune into his new conference’s network to watch the scrimmages of all his Big Ten counterparts. Plenty of passionate, midwestern football fans are sure to do so.

They might even see something eyebrow-raising, like last Saturday when Purdue’s Carson Wiggs connected on a 67-yard field goal _ yes, 67.

“Even though it’s not the most exciting broadcast or the most exciting brand of football,” said ESPN analyst Todd Blackledge, who called Saturday’s LSU game, “it kind of feeds that animal of college football.”


AP Sports Writers Jeff Latzke in Norman, Okla., and Eric Olson in Lincoln, Neb., and AP freelance writers Mark Bradford in South Bend, Ind., and Bryan Lazare in Baton Rouge, La., contributed to this report.