College Football Notes

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
Highland Park
Veteran Texas high school football head coach and former SMU student-athlete Randy Allen announced his retirement from Highland Park (Texas) HS last week after a 19-year stint and three state championships with the Scots. Allen posted a 376-87-6 all-time high school head coaching record at Texas schools Ballinger, Brownwood and Abilene Cooper along with his 1999-2017 tenure at HPHS. That represents the fourth-most triumphs in Lone Star State prep annals.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 26-April 1 time period are March 26 (1899) Buck Flowers, Sumter, S.C.; (1899) Harry Kipke, Lansing, Mich.; (1906) Rip Engle, Elk Lick, Pa.; (1960) Marcus Allen, San Diego, Calif.; (1966) Wesley Walls, Batesville, Miss.; March 27 (1898) Herb Stein, Warren, Ohio; (1921) Malcolm Kutner, Dallas, Texas; (1922) Alex Agase, Chicago, Ill.; (1963) Randall Cunningham, Santa Barbara, Calif.; March 28 (1899) Buck Shaw, Mitchellville, Iowa; March 29 (1902) Don Miller, Defiance, Ohio; (1906) Jim Bausch, Marion Junction, S.D.; March 29 (1955) Earl Campbell, Tyler, Texas; March 30 (1914) Bob Reynolds (Stanford), Morris, Okla.; (1935) Willie Gallimore, St. Augustine, Fla.; March 31 (1938) Bob Anderson (Army), Elizabeth, N.J.; (1950) Ed Marinaro, New York City; April 1 (1889) John Dalton, Birth Town Unknown (please email if this information is available – thanks), Neb.; (1884) Hugo Bezdek, Prague, Bohemia; (1898) Joe Alexander, Silver Creek, N.Y.; (1929) Bo Schembechler, Barberton, Ohio.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 27 (2006) Ron Schipper, Holland, Mich.; March 28 (1962) Bob Neyland, New Orleans, La.; (1953) Jim Thorpe, Lomita, Calif. April 1 (2013) Jack Pardee, Centennial, Colo.; (2015) Eddie LeBaron, Stockton, Calif.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 26 Marcus Allen, Wesley Walls, March 27 Randall Cunningham, March 29 Earl Campbell, March 31 Bob Anderson (Army), Ed Marinaro, April 1 (1889) John Dalton, Birth Town in Nebraska Unknown (please email if this information is available – thanks)…
Louisville and UCF will play a home-and-home series in 2021 and ’22…Michigan will host Arkansas State in 2020…Southeastern Louisiana will trek to Mississippi State in 2023 for an initial series meeting…Lamar and Rice will meet in Houston in 2020…Alabama, Notre Dame and Texas have had preliminary talks about future contests among the three schools. Alabama is looking for a number of intersectional scheduling upgrades in coming seasons…Colorado football finished spring practice at one of its earliest dates in school annals on March 17…Nebraska’s spring practice priorities include returning to open walkon tryouts, getting the fall roster back to 150 players and finding a starting center from five candidates…Vanderbilt’s second annual Spring Showcase last week featured youngsters 12 and under on the field stretching with the Commodores before the Black-Gold Game and an autograph session afterward…Loyola (Chicago), which sponsored football as a varsity sport from 1904-31, and UMBC were featured for their Cinderella finishes and performances in the recent NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championships…Research by ESPN analyst Jay Bilas revealed that among the schools in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships Sweet 16, Gonzaga (4,837) was the smallest school in undergraduate enrollment while Texas A&M (53,690) was the largest by 20,000-plus more undergrads over No. 2 Florida State.
Rice athletics will host the second annual Celebration of Courage to honor football standout OJ Brigance, a teammate of NFF COO Matt Sign with the Owls, May 5. Brigance has been battling ALS for several years courageously with the help of medical personnel, family and friends…FIU athletics and all groups on campus attended memorial services for those who perished in the pedestrian bridge collapse between the FIU campus and Sweetwater, Fla., March 15. Two FIU students passed away as a result of the collapse…The Senior CLASS Award for scholastic-community service achievements designated 30 NCAA Division I baseball semifinalists last week…The ECHL Allen (Texas) Americans hockey team hosted its annual Battle of the Badges charity hockey match to benefit families of area deceased or injured first responders…Texas Tech’s men’s basketball team has worn a patch with Corky emblazoned on the front of its uniforms to celebrate the life and 48-year career in Tech athletics of legendary coach and administrator Corky Oglesby, who passed away last November.
New SMU head coach Sonny Dykes is emphasizing basics and technique throughout his first set of spring workouts, which started last week…William & Mary head coach Jimmie Laycock is conducting his 39th spring training with the Tribe – the most years among active NCAA FBS or FCS mentors…New Southeastern Louisiana head coach Frank Scelfo will retain three assistant coaches from the previous staff, including offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Greg Stevens…Jacksonville State named Andrew Warwick defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, Kelvin Sigler associate head coach and safeties coach and Ladius Wilkerson defensive ends coach. Several JSU facilities also were damaged by a tornado in Northeast Alabama, but thankfully there was no loss of life in spite of campus-wide destruction and severe storm outbreaks throughout Alabama…LSU assistant coaches will earn a school-record composite $6.5 million under 2018 contracts…New Mexico head coach Bob Davie completed his 30-day suspension on March 18…New Alabama assistant coaches have been making exemplary adjustments after a substantial staff turnover after the ’17 season…Hobart named Greg Hadley defensive backs coach and director of football player development and Art Garvey run game coordinator. HU assistant coach Mike Green will coach the offensive line and work as academic success coordinator…2017 state title head coach Todd Peterman of DeSoto (Texas) HS has accepted the same position at White Settlement (Texas) Brewer HS in the Fort Worth suburbs…Cumberland (Tenn.) named Chris Elliott defensive coordinator…North Carolina added Robert Gillespie as an assistant coach…Former North Texas and McNeese State QB Riley Dodge was named head coach at his high school alma mater Southlake (Texas) Carroll HS last week. His father and former Texas QB and North Texas head coach Todd Dodge guided the Dragons to four Texas state championships and is 176-67 in 19 seasons as a high school taskmaster…Former Louisville standout Richard Owens will become a recruiting staff assistant for football…Michigan officially inked offensive line coach Ed Warinner to a two-year contract.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Western Michigan: Tim Lester, Wheaton, Ill.; Western (Colo.) State: Jas Bains, Fresno, Calif.; William & Mary: Jimmie Laycock, Hamilton, Va.; Williams: Mark Raymond, Buffalo, N.Y.; Wisconsin: Paul Chryst, Madison, Wis.
Jill Bodensteiner has been named director of athletics at St. Joseph’s (Pa.)…Mark Alnutt is the new AD at Buffalo…Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs and Alabama AD Greg Byrne were highlighted in recent national reports about college football and its impact…Longtime Virginia coach and administrator Joanne Boyle is retiring this month…New Virginia AD Carla Williams was questioned about her philosophy on locating and hiring new head coaches…Former Southlake (Texas) Carroll High School head coach Hal Wasson has been named executive AD for the Irving (Texas) Independent School District…Jackson State president Dr. William Bynum now is in charge of day-to-day activities for JSU athletics until further notice…Kansas State AD Gene Taylor spoke of the Wildcats deep run into the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship brackets and a stable football program…Recent public records indicate that NFF College Hall of Fame coach and current Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer was willing to take over additional duties as football head coach again if university administrators approved the move…Arizona State president Dr. Michael Crow discussed the hiring process for new head coach Herm Edwards…New Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal received additional funds in the initial hiring of his 2018 assistant coaching staff.
The American Athletic Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference are beginning a football officiating alliance with joint scheduling, training and evaluations. The AAC also selected Eric Ziady as senior associates commissioner and CFO…The Big East Conference is establishing new parameters for members’ compliance and scheduling…North Alabama held its first official spring football workout as a member of NCAA FCS on March 20 as the Lions are joining the Big South Conference for football in 2018. UNA opens NCAA Division I activity Sept. 1 at Southern Utah…The Sun Belt Conference and Appalachian State celebrated the five-year anniversary of the Mountaineers joining the SBC in 2013.
The Goodyear Cotton Bowl has mailed and emailed hard copy and online renewal notices for the 2018 GCB, which will serve as one of the College Football Playoff semifinal clashes…Post-2018 bowl tie-ins for the Mountain West Conference are the Las Vegas Bowl vs. a Pac-12 opponent; the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. MAC; the Gildan New Mexico Bowl vs. Conference USA; the Hawai’i Bowl vs. Conference USA; the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl vs. Sun Belt; the Cactus Bowl conditionally if the CB cannot fill one of its contracted spots.
NFF College Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice of Mississippi Valley State has been highlighted on public service announcements for the NCAA throughout postseason play in football, basketball and other sports in 2017-18…NFF College Hall of Fame coach Dr. Tom Osborne will join Huskers football head coach Scott Frost, broadcaster and former NU great Matt Davison and other dignitaries in coming days for a charity bird hut in Brainard, Neb., to benefit the Teammates Mentoring program…Former Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater has signed a one-year contract with the NFL New York Jets…The NFL Detroit Lions re-signed reliable RB Zach Zenner of South Dakota State…Former Marshall standout DE Vinny Curry is seeking a new NFL assignment after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles…The NFL New York Giants and Cleveland Browns requested special tryouts last week for USC All-Pac-12 QB Sam Darnold…NFL COO Tod Leiweke is leaving the national office, and a nationwide search for a replacement has begun.
USF’s new $40 million football facility is about to be in the construction phase…East Carolina athletics just received a solid financial report for 2017-18…LSU athletics is in the process of several new weight room improvements and amenities…Seattle-based Atavus Sports will oversee certification of football coaches and tackling techniques for the Texas University Interscholastic League and the Texas High School Caches Association prior to the 2018 season…College Golf Camps will be hosting lessons and seminars at leading golf courses near college campuses in coming weeks, and football student-athletes, coaches and administrators will be assisting as well as taking lessons… had a nationwide online discussion about how high schools utilize different learning techniques and opportunities for high school football student-athletes…Eastern Michigan athletics is making key financial adjustments and will drop four sports at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. Student-athletes in each of these sports will have immediate eligibility at other NCAA Division I schools if they are in the underclasses….Arizona athletics revealed plans for renovations to several practice facilities and the women’s softball stadium…Oregon athletics is moving ahead with multiple upgrades at historic Hayward Field…Chattanooga denoted plans for the new Wolford Family Athletics Center on campus…Arkansas State University system president Chuck Welch outlined he bid process for the university’s new stadium renovation project…Florida athletics is in the process of $130 million in facility upgrades, including a new 10,000-seat baseball stadium…New Mexico athletics continues to work on budget concerns and adding state appropriations along with a new on-campus game-day entertainment district…BYU is receiving great reviews of the new artificial turf on the Cougars campus baseball field.
Missouri QB Drew Lock was featured with Tigers new offensive coordinator and former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley on about the philosophy of MU’s play calling in spring practice and for the ’18 season…Several aspiring 2018 standouts have been enjoying solid performances in spring football practice. Some of the key individuals looking at starting spots and possible postseason honors are graduate transfer QB Jalan McClendon from NC State to Baylor where he will join key QB returnees Charlie Brewer and Gerry Bohannon…Texas is working to gain key depth and consistent passing behind experienced QBs Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger…Texas A&M has one of the nation’s top skirmishes going for the No. 1 spot on the quarterback depth chart among Nick Starkel, Kellen Mond and Connor Blumrick…Oklahoma’s hopefuls for replacing 2017 Heisman Trophy recipient Baker Mayfield are junior Kyler Murray, and sophomore Austin Kendall and sophomore Tanner Schafer…SMU hopes to rely on quick improvement from returnees such as WR Brandon Benson to make up for the losses of All-American Athletic Conference wideouts Courtland Sutton and Trey Quinn from the 2017 Frisco Bowl squad…Former Iowa Hawkeyes basketball forward Ahmad Wagner will transfer to another school in 2018 with hopes of playing intercollegiate football…Last week’s North Texas spring game included sponsorship by Verus Advisors, a five-kilometer fun run, kids’ activities, and a 235-yard passing day with three TD aerials by returning starting QB Mason Fine.
The Denver post recalled the No. 1 vs. No. 8 nationally Nebraska-Kansas State matchup in Lincoln in 1995 as the Huskers marched toward a national championship with a 49-25 triumph…The 2018 NFL draft from Arlington, Texas, April 26-28, will include live coverage from two networks and four sports cable affiliates…Vanderbilt Hustler and VandyRadio sports editor Cutler Klein was featured in a recent video emailed to thousands of VU alumni…The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are slated to play the first regular-season MLB games from London, England, in 2019…The Athletic online newspaper again offered a 50 percent discount for new subscribers last week…Pac-12 Networks president Mark Shuken spoke with area media about future streaming options, 2018 football programming, and high-definition program distribution plans for the network.
FWAA past presidents Dennis Dodd and Dick Weiss were featured in recent football event photos with assistant commissioner John McElwain of the Sun Belt Conference and communications director Larry Wahl of the Orange Bowl…CoSIDA Hall of Fame communications professional Roy Pickerill of Kentucky Wesleyan received a 25-year plaque for working all the NCAA Division II Elite Eight Men’s Basketball Championships since 1994…Allison George of Georgia State, Jordan Bergeron of Nicholls State, Russ Anderson of Conference USA, Andrew O’Connell of St. John’s (N.Y.), and Charles Healy of West Virginia were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…The USBWA continues to email complimentary copies of The Basketball Times to USBWA membership…Mitch Davis of the Mitch Davis Show in Memphis, Tenn., has been on the road covering Conference USA and Big 12 Conference events in Texas in recent weeks. He also offers extensive coverage of Tennessee, Vanderbilt, American Athletic Conference, and SEC events in addition to his key focal point of Memphis athletics…The USBWA has finalized its awards ceremonies and key meetings in and around the NCAA Division I Men’s Final Four in San Antonio March 30-April 2.
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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