College Football Notes – Feb. 12, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, February 12th, 2018
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College Football Notes
By Bo Carter
The National Football Foundation is assisting in marketing and promoting four football showcases for high school seniors in four different cities from Feb. 10-March 3, They are the following:
Saturday, Feb. 17 – The Second Orange Bowl Florida High School Football Showcase, presented by Cleveland Clinic Florida, will take place at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla. The event is led by the Orange Bowl Committee, President & Chairman Sean Pittman, CEO Eric Poms and NFF Board Member and Orange Bowl past president Bob Epling. Former NFL Cincinnati Bengals and Alabama head coach David Shula and former Miami Dolphins standout John Offerdahl will coordinate the on-field activities as they did for the inaugural event.
Feb. 24 – The Sixth Annual California Showcase will occur at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. The event was launched by College Football Hall of Fame Coach Terry Donahue (UCLA, 1976-95), who always brings in some of his former college coaches and players to help run the drills. Notables who have volunteered in the past include Steve Beuerlein (Notre Dame), Jim Everett (Purdue), Vince Ferragamo (Nebraska), Rick Neuheisel (UCLA), Lester Towns (Washington), and James Washington (UCLA).
March 3 – The Second Carolinas Senior Football Showcase will conclude the series at the Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, N.C. The event was spearheaded by Charles Arbuckle, a college football analyst on SiriusXM who played for Donahue at UCLA. Arbuckle has collaborated with Blazing 7 on 7 Foundation (a local non-profit organization that runs offseason passing leagues) to run the event in North Carolina.
The 10th Annual Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase was held last Saturday at The Methodist Training Bubble next to NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The originator of the Showcase concept, the event in Houston was founded by Phil Camp, the former head football coach at Houston’s Milby High School; Coby Rhoden, an academic coordinator at Houston Heights High School; Chris Vaughan, a member of the NFF Touchdown Club of Houston Chapter; and Daryl Wade, the former athletics director for the Houston Independent School District.
NFF director of events Hillary Jeffries and assistant communications director Alan Cox are scheduled to speak at the University of North Texas advanced Sports Communications 4210 class in the Frisco, Texas, UNT facility adjacent to The Star at Ford Center March 7.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Feb. 12-18 time period are Feb. 12 (1885) Frank Murray, Maynard, Mass.; (1895) Dick Romney, Salt Lake City, Utah; (1925) Lee Tressel, Ada, Ohio; (1963) Brent Jones, Santa Clara, Calif.; (1964) Scott Thomas, San Antonio, Texas; (1971) Lincoln Kennedy, York, Pa.; Feb. 13 (1919) Eddie Robinson, Jackson, La.; (1933) Kenneth Dement, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; (1972) Ruben Brown, Englewood, N.J.; Feb. 14 (1913) Woody Hayes, Clifton, Ohio; (1919) George Kerr, Brookline, Mass.; Feb. 15 (1897) NFF tri-founder Col. Earl “Red” Blaik, Detroit, Mich.; (1920) Endicott Peabody, Lawrence, Mass.; (1929) Fred Martinelli, Columbus, Ohio; (1931) John Michels, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1940) John Hadl, Lawrence, Kan.; (1957) Ted Brown, High Point, N.C.; (1957) Marc Wilson, Bremerton, Wash.; (1960) Darnell Green, Houston, Texas; Feb. 16 (1931) Dick Modzelewski, West Natrona, Pa.; (1964) Teel Bruner, London, Ky.; Feb. 17 (1872) Pat O’Dea, Melbourne, Australia; (1892) Gen. Bob Neyland, Greenville, Texas; (1905) Andy Oberlander, Chelsea, Mass.; (1920) Jackie Hunt, Huntington, W.Va.; (1936) Jim Brown, St. Simons Island, Ga.; (1938) Jim Christopherson, Wadena, Minn.; Feb. 18 (1895) George Gipp, Laurium, Mich.; (1947) Leroy Keyes, Newport News, Va.; (1962) Gary Reasons, Crowley, Texas; (1963) Chuck Long, Norman, Okla.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Feb. 12 (1944) Bill Warner, Portland, Ore.; Feb. 13 (1945) Bill Mallory, in combat in Italy; (1996) Charlie Conerly, Memphis, Tenn.; (2006) Bud McFadin, Victoria, Texas; (2016) Johnny Lattner, Oak Park, Ill.; Feb. 15 (1963) Ira Rodgers, Morgantown, W.Va.; Feb. 17 (2009) Brad Van Pelt, Owosso, Mich.; Feb. 18 (1994) Jake Gaither, Tallahassee, Fla.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Feb. 12 Brent Jones, Scott Thomas, Lincoln Kennedy, Feb. 13 Ruben Brown, Feb. 15 John Hadl (a spry 78), Ted Brown, Marc Wilson, Darnell Green, Feb. 16 Teel Bruner, Feb. 17 Jim Brown (a spry 82), St. Simons Island, Ga.; (1938) Jim Christopherson, Wadena, Minn.; Feb. 18 (1895) George Gipp, Laurium, Mich.; (1947) Leroy Keyes, Newport News, Va.; (1962) Gary Reasons, Crowley, Texas; (1963) Chuck Long, Norman, Okla.
San Jose State will play at Penn State for the first time in 2020. Oregon State and SJSU also will face off in 2025…Rutgers and Syracuse have slated a two-game series in 2020 and ’21…Montana State and Southeast Missouri will play in ’19, and this completes MSU’s 11-game schedule for the regular season…Colorado and New Hampshire will tangle for the initial time Sept. 15 at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo….Nebraska’s 2018 spring game sold out (85,000-plus seats) the day that tickets were placed on sale Feb. 6….Virginia Tech add three incoming standouts to its 27-player signees’ list for 2018…Some of the early spring practice openings and intrasquad encounters’ dates are Colorado from Feb. 23-March 17, South Carolina from March 9-31, Arkansas from March 1-April 7, Auburn from March 1-April 7, Houston from March 5-April 7, Michigan State from Feb. 27-April 7, Ole Miss from Feb. 27-April 7, Purdue from Feb. 26-April 7, Tulsa from March 6-April 7, and UAB from Feb. 27-April 7.
Alabama football was cited for its ability to perform at national levels annually in a recent regional missive and to unite state fans and alumni alike…Mississippi State students and fans had a chance to celebrate 2017 Homecoming Queen and women’s basketball All-America forward Victoria Vivians with concession stand snacks and a pep rally around a televised road game.
Albany head coach Greg Gattuso received a five-year contract extension through 2022…Montana State head coach Jeff Choate earned a contract extended through the 2021 season…Washington head coach Chris Peterson is in the midst of a three-year contract extension since April 2017 with possible future negotiations to add more years to the pact…San Jose State named Fred Guidici special teams coordinator, Joe Bernardi offensive line coach and run game coordinator, Alonzo Carter running backs coach and recruiting coordinator, Derick Odum assistant coach and associate head coach, Kevin McGiven Offensive coordinator, Aric Williams defensive backs coach, and Terry Mallory football analyst…Nebraska offensive coordinator Troy Walters noted recently that the Huskers had reverted to classic weight training methods during their offseason programs – particularly the offensive line corps…Illinois named Rod Smith offensive coordinator and Austin Clark defensive line coach…Northwestern selected Jeff Genyk as special teams coordinator…Former Minnesota assistant coach Ed Warinner is joining the Michigan coaching staff…Oregon tabbed former Washington State running backs coach Jim Mastro for that same position in Eugene. UO head coach Mario Cristobal was lauded for his recent coaching staff hires…Southern California officially named Keary Colbert (tight ends/inside receivers) and Bryan Ellis (quarterbacks) to on-field assistant coaching slots…Washington State hired as 2018 safeties coach former Utah State assistant Kendrick Shaver…Georgia assistant coach Scott Fountain signed a new contract, and the Bulldogs named Carter Hankton as an assistant coach…Fordham chose Paul Rice as defensive coordinator, Vincent Natali as offensive line coach/recruiting coordinator and Scott Vallone as defensive line coach…Nunzio Campanile is the new running backs coach at Rutgers…Wisconsin named Bobby April III linebackers coach…Eastern Michigan added Ben Needham to its assistant coaching staff…New Mexico suspended head coach Bob Davie for 30 days, but he will return in time for spring workouts…Tennessee named Tyson Helton offensive coordinator, Kevin Sherrer defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach, Craig Fitzgerald strength and conditioning coach, Will Friend offensive line coach, and Robert Gillespie running backs coach…TCU tabbed Curtis Modkins as cornerbacks coach…Vanderbilt has chosen Jason Tarver as defensive coordinator, Shawn Mennenga as special teams coordinator, Aaron Moorehead as wide receivers coach, and Terence Brown as cornerbacks coach…Georgetown (D.C.) named Patrick Murphy offensive coordinator…Tennessee Tech tabbed Adam Mims as wide receivers coach…Air Force has added Nick Jones (defensive coordinator) and Chip Vaughn (defensive backs) to its 2018 coaching staff…Former Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis has joined the NFL Detroit Lions staff, and Crimson Tide team analyst Shea Tierney is going to the NFL Buffalo Bills as an offensive assistant coach. UA defensive line coach Karl Dunbar is leaving to accept the same post with the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers…Georgia named Ben Sowders assistant for strength and conditioning assistant coach…Idaho State added Roger Cooper as its defensive coordinator…Arizona’s Board of Regents formally approved head coach Kevin Sumlin’s five-year, $14.5 million contract…South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp and his wife made a leadership gift toward the new $50 million Football Operations Building at SC…Clemson’s Board of Trustees okayed salary boosts for the Tigers assistant coaches…Connecticut athletics completed the settlement of the contracts of former head coach Bob Diaco and his coaching staff…Former Florida State strength coach Vic Viloria is returning to LSU as assistant strength and conditioning coach. LSU also named Doug Nussmeier as an offensive analyst and Bill Busch as safeties coach…Former college head coaches Cam Cameron and Jim McElwain recently interviewed for a Michigan assistant coach’s position…Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm is nearing completion of his 2018 coaching staff…Tennessee’s new assistant coaches will receive salary bumps over previous regimes with a total payroll pool of $5.63 million…The state of Colorado employment system will offer formal contracts to CU’s 10 fulltime assistant coaches for the first time in 2018…Clemson’s Board of Trustees compensation committee approved raises and new contracts for Tigers assistant coaches and a solid bonus for defensive coordinator Brent Venables…Former Georgia assistant coach Scott Fountain is leaving Mississippi State to rejoin the Bulldogs as special teams coach, and former Vanderbilt assistant coach Cortez Hankton will take over the wide receivers coaching duties at UGA…Miami (Fla.) named Jonathan Patke outside linebackers coach…Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck has made some assignments switches on his 2018 coaching staff. Assistant coach Bryce Paup will be leaving the staff and seeking a new football home…Ohio State assistant coaches have been granted several performance monetary boosts, and head coach Urban Meyer had his contract extended through 2023…Former Pittsburgh Panthers secondary coach Renaldo Hill is moving into an NFL coaching position…New SMU head coach Sonny Dykes intimidated his ultimate goal is to help the Mustangs gain admission into the Big 12 Conference. Dykes’ late father and legendary Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes coached against NFF College Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder in the first football game in Big 12 history in 1996 when Tech visited Kansas State…Syracuse will utilize Matt Lynch as the sole offensive coordinator starting with spring practice…Former Texas Tech football student-athlete Clay McGuire is returning as co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach for the Red Raiders…Six former Arkansas assistant coaches now at Michigan with the hiring of Mark Taurisani as football operations director…Three-fourths of the new, seven-year contract extension for Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn will be guaranteed money…South Carolina chose George Wynn as director of football operations…Wake Forest named Ryan Crawford as defensive assistant coach.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Trinity (Conn.): Jeff Devanney, Hartford, Conn.; Trinity (Texas): Jerheme Urban, Victoria, Texas; Troy: Neal Brown, Danville, Ky.; Tufts: Jay Civetti, Belmont, Mass.; Tulane: Willie Fritz, Pittsburg, Kan.
Rice director of athletics Joe Karlgaard had his contract extended through 2021…Nine-year retired (November 2017) North Dakota AD Brian Faison is living the good life in Las Cruces, N.M. His replacement former Eastern Washington AD Bill Chaves celebrates his one-month anniversary in that post Tuesday…Harford College AD Ken Krsolovic will complete his term at the Maryland college Feb. 23 after 10.5 years in the position…Iowa named Kammy Powell football athletics trainer…Wisconsin selected Alando Tucker as director for student-athlete engagement…Louisville interim AD Vince Tyra assisted with cost-cutting measures in the department by taking a pay adjustment…Penn State assistant AD for athletics trainer services Tom Bream will finish his PSU service at the end of February…Davidson AD Jim Murphy is leaving his post in athletics.
Conference USA’s 2018 composite schedule now is available online at http://sidearm.sites.s3.amazonaws.com/conferenceusa.com/documents/2018/1/22/2018_Football_Composite_Schedule.pdf?id=8805…Six Big Ten Conference schools were among the Top 30 nationally in 2018 recruiting ratings by Rivals.com. They were 2. Ohio State; 5. Penn State; 21. Nebraska (up from No. 58 before Scott Frost took the head coaching reins); 25. Michigan; 27. Michigan State; and 29 Maryland…Conference USA and opendorse, a leading athlete marketing platform that helps the biggest brands in sports share content on social, continue to celebrate their partnership to help invest in building the brands of the league’s players and partner universities on social media. Each Conference USA member institution has received $10,000 in gift cards from Michael’s, a craft specialty retailer, to distribute to purchase school supplies for their classrooms as part of the charitable agreement between C-USA and he College Football Playoff Educational Foundation…The Metro Atlantic Conference selected Phil Paquette as director of new media/communications and Joe Ruggiero director of new media/video…The Southeastern Conference has met with Mississippi State and Ole Miss officials about the effect of new concealed handgun laws and safety at collegiate athletics events in the Magnolia State.
The Valero Alamo Bowl and Florida Citrus Bowls earned the top two television ratings outside the New Year’s Six bowl encounters…The Goodyear Cotton Bowl is working on its 2018 marketing plan and theme along with an annual retreat to discuss game preparations and operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The MLB Texas Rangers traded former NC State and Wisconsin standout and NFL Super Bowl winner QB Russell Wilson to the New York Yankees…Hundreds of prospective NFL collegiate hopefuls are scheduled to perform in the annual NFL Combine Feb. 27-March 5 in Indianapolis…Former NFL (1997-2011) and Central Washington (1993-96) QB standout Jon Kitna has resigned as head coach at Waxahachie (Texas) HS to pursue other coaching opportunities. His son Jordan Kitna was a quarterback at TCU in 2016-17…Late Alcorn State and NFL quarterback Steve McNair was remembered in an ESPN 30-for-30 documentary first shown last week.
Former Illinois football captain Stu Levenick granted $5 million toward the construction of Illinois’ new performance center football…Jodi and Michael Price made a $6.5 million donation to UCLA athletics…Colorado State made an additional $3.2 million over projected revenue in 2017 for its new on-campus stadium…Michigan is keeping its 2018 student football ticket pricing at 2017 rates…Montana is starting a new marketing campaign to expand 2018 attendance and season ticket sales…Texas athletics generated a school-record $214.8 million during the 2016-17 fiscal year…Arizona State athletics revenue topped $100 million for the first time in 2016-17…Texas A&M’s new luxury hotel on the former location of historic Cain Hall has been named the Doug Pitcock ’49 Hotel and Conference Center…Kentucky athletics and Rupp Arena signed an agreement to keep UK as a tenant through 2033…Two anonymous donors have made a gift of $2.6 million for renovations in Minnesota athletics facilities.
Some early favorites via 247Sports.com for the 2018 Heisman Trophy are Stanford RB Bryce Love, Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor, Arizona QB Khalil Tate, Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins, and Georgia QB Jake Fromm, among others…QB John Stephen Jones of two-time Texas Class 5A champion Highland Park HS was one of Arkansas’ final 2018 signees…Iowa State QB Kyle Kempf has received a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA due to injury hardship…Texas landed 11 of the Top 15 2018 football prospects in the Rivals.com tabulations…Texas A&M climbed from No. 35 to No. 23 nationally in the 247Sports.com football recruiting ratings with some solid February signings…Some of Conference USA’s leading signees came from Charlotte – DB Daymon (DJ) Anderson, WR Rico Arnold, DL Dantrell Barkley, and PK Jonathan Cruz; and FIU – DB Jamal Anderson, OL John Bolding, DL Kameron Burns, and OL D’Antne Demery…Texas Wesleyan has added 39 student-athletes for its second year resumption of intercollegiate football, and some of the key signees are offensive lineman LeChris Hood and Colby Moffett, both transfers from Southwest Mississippi Community College, along with 6-3, 200-pound freshman QB Skyler Perry of New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr HS…Clemson RB C.J. Fuller is transferring to another program for ’18…Illinois’ high school recruiting swooped down into North Texas and nabbed state Top 100 high school prospects M.J. Rivers of Frisco Lone Star HS along with Dallas Bishop Dunne HS stalwarts Calvin Avery and Kievan Myers…Nebraska landed standouts safety Cam’ron Jones of Mansfield (Texas) HS and RB Maurice Washington of Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill HS in the February signing period…DeSoto (Texas) HS had a possible national record and Texas-high 33 players off its 2016 football squad to sign and play college football in ’17…Rice inked some solid Texas linemen for its 2018 squad with the likes of DE Miles Adams of Houston, OL Cole Garcia of Dallas and OL Clay Servin of Richardson.
Ian Halperin, longtime Goodyear Cotton Bowl photographer and communications director for Wylie (Texas) Independent School District, was involved daily in planning and communicating remembrances for fallen police officer David Sherrard of Wylie in the aftermath of Sherrard’s passing in the line of duty last week…The College Football 150th Anniversary celebration has released its campaign land has formed a partnership with The Marketing Arm…Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong and his holdings have purchased both the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune…Former Learfield Sports executive Ronnie Davis has joined the staff of The Executive Suite sports marketing and advertising agency.
The NFL is getting set for its April 26-28 Draft for the first time at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and is making preparations for Super Bowls upcoming in Atlanta (2019), Miami (2020), Tampa (2021), and Los Angeles (2022). The Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium are preparing bids for the 2023 and later Super Bowls…Gregory Ruff of Trevecca Nazarene, Britni Waller of South Dakota, Ed Cassiere of Xavier (La.), Mike Cihon of Bowling Green, Michael Smoose of Johnson and Wales, and Joshua Darling of Clayton State were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…The AFCA has added Stanford head coach David Shaw, North Texas head coach Seth Littrell and North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman to its 2018 Board of Trustees.
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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