College Football Notes – Jan. 21, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, January 22nd, 2018
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Former Rice and Michigan football standout from the Houston area (Cypress-Fairbanks HS) Sam McGuffie has been named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic 12-member men’s U.S. bobsled team competing in the February Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He will serve as brakeman for driver Cody Bascue in the two- and four-man competition. McGuffie is the first Rice alumnus to compete for the U.S. in the Winter Games.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Jan. 22-28 time period are Jan. 22 (1958) Charles White, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1964) Joe Dudek, Boston, Mass.; Jan. 23 (1890) Morley Jennings, Holland, Mich.; (1935) Jerry Tubbs, Throckmorton, Texas; Jan. 24 (1881) Bill Warner, Springville, N.Y.; (1920) Chuck Taylor, Portland, Ore.; (1936) Don Bosseler, Weathersfield, N.Y.; Jan. 26 (1899) Marty Below, Oshkosh, Wis.; (1905) Allyn McKeen, Fulton, Ky.; (1906) Fred Miller, Milwaukee, Wis.; (1926) John Merritt, Falmouth, Ky.; (1948) Mike Kelly, Troy, Ohio; (1950) Jack Youngblood, Jacksonville, Fla.; (1960) Jeff Davis, Greensboro, N.C.; Jan. 27 (1894) Fritz Pollard, Chicago, Ill.; (1907) Peter Pund, Augusta, Ga.; (1920) Frankie Albert, Chicago; Jan. 28 (1937) Charlie Krueger, Caldwell, Texas.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Jan. 22 (1914) Neil Snow, Detroit, Mich.; Jan. 23 (1976) Paul Robeson, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1983) George Kerr, So. Weymouth, Mass.; (2011) Dr. Ed Dyas, Mobile, Ala.; Jan. 25 (1999) Herman Wedemeyer, Honolulu, Hawai’i; (2007) Ken Kavanaugh, Sarasota, Fla.; Jan. 26 (1965) Four Horseman Harry Stuhldreher, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1983) Bear Bryant, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; (1996) Frank Howard, Clemson, S.C.; Jan. 27 ( 2008) Mike Holovak, Ruskin, Fla.; Jan. 28 (1991) Red Grange, Lake Wales, Fla.; (2004) Elroy Hirsch, Madison, Wis.; (2013) Doug Kenna, No. Palm Beach, Fla.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Jan. 22 Charles White, Joe Dudek, Jan. 24 Don Bosseler (a spry 82), Jan. 26 Mike Kelly, Jack Youngblood, Jeff Davis, Jan. 28 Charlie Krueger (a spry 81)…
USF has changed its future schedule of games with BYU to Oct. 12, 2019, at Tampa, Fla., and Sept. 24, 2021, at Provo, Utah…Louisville and USF have slated a three-game series in 2022, ’24 and ’26. The Bulls also have future dates to be determined against Massachusetts and San Jose State…East Tennessee State will travel to North Carolina in 2022 for a first-ever meeting with the Tar Heels…Nebraska holds a national record with 361 consecutive sellouts since 1962. Notre Dame is next on the list with 262 in succession.
Air Force was forced to cancel or postpone all weekend athletics events after the government shutdown Jan. 20…The Hon. Alan Page, longtime Minnesota Court Justice and NFF College Hall of Fame member via the Minnesota Golden Gophers, has awarded over $14 million in scholarships to 6,000-plus students through the Page Education Foundation since 1977…Luke Laufenberg, son of Dallas Cowboys broadcaster and former Iowa and NFL star Babe Laufenberg, is fighting and receiving treatment for leukemia after returning home from Mesa (Ariz.) College where he played tight end and was diagnosed with the illness last December.
Alabama A&M tabbed Connell Maynor as head coach…Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has left to become offensive coordinator for the NFL Buffalo Bills…Georgia assistant coaches earned solid bonus compensation for leading the Bulldogs to the CFP championship game…Michigan linebackers coach Chris Partridge has signed a new contract with upgrades with the Wolverines…Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is seeking three new assistant coaches in coming days…Utah State co-defensive coordinator Kendrick Shaver has joined the Washington State staff… Tennessee Tech added Donnie Suber as defensive coordinator…Memphis wide receivers coach David Johnson is seeking a new coaching assignment for ’18…Former Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Heistand has departed as an assistant coach for the NFL Chicago Bears…Former Ole Miss and Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze has met with Alabama representatives about a possible football post…Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell hopes to have his 2018 staff positions filled by the end of January…Former Minnesota assistant head coach Maurice Linguist is joining the football staff at Texas A&M as defensive backs coach…Oklahoma hired Bennie Wylie as strength and conditioning coach…Syracuse named Matt Cavanaugh hired as offensive line coach…Arizona has signed new head coach Kevin Sumlin to a five-year contract…Former Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand is moving to Texas as co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach…Former Ohio assistant Dave Johnson is now run game coordinator/offensive line coach at Colorado State…Connecticut’s veteran offensive line coach J.B. Grimes is joining the 2018 Auburn staff. It is his second tenure as a Tigers assistant coach…Hawai’i added assistant coaches Mark Weber (offensive line), Ricky Logo (defensive line) and Andre Allen (wide receivers) for spring football drills…Former LSU running back Kevin Faulk will join the Tigers support staff after the SEC office approves the transaction…Perry Eliano, former defensive coordinator and associate head coach at Bowling Green, is headed to New Mexico as cornerbacks coach/special teams coordinator…Oregon State defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar had his three-year contract ratified…Former Northern Illinois defensive coordinator Kevin Kane is the new defensive coordinator at SMU…NFL Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin praised new Nebraska head coach and NU alumnus Scott Frost as one of the rising star mentors in NCAA FBS…New Mexico named Calvin Magee offensive coordinator and running backs coach, Archie McDaniel outside and rush linebackers coach and Perry Elian cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator…Southern California tabbed Bryan Ellis as quarterbacks coach and Keary Colbert tight ends and inside receivers coach…Alabama officially selected Mike Locksley as offensive coordinator…The Arizona Daily Star listed a summary of new coaches’ Kevin Sumlin at Arizona and Arizona State’s Herm Edwards contracts and length of head coaching terms in a recent study. Former UA assistant Rod Smith has been hired as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Illinois…Arkansas assistant coaches will receive a record amount in salaries in ’18…Auburn is working to get a final, structured contract for head coach Gus Malzahn…Baylor named Frisman Jackson wide receivers coach…Longtime BYU assistant coach Steve Kaufusi is leaving while former assistant coach Preston Hadley is returning as safeties coach…California named Peter Sirmon associate head coach defense/inside linebackers coach…Colorado State chose John Jancek as defensive coordinator…Florida State has completed its assistant coaching staff…Idaho State offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Matt Troxel is heading to Oregon State and will be replaced by Mike Ferriter…Oregon named former Washington State assistant Jim Mastro as running backs coach…Longtime South Carolina assistant coach Robbie Lilies is departing for a new assignment…Southern California signed Tee Martin to a contract extension as USC as offensive coordinator…UL Lafayette named Ron Roberts defensive coordinator…The Wisconsin Athletics Board approved contract renewals for head coach Paul Chryst and his staff.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Springfield: Mike Cerasuolo, Northboro, Mass.; Stanford: David Shaw, San Diego, Calif.; Syracuse: Dino Babers, Honolulu, Hawai’i; Temple: Geoff Collins, Culhowee, N.C.; Tennessee: Jeremy Pruitt, Rainsville, Ala.
Former Buffalo director of athletics Allen Greene has been selected as AD at Auburn…Western New Mexico named Scott Noble director of athletics…Nebraska AD Bill Moos is making a full review of all Husker athletics programs this winter…The Monroe (La.) Star-News profiled Louisiana-Monroe AD Nick Floyd and his early success in that role…Longtime Southern Miss men’s golf coach and athletics administrator Jerry Weeks will retire in June…Former Florida Atlantic AD Patrick Chun was praised for his early fundraising efforts as new AD at Washington State… Chattanooga AD Mark Wharton is making personnel changes and additions for Moccasins athletics.
A survey of NCAA FBS conferences by the IFRA of composite bowl records over a 15-year period from 1993-2007 show the Southeastern Conference leading in postseason games played (61) and total victories (103). The IFRA also is researching 25-year overall league marks from 1993-post-2017 and will complete that update in coming days. The 1993-2007 composite marks are as follows:
ACC 42-42
Big East 37-32
Big 8 9-3
Big Ten 51-49
Big 12 41-43
Big West 6-1
C-USA 20-32
MAC 12-14
MWC 18-16
Pac-10/12 38-40
SEC 61-42
Sun Belt 5-5
SWC 3-6
WAC 20-26
Independents 7-13
National championships (major polls 1993-97 and BCS from 1998-2007) were won by Florida State (1993), Nebraska (1994 and ‘95), Florida (1996), Michigan and Nebraska (1997), Tennessee (1998), Florida State (1999), Oklahoma (2000), Miami (Fla.) (2001), Ohio State (2002), LSU (2003), USC (2004 – later vacated), Texas (2005), Florida (2006), and LSU (2007).
NFF Board member Joe Castiglione (AD at Oklahoma) as joined Georgia Tech AD Todd Stansbury, former Air Force, Arkansas, Clemson, and Rice head coach Ken Hatfield, sports columnist and professor Paola Boivin of Arizona State, Florida AD Scott Stricklin, and NFF College Hall of Fame member Ronnie Lott of USC as new members of the College Football Playoff selection committee for 2018. Oregon AD Rob Mullens will replace 2017 selection committee chair Kirby Hocutt of Texas Tech as ’18 chair.
While Houston alumnus Case Keenum has made his big splash with the NFL Minnesota Vikings this year, he still holds Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas collegiate records for passing attempts with 69, pass completions with 45 and passing yards with 532 – all against Penn State in the 2012 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl during a 30-14 Cougars victory…Missouri State athletics and MLB St. Louis Cardinals team physician Dr. Brian Mahaffey is a new inductee into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame…Longtime broadcaster and Super Bowl II QB Len Dawson of the AFL Kansas City Chiefs and Purdue was featured in a recent historic piece and pregame photo…Pam Tebow, mother of 2009 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy® recipient Tim Tebow of Florida, was a featured speaker at the Jan. 19 National Right to Life March along with former NFL and Harvard standout Matt Birk and wife Adrianna – the parents of seven children.
Villanova alumnus Kyle Lowery pledged $1 million toward the new VU athletics locker rooms’ renovation project…Tennessee athletics was chronicled for its year-round economic impact on Knoxville and the surrounding areas…Arkansas is receiving bids for metal detectors at Reynolds Stadium and other UA athletic venues…Ole Miss’ renovations to the on-campus Oxford-University Stadium are on schedule for 2018…Auburn athletics continues to explore a site and costs associated with a football-only indoor practice and offices’ facility…Arkansas has sold a season tickets’ record for its 2018 baseball campaign…New Mexico athletics will produce a comprehensive financial plan for future years by the middle of February…Wyoming athletics indicated $46 million in local and national media exposure for 2017…Davis & Elkins is adding women’s golf as a 2018-19 varsity sport.
Clemson DT Christian Wilkins will return for his senior year in ’18…TCU DE Ben Bonugu, West Virginia QB Will Grier and WR David Sills V, Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray (who began his career at Texas A&M), and Texas Tech LB Dakota Allen also are set for continued college activity in the upcoming season…Miami (Fla.) QB Evan Shirreffs will transfer to another program for the upcoming season…NC State QB Jalan McClendon will transfer to another school with immediate 2018 eligibility as a graduate transfer. NC State starter Ryan Finley, who began his career at Boise State and came to the Wolf Pack as a junior graduate transfer, is passing on the NFL draft and returning for his senior outing…Former Tennessee QB Quinten Dormady will move to another school for his final year of eligibility in ’18 as a grad transfer after injuring his shoulder last autumn…Georgia LB Roquan Smith will join LSU’s CBs Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver and OL William Clapp and Toby Weathersby, Texas LB Malik Jefferson and DB DeShon Elliott, Stanford’s Harrison Phillips CB Quentin Meeks and safety Justin Reid, Texas Tech WR-KR Keke Coutee, and Notre Dame RB Josh Adams and WR Equanimeous St. Brown as forgoing their 2018 seasons to enter this spring’s NFL draft…Standouts Jordan Atkins of UCF, Josh Allen of Wyoming, Will Clapp of LSU, Brian O’Neill of Pittsburgh, and Christian Sam of Arizona State have graduated with college football eligibility remaining but can declare for the ’18 NFL draft…Alabama outside linebacker Mehki Brown has transferred to Tennessee State…Four Notre Dame players will be seeking new schools for the 2018 outing.
The Tallahassee, Fla., Democrat discussed possible medicinal treatment for the prevention of football concussions in a recent story….ESPN revealed the midseason Top 16 seeds for the 2018 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship during special programming last Thursday…The Fort Worth Star-Telegram will launch the Facebook Watch award-winning series, Titletown, TX, Wednesday with extensive features about the restart of Texas Wesleyan football in 2017. Last year’s Titletown, TX, streamed football drew had nine million-plus page views.
2018 FWAA president Stefanie Loe of the Seattle Times has been 2017 Sports Writer of the Year for the state of Washington…Todd Bell of Alabama, Jacksonville State AD Greg Seitz, Steve McClain of Florida, and Mike Mahon (retired) of Drake and South Dakota State were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…Houston Baptist U. has received two years of sanctions from the NCAA Infractions Committee.
2018-19 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s Six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
CFP
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018
Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, CFP Semifinal Game, 3:30 or 7:30 p.m.
Capital One Orange Bowl – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Lakes, Fla., Semifinal Game, 3:30 or 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 7 – CFP National Championship, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif., 8 p.m.
Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 2017-18 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)
Monday, Jan. 31 – Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix, TBD
Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., TBD
Allstate Sugar Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, TBD
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