College Football Notes – June 26

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, June 26th, 2017
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College Football Notes
June 26, 2017
NFF board member Jerry Jones and wife Gene joined 39 other Pro and NFF College Hall of Fame members for a audience with Pope Francis in Rome on June 21. The group NFL and college standouts Curtis Martin of the University of Pittsburgh, Chris Doleman of Pitt, Franco Harris of Penn State, Jim Taylor of LSU, Ronnie Lott of Southern California, Floyd Little of Syracuse, and several Pro Football Hall of Fame board of trustees members. They presented Pope Francis with a Pro Football Hall of Fame jersey and a gold helmet and also had a special tour of the Sistine Chapel.
Former Arizona State head coach Frank Kush, a 1995 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, passed away June 22 in Phoenix. Also incredibly active with the NFF Valley of the Sun Chapter in Arizona, he claimed an NFF Chapter Leadership Award in 1992. Kush was 88. An All-America defensive lineman for national champion Michigan State in 1952, Kush is a member of the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame. After two years in the Army, where he rose to the rank of first lieutenant, Kush came to ASU as an assistant coach under Hall of Famer Dan Devine in 1955. He was promoted to coach when Devine left for Missouri, leading the Sun Devils football team from 1958-79 and winning a school-record 176 games. Kush was also part of the leadership that helped Arizona State gain university status in 1958. He had a winning record in 19 of his 22 seasons, including undefeated teams in 1970 and 1975. The 1970 team beat North Carolina in the Peach Bowl, finished 11-0 and was ranked No. 6 nationally by the Associated Press. The 1975 team beat Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl, finished 12-0, and was ranked No. 2 by both the AP and United Press International. Kush was named Coach of the Year in 1975 by the American Football Coaches Association and the Walter Camp Foundation. Kush’s teams won 16 Territorial Cup games against Arizona (including nine in a row from 1965-73), won nine conference championships and were 6-1 in bowl games. ASU moved from the Western Athletic Conference to the Pac-12 Conference during the Kush era. Kush moved on to professional football, coaching Hamilton in the Canadian Football League in 1981, then the NFL’s Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts from 1982-84 and the USFL’s Arizona Outlaws in 1985. After the USFL folded, Kush became director of the Arizona Boys Ranch, starting on a path that brought him back to ASU. The field at Sun Devil Stadium was named in his honor in 1996 during what turned into one of the more- famous games in school history, a 19-0 victory over two-time defending national champion Nebraska. He devoted much of his post-coaching days to supporting the community as the longtime president of the NFF Valley of the Sun Chapter in Arizona. A 1992 NFF Chapter Leadership Award recipient, Kush had been serving the chapter as Honorary Chairman at the time of his passing. Awards given out annually by the Valley of the Sun Chapter include the Frank Kush Award (top senior offensive lineman), the Frank Kush “Lifetime Achievement” Coaching Award and the Fiesta Bowl Scholar Frances Kush Award (named in honor of his late wife). In 2000 Kush was hired as a special assistant to the ASU athletic director. He remained a part of the athletic department in a Sun Devil Club development role for the rest of his life. A large bronze statue of Kush kneeling on a football was unveiled in 1997 at the south entrance to Sun Devil Stadium, a facility that opened in Kush’s first season as coach in 1958 and grew to seat more than 70,000. Kush was inducted into the State of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 1989. One of 15 children, Kush grew up in the coal-mining town of Windber, Pa. His wife, Frances, died at age 80 in 2010. The Kush family included three sons: Dan, David and Damian. Dan Kush was a kicker at ASU from 1973-76
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the June 26-July 2 time period are June 26 (1905) Jack McDowall, Micapony, Fla.; (1916) Alvin Wistert, Chicago, Ill.; (1933) Ralph Guglielmi, Columbus, Ohio; June 27 (1931) Bobby Reynolds (Neb.), Grand Island, Neb.; (1932) Kurt Burris, Nowata, Okla.; (1966) Mike Favor, Athens, Ga.; June 28 (1902) Ralph Baker, Rockford, Ill.; (1911) Jimmy Hitchcock, Inverness, Ala.; June 28 (1937) Charlie Flowers, Marianna, Ark.; (1960) John Elway, Port Angeles, Wash.; June 29 (1898) Dan McMillan, USC/California, Springfield, Mo.; (1908) Wes Fesler, Youngstown, Ohio; (1949) Dan Dierdorf, Canton, Ohio; June 30 (1930) W.C. Gorden, Nashville, Tenn.; July 1 (1922) Don Whitmire, Giles County, Tenn.; (1953) Michael Haynes, Denison, Texas; (1979) Adrian Peterson (Ga. Southern), Gainesville, Fla.; July 2 (1891) Gus Dorais, Chippewa Falls, Wis.; (1879) Bob Zuppke, Berlin, Germany; (1900) Ernie Vick, Toledo, Ohio; (1937) John Cooper, Knoxville, Tenn.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are June 26 (1949) Huntington Hardwick, Cuttyhawk, Mass.; (1997) Don Hutson, Rancho Mirage, Calif.; (1999) Angelo Bertelli, Clifton, N.J.; June 27 (2000) Larry Kelley, Highstown, N.J.; (2002) Jay Berwanger, Downer’s Grove, Ill.; June 28 (1968) Paddy Driscoll, Chicago, Ill.; June 30 (1973) Elmer Layden, Chicago, Ill.; (1983) Matty Bell, Dallas, Texas; July 1 (2010) Don Coryell, La Mesa, Calif.; July 2 (1987) Ellery Huntington, Alexandria City, Va.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members June 28 John Elway, June 29 Dan Dierdorf, July 1 Michael Haynes, Adrian Peterson (Ga. Southern), July 2 John Cooper (a spry 80).
Ole Miss and Texas Tech will meet in the 2018 AdvoCare Dallas Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to open the season…Boston College and Michigan State will tangle in 2024 and ’25…Clemson and Connecticut have scheduled a single game at Clemson in 2021…Middle Tennessee will travel to Ole Miss in 2020 while the Rebels will host Troy on Sept. 2, 2022…ULM will host Southeastern Louisiana Sept. 1, 2018, and will travel to Texas A&M Nov. 17, 2018. The Warhawks also will host Grambling at Monroe, La., Aug. 31. 2019, in the season lidlifter for both universities…New Mexico State has signed formal contracts with guarantees for 2019 contests at Washington State, Alabama and Ole Miss…North Dakota will open 2020 by hosting Valparaiso…Several Big 12 Conference schools have upgraded 2018-20 slates in accordance with advice from the College Football Playoff…Syracuse continues to remold its non-conference schedule after receiving several future Atlantic Coast Conference worksheets…Tennessee State and Middle Tennessee will not renew their series in 2019…Auburn and UAB continue to search for a possible set of future football playing dates…The state of California travel ban for state universities will not affect road football games contracted before Jan. 1, 2017.
The Citi Dak Prescott Football Camp is being held in Lake Dallas, Texas, before a sold-out group of campers and staff assistants this week. Prescott, the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year as Dallas Cowboys QB from Mississippi State, signed personalized photos for each camper and generally had a ball. Prescott also joined Dallas Cowboys teammate and 2016 NFL rushing leader RB Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State and other teammates in the annual Dirk Nowitzki Hits for Heroes charity baseball game at Frisco, Texas, on June 24 to raise money for returning U.S. service personnel. Prescott hosted 700-plus youth campers last week at a special football seminar in his hometown of Haughton, La., near Shreveport…Dick Honig, nationally decorated on-field official for the Big Ten and other leading conferences, is retiring from the 33-year-old Honig’s Whistle Stop, which has serviced over 400,000 clients worldwide with officiating apparel and equipment…Team USA women’s tackle football squad is playing in the International Federation of American Football Women’s World Championship, which opened June 24 in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Team USA is playing in three pool contests prior to the Friday, June 30, title game. Team USA features numerous NCAA FBS student-athletes and two former U.S. Olympians. The United States won world crowns in 2010 and ’13 and draws its squad from a series of tryouts last January from various women’s teams around the nation. Team USA, Team Canada, Team Japan, and Team Sweden, a and Tim Finland are among the favorites…Alabama’s football squad, head coach Nick Saban and the Tide coaching staff sent several signed and commemorative Alabama football items to the family of Jordan Edwards, a Mesquite, Texas, aspiring high school football student-athlete who told friends his goal was to play for Alabama when he completed high school. He died in Seagoville, Texas, in May…The Auburn Alumni Association will host a special regional night at the Daytona Beach Tortugas-Lakeland Flying Tigers Florida State League game at Jackie Robinson Field in Daytona on July 7 with several football themes for the ’17 season…Title IX went into effect 45 years ago on June 23, 1972, after a federal court ruling on equalizing funding of athletics. There are now 10,000-plus women’s varsity collegiate teams and two million-plus women student-athletes competing on NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA levels.
Former Auburn head coaches such as Pat Dye, Terry Bowden and Tommy Tuberville were remembered in a recent missive…Updated details for the new contracts of Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre, Indiana head coach Tom Allen and Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy have been made public…Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has invited former U.S. President Barack K. and wife Michelle Obama to be honorary Wolverines captains at a designated 2017 contest…Former Michigan assistant coaches Jim Minick and Biff Poggi has accepted new coaching positions for ’17…Michigan State football named Sheldon White director of player personnel…Former New Mexico pass defense coordinator/safeties coach Charles McMillian accepted a position with a Houston, Texas, area high school program…New Texas head coach Tom Herman is staffing his 2017 group with several offensive and defensive analysts…Oklahoma selected Cale Gundy and Bill Bedenbaugh as co-offensive coordinators for new head coach Lincoln Riley, who had a five-year contract approved with a $3.1 million base salary in his first season…Former Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma, and FIU head coach Howard Schnellenberger commented on the leadership qualities of new Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm…Michigan tabbed Alfonso Smith as assistant running backs coach…Middle Tennessee chose former Notre Dame defensive analyst Siriki Diabate as linebackers coach…Nebraska named Scott Booker safeties and special teams, and longtime assistant coach Bob Elliott will become a defensive analyst.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Columbia: Al Bagnoli, New Britain, Conn.; Connecticut: Randy Edsall, Glen Rock, Pa.; Cornell: David Archer, Ithaca, N.Y.; Cornell (Iowa): Vince Brautigam, Covington, Ky.; Cumberland (Tenn.): Donnie Suber, Lebanon, Tenn.; The Cumberlands (Ky.): Matt Rhymer, Harlan, Ky.
Bowling Green director of athletics Bob Moosbrugger has projected successful football and key athletics’ programs for 2017-18 and several additional seasons…Georgia Tech AD Todd Stansbury proposed a $84.3 million operating budget for Tech athletics in 2017-18…North Texas AD Wren Baker has made several upgrades for the Mean Green Eagles non-conference future football opponents…Montana State added Casey Fox as senior associate AD for development and Taylor Hill as assistant AD for compliance…Oakland U. AD Jeff Konya was a featured member in last week’s Detroit News…Washington’s Jennifer Cohen and Seattle U’s Shaney Fink were chronicled in the Seattle Times for their pathways in becoming ADs…Nebraska track coach and administrator Billy Maxwell is returning after 50 years of college coaching.
The current Russell Athletic Bowl originally was the 1990 Blockbuster Bowl in Miami, Fla., with Florida State edging Penn State 24-17…Boston College and UCLA lead all schools with three appearances apiece in the 15-year-old Foster Farms Bowl…The 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Youth Clinic Monday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, featured NFL Dallas Cowboys DE Tyrone Crawford of Boise State and team members from the Andrews Sports Clinic on avoidance and treatment of football injuries.
The Southeastern Conference has captured the 31st annual Fred Jacoby Memorial All-Conference-Sports Award for 10 men’s sports primarily contest on the NCAA level by Division I loops. It was fifth time in a row for the SEC men and the eighth time in the last nine years with the crown…Mountain West Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson has been reappointed to fill an unexpired term on the 2017-18 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee…The Horizon League is anticipating inviting a new member for the 2018-19 academic year from a number of aspiring university applicants…Records indicate that Wichita State paid a $2.5 million admission fee to join the American Athletic Conference/
Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald will be one of the featured undergrads at the Manning Passing Academy led by NFF College Hall of Fame QB and NFF Chairman Archie Manning of Ole Miss, NFF College Hall of Famer Payton Manning of Tennessee and NFF National Scholar-Athlete and NFL veteran Eli Manning of Ole Miss this week on the campus of Nicholls State in Thibodaux, La….Texas Tech transfers OL Dwayne Johnson (Nebraska) and DL Quentin Yontz from the community college ranks are eligible for 2017 activity…Former Florida QB Will Grier has been cleared by the NCAA to begin play immediately for West Virginia…Middle Tennessee’s three leading receivers from 2016 – Richie James, Ty Lee and Patrick Smith – return with a combined 334 receptions last season…Chad Reuter of rates the top three NCAA FBS competitors for the ’17 campaign as DT Ed Oliver of Houston, QB Lamar Jackson of Louisville and QB Sam Darnold of Southern California.
NFF College Hall of Famers have been having a solid presence as visitors and guest speakers at the Hall’s Atlanta location throughout the summer …Former Cornell standout and late famed movie actor Louis Wolheim was featured in a Turner Classic Movies’ segment about how his broken nose while playing football at Cornell in 1900 gave him distinct facial features for feature films…Oklahoma City sports executive John Allgood has been tabbed as the new Academic Director of Executive Masters of Sport Business at Temple University.
Kansas is set to make $300 million in renovations to historic Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. Among the construction crews for the facility in 1921 was summer job-seeking Notre Dame head coach and NFF College Hall of Fame member Knute Rockne…Florida is making a football booster contribution adjustment for 2018 season ticket purchases…Georgia Tech athletics has completed its marketing and apparel with Russell Athletic, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution chronicled similar deals for Southeastern and Atlantic Coast Conferences’ football power teams…Toledo athletics and Nike signed a six-year marketing and apparel contract…Oklahoma is working on renovations for facilities in several spring sports and indoor structures.
Family and friends of late Omaha World-Herald sports writer Steve Pivovar were recognized, and he was memorialized before the Louisville-TCU NCAA Baseball World Series game on June 22. Pivovar wrote for the Omaha newspaper for 40-plus years before passing away in August 2016 after a long battle with cancer at the age of 63.
Veteran NCAA championships’ administrators Ron Prettyman, Randy Buhr and Chad Tolliver joined 2016-17 NCAA Division I Baseball Committee chair Scott Sidwell, AD at the University of San Francisco, in making the 71st annual NCAA Division I World Series another sterling (literal) hit and “the greatest show on dirt”…CoSIDA members CoSIDA Hall of Fame member and retired U. of Calgary, Saskatchean, SID Jack Neumann, Olivia Coiro of East Carolina, Steven Olveda of Chapman, Paul T. Smith of Arkansas Tech, Wesley Gullett of Greensboro College, Kenisha Rhone of Belmont, Jeffrey Bernstein of NYU, Kevin Hashiro of Chaminade, Charles West of New Haven (Conn.), Steve Wilson of Park (Mo.), Mark Wasik of UNLV, and Jayson Ameer Rasheed of Wilmington (Ohio) have been featured in the group’s recent national Open Forum discussions and updates. Many led panels the historic 2017 CoSIDA 60th annual national workshop in Orlando, Fla…Illinois and the NHL have studies the feasibility of adding men’s and women’s hockey as varsity sports.
Correspondent/Columnist Bo Carter recalls his 30-year anniversary of covering college baseball daily in Texas since he joined the Southwest Conference in 1986-87, and here are some of his recollections:
1996 SWC Baseball – The final year of Southwest Conference activity ended dramatically with Rice winning its first SWC tourney title in Lubbock, Texas, against Texas to advance to the NCAA championships for the first time in over a decade. Head coach College Baseball Hall of Fame Wayne Graham’s Owls rolled to a final record of 42-23 overall after getting on a roll during the final three weeks of the conference campaign. Predictably, College Baseball Hall of Fame head coach Cliff Gustafson’s Texas Longhorns rolled to the regular-season crown with a 17-7 mark as SWC teams switched from a three- to four-game weekend league series. Tourney host Texas Tech closed 49-15 overall (15-9 SWC) and again was just a close call at first or wild pitch from advancing to its first NCAA World Series in school annals. Texas A&M (37-21 overall, 12-12 SWC) fell just short of a NCAA at-large bid while TCU (11-13, 34-33 overall), Baylor (11-13, 32-27) and Houston (9-15, 29-28) made some moves in the last Big 12 tourney where Lubbock high temperatures ranged in the 102-106 degrees’ (F) vicinity all week before Rice clinched the SWC’s automatic berth.
2017-18 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule With New Year’s Six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
Jan. 1, 2018
Allstate Sugar Bowl – New Orleans, La. – Mercedes-Benz Super Dome, CFP semifinal, 3 or 7 p.m.
Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual – Pasadena, Calif., Rose Bowl Stadium, 3 or 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 8 – CFP National Championship, Atlanta, Ga., 8 p.m.
Dec. 29-30, 2017 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)
Dec. 29 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 30
Capital One Orange Bowl – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Fla., TBD
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix, Ariz., TBD
Jan. 1, 2018
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga., TBD
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