College Football Notes – July 31, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, July 30th, 2017

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Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the July 31-Aug. 6 time period are July 31 (1918) Gene Goodreault, Haverhill, Mass.; (1919) Forrest Behm, Lincoln, Neb.; (1968) Andre Ware, Galveston, Texas; (1974) Jonathan Ogden, Washington, D.C.; Aug. 1 (1929) Joe Palumbo, Beaver, Pa.; Aug. 2 (1901) Charley Caldwell, Bristol, Va.; (1905) Billy Nicks, Griffin, Ga.; (1933) Matt Hazeltine, Ross, Calif.; (1937) Dr. Billy Cannon, Philadelphia, Miss.; Aug. 3 (1898) Gordon Locke, Denison, Iowa; (1932) Jackie Parker, Knoxville Tenn.; (1934) Don Holleder, Rochester, N.Y.; (1938) Maxie Baughan, Forkland, Ala.; Aug. 4 (1908) Frank Carideo, Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; Aug. 5 (1940) Roman Gabriel, Wilmington, N.C.; (1946) Gary Beban, San Francisco, Calif.; (1952) Freddie Scott, Grady, Ark.; Aug. 6 (1902) Harry Wilson, Mingo Junction, Ohio; (1906) Ken Strong, West Haven, Conn.; (1907) Jerry Dalrymple, Arkadelphia, Ark.; (1920) Steve Lach, Altoona, Pa.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are July 31 (1986) Mal Aldrich, Southampton, N.Y.; Aug. 1 (2013) Dick Kazmaier, Boston, Mass.; Aug. 3 (2011) Bubba Smith, Los Angeles, Calif.; Aug. 4 (1981) Jack Green, Nashville, Tenn.; Aug. 5 (1986) Les Lautenschlaeger, New Orleans, La.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members July 31 Andre Ware, Jonathan Ogden, Aug. 2 Dr. Billy Cannon (a spry 80th for the 1959 Heisman Trophy winner), Aug. 5 Roman Gabriel, Gary Beban, Freddie Scott

BYU and Virginia Tech will meet in 2026 and 2030…Oregon State and San Diego State have slated a two-game series for 2023 and ’26…Old Dominion and Virginia Tech have extended their current series contract to 10 games from 2022-31…Massachusetts has set midseason home game times with for 3:30 p.m. (EDT) kickoffs – Ohio (Sept. 30), Georgia Southern (Oct. 21) and Appalachian State (Oct. 28). The Georgia Southern game is UMass’ homecoming while the Appalachian State game is 2017 Senior Day…Georgia and Kent State have reached financial terms and signed to play in non-SEC activity on Sept. 24, 2022, in Athens, Ga….Arizona and Indiana athletics are discussing Iowa football is gearing up for Saturday, Aug. 12, and the annual Kid’s Day in Kinnick Stadium and the first day of fall semester classes Monday, Aug. 21.

This is the first season in college football history where on-field two-a-day practices have been disallowed. The two- and sometimes three-a-day preseason workout system started with National Football League and semi-professional squads in the 1920s and carried over into major college football routines shortly hereafter. College teams are making up for not having the second daily drill by holding team meetings and walkthroughs at indoor venues…Colorado athletics has created a group of Thought Leaders to work with faculty and staff on various projects and opportunities at CU…Wisconsin’s senior class for the ’17 season donned old school jerseys and were featured in a photo-shopped poster depiction of UW’s Camp Randall Stadium, which celebrates its 100-year anniversary this year…Boston University’s Head Trauma Center continues its research on how head trauma affects some former football players while others are not hindered after retirement.

Middle Tennessee head coach Rick Stock-still now is third in total tenure in the modern era of MT football behind Buber Murphy from 1947-68 and Boots Donnelly from 1979-98Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck has been applauded in Minneapolis area news media outlets for organization and enthusiasm in early Golden Gophers workouts…Alabama head coach Nick Sabin has attracted attention with a proposal for a 10-game Southeastern Conference annual football schedule…Penn State is working on a possible contract extension for head coach James Franklin who guided Vanderbilt to a school-record three consecutive bowl berths from 2011-13 before moving to the Nittany Valley…Charles Simmons is the new strength and conditioning assistant director for Virginia Tech football…Several college football coaches have weighed in in recent days on prospects and recruitment from the elite IMG Academy high schools…Portland State named David Lose defensive line coach…Texas football hired Adam Potts hired as assistant strength and conditioning coach…Fordham named Shane Fogarty assistant head football coach…Lees-McCrae selected Jim Simbirsk as strength and conditioning coach…Texas Rio Grande Valley named Eric Sparks assistant strength and conditioning coach…Notre Dame football offered several summer internships for prospective coaches and football administrators.

Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Georgia: Kirby Smart. Montgomery, Ala.; Georgia Southern: Tyson Summers, Tifton, Ga.; Georgia State: Shawn Elliott, Camden, S.C.; Georgia Tech: Paul Johnson, Newland, N.C.; Grambling: Broderick Fobbs, Monroe, La.

Nick Floyd has been named director of athletics at ULM…Keith Hackett has left Alaska Anchorage to become AD at Cornell (Iowa) College…Kennesaw State has posted officially its job announcement for director of athletics. There were 84 college athletics administrators positions on the NACDA Career News website through July 28…The Detroit News had a pertinent update on Wayne State AD Rob Fournier and the university’s long-range plans for athletics…Virginia Tech tabbed Angie Littlejohn as senior associate athletics director for internal operations…Tim Rahm is the new associate AD for athletics performance at Fordham…Furman named Caroline Klingsdorf senior associate director for internal operations, Alex Loeb assistant AD for operations and marketing and Ben Mathew director of athletics marketing and operations…South Carolina athletics chose Tyson Lusk as a new director of operations…USC Upstate named Chris Hawkins associate AD.

Former Jamestown (N.D.) and Angelo State AD Sean Johnson has been named executive director of the Frisco (Texas) Bowl…The Goodyear Cotton Bowl again is hosting advance priority ticket sales for the Sept. 23 Southwest Classic between Arkansas and Texas A&M at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl current ticket holders. Those qualifying have received email notifications with dates and times for purchases. Sales also began on Ticketmaster.com for public last week.

The Pac-12 Football Championship contest will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., from 2017-19 in a new contract between the league and stadium officials…The Big Ten Conference has signed new media agreements, primarily with Fox Sports and ESPN, for a reported $2.64 billion over the next six years…The Colonial Athletic Association is working with several entities to serve as online streaming partners for 2017 CAA football…The Mid-American Conference has set a goal of slicing an average of five minutes off its 2017 football game times for conference and non-circuit clashes…The Mountain West Conference has hinted that most of its future broadcasts will not involve direct negotiations with over-the-air cable networks and will be aired digitally worldwide…A Dallas Morning News survey of Big 12 Conference student-athletes indicated that Houston, BYU and Nebraska are three teams the youngsters would like to see in a membership pool to bring the loop back to 12 football schools. The survey also said that toughest football road atmospheres were West Virginia, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.

Mississippi State’s preseason drills began last week, and the offensive line is receiving ample attention. Line coach John Hevesy has the offensive front men working at multiple positions for depth purposes, and senior Martinas Rankin at LT and junior Elgton Jenkins at center appear to be starting lineup locks…Among the standouts on the 2017 watch lists for the Biletnikoff Award and Davey O’Brien Award, respectively, are wideouts Richie James of Middle Tennessee, Jonathan Duhart of Old Dominion and Allenzae Staggers of Southern Miss along with quarterbacks Brent Stockstill of Middle Tennessee and Mike White of WKU…Among the top names on the 2017 Biletnikoff Award watch list are Sergio Bailey II of Eastern Michigan, Linell Bonner of Houston, Adam Breneman of Massachusetts, Ventell Bryant of Temple, Deon Cain of Clemson, and Keke Coutee of Texas Tech…Several leading candidates on the pre-2017 watch list for the Dick Butkus Award are Sione Teuhema of Southeastern Lousiana, Matthew Thomas of Florida State, Azeem Victor of Washington, Fred Warner of BYU, Tré Williams of Auburn, Chris Worley of Ohio State, Trevon Young of Louisville, and Kenny Young of UCLA…Rivals.com lists Iowa State (388 offers), Louisville (340), and Rutgers (325) as the busiest NCAA FBS schools in terms of 2018 football scholarships offered through July 26, 2017, for the 2018 signing class…Former Oregon WR Darren Carrington has transferred to Utah…Former Texas Tech players DL Braiden Fishhook and WR Jonathan Giles are sitting out the 2017 as transfers to LSU and will be eligible in 2018…Alabama DL Dashawn Hand is seeking full team reinstatement after a recent episode off campus.

2013 NFF William V. Campbell Award recipient John Urschel of Penn State is retiring from the NFL Baltimore Ravens after three seasons to devote fulltime efforts to his PhD in mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology…Oklahoma State and national philanthropist Boone Pickens (2008 NFF Contribution to Football Award recipient) was featured in the Dallas Morning News and Oklahoma City Oklahoman at his West Texas ranch resort and is recuperating from a stroke and complications…NFF College Hall of Fame coach Dr. Tom Osborne has surrendered his former skybox seating area at Memorial Stadium/Tm Osborne Field on the Nebraska campus. Dr. Osborne also is the featured speaker for two UCF athletics fundraisers this year…NFF College Hall of Fame QB John Elway of Stanford had his contract as general manager and executive vice president of the NFL Denver Broncos renewed for and additional five years…Former Colorado and UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel spoke of working with current Nebraska head coach Mike Riley when Riley was at Oregon State to help get a conference-high 70-man football travel squad allowance for Pac-12 contests…Texas Tech will be well represented in the 2017 Southwest Conference Hall of Fame induction ceremonies with former QB Rodney Allison, College Baseball Foundation Hall of Fame coach Larry Hays, Alicia Thompson (women’s basketball), Will Flemons (men’s basketball), Marcus Coleman (football), Byron Hanspard (football), Thomas Howard (football), James Mays (track and field), Ruben Garcia (baseball), and Robert McKinney (men’s golf) entering the prestigious group in October…Former Texas A&M and NFL standout Tommy Maxwell has retired as executive director of Coaches Outreach in Dallas…NFL Carolina Panthers 12-year veteran LB Thomas Davis of Georgia has avowed his continued enthusiasm for contact football and his desire for his two sons to play the gridiron sport.

Baylor University’s endowment program increased $80 million in 2016-17 to a school record $1.23 billion and several million earmarked for athletics’ scholarships…Connecticut athletics has signed a new $32.4 million contract for apparel and marketing with Nike…Utah athletics will utilize the clear-bag policy for football and all home events in 2017-18…Mississippi State had a record $108.6 million in private donations during the just-completed 2016-17 fiscal year…Kansas athletics is looking for a new broadcast partner to replace AM 610 in Kansas City. KLWN Radio in Lawrence, Kan., will continue as the local flagship station…Marshall athletics has extended its multimedia rights contract with IMG College through 2026…Nevada athletics named John Ramey hired as radio “voice” of the Wolf Pack…Illinois athletics is working with downtown Champaign, Ill., agencies to add several amenities for home football games and other campus events… Clemson’s and South Carolina’s upgrades in football were highlighted in a recent Charleston, S.C., Post and Courier feature…Missouri’s new south end zone football facility is expected to have full Board of Regents approval before Sept. 1…Nevada athletics is completing work to meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards in the renovated areas of Mackay Stadium…North Dakota State is putting the finishing touches on several stadium areas such as football and women’s soccer facilities…Kentucky’s new sponsorship for Kroger Field at historic Commonwealth Stadium has attracted ample interest from potential corporate partners.

The Louisiana Tech athletics Media Room has been renamed the O.K. “Buddy” Davis Media Room in honor of the famed 2016 FWAA Lifetime Achievement Award sports writer for the Ruston (La.) Leader. Davis celebrated the honor on his 71st birthday July 26 in Ruston…Historian Mike Burrows of the Denver Post recounted Sports Illustrated magazine’s first cover featuring the American Football League and NFF College Hall of Fame QB John Hadl of Kansas and the Kansas City Chargers. The indefatigable Burrows also unearthed historical information that both Alabama and Georgia were recruiting future Baseball Hall of Fame OG Reggie Jackson, who starred in football and baseball at Arizona State from 1964-67, as the possible first African American football student-athlete in fall 1964 for the Southeastern Conference…The SEC Network has announced start times for its first three weeks of 2017 football telecasts…Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt spoke about Nebraska competing in the Big Ten Conference, his experiences in the Big 12 as a quarterback at Colorado and how NCA regulations made it tough on CU teammates when it came to meal money and clothing purchases on basic academic/scholastic grants-in-aid in NCAA FBS…2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor had a NFL tryout with the Los Angeles Chargers last week. The Chargers are coached by first-year mentor Anthony Lynn, who was a standout running back at BU rival Texas Tech from 1988-91…The Denver Broncos hosted their annual Media Barbecue Dinner last Wednesday at the Broncos Training Center…Texas A&M track and field letterman and World War II veteran Ike Morris turns 107 Tuesday, Aug. 1, in College Station, Texas. Celebrations have been ongoing…A recent Talk of the Town forum in Dallas featured longtime Goodyear Cotton Bowl executive and Dallas Cowboys radio voice Brad Sham, former TCU football play-by-play voice (with the NBA Dallas Mavericks for three decades) Chuck Cooper stein, Baseball Hall of Fame Ford Frick Award broadcaster (Texas Rangers) Eric Nadal, and NHL Dallas Stars broadcaster Dave Strider with proceeds going to area charities…35-year sports writing veteran Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram is seeking new horizons after another round of layoffs and buyouts at the newspaper…Longtime Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel college sports writer Mike Strange has retired after 40 years with the newspaper…2014-16 Texas A&M standout and No. 1 NFL draft selection Myles Garrett has been displaying exemplary moves in early Cleveland Browns workouts…Former Murray State, Indiana State, Niagara, Jackson State, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff coach and administrator Al Perry, now retired from fulltime athletics, will have both his sons playing men’s basketball at Mississippi State starting in the 2018-19 season. Five-star recruit Reggie Perry, Al’s younger son, just committed verbally to MSU as a freshman for the 2018-19 campaign…Mike Meredith, son of NFF College Hall of Fame QB Don Meredith of SMU, is working on a documentary of the 1960s original NFL Dallas Cowboys with Don Meredith and several NFF College Hall of Fame members featured.

The NCAA and TicketCity.com have set up information about bowl and conference/national football championship tickets for 2017-18…CoSIDA members Craig Pinkerton of the Southeastern Conference, Ira Thor of Jersey City, Zachary Shore of Madonna, Kevin Britton of Eastern Kentucky, Tyler Stevenson of Indiana Tech, Scott Musa of Shenandoah (Va.), and Candice Kulm of McLennan (Texas) College have been featured in the group’s recent national Open Forum discussions and updates…Heidrick & Struggles senior collegiate placement group has started a separate Heidrick Consulting division. The group also released its second quarter financial statement.

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:

2001 Big 12 Conference Baseball – Nebraska (50-16 overall, 20-8 Big 12) won its third consecutive Phillips 66 Big 12 tournament, but even more importantly advanced to the NCAA World Series for the first time in NU diamond history. To compound the higher-than-usual demand for tickets, U.S. Pres. George W. Bush attended the first game of the ’01 CWS and threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Stanford-Tulane game. Three months later, the 43rd President was brought to nearby Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha as a precaution against terroristic attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. On a more optimistic note, though, the Huskers went 0-2 in the World Series, they did become ninth different team from the Big 12 to make it to the NCAA baseball Great Eight and edged Texas Tech (42-20, 19-10) for the league’s regular-season crown. NU (No. 7 nationally in the postseason Top 30 polls) and Tech (No. 21 nationally) joined Baylor (No. 22, 37-24 overall, 17-10), Texas (No. 28, 36-26, 19-11) and Oklahoma State (unranked, 42-22, 16-14) among the NCAA’s final 64 tourney contenders, and UT set the table for a national championship run (its first since 1983 with pitching aces Roger Clemens and Calvin Schiraldi) in 2002 at Omaha’s historic Rosenblatt Stadium. Iowa State cited weather and financial reasons for ending its varsity baseball program in 2001 after 110 seasons and a win in the Phillips 66 Big 12 tourney. The Cyclones (24-29, 11-15) made the loop’s postseason meet for the first time in 2001 and left fans weeping at then AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City when popular head coach Lyle Smith’s nine fell to Oklahoma State 17-4 in the school’s final game and received a standing ovation from the OSU-laden crowd of 8,000-plus that night.

2017-18 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST) CFPJan. 1, 2018Allstate 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. 30Capital One Orange Bowl – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Fla., TBDPlayStation Fiesta Bowl – University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix, Ariz., TBD; Jan. 1, 2018Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga., TBD

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