College Football Notes – March 5, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
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Last Saturday, March 3, the fourth and final NFF Regional showcase – the Second Carolinas Senior Football Showcase – concluded 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 NFF College Hall of Fame coach Terry 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 NFF also has closed its nominations for the 2018 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is celebrating its 12th year. The complete list of exemplary academic college seniors will be denoted later this spring.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 5-11 time period are March 5 (1875) Frank O’Neill, Syracuse, N.Y.; (1918) Paul Christman, St. Louis, Mo.; (1921) Dave Schreiner, Lancaster, Wis.; (1922) Bob Odell, Corning, Iowa; (1970) Michael Payton, Harrisburg, Pa.; March 6 (1892) Clark Shaughnessy, St. Cloud, Minn.; (1927) Jim Owens, Oklahoma City, Okla.; (1942) Jerry Rhome, Dallas, Texas; (1943) Ronnie Caveness, Houston, Texas; (1950) Johnny Musso, Birmingham, Ala.; March 7 (1943) Rick Redman, Portland, Ore.; (1950) Thom Gatewood, Baltimore, Md.; (1952) Lynn Swann, Alcoa, Tenn.; (1955) Tommy Kramer, San Antonio, Texas; March 8 (1873) Charley Brewer, Honolulu, Hawai’i; (1893) Harry Young, Charleston, W.Va.; (1917) Dan Hill, Asheville, N.C.; (1931) Earle Bruce, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1938) Pete Dawkins, Royal Oak, Mich.; (1962) William Fuller, Norfolk, Va.; (1965) Kenny Gamble, Holyoke, Mass.; March 9 (1877) Art Hillebrand, Freeport, Ill.; (1927) Jackie Jensen, San Francisco, Calif.; (1944) John Huard, Waterville, Maine; (1965) Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma City, Okla.; March 10 (1927) Bill Fischer, Chicago, Ill.; (1949) Chip Kell, Atlanta, Ga.; (1960) Bill Stromberg, Baltimore, Md.; (1965) Rod Woodson, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; March 11 (1893) Ellery Huntington, Nashville, Tenn.; (1894) Bernie Bierman, Springfield, Minn.; (1941) Rex Mirich, Florence, Ariz.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 5 (1974) Fred Crawford, Tallahassee, Fla.; March 7 (1977) Bernie Bierman, Laguna Hills, Calif.; (1983) Rip Engle, Bellefonte, Pa.; March 9 (2005) Glenn Davis, La Quinta, Calif.; March 10 (1954) Frank Thomas, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; March 11 (1979) Beattie Feathers, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 5 Michael Payton, March 6 Jerry Rhome (a spry 76), Ronnie Caveness, Johnny Musso, March 7 Rick Redman, Thom Gatewood, Lynn Swann, Tommy Kramer, March 8 Earle Bruce (a spry 87), Pete Dawkins (a spry 80), William Fuller, Kenny Gamble, March 9 John Huard, Brian Bosworth, March 10 Chip Kell, Bill Stromberg, Rod Woodson, March 11 Rex Mirich…
North Carolina and UCF have added two more games for 2024 and ’25…New Mexico will trek to LSU in 2022 with a solid game guarantee…Week One football schedules for NCAA FBS have been finalized for Saturday, Aug. 25, as Duquesne travels to Massachusetts, Hawai’i visits Colorado State, Prairie View A&M is at Rice, and Wyoming is at New Mexico State…Vanderbilt athletics set a March 12 deadline for purchase of tickets through the VU ticket office for the Sept. 15 Commodores trek to Notre Dame.
Longtime retired NFL official and television analyst Mike Pereira is anticipating several important updates for the Battlefields 2 Ballfields Foundation, which provides scholarships to veterans to integrate into their communities through football officiating…Severe weather has had its effect on college athletics in recent days. Austin Peay and Murray State had to stop a men’s basketball game temporarily after lightning struck the Governors arena while the Lone Star Conference men’s and women’s basketball tourney had to postpone games and change the men’s first round venue to Texas Woman’s U. Magee Arena after several inches of rain in the Frisc0-Dallas-Fort Worth saturated the ceiling of Frisco’s Dr Pepper Arena. Several spring training football workouts and postseason basketball meets were affected by heavy weather and flooding on the East and West Coasts last week.
No pressure: Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp presented new head coach Jimbo Fisher with a dateless national championship[p trophy…Auburn is expected to denote the formal hiring of Larry Porter as special teams coordinator…Rice named Drew Svoboda running backs coach…Southern Miss tabbed Eddie Hicks as cornerbacks coach…Former Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez had a special handbook in recent years for football players to instruct on dress code, field and classroom expectations and other issues…Gordon Steele, the son of Auburn’s defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, has joined Alabama as an offensive analyst…Idaho State named Jay Staggs safeties coach…Indiana tabbed Kasey Teegardin as safeties coach…New Kansas State defensive backs coach/co-defensive coordinator Brian Norwood agreed to a multi-year contract…Former Louisville recruiting guru Stephen Field is headed to the Oregon staff…Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is doing everything within his power to end any hint of department or university personal misconduct…Ohio State named Alex Grinch co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach…Auburn officially approved the contracts of assistant coaches Tim Horton (recruiting coordinator/tight ends), Larry Porter (special teams coordinator/running backs), Marcus Woodson (cornerbacks), and Greg Brown (safeties)…LSU’s assistant coaching staff has reached an all-time high in composite compensation packages…UAB named Nick Gentry named outside linebackers coach…Delaware tabbed Nick Rapone as cornerbacks coach…Idaho hired John Graham as linebackers coach…Miami (Fla.) named Jess Simpson defensive line coach…Tennessee is adding budget numbers for its 2018 strength and conditioning staff…Texas Tech selected Adam Scheier as special teams coach…Miami (Fla.) is negotiating with Jess Simpson as defensive line coach…Southern Miss is hoping to bring in longtime FBS assistant coaches Les Koenning and Brock Hays for the 2018 staff…USF named Tommy Restivo safeties coach, and he will assist with special teams as well.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Virginia Tech: Justin Fuente, Tulsa, Okla.; Wabash: Don Morel, La Verne, Calif.; Wake Forest: Dave Clawson, Youngstown, N.Y.; Washburn: Craig Schurig, Willingboro, N.J.; Washington & Jefferson: Mike Sirianni, Alliance, Ohio.
Florida’s Mike Hill, executive associate AD for external affairs, has left the Gators to become director of athletics at Charlotte…Miami (Fla.) AD Blake James was lauded for the Hurricanes ongoing progress in football, basketball, baseball, swimming and diving, and additional sports…Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork spoke of UM athletics expectations in a recent interview…UNC Upstate AD Julio Freire and men’s basketball coach Kyle Perry have left the department.
The Sun Belt Conference inked a new eight-year media agreement with ESPN…The Mountain West Conference confirmed it is seeking expansion. Gonzaga and New Mexico State have had previous discussions with the MWC about membership…Facebook Live and Twitter will be utilized for live broadcasts of Conference USA postseason tourney games for the first time. It also is the first-ever collegiate basketball event in the Star at Ford Center at Frisco, Texas, and will utilize a special soundproof curtain between side-by-side courts and contests…The Big 12 Conference and Tulsa, Okla., have renewed their pact for the BOK Center to host Big 12 Wrestling Championships through 2020.
The Goodyear Cotton Bowl is preparing to mail ticket renewals for the 2018, which is a Dec. 29 College Football Playoff semifinal tilt. North Texas businessman Carl R. Ice also has been elected to a two-year term as chair of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association – the sponsoring agency of the bowl…Tickets (starting at $25) also are available for the Dec. 28 Foster Farms Bowl via 415-GO-49ERS, ext. 3, or email at…Post-2018 bowl tie-ins for the Big Ten Conference are Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual vs. Pac-12; Citrus Bowl vs. ACC or SEC; Outback Bowl vs. SEC; San Diego Country Credit Union Holiday Bowl vs. Pac-12; TaxSlayer Bowl vs. SEC or Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl vs. SEC (the ACC and Big Ten combine in the Music City and TaxSlayer with each holding three appearances over six years); New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. ACC; Foster Farms Bowl vs. Pac-12; Quick Lane Bowl vs. ACC; Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. C-USA…Last Sunday’s Houston-Vanderbilt baseball tussle in the Shriners Hospital Houston College Baseball Classic was a rematch of the 2014 Birmingham Bowl won by Vandy 41-24. Coaching the teams were UH’s Tony Levine and current Penn State head coach James Franklin – then at VU…While Michigan has received automatic men’s NCAA basketball championship qualification from the Big Ten Conference tourney, Lipscomb gained its first-ever men’s Division I hoops’ bid after winning the Atlantic Sun title last Sunday. The Nashville, Tenn.-based university is the alma mater of famed entertainer Pat Boone and former Oklahoma and Pepperdine president Dr. Bill Banowsky (a baseball student-athlete at LU), among others.
The eighth annual two-time Heisman Trophy winner and NFF College Hall of Fame RB Archie Griffin Concession Charities Celebrity Golf Classic is being held at Concessions Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., March 5 and 6. More than 20 professional athletes are expected to attend, including current and former NFL players Joey Galloway (a fellow Ohio State alumnus with Griffin), Leroy Hoard, Isaac Curtis, Will Allen, Michael Merriweather, Robert Smith, Louis Breeden, and Keith Byars. Proceeds from the celebrity tournament will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Fla.
Oregon State will begin a new clear bag for all ticketed athletics events in Corvallis…Tennessee athletics hopes to complete the image of new head coach Jeremy Pruitt on the back of the Neyland Stadium videoboard – a place held earlier by former UT head coach Butch Jones…Navy and the MLB Baltimore Orioles have a new partnership, which will include a 2019 MLB spring exhibition game in Annapolis, Md….UT Arlington athletics and Under Armour have inked a long-term apparel and marketing contract… Miami (Fla.) has completed the roof area of its new indoor football practice facility…Milwaukee athletics has okayed plans for a new baseball stadium and other facility renovations….LSU will begin renovation on its football operations building in the summer…Richmond athletics was featured for its state-of-the-art Queally Athletics Center. RU athletics also will construct a $15 million basketball training and performance/office center after a recent $7.5 million private donation…Southern Miss has asked the city of Hattiesburg for some financial assistance in the renovation of historic Reed Green Coliseum and adjoining offices…Central Oklahoma’s football facility was featured in a recent Denver Post missive…Tennessee football is making several other renovations to the front and back sides of the Neyland Stadium video board.
Hero Sports listed the top college quarterbacks to watch in 2018 as Georgia’s Jake Fromm, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald, Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham, Arizona’s Khalil Tate, and West Virginia’s Will Grier…SMU’s standout 2015-17 wide receiver Courtland Sutton posted high marks in several areas at last week’s NFL Combine…Southern California wideout Joseph Lewis IV is seeking team reinstatement…Washington’s Nate Robinson was featured in a Seattle Times story last week…2019 Notre Dame recruit and oral commitment Cade McNamara has decommitted and will look at his collegiate options.
Fox Sports North will televise additional Big Ten Conference men’s hockey matches earlier slated for Big Ten Network To Go streaming services and will extend coverage to other Big Ten sports…The Pac-12 Conference and SiriusXM radio channel will launch their new agreement with this week’s Pac-12 Conference basketball championships….The nationally syndicated radio show Blessed 2 Play with host Ron Meyer has highlighted football guests San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers, NFL head coach Jack Del Rio, NFF College Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz, NFF College Hall of Fame player and ESPN analyst Chris Spielman, and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh in recent weeks.
Veteran Texas A&M athletics publicist Alan Cannon has been named 2018 CoSIDA Arch Wars Award recipient and will be honored at the group’s national workshop in June…CoSIDA 2018 president Rob Carolla of College Football Project 150, Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA, Donald Weast of Emporia State, Herman Hudson SMU, and Jay Stancil of Union (Ky.) were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…Two members of UTEP athletics statistics crew are retiring after a combined 55 seasons.
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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