College Football Notes – Feb. 18, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, February 18th, 2018
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The National Football Foundation announced Feb. 14 plans to launch Football Matters®, an unprecedented cross-platform media campaign to celebrate the positive impact the game has made on millions of players, coaches, administrators, volunteers, and fans nationwide. Scheduled to debut later in February at and on social media, the campaign underscores the NFF’s mission to use the power of amateur football to advance scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement. It will benefit from the coordinated support of the entire football community. Plans call for a multi-network broadcast, digital and in-stadium campaign to premiere in the fall. The campaign will focus on amateur play from the Pee Wee level up through the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.
Michigan football led NCAA in attendance for third straight year with a home average of 111,589 and a national game-high of 112,432 Oct. 7 against Michigan State. Other schools in the FBS Top 10 were Ohio State (107,495), Penn State (106,707), Alabama (101,722), Texas A&M (98,802), LSU (98,506), Tennessee (95,779), Texas (92,778), Georgia (92,746), and Nebraska (89,798). Purdue led all FBS schools with an average turnout gain from the 2016 season at 13,433, and 34 million-plus fans attended NCAA FBS contests for the fifth year in succession. Athletics departments are making concerted efforts in 2018 ticket packages to attract more students in promotions.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Feb. 19-25 time period are Feb. 19 (1918) Forest Evashevski, Detroit, Mich.; Feb. 20 (1912) Francis Wistert, Chicago, Ill.; Feb. 21 (1921) Bob Dove, Youngstown, Ohio; Feb. 22 (1899) Matty Bell, Fort Worth, Texas; (1864) George Woodruff, Dimmock, Pa.; (1886) Bill Hollenbeck, Blueball, Pa.; (1915) Mickey Kobrosky, Springfield, Mass.; Feb. 23 (1877) Bill Edwards, Lisle, N.Y.; (1934) Dick Strahm, Toledo, Ohio; (1937) Dr. Tom Osborne, Hastings, Neb.; (1943) Fred Biletnikoff, Erie, Pa.; (1950) Jim Youngblood, Union, S.C.; Feb. 24 (1903) Warren Woodson, Fort Worth, Texas; (1906) Bennie Oosterbaan, Muskegon, Mich.; (1910) Fred Sington, Birmingham, Ala.; (1923) Bob Chappuis, Toledo, Ohio; (1952) Fred Dean, Arcadia, La.; Feb. 25 (1942) Carl Eller, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Feb. 19 (1962) Dick Harlow, Bethesda, Md.; (2011) Ollie Matson, Los Angeles, Calif.; Feb. 24 (1963) Jack Harding, Miami, Fla.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Feb. 23 Dick Strahm (a spry 84), Dr. Tom Osborne (a spry 81), Fred Biletnikoff (a spry 75), Jim Youngblood, Feb. 24 Fred Dean, Feb. 25 Carl Eller (a spry 76)…
Bowling Green will travel to Penn State in 2024. Nevada also will trek to Penn State on Sept. 5, 2020, and the Wolf Pack will meet UC Davis in Reno on Aug. 29, 2020. A game with San Jose State will complete the ’20 Penn State slate…Negotiations between Penn State and Pittsburgh for a renewal of their series appear to be on hold…Ohio will visit Syracuse for a Sept. 10, 2022, encounter…SMU and TCU had the Battle for the Iron Skillet moved to Friday, Sept. 7, from Sept. 8 for a national telecast. That is the lone Friday skirmish on the Mustangs 2018 schedule with new head coach Sonny Dykes… Arkansas State and Miami (Fla.) still are in negotiations for default contract guarantee payments for their 2017 contest cancelled by hurricane warnings…Florida will host Tennessee-Martin in 2019…Last week’s Duke at Vanderbilt season-opening series in baseball carried on a 66-year tradition of competition between the two academic powerhouses in all sports, though it was the schools’ first-ever baseball series. Duke leads the series with VU in football 7-4 since 1986…Michigan remains No. 1 on the all-time NCAA FBs victories’ list with 943 while Ohio State and Texas are tied for second at 898 ahead of Nebraska (893) and Alabama (891). Notre Dame has dropped to sixth place at 885 after the NCAA vacated 21 wins due to an infractions’ penalty…Upcoming spring practice dates with spring games being played on the final date (please check school websites) are: Kentucky, March 3-April 13; Syracuse, March 3-April 13, Boston College, TBD first date-April 14; Clemson, Feb. 28-April 14; Florida, TBD-April 14; Florida State, March 21-April 14; Georgia Southern, TBD-April 14; Indiana, TBD-April 14; Iowa State, TBD-April 14; Kent State, TBD-April 14; Minnesota, TBD-April 14; Missouri, TBD-April 14; Ohio State, March 6-April 14; Oklahoma, TBD-April 14; SMU, March 21-April 14; Stanford, TBD-April 14; Temple, TBD-April 14; Texas A&M, TBD-April 14; Texas Tech, March 3-April 14; USF, March 5-April 14; USC, TBD-April 14; UTSA, March 5-April 14; Virginia Tech, March 17-April 14.
Michael Bloomberg, former New York Mayor and longtime financial analyst, will speak at Rice University commencement in May…The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new blood test to detect concussions in football and other contact sports…Plano (Texas) East HS assistant coach Gary Don Moore was lauded for his valiant battle with ALS at the age of 40. He is the son of legendary Texas high school mentor G.A. Moore…Former Ennis (Texas) HS state title team head coach Sam Harrell has made a startling recovery in recent years from multiple sclerosis after experimental stem cell therapy and is the 2018 offensive coordinator for Southwestern Assemblies of God U. He is the father of North Texas offensive coordinator and record-setting Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell…Minnesota women’s basketball head coach Marlene Stallings matched a $3,000 gift to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund last week…Mississippi State and Vanderbilt women’s basketball teams wore pink uniforms and apparel to salute February as Breast Cancer Awareness Month during their Feb. 15 contest in Nashville, Tenn…The Rice Alumni Associated hosted a special gathering for West Coast area grads prior to the Rice at Stanford baseball series last week in Palo Alto, Calif…The ECHL Allen (Texas) Americans were Best Family Entertainment in the Plano (Texas) Star Local Newspapers Reader Choice Metro DFW Awards and were praised for exceptional community service.
NFF College Hall of Fame member and Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder expressed concern over the growing trend of four-year university transfers in college football in recent seasons…Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio had his contract extended through 2024…Texas head coach Tom Herman will decide after spring practice if he will be calling plays on offense for the 2018 Longhorns…Ohio State formally approved the signing of Ryan Day as offensive coordinator…Hampton named Brian White offensive coordinator and Marcus Dixon defensive line coach…Iowa hired Derrick Foster as a fulltime assistant coach…UCLA certified the 2018 contracts of new quarterbacks coach Dana Bible, special teams and outside linebackers coach Ray Manning and defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase…Boise State athletics has requested additional salary and bonus clauses for all its 2018 assistant coaches…Memphis named Scott Symons linebackers coach…Taver Johnson is returning to Ohio State as cornerbacks coach…Southern California approved the extended contracts for offensive coordinator Tee Martin and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast…Syracuse tabbed Travis Greene as a quality control assistant and to work with running backs…Tennessee 2017 running backs coach Robert Gillespie is seeking a new position on another football staff. UT’s director of football player personnel Bob Welton is expected to accept the same position at Nebraska…Hawai’i special teams coach Mayur Chaudhari is leaving to take a job with the NFL Atlanta Falcons…Michigan State formally signed its contract with new assistant coach Don Treadwell…Pittsburgh named Dave Borbely offensive line coach…Charlotte tabbed Glenn Spencer as defensive coordinator…USF head coach Charlie String discussed some of the financial differences between funding of Bulls football and his former employer the Texas Longhorns…Louisville assistant coach Cort Dennison has taken a job at Oregon…Maryland named Matt Canada offensive coordinator and Dave Bucar tight ends coach…Former Nebraska assistant coach Scott Booker is the new receivers coach at Miami (Ohio). The Huskers have appointed Zach Martin as a graduate assistant coach…Former North Carolina defensive backs coach Terry Joseph now is coaching safeties at Notre Dame…Wisconsin inside linebackers coach Bob Bostad has been mentioned for defensive staff positions at Notre Dame and some other leading NCAA FBS programs…South Carolina named George Wynn director of football operations…Coastal Carolina added T.J. Hollowell as assistant coach…Hampton selected Scott McConnell tight ends coach and Hunter Williams director of football operations…North Carolina tabbed Luke Paschall as assistant coach…Washington State hired former Nevada aide Mason Miller as offensive line coach…NBC Sports is reporting that former Florida head coach Jim McElwain will join the Michigan football staff this week.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Tulsa: Phillip Montgomery, Dallas, Texas; UAB: Bill Clark, Anniston, Ala.; UCF: Josh Heupel, Aberdeen, S.D.; UCLA: Chip Kelly, Dover, N.H.; USF: Charlie Strong, Batesville, Ark.
Georgia Tech AD Todd Stansbury commented on a recent podcast entitled We Never Played the Game by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV sports in Atlanta…Eastern Washington interim AD Lynn Hickey has brought about several nuances but has not expressed a public interest in the permanent position. She previously was AD at UTSA and helped host numerous NCAA championships…Sports information director emeritus Roy Pickerill of Kentucky Wesleyan has been named to the Great Lake Valley Conference Hall of Fame…Bruce Parker is retiring after 40 years as athletics media relations director at Rocky Mountain College…Pennsylvania chose Brian Fuller as senior associate AD for intercollegiate programs…Charleston Southern named Chad Scott assistant AD for student-athlete development…Furman chose Andre Bernandi as director of athletics strength training and conditioning…Missouri AD Jim Sterk assured fans and attendees about enhanced safety measures at MU athletics events…2015 NFF John Toner Award recipient and former Michigan State AD Mark Hollis noted several inaccuracies in an ESPN Outside the Lines program about MSU basketball and athletics. MSU interim AD Bill Beekman spoke about recent Spartans updates and a possible timeline for the hiring of a permanent director…Davidson head baseball coach Dick Cooke will retire after the 2018 season – his 28th at the school.
The Pac-12 Conference is discussing adding conference games in sports such as men’s and women’s basketball. Football appears set with its current nine-game circuit format…The Big Ten Conference is looking at some unique scheduling designs for most of its sponsored sports in coming years…North Alabama men’s and women’s basketball teams are in the final days of NCAA Division II and postseason competition as the Lions are joining the NCAA DI Big South Conference in 2018 football and the Atlantic Sun Conference in all other sports for the 2018-19 academic year…The CAA named Lynn Newton associate commissioner for finance and internal affairs.
Bowl tie-ins for the post-2018 season for the American Athletic Conference are the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl vs. a Big 12 opponent; the Bahamas Bowl vs. Conference USA; the Birmingham Bowl vs. SEC; the Cure Bowl vs. Sun Belt; the Frisco Bowl vs. MAC; the Gasparillia Bowl vs. opponent TBD; and the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman vs. ACC.
Elvis Grbak, standout quarterback at Michigan and in the NFL, was featured on Al Cresta in the Afternoon on the EWTN national radio network Feb. 15. Grbak is studying for a Masters in Divinity, becoming a Catholic deacon and coaching football in the Cleveland area…Austin, Texas, held Nick Foles Day Feb. 15 to celebrate its native son, Arizona alumnus and 2018 Super Bowl LII MVP…Longtime NFL and Central Washington QB great Jon Kitna accepted the head coaching position at Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep…Tommy Benizio, former commissioner of the Indoor Football League, has moved the indoor Texas Revolution football club to Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas, from the Allen (Texas) Events Center. The team opens its season Sunday…Former Boise State standout and longtime NFL QB Kellen Moore has taken over as quarterbacks coach for the NFL Dallas Cowboys…NFF College late Hall of Fame RB Rashaan Salaam’s Heisman Trophy sold for nearly $400,000 recently…Historian Mike Burrows of the Denver Post located an advertisement for the first intercollegiate game played in Nebraska between Nebraska and Doane in 1891. General admission was an affordable 25 cents…Former Vanderbilt and NFL standout QB Jay Cutler received an extended standing ovation from the crowd at the Vanderbilt-Florida men’s basketball game Feb. 17.
Larry and Deidre Solari made a $5 million donation to San Jose State athletics…Georgia’s Board of Regents approved the naming new indoor football facility for longtime NFF member and Augusta National Golf Course chair Billy Payne and his late father Porter Payne…Oregon athletics is looking at changes to Hayfield Field over the next three years…South Carolina’s new $50 million football operations facility is on time and on budget for 2018…Texas athletics new multi-purpose arena to replace the Erwin Center will have a slightly smaller seating capacity but will be capable of hosting more diverse events and conventions…Purdue athletics is the first university to wear the new Kobe Bryant game shoes…Alabama athletics has received a U.S. patent for the sideline medical tent used by hundreds of programs on all levels…The 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship in Columbus, Ohio, is expecting arena-record crowds thanks to the football-basketball fan base in and around the Ohio State campus…New Mexico and New Mexico State are honing tighter athletics budgets for the 2018-19 academic year due to statewide funding cuts…Purdue grossed $500,000 in malt and alcoholic beverage sales during the 2017 football campaign…San Diego State’s Alumni Association is holding a survey for opinions on the Aztecs logo…Nebraska-Kearney athletics has alleviated its baseball, men’s tennis and men’s golf programs as a cost-cutting measure. Nebraska’s Lincoln campus noted a $9.2 million reduction in state funding to faculty, academics and athletics programs…Georgia Tech and adidas will introduce a new special shade of school gold colors in the spring…Vanderbilt is undertaking a $600 million residence hall renovation to replace the four historic Carmichael Towers where VU notables NFF College Hall of Fame coach Mack Brown, Watson Brown, Skip Bayless, John (Joe Bob Briggs) Bloom, Ken Stone, and dozens of other sports and business luminaries resided in the 1960s-2010s.
Former Oklahoma RB Abdul Adams has transferred to Syracuse…Florida reinstated RB Jordan Scarlett, WR Rick Wells, LB James Houston, and LB Ventrell Miller to full eligibility status for upcoming spring workouts…Nebraska incoming freshman LB Will Honas has been rated by many as the top all-around athlete by several agencies in NU’s 19th-ranked-nationally 2018 recruiting class. Norfolk (Neb.) HS athlete signee Lane McCallum has resigned from his appointment at Air Force Academy in 2018 to sign with the Huskers…South New Jersey kicker Zach Sterr was congratulated by New Jersey by Gov. Phil Murphy for signing with homestate school Rutgers.
ESPN is getting budgets together for the post-2018 bowl season, which is projected to consist of 41 contests, including the three College Football Playoff encounters – semifinals and national title clash…Digital First Media has made a $12 million bid to purchase the Boston Herald newspaper in a bankruptcy hearing.
The NFL is prepared for hundreds of hopefuls at the annual NFL Combine in Indianapolis March 2-4. The NFL Network and ESPN will provide extensive live coverage and interviews…Ira Thor of Jersey City University, Ed Cassiere of Xavier (La.), Gene McGivern of St. Thomas (Minn.), Bryan Boettcher of South Dakota, and Chris Macaluso of Abilene Christian were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…Louisville still awaits a decision on its NCAA infractions committee appeal…The NCAA Executive Committee is studying the Big 12 Conference’s proposal on transfer exemptions if schools change coaches…Ole Miss athletics has submitted its written appeal in the 2017 NCAA infractions case. Notre Dame lost its appeal to restore 21 football victories that were part of a NCAA infractions committee case…Michigan State has hired a firm to investigate Title IX issues at the university.
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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