College Football Notes – March 21, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
The NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas enjoyed another ultra-successful awards banquet last Sunday night with several key honorees. Some of the major chapter award recipients were Legends Award – NFF College Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry of SMU, North Texas and Iowa; longtime Cotton Bowl Stadium director Roland Rainey as Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award; Smith Holder as Steve Storie Official of the Year; Pat Doney as Media Person of the Year; Colby Carthel of NCAA Division II champion Texas A&M-Commerce as College Coach of the Year; Terry Gambill of Allen (Texas) HS as Large High School Coach of the Year; and Brady Carney of Muenster (Texas) HS as Small High School Coach of the Year. There were 60-plus high school student-athletes honored and seven regional collegiate student-athletes lauded. Recent NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas high school honors Solomon Thomas of Stanford, Bryce Petty of Baylor, Rex Burkhead of Nebraska, and Jay Ajayi of Boise State also were recalled as previous winners of the club’s area high school scholar-athlete honors.
The NFL and Dallas Cowboys are planning many special events around the April 26-28 NFL Draft, the first ever held at a NFL team stadium. There will be “pod” seating for the fans of each NFL team, and over 185,000 requests were submitted online for 60,000 tickets (20,000 each day of the event), and Pro Football Hall of Famers again will be on hand as special presenters. Popular Dallas great Drew Pearson of Tulsa and several NFF College Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame representatives again will make draft announcements.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 19-25 time period are March 19 (1913) Nello Falaschi, Dos Palos, Calif.; (1914) Jay Berwanger, Dubuque, Iowa; (1931) George Morris, Vicksburg, Miss.; March 20 (1906) Ben Stevenson, Smith Mills, Mo.; (1909) Marchmont “Marchy” Schwartz, New Orleans, La.; March 21 (1884) Jim McCormick, Boston, Mass.; (1889) Jock Sutherland, Coupar Angus, Scotland; (1951) John Hicks, Cleveland, Ohio; (1967) Clarkston Hines, Chapel Hill, N.C.; March 22 (1879) Art Poe, Baltimore, Md.; (1931) Billy Vessels, Cleveland, Okla.; (1954) Ross Browner, Warren, Ohio; (1960) Jimbo Covert, Conway, Pa.; (1969) Russell Maryland, Chicago, Ill.; March 23 (1886) Nathan Dougherty, Hales Mill, Va.; (1927) Wayne Hardin, Smackover, Ark.; March 24 (1976) Peyton Manning, New Orleans, La.; March 25 (1909) Frank Howard, Barlow Bend, Ala.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 19 (1977) Buck Shaw, Menlo Park, Calif.; March 21 (2015) Chuck Bednarik, Coopersburg, Pa.; March 23 (1934) George Woodruff, Harrisburg, Pa.; March 24 (1930) Walter Eckersall, Chicago, Ill.; (1947) Dr. John Outland, Laguna Beach, Calif.; (1983) Edwin “Goat” Hale, Jackson, Miss.; (2013) Hank Lauricella, New Orleans, La.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 21 John Hicks, Clarkston Hines, March 22 Ross Browner, Jimbo Covert, Russell Maryland, March 23 Peyton Manning…
Appalachian State and South Carolina have a multi-year series planned for 2021, 25 and 27…Army’s 2018 slate will include home tests with Liberty and Hawai’i after the Black Knights open the season at Duke Sept. 1…Georgia Tech concluded a study about graduation rates for minority male student-athletes…Memphis football is making a small adjustment to 2018 season ticket prices…Virginia Tech opened its third spring practice under head coach Justin Fuente last Saturday and plan to emphasize fundamentals prior to the annual Maroon-Gold spring game April 14 at 3:30 p.m. (EDT). The Hokies are coming off a 9-4 campaign and school-record 25th consecutive bowl invitation – one of the longest streaks in NCAA FBS annals and the current longest active postseason skein.
Mississippi State’s recent 2014 Rhodes Scholar Field Brown, now working on his Ph.D. at Harvard, was featured along with MSU athletics in a recent report by MSU president Dr. Mark Keenum…
Oklahoma State head coach MIke Gundy spoke to the Stillwater (Okla.) Board of Education about new proposed safety measures in schools and at intercollegiate athletics events… New UCLA head coach Chip Kelly and new Arizona State football mentor Herm Edwards were contrasted in their media personas by the Northern California California East Bay Times newspaper…Widener head coach Mike Kelly is one of the newest members of the Alignable business and contact network…Oklahoma is utilizing Bob Diaco as a new defensive analyst…Temple named Jason Semore senior defensive adviser…Toledo tabbed Kerry Dixon as running backs coach and Kevin Beard as director of player personnel/assistant recruiting coordinator…Minnesota assistant football coaches are hopeful for new compensation as contract time nears. Ohio State assistant coaches also were featured in a recent newspaper missive after best compensation packages among Big Ten Conference schools…New Nebraska head coach Scott Frost has identified bolstering the running game as a top priority in spring drills. He had solid rushing attacks at UCF as head coach and at Oregon as offensive coordinator the last five seasons…Central Michigan tabbed Cory Hall, former interim head coach at Oregon State, as secondary coach…Southern Miss named safeties coach Tim Billings defensive coordinator, defensive line coach Derek Nicholson now will coach linebackers and serve as co-defensive coordinator; and Chris Boone was named defensive line coach…
Weber State selected Joe Dale as safeties coach.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Western Carolina: Mark Speir, Kannapolis, N.C.; West Texas A&M: Hunter Hughes, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; West Virginia: Dana Holgorsen, Davenport, Iowa; West Virginia Wesleyan: Del Smith, Richmond, Va.; WKU: Mike Sanford Jr., Lexington, Va.
Brian White has been named as director of athletics at Florida Atlantic…Joe Gilfedder was chosen as assistant AD for athletics performance at Fordham…Southern Miss AD Jon Gilbert was interviewed about the future of Golden Eagles football and new Conference USA television media rights…Dave Hart Jr. has been named special adviser the chancellor for athletics at East Carolina…Georgia AD Greg McGarity was commended for quick actions during recent head coaching searches…The North Texas Board of Regents authorized the UNT administration to finalize and extend new contracts for AD Wren Baker and head coach Seth Littrell…Syracuse AD John Wildhack have his opinions on the challenges of paying student-athletes…UTEP AD Jim Senter continues to make an early impact with several key hires in coaching and athletics administration positions…Michigan State will not name a permanent AD until after the Men’s Basketball Final Four….Clay Cody was named assistant AD at Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus HS while Kit Pehl received the same position promotion at football-famous Coppell (Texas) HS>
Conference USA has signed a multi-year, multi-media rights broadcast agreement with CBS Sports and Stadium Television…The Big East Conference extended commissioner Val Ackerman’s contract extended through June 2021…A special Pac-12 task force has called for the end of “one and done” collegiate student-athletes in all sports, and the conference is working to adjust future schedules for football and several other sports…Former Mid-American Conference commissioner Rick Chryst and Florida AD emeritus and 2007 NFF Toner Award recipient Jeremy Foley served on the search committee for the AD’s post at Florida Atlantic…Gonzaga is continuing its discussions about membership in the Mountain West Conference, but there has been no current talk about BYU (a NCAA FBS independent) leaving the West Coast Conference, which does not sponsor collegiate football…The Southeastern Conference is adding expanded replays and wireless communications to its media repertoire. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey also indicated that the Dallas-Fort Worth area might be a consideration for SEC Football Media Days after the three-day event moves to Atlanta, Ga., in July 2018.
The Football Bowl Association continues its features on bowl games’ executive directors and the benefits to communities of bowl encounters…Post-2018 bowl tie-ins for the Mid-American Conference are the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Bowl vs. Conference USA, the Dollar General Bowl vs. Sun Belt, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. Mountain West, Frisco Bowl vs. American Athletic, Raycom Media Camellia Bowl vs. Sun Belt, and the Quick Lane Bowl if the ACC or Big Ten cannot send a representative…The Dallas Parks and Recreation Board commented recently on area financial assistance for the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, which honors first responders and encourages community service for area millennials and competing teams’ student-athletes.
Late NFF College Hall of Fame lineman Merlin Olsen of Utah State and OL Conrad Dobler of Wyoming were remembered in a recent Denver Post history piece about their lives after college and NFL football…
Illinois athletics and Fox Development are working our proposals for new UI facilities…Fresno State football will bring back the Spirit Spear for its 2018 spring game…The Illinois Board of Trustees is considering a $196 million bond sale to finance construction of a football performance center and other major projects…University of Portland athletics is building a new track and updating its practice facilities…Tulsa football is working to enhance its game-day experience for fans with more kid-friendly and tailgating activities… Mississippi State’s short-lived Flying M athletics logo from the early 1970s was subject of a photo graphic…Fans United has discounts of up to 30 percent on major college outer ware and key paraphernalia in a special sale in coming days online…A recent study indicates at least $17 million will be needed for basic improvements at Little Rock (Ark.) War Memorial Stadium…Final cost estimates for the new NFL Las Vegas Raiders Stadium are to be determined this week.
Some exceptional football student-athletes who also could be college basketball stars in the postseason were chronicled in They are Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown, Arizona QB Khalil Tate, Clemson DL Christian Wilkins, Ohio State DE Chase Young, Houston DT Ed Oliver, Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry, Oregon QB Justin Herbert, West Virginia QB Will Grier, Alabama DL Raekwon Davis, Ohio State DE Nick Bosa, Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor, Florida State RB Cam Akers, Notre Dame CB Julian Love, LSU CB Greedy Williams, West Virginia WR David Sills V, LSU LB Devin White, Alabama LB Dylan Moses, Georgia TE Isaac Nauta, and Southern California S Marvell Tell III… LSU is working to get LSU DB Kristian Fulton reinstated after a two-year NCAA ban.
ESPN noted that UCLA spends almost $185,000 annually on men’s scholarship basketball players…Former Michigan State radio analyst Gus Ganakas was lauded for many years of interesting radio commentary on the network.
Maura Vizza of Moraine Valley (Ill.) College, Tim Bohn of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Jeremy Rosenthal of Indiana, Will Roleson of CoSIDA, Jimmy Habecker of Keuka (N.Y.), and Danny Kambel of Pacific (Ore.) were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…CoSIDA also has made plans for an organizational fitness challenge for the health and well-being of its membership… Some of the leading FBS power schools also receiving 2018 NCAA basketball bids after competing in post-2017 bowls are TCU, Texas, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Michigan State, Marshall (in NCAA basketball tourney for the first time in 31 years), Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Virginia, and San Diego State.
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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