College Football Notes – Feb. 27, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
NCAA Football Logo
Saturday, March 3 – The Second Carolinas NFF 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.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Feb. 26-March 4 time period are Feb. 26 (1914) Gomer Jones, Cleveland, Ohio; (1930) Vic Janowicz, Elyria, Ohio; (1963) Marshall Faulk, New Orleans, La.; Feb. 27 (1887) Tad Jones, Excello, Ohio; (1932) Jim Ray Smith, West Columbia, Texas; (1972) Dana Howard, E. St. Louis, Ill.; Feb. 28 (1885) Ray Morrison, Sugar Branch, Ind.; (1929) Hayden Fry, Odessa, Texas; (1945) Bubba Smith, Beaumont, Texas; March 1 (1883) Tom Shevlin, Muskegon, Mich.; (1884) Vince Stevenson, Livingston, Ky.; (1961) Mike Rozier, Camden, N.J.; March 2 (1934) Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, Columbus, Ohio; (1935) Gene Stallings, Paris, Texas; (1946) Wayne Meylan, Bay City, Mich.; (1954) John Sciarra, Los Angeles, Calif.; March 3 (1890) Art Howe, South Orange, N.J.; (1917) Carl Hinkle, Hendersonville, Tenn.; (1952) Randy Gradishar, Warren, Ohio; (1962) Herschel Walker, Wrightsville, Ga.; March 4 (1888) Knute Rockne, Voss, Norway; (1964) Shane Conlan, Frewsburg, N.Y.; (1971) Jeff Wittman, Rochester, N.Y.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Feb. 26 (1970) Bennie Owen, Houston, Texas; Feb. 27 (1996) Vic Janowicz, Columbus, Ohio; Feb. 29 (1992) Don Heinrich, Saratoga, Calif.; (2008) Buddy Dial, Houston, Texas; March 1 (1969) Andy Kerr, Tucson, Ariz.; March 2 (1970) Paul Christman, Lake Forest, Ill.; (1971) Dixie Howell, Hollywood, Calif.; March 4 (1962) Pat O’Dea, San Francisco, Calif.; (2009) George McAfee, Durham, N.C.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Feb. 26 Marshall Faulk, Feb. 27 Jim Ray Smith (a spry 86), Dana Howard, Feb. 28 Hayden Fry (a spry 89), March 1 Mike Rozier, Gene Stallings (a spry 83), Wayne Meylan, John Sciarra, March 3 Randy Gradishar, Herschel Walker, March 4 Shane Conlan, Jeff Wittman…
South Carolina will host Troy in 2021 and Georgia State for the first time in 2022…Kansas State has replaced Presbyterian with Nicholls in Manhattan, Kan., for the 2019 season…Miami (Ohio) and Pittsburgh will play in both schools’ season opener in 2020…Air Force will continues its tradition of a series of scrimmages and no actual spring game this year…Nebraska calculated that walkon players who make the 2018 roster will receive an average of $23,000-plus in total benefits…Colorado will be one of the first NCAA FBS schools to play a spring intrasquad game Saturday, March 17, with a Pac-12 Network telecast…Over 100,000 fans have registered for the 60,000 tickets available for the 2018 NFL Draft April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Selected Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders cheered on Team USA athletes at the recent Winter Olympics…Illinois hosted a Paint the Hall Chief event to salute the Illiniwek mascot at the Fighting Illini’s final men’s basketball contest…Wayne State (Neb.) College penned an internet story about here-sport standout Bob Cunningham (1936-39), the namesake of the WSC football stadium…Washington athletics explained how football and other sports can retire a jersey number, and the process may be updated…Mississippi State’s 30-0 start in women’s basketball prior to this week’s SEC tournament is the best by any team in the 133-year history of MSU athletics.
Former South Alabama and Birmingham-Southern head coach Joey Jones has been named special teams coach at Mississippi State…Alabama tabbed Mike Locksley as offensive coordinator and Tosh Lupoi as defensive coordinator for ’18. Pete Golding will coach UA inside linebackers and is co-defensive coordinator and new wide receivers coach Josh Gattis will be co-offensive coordinator. Dan Enos of Arkansas is now associate head coach and quarterbacks coach, and Craig Kuligowski has been chosen as associate head coach and defensive line coach…Fresno State defensive coordinator Orlando Steinauer is returning to Canada to coach in the Canadian Football League…Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno is seeking a new school and position for the 2018 season…Kentucky assistant coaches have renewed contracts with additional salary boosts for 2018…Rutgers named former Temple assistant coach Cory Robinson cornerbacks coach…Temple hired Larry Knight as outside linebackers coach…Illinois named Gill Byrd defensive coordinator and safeties coach and Hardy Nickerson assistant head coach…Syracuse selected Tim McAuliffe as a graduate assistant coach on offense, Travis Greene as offensive quality control coach, John Gunter recruiting quality control assistant, and David Scorzalli and Sean Teter assistant strength and conditioning coaches…Baylor named Frank Okam new defensive line coach…Kansas State’s new defensive coordinator Blake Seiler had his contract finalized…Northern Arizona named Robin Pflugrad wide receivers coach and Jalil Brown defensive secondary coach…Tennessee tabbed Chris Weinke as running backs coach…Washington State is acquiring Steve Spurrier Jr. as outside receivers coach…Former Iowa State offensive coordinator Tom Manning has accepted an assistant coaching position with the NFL Indianapolis Colts…Arizona has added Brian Johnson as strength and conditioning coach…Connecticut named Eddie Allen special teams coordinator, Mike Moyseenko offensive quality control assistant and Ben Chapman offensive graduate assistant coach…Former Marshall offensive line coach Alex Mirabel is returning to the Oregon staff…New Mexico head coach Bob Davie was praised for his student-athletes prioritizes by a Lobos student regent…Purdue tabbed Kevin Wolthausen as special teams assistant coach…Washington State named Tyson Brown head strength and conditioning coach.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Utah: Kyle Whittingham, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Utah State: Matt Wells, Columbia, S.C.; Vanderbilt: Derek Mason, Phoenix, Ariz.; Virginia: Bronco Mendenhall, Alpine, Utah; Virginia State: Reggie Barlow, Montgomery, Ala.
New Texas director of athletics Chris Del Conte had his six-year contract formally approved by the UT athletics board and will receive incentive bonus provisions throughout the pact…Florida A&M introduced John Eason as permanent AD…NFF College Hall of Fame coach and Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer is working to make positive changes in the environment around Volunteers football…Minnesota AD Mark Coyle is anticipating postseason reviews for men’s and women’s basketball programs and the entire remaining athletics budget…Penn State deputy AD Phil Esten is a finalist for the Charlotte 49ers AD position with the retirement of veteran administrator Judy Rose. Florida executive associate AD for external affairs Mike Hill also is on Charlotte’s short list…Michigan State interim president and former Michigan Gov. John Engler will donate his annual salary back to the university’s general fund…New Northern Arizona AD Mike Marlow had is contract finalized and approved…Gary Henderson has taken over as interim head baseball coach at Mississippi State to replace Andy Cannizaro…Jase Herl is the interim men’s basketball head coach at Colorado State after head coach Larry Eustachy was placed on leave.
Conference USA and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl are providing special discounted all-session ticket rates for GCB ticketholders for the 2018 Conference USA Basketball Championships presented by Baylor Scott & White Sports Performance Center, at The Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas, March 7-10.
The Mid-American Conference denoted its entire 2018 football schedule, and one national link for the slate is…Missouri Valley Conference associate commissioner Jack Watkins was featured on last week’s College Sports Weekly nationally syndicated radio show hosted by Bill Hazen and based in Chicago.
New Allstate Sugar Bowl president Rod West was featured in a New Orleans Times-Picayune article with his thoughts about nuances and progressive moves for the 83-year-old postseason classic…Goodyear Cotton Bowl vice president and CoSIDA Hall of Fame member Charlie Fiss has been meeting in the Phoenix, Ariz., area will retired U. of Calgary (Canada) sports information professional and fellow CoSIDA Hall of Famer Jack Neumann is recent days…Expected bowl tie-ins for the Atlantic Coast Conference in post-2018 are College Football Playoff semifinal (if selected), Camping World Bowl vs. Big 12 Conference, Citrus Bowl (conditional) vs. SEC or Big Ten; Belk Bowl vs. SEC; Hyundai Sun Bowl vs. Pac-12; New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. Big Ten; Franklin American Mortgage Music City vs. SEC or the TaxSlayer Bowl vs. SEC. The ACC and Big Ten Conference will combine in the Music City and TaxSlayer Bowls with each league having three appearances in six years. The ACC played in the Music City in 2015 and the TaxSlayer in 2016 and 2017. The second tier of ACC postseason tie-ins includes the Camping World Independence Bowl vs. SEC; Military Bowl vs. American Athletic; Quick Lane Bowl vs. Big Ten; St. Petersburg Bowl (conditional if the American Athletic or Conference USA is unable to fill the position) and the Birmingham Bowl (conditional if American Athletic or SEC is unable to fill the position)…Several football bowl-contending schools from the 2017 season also have teams in the running for NCAA men’s and women’s basketball postseason play on NCAA Basketball Selection Sunday and Monday, March 11-12. Among the bowl teams with probable hoops’ bids are Virginia, Michigan State, Duke, Texas Tech, Purdue, Auburn, Mississippi State, Clemson, Ohio State, Michigan, West Virginia, Houston, and Middle Tennessee.
Dallas Cowboys director of communications Joe Trahan provided an insider’s look at NFL media relations during a Feb. 21 address and tour of the North Texas Journalism 4210 Sports Communications class at The Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas…LB Brian Cushing of USC will be seeking a new NFL team in 2018 after being released by the Houston Texans.
Gary and Barbara Rodkin made a $15 million donation to Rutgers athletics…UNLV athletics received another $1 million pledge for the anticipated $28 million Tillman Fertitta Football Complex…Michigan athletics and Nike have provided new pinstripe uniforms for the baseball team…Purdue had expanded football revenues of $2.7 million for six games with its increased attendance in 2017…Texas marching band and engineering alumnus Rick Church made a $19 million donation with $12 million going to the band and $7 to the College of Engineering. Church also remains active annually as a tuba player in the UT Alumni Band…Portland, Texas, named Matt Rogers, former athletics communications administrator with Houston, Baylor, Sam Houston State, the Southwest Conference, and professional, as director of sports and recreation…Mississippi State U., Barnes and Noble, Fans Unlimited, and related groups are celebrating the 140-year founding of MSU Feb. 28-March 1 with appropriate apparel, speeches and parties…Grand Canyon U. is awaiting a final court ruling on its non-profit status…New Mexico State football conducted a water usage study on the savings it provides the university through artificial turf at the campus stadium…The future NFL Las Vegas Raiders and city of Las Vegas are hearing a possible final development agreement for use of the stadium by UNLV football.
UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin captured the inaugural 2017 Jason Witten College Football Man of the Year Award last Thursday in ceremonies at The Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas. Griffin has received the 2017 Senior CLASS Award winner for NCAA FBS and captured the 2018 Rare Disease Champion Award from Uplifting Athletes….Georgia already has verbal commitments for the 2019 season from highly-touted WR Jadon Hazelwood and DE Nolan Smith…Some of the possibly somewhat unsung Heisman Trophy hopefuls for 2018 are Ohio State DE Nick Bosa, Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor, QB Khalil Tate of Arizona, QB Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State, QB Jalen Hurts of Alabama, and DT Ed Oliver of Houston.
Award-winning writer Ivan Maisel of ESPN has published a new book “I Still Keep My Eyes on Him” about his late son Max who passed away in 2015…U. of Louisiana athletics has upgraded both its website, Twitter and other social media accounts…The Omaha World-Herald is reducing overall staff but hoping to continue its award-winning football coverage in sports.
Kenisha Rhone of Belmont, Phil Perry of the Southern Conference, Jo Jo Freeman of Cumberland (Tenn.), Jeff Weiss of Wayne State (Mich.), Steve Fink of South Carolina, Jay Stancil of Union (Ky.), Doug McGivern of St. Thomas (Minn.), and Doug Link of Boise State were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…2014 MLB Ford Frick Award recipient and longtime college football aficionado Eric Nadel has started his team-record 40th season with Texas Rangers radio and television broadcasts…Danielle M. Donehew, president of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn., is the recipient of the 2018 USBWA Mary Jo Haverback Award for pioneering leadership in athletics. The USBWA also is providing complimentary online copies on Basketball Times to its 2017-18 membership…The NHL is preparing for a winter classic game Saturday at Marine-Navy Stadium in Annapolis, Md. – the home of Navy Midshipmen football…The NCAA and FBI are looking at some allegations concerning college basketball and enforcement.
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

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>