College Football Notes – Feb. 6, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
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The second round of National Letter of Intent Day for football, volleyball and soccer occurs Wednesday, Feb. 7. Student-athletes can sign and fax their NLI starting at 8 a.m. local time to start their 2018 eligibility process.
LSU athletics officially netted $147.7 million in 2016-17 revenues…Ole Miss athletics generated $117.8 million in fiscal year 2017 with football showing a net gain of $27.3 million…Tennessee athletics showed a $10.8 million surplus in 2016-17 fiscal year, and several other NCAA FBS members finished in the black monetarily for fiscal 2016-17.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Feb. 5-11 time period are Feb. 5 (1903) Morley Drury, Midland, Ontario, Canada; (1915) Walter Gilbert, Fairfield, Ala.; (1933) Bill Manlove, Barrington, N.J.; (1942) Roger Staubach, Cincinnati, Ohio; (1943) Craig Morton, Flint, Mich.; (1947) Ron Sellers, Jacksonville, Fla.; (1950) Terry Beasley, Montgomery, Ala.; (1951) Charles Young, Fresno, Calif.; Feb. 6 (1886) Jack Hubbard, Hatfield, Mass.; (1889) Bill Alexander, Mud River, Ky.; (1948) Major Harris, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1948) Dennis Onkotz, Northampton, Pa.; (1950) Rich Glover, Bayonne, N.J.; Feb. 7 (1905) Wally Butts, Milledgeville, Ga.; (1917) Banks McFadden, Ft. Lawn, S.C.; (1922) Paul Cleary, North Loop, Neb.; (1933) Calvin Jones, Steubenville, Ohio; (1934) Ron Beagle, Hartford, Conn.; (1959) Neal Lomax, Portland, Ore.; Feb. 8 (1920) Bruce Smith (Minn.), Faribault, Minn.; (1925) Rod Franz, San Francisco, Calif.; (1942) George Bork, Mt. Prospect, Ill.; Feb. 9 (1950) Rod Cason, San Angelo, Texas; (1952) Danny White, Mesa, Ariz.; (1957) Dan Ross, Malden, Mass.; Feb. 10 (1946) Dick Anderson, Midland, Mich.; (1882) Dr. John Tigert, Nashville, Tenn.; Feb. 11 (1938) Jim Sochor, Oklahoma City, Okla.; (1949) Murry Bowden, Colorado City, Texas; (1949) Jim Stillwagon, Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Feb. 5 (1969) Dick Romney, Salt Lake City, Utah; (1994) George Sauer, Waco, Texas; Feb. 8 (1994) Bobby Reynolds (Stanford), San Rafael, Calif.; (2000) Derrick Thomas, Kansas City, Mo.; (2005) Parker Hall, Vicksburg, Miss.; (2016) Willie Richardson, Jackson, Miss.; Feb. 9 (1994) Bud Wilkinson, St. Louis, Mo.; (1998) George Cafego, Knoxville, Tenn.; Feb. 10 (1992) Doyt Perry, Bowling Green, Ohio.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Feb. 5 Roger Staubach (a spry 76, still plays basketball almost every day on his backyard court), Craig Morton, Ron Sellers, Terry Beasley, Charles Young, Feb. 6 Major Harris, Dennis Onkotz, Rich Glover, Feb. 7 Ron Beagle, Neal Lomax, Feb. 8 George Bork, Feb. 9 Rod Cason, Danny White, Dan Ross, Feb. 10 Dick Anderson, Feb. 11 Murry Bowden, Jim Stillwagon…Notable: Three NFF College Hall of Famers who went on to star in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys all have February birthdays – Staubach, Morton (same date different year with Staubach) and White.
Rutgers and Syracuse will renew their long-standing series in 2020 and ‘21…Clemson will host Appalachian State in 2024…The San Diego State-Stanford game originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1, has been moved to Aug. 31 to accommodate a national telecast…Middle Tennessee and Missouri will meet in 2022 and ’23…Rutgers and Syracuse will play a two-game series in 2020 and ’21, and the Scarlet Knights dropped two encounters with UCLA in 2020 and ’21…Nebraska and Oklahoma partisans are excited about the renewal of their historic series in 2021 and ’22. The 2021 games marks the 50-year anniversary of the Game of the Century won 35-31 by NU in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska’s famed walkon program had tryouts among the student body on Jan. 30 at Memorial Stadium Tom Osborne Field in Lincoln…Purdue’s entire group of spring practices Feb. 26-April 4 will be open to the public. The annual Black-Gold spring game is set for Ross Ade Stadium Saturday, April 7, with start time to be determined.
Dallas Baptist U. will host the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Dallas-Fort Worth Area Sports Leadership Camp for high school student-athletes June 19-22 in Dallas, Texas… is hosting several junior golf camps, which will be attended by numerous football-golf student-athletes on the high and middle school levels…Nebraska is working to get back several players who had to hospitalized after recent offseason drills…Four members of New Mexico women’s tennis team were injured in an auto accident last week but are recovering… Illinois’ Student Government Association has proposed an end to all remaining Illiniwek images on campus… is in full swing for the end of winter and spring months in 2018 and has several football-golfer student-athletes attending upcoming clinics at major collegiate locations.
Virginia Tech extended the contract of head coach Justin Fuente through 2024 and selected Galen Scott as the staff’s 10th assistant coach…Louisville chose Brian VanGorderas defensive coordinator…Former Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has agreed on his final contract settlement over three years…Former Houston Texans assistant John Butler has become Buffalo’s new secondary coach…LSU has approved the contract extension for defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and made additional coaching staff alterations…North Texas named Luke Walerius director of football recruiting…Oregon State tabbed James Rodgers as director of football player development…Utah State named Keith Patterson defensive coordinator…Coastal Carolina tabbed Rick Mueller as executive director of football player personnel…Michigan State named Don Treadwell assistant coach and offensive consultant…Southern Illinois athletics named former SIU and Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill named ambassador for the Salukis as well as a chief fundraising assistant for the department…Virginia Tech assistant coaches’ salaries and support staff were revealed in a Newport News (Va.) Daily Press) report. Tech’s Adam Lechtenberg also was named assistant head coach/executive director of player development, and Justin Hamilton is the Hokies new director of player development… Duke defensive coordinator Jim Knowles accepted the same post at Oklahoma State. OSU also added 2018 coaching staff members Greg Richmond, Shane Eachus, Brian Rock, M.K. Taylor, and Chris Thurmond…Florida State made public the contracts for FSU’s current nine assistant coaches…Notre Dame added Terry Joseph as safeties coach…Former Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs is leaving Columbus to join the staff of the NFL Tennessee Titans…New Nebraska head coach and his staff became the first Huskers coaches as a group to visit with the prestigious Iowa Western College staff in Council Bluffs, Iowa, last week…Former Michigan head coach and Tennessee defensive assistant Brady Hoke will coach the defensive line for the NFL Carolina Panthers…Texas Tech tabbed Western Michigan’s Kevin Johns as the Red Raiders offensive coordinator…Houston Baptist extended the contract of head coach Vic Shealy through 2021…Kentucky chose Brad White as outside linebackers coach…Former Michigan wideout Roy Roundtree will be a 2018 graduate assistant with the Wolverines…Minnesota named Jahmile Addae defensive backs coach…Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano is expected to interview for a position with the NFL New England Patriots in coming days.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Texas State: Everitt Withers, Charlotte, N.C.; Texas Tech: Kliff Kingsbury, San Antonio, Texas; UTSA: Frank Wilson, New Orleans, La.; UTEP: Dana Dimel, Columbus, Ohio; Toledo: Jason Candle, Salem, Ohio.
Yale named Vicky Chun director of athletics…Colorado State director of athletics Joe Parker is conducting an emulation of several areas and sports within the department…Nebraska AD Bill Moss spoke to media and alumni groups about the vast support received in the early weeks of the reign of new head football coach Scott Frost and much improvement on the winter and spring sports’ fronts at NU…Vanderbilt’s new interim dean of the College of Arts and Science Dr. Kamal Saggi has expressed his support for dozens of football student-athletes majoring in A&S at VU… Michigan State trustees appointed John Engler interim president and Greg Ianni interim AD…Baylor President Linda Livingstone recalled her days as a basketball student-athlete at Oklahoma State in a recent Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald feature…San Diego State named Dr. Adela de la Torre as president after she served several years as a top administrator at UC Davis…Ball State AD Mark Sandy is retiring after just under three years at his BSU post…The Louisville Courier Journal posted an investigative piece about college athletics employing private investigators in recent years at the behest of ADs…Sports law experts noted that Michigan State might wish to go outside its current staff for the new AD’s position to attain best results…Charlotte has employed the Turnkey Search Group as the chief consultant for the new AD hire to replace the retiring Judy Rose…Former Louisville athletics administrators senior associate AD Mark Jurich, associate AD for human resources Kim Maffet and associate AD marketing Julianne Waldron are seeking positions at other schools…Michigan State named Carol Morey Viventi vice president and special counsel…Arkansas-Pine Bluff AD Lonza Hardy is leaving his post after six years at the university.
Southeastern Conference schools each received just under $41 million in fiscal year 2017, according to NCAA and public distribution reports…The Big 12 Conference has proposed student-athletes to transfer and gain instant eligibility after a head coaching change in their respective sport…Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told a Florida lawmaker that there are no Big 12 expansion plans currently in the works from the 10-member alignment…College Sports Weekly is scheduling an upcoming interview with veteran Missouri Valley Conference commissioner Doug Elgin.
The Bahamas Bowl has been tweeting regularly on possible 2018 dates and ticket pricing.
Philadelphia Eagles QB and Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles of Arizona became the fist player in Super Bowl annals to throw and catch a TD pass in the same game. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady passed for a Super Bowl-individual-high 500 yards and is now 5-3 as a starting signal caller in the Big Game…NFF College Hall of Fame WR Tim Brown of Notre Dame will be host for the Tom Landry Fellowship of Christian Athletes Open, April 16 at Stonebriar Golf Club in Frisco, Texas…NFF Board member Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) was not among the injured while traveling on a train from Washington, D.C., to Stonebrier, W.Va., for a retreat…The NFL Draft Bible Insider Report is being updated online and also has a subscriber service…The Pro Football Hall of Fame added these players for the Class of 2018:
Randy Moss of Marshall and Florida, 2017 NFF College Hall of Fame inductee Brian Urlacher of New Mexico, Ray Lewis of Miami (Fla.), Brian Dawkins of Clemson, Terrell Owens of Chattanooga, Jerry Kramer of Idaho, Robert Brasile of Jackson State and , Bobby Beathard of Cal Poly…Other major 2017 awards at the annual NFL Awards Night Feb. 3 were Tom Brady of Michigan as MVP (third time and the oldest NFL MVP at 40), NFL Walter Peyton Man of the Year JJ Watt of Wisconsin, AP Coach of the Year Sean McVay of Miami (Ohio), AP Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald of Pittsburgh, AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara of Tennessee, AP Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley of Georgia, AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore of Ohio State, AP Assistant Coach of the Year Pat Shurmur (new head coach of the NFL New York Giants and father of Vanderbilt QB Kyle Shurmur) of Mchigan State, Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Luke Kuechly of Boston College, Comeback Player of the Year Keenan Allen of California and Top TD Celebration the world champion Philadelphia Eagles electric slide.
Arizona’s new $15 million indoor sports center had architectural designs revealed last week…Charleston Southern athletics had the dedication for its Singleton Baseball Complex this week…Duquesne athletics has scheduled renovations for the Palumbo Center…LSU athletics has plans for a new Performance Center with a full indoor field, multi-camera system, weights, and cardio exercise facilities…Georgia’s Athletic Association formally approved a slight increase in 2018 football ticket prices…Texas Tech is raising its 2018 game ticket prices by three percent…Portland State is awaiting the opening of its new athletics offices and basketball arena… Utah’s off-campus “Red Zone” merchandise stores will be closing in coming weeks…North Texas athletics has new ticketing policies and alterations to its scholarship fund…Kansas State’s Bramlage Coliseum has branded its”Octagon of Doom” slogan nationally…Southern California’s historic USC Coliseum will be renamed United Airlines Memorial Coliseum.
Stanford RB Bryce Love captured the prestigious 2017 Rotary Vince Lombardi Award in ceremonies in Houston, Texas…Nebraska QB Zack Darlington will complete his football career with May graduation and is joining the U.S. Army with an eye on a sniper school appointment…Clemson DT Jabril Robinson will transfer to another school for 2018 grid play…
Fresno State radio “voice” Paul Loeffler donated kidney to an ailing friend…The San Francisco East Bay Times and the San Jose Mercury News are undergoing some restructuring of the news and sports departments…National collegiate and athletics personnel firm Heidrick and Struggles appointed Avanade CEO Adam Warby to its Board of Directors and Amy Goldfinger and Mike Theilmann to co-lead the company’s extensive Global Human Resources officers practice.
The FWAA is making plans, securing judges and setting deadlines for its 2018 awards and contests…CoSIDA president Rob Carolla of College Football 150, Rick Leddy of NABC, Tyler Cundith of Johnson County (Kan.) College, John Kean of Missouri S&T, Jim Howell of Grand Canyon, CoSIDA Hall of Fame member Lawrence Fan of San Jose State, and Andy Seeley of UCF were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…Delta State (Miss.), defending NCAA Division II champ West Chester (Pa.), Colorado Mesa, UC San Diego, and the University of Tampa head the preseason NCAA Division II poll voted upon by the NCBWA. College baseball began its 160th season last Friday, and the NCBWA is celebrating its 56-year anniversary this spring…The Texas University Interscholastic League established its 2018-2020 Class A-6A classifications and new districts last Thursday…The 2017-18 NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Committee continued with its first-ever updates last week of the 16 top seeds prior to conference tournaments.
2018-19 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s Six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
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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