College Football Notes – July 24, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, July 24th, 2017
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College Football Notes
By Bo Carter
The NFF office has received a solid initial response nationally for the 70-year anniversary and publications’ material available to schools and conferences as they help celebrate the beginning of the Foundation in 1947 with the theme: from (Gen. Douglas) MacArthur to (Archie) Manning.”
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the July 24-30 time period are July 24 (1875) Bennie Owen, Chicago, Ill.; (1876) Clarence “Bert” Herschberger, Peoria, Ill.; (1894) Clarence Spears, DeWitt, Ark.; (1962) Kevin Butler, Savannah, Ga.; July 25 (1900) Ed Tryon, Medford, Mass.; (1936) Ron Burton, Springfield, Ohio; (1954) Walter Payton, Columbia, Miss.; July 26 (1869) Henry Williams, Hartford, Conn.; (1896) Everett Strupper, Columbus, Ga.; (1934) Tommy McDonald, Roy, N.M.; (1939) Bob Lilly, Olney, Texas; July 27 (1910) Fred Crawford, Waynesville, N.C.; (1950) Reggie McKenzie, Detroit, Mich.; (1959) Hugh Green, Natchez, Miss.; July 28 (1893) John “Jack” O’Hearn, Brookline, Mass.; (1943) Lawrence Elkins, Brownwood, Texas; (1957) Charles Alexander, Galveston, Texas; July 29 (1879) Dan McGugin, Ringgold County, Iowa; (1902) Herbert Sturhahn, Far Rockaway, N.Y.; July 30 (1894) Carl Snavely, Omaha, Neb.; (1903) Vic Hanson, Sacramento, Calif.; (1924) Dr. George Savitsky, New York City; (1945) Lloyd Carr, Hawkins Co., Tenn.; (1948) Jim Mandich, Cleveland, Ohio.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are July 24 (1978) Joel Hunt, Teague, Texas; (2002) Gaynell “Gus” Tinsley, Baton Rouge, La.; July 27 (1941) Howard Jones, Toluca Lake, Calif.; (1964) Willie Gallimore, Rensselaer, Ind.; (2010) Jack Tatum, Pittsburg, Calif.; July 28 (1979) Four Horseman Don Miller, Cleveland, Ohio; (2010) Bob Fenimore, Stillwater, Okla.; July 30 (1989) Wes Fesler, Laguna Hills, Calif.; (2011) Dave Maurer, Springfield, Ohio.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members July 24 Kevin Butler, July 26 Tommy McDonald, Bob Lilly, July 27 Reggie McKenzie, Hugh Green, July 28 Lawrence Elkins, Charles Alexander, July 30 Lloyd Carr…
UNLV and Vanderbilt have slated a two-game series in 2019 and ’23 for first-ever meetings in football for these schools…Miami (Fla.) and Temple will meet in 2020 and ’23 in a home-and-home series…Rice became of the first NCAA FBS squads to report and being practice. Coach David Bailiff’s Owls reported of campus Sunday, July 23, and were designated for their first workouts on Monday, July 24. Fellow Conference USA member Middle Tennessee and head coach Rick Stockstill have their first day back on campus July 17…Colorado and Colorado State report increases in 2017 season ticket sales while Oregon is working on promotional ideas to complete its ’17 football sales…Texas and Texas A&M continue to explore ways to renew their 118-game rivalry, which ended temporarily in November 2011 when the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference…Appalachian State is bringing in temporary additional seating in anticipation of a turnout exceeding 50,000 for the ASU-Wake Forest contest Sept. 23 in Boone, N.C…The preseason Kellner Poll (developed by college football expert Cody Kellner) features this Top 10: 1. Alabama; 2. Clemson; 3. Ohio State; 4. Washington; 5. Michigan; 6. Florida State; 7. USC; 8. Wisconsin; 9. Florida; 10. Oklahoma…Vanderbilt’s 2017 Homecoming game will be Oct. 7 against Georgia with kickoff time to be determined.
Sara Hill and her husband, Weber State head coach Jay Hill, complimented and thanked the WSU football team for several players shaving their heads in support of Sara in her rounds of chemotherapy to treat Hodgkins lymphoma, which she was diagnosed with in August 2016…Nine Navy football student-athletes helped with the Bowie (Md.) Youth Football League tryouts last weekend in Bowie…Vanderbilt has launched an Alumni Exclusive website to provide updated information for alums worldwide…Award-winning actor Al Pacino will play NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Joe Paterno in an upcoming television movie.
Matt Luke has been named interim head coach at Ole Miss to replace Hugh Freeze…A former NFL San Francisco 49ers staff member Tom Gamble has been projected to join the Michigan football staff in 2017…UTSA head coach Frank Wilson was saluted for helping the Roadrunners gain a bowl berth in 2016 – their sixth season of varsity football…Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venable was featured in a Greenville, S.C., News story about his CFP title-winning defense and future plans…The Tampa Bay Times featured new USF head coach Charlie Strong for his offseason travels and team discipline…Two former Bowling Green standouts have been named to the Syracuse football staff. Trent Green is a defensive graduate assistant, and Matt Johnson is the new offensive quality control assistant…Hardin-Simmons’ new receivers and junior varsity coach is Steven Thrash…Minnesota State named Collin Prosser offensive line coach…Michigan added former Arizona assistant coach Matt Dudek as director of player…Colorado’s assistant coaches had their contracts and compensation ratified for the upcoming season…Former NC State associate executive director of the Wolf Pack Club Phillip Wood has been named associate AD/executive director of the Pirate Club at East Carolina…North Texas AD Wren Baker explained a roundabout trail to his position as AD and support from a faculty member to the executive hiring committee.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Fordham: Andrew Breiner, Lock Haven, Pa.; Franklin & Marshall: John Troxell, Easton, Pa.; Fresno State: Jeff Tedford, Lynwood, Calif.; Furman: Clay Hendrix, Commerce, Ga.; Georgetown (D.C.): Rob Sgarlata, Washington, D.C.; Georgetown (Ky.) Bill Cronin, Anderson, Ind.
Roger Williams U. named Kiki Jacobs director of athletics, intramurals and recreation…Florida director of athletics Scott Stricklin has been observing developments from afar at Mississippi State’s totally reconstructed Dudy Noble Field, which he helped in starting its major fundraising campaign as AD at MSU…Fordham tabbed Evan Ostrow as assistant AD for football operations…Brad Wurthman was named as senior AD for external operations last Friday at Virginia Tech…Atlantic Coast Conference schools actually lead the nation in guaranteed pay for athletics directors in a recent study by the Newport News, Va., Daily Press…South Carolina tabbed Steve Eigenbrot as senior associate AD/development and Gamecock Club and Chance Miller as senior associate AD/compliance…Former assistant AD for marketing and development Greg O’Connor is leaving Rhode Island College…New Mexico has a solid array of applicants and hopes to narrow down its interviews’ list for the vacant AD’s position…North Texas athletics has summer openings for the positions of associate AD for compliance, associate and an assistant athletics trainer, an assistant strength coach, and an assistant director of ticket operations…Plattsburgh State tabbed Randy Ashe as assistant trainer and Krystal Yernye as assistant director of athletics communications…Jim Malone is the new assistant AD for physical development, strength and conditioning at Campbell…Rutgers chose Marco Battaglia assistant AD for development…Temple named Kristy Bannon Sromovsky senior associate AD for compliance and student affairs…Emory selected Garren Lucius as assistant AD for events and marketing…Southern Illinois athletics named M.J. Grothe as a director of operations.
The Hyundai Sun Bowl has started promotions and celebrations for its 83rd annual postseason tussle after the El Paso College All-Stars edged Ranger (Texas) College 25-21 in the inaugural 1935 SBC…College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock and staff members have appeared at all the Power Five conference football media days along with Conference USA and other key FBS circuits’ preseason news conferences.
Conference USA media selected a repeat of the 2016 C-USA title game in ’17 with WKU taking the East Division and Louisiana Tech capturing the West for a repeat of 2016 division crowns. C-USA also inked a pact with Ready Nutrition of Wexford, Pa., as the official sports nutrition brand for the circuit…Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are projected to finish 1-2 in the 2017 Big 12 Conference race, and they also are predicted to play in the restart of the 2017 Big 12 Football Championship in December at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. OU has the most football championships in Big 12 annals with 10 circuit trophies – all under the tenure of head coach Bob Stoops from 2000-16…American Athletic Conference media selected USF to gain the overall title as well as the AAC East Division while Memphis is the AAC West Division favorite…The Big Sky Conference has added television partner Eleven Sports, and commissioner Andrea Williams has established top priorities as branding and national exposure for 2017-18.
Early watch list candidates for the FWAA Outland Trophy include some of the following household NCAA FBS standouts: C Billy Price of Ohio State, C Alex Eberle of Florida State C Jake Pruehs of Ohio, DT Folorunso Fatukasi of Connecticut, C Scott Quessenberry of UCLA, OG Hjalte Froholdt of Arkansas, C Frank Ragnow of Arkansas, DT Greg Gaines of Washington, and DT Steven Richardson (no relation to FWAA executive director Steve Richardson) of Minnesota…Some of the prominent names on the 2017 John Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list are Bryant Shirreffs of Connecticut, Brandon Silvers of Troy, Wilton Speight of Michigan, Nick Stevens of Colorado State, Brent Stockstill of Middle Tennessee, Dalton Sturm of UTSA, Clayton Thorson of Northwestern, Mike White of WKU, Troy Williams of Utah, Logan Woodside of Toledo, and Darius Wade of Boston College…Punter Zach Sinor of Oklahoma State has been starting his own Heisman Trophy campaign with a line of custom T-shirts and several social media outlets…Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson has indicated that the Golden Eagles might go with a two-quarterback setup this year with redshirt junior Kwadra Griggs and sophomore Keon Howard splitting time…North Texas senior RB Jeffrey Wilson and safety Kishawn McClain were featured during last week’s Conference USA Media Days in Irving, Texas…Charlotte standouts QB Hasaan Klugh and
LB Karrington King received prominent coverage in last week’s Conference USA media day activities…Alabama LB B.J. Emmons is transferring to Hutchinson (Kan.) College for the ’17 season.
The Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and other awards were denoted in ceremonies at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., earlier this month. All three Hall of Fame inductees were honored posthumously. They were Nick Gates of the Knoxville News-Sentinel, George Leonard of the Nashville Banner and Dean Stone of the Maryville-Alcoa Daily Times. Memphis head coach Mike Norvell was the 2016 TSWA Football Coach of the Year while Middle Tennessee’s head coach Kermit Davis Jr. was voted as 2016-17 TSWA Basketball Coach of the Year…Longtime FWAA member Donald Hunt for the for the Philadelphia Tribune will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, Nov. 2 with the Class of 2017…Former TCU athletics publicist and women’s golf standout (now Texas State Senator) The Hon. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) has been making headlines in recent months for her support of key legislative initiatives in the Lone Star State Senate. Her husband Jim Kolkhorst was a wide receiver for the Frogs and later played on the Host (now Host IMG)-Southwest Conference men’s softball team in Euless, Texas, in the early 1990s…Award-winning television sportscaster George Riba had a special guest appearance on NBC 5 (KXAS-TV) in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the sports segment of the nightly news broadcast and was reunited with several DFW television personalities…ESPN provided live coverage for the Nevada parole hearing for NFF College Hall of Fame RB O.J. Simpson of Southern California last week.
The Henry Tippie family has donated $5 million for an endowment fund for the compensation of Iowa’s current and future directors of athletics…Nebraska-Kearney completed installation of its new artificial playing surface for 2017…UNLV athletics is working with an external law firm to help with contract negotiations for use of the new NFL Las Vegas Raiders Stadium starting in 2019…Connecticut athletics is completing a $10 million Gambel Pavilion roof project later this fall…Illinois and Northwestern athletics have been comparing new facilities and looking for best ways to utilize and economize the new spaces…Louisville athletics has signed a new lease for the KFC Yum Center…LSU athletics is installing a new $3 million video board…Maryland’s historic Cole Field House now has an indoor football practice field…Minnesota is putting the finishing touches on the innovative Athletes Village to help service practically all needs for student-athletes…Syracuse is adding shifts to complete renovations in time for 2017 football at the Carrier Dome…Wyoming has installed nearly 2,000 temporary end zone seats added for its Sept. 16 home game with Pac-12 powerhouse Oregon…Colorado State athletics is issuing free tickets for the Aug. 5 special open house and preview at CSU’s on-campus stadium. All tickets will be available online and should be downloaded in advance if possible…East Carolina athletics is working to keep its sponsorship agreement with NASCAR…Kansas State has a budget surplus for a school-record eighth consecutive year…LSU, Auburn, Missouri, and Clemson have joined together in a new U.S. Tiger University Consortium to save live tigers worldwide and tiger mascots…LSU also has enhanced its historic outdoor swimming pool on campus.
Retired veteran head coach Tommy Tuberville (most recently at Cincinnati) has joined ESPN as a college football game analyst…Award-winning writer and ESPN narrator Wright Thompson was a featured speaker at the 13th annual Mayborn Non-Fiction Writing Conference sponsored by the University of North Texas in Grapevine, Texas, last weekend… is has released the 317-page 2017 College Football America Yearbook, which previews every college football conference at all levels in the U.S. and Canada. The fifth annual edition is available via and Barnes & at a list price of $39.99, and the digital edition is available via iBooks for $9.99 with some retailers selling the yearbook for another reduced price…The SEC Network’s popular annual 24-hour “takeovers” by all 14 schools wrapped up last Sunday night after 24 hours of Texas A&M athletics’ highlights. Previous schools (and some are being re-broadcast, please check local SEC Network listings) were Alabama July 10; Arkansas July 11; Auburn July 12; Florida July 13; Georgia July 14; Kentucky July 15; LSU July 16; Mississippi State July 17; Missouri July 18; Ole Miss July 19; South Carolina July 20; Tennessee July 21; Vanderbilt July 22, and Texas A&M.
Drake athletics and the city of Des Moines, Iowa, will have special ceremonies to celebrate the 100th birthday of Paul Morrison, the CoSIDA Hall of Fame publicist who has worked or consulted with Drake for 76 years…The NCAA and FBS conference football officiating coordinators have stressed several safety measures and rules’ updates as game officials gather for their preseason physicals and meetings…The NCAA and North Carolina are continuing investigations and negotiations about possible compliance issues…CoSIDA members Mike Mahon (retired) of Drake, Ann B. King of The Sage Colleges (N.Y.), Bob Heller of Lincoln (Pa.), Dave Wright of Hamline, Diane Nordstrom of Wisconsin, and Rachel Roche’ of Redlands (Calif.) have been featured in the group’s recent national Open Forum discussions and updates.
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 later with the Big 12 Conference, and here are some of his recollections:
2000 Big 12 Conference Baseball – Nebraska (51-17 overall, 21-9 Big 12) repeated as Phillips 66 Big 12 tourney champ, hosted a NCAA Regional, and came within inches of making its first NCAA World Series appearance in nearby Omaha. Later the Huskers advanced to the CWS in 2001, ’02 and ’05 as the 2000 squad laid the final groundwork. Big 12 regular-season champ Baylor (45-17) under head coach Steve Smith earned the first of two conference trophies in ’00 while Oklahoma (41-23, 20-10), Texas (46-21, 19-10), and Texas Tech (36-26, 18-12) all joined the Huskers and Bears in 2000 NCAA activity. Texas under head coach Augie Garrido made its NCAA-record 27th appearance in the NCAA World Series (first since 1993) by downing Penn State twice in the NCAA Austin Super Regional.
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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