College Football Notes – April 2, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, April 2nd, 2018
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The new president at Oklahoma is retired oil executive James Gallogly – the 14th all-time chief operating officer in OU annals. He will begin his new duties replacing legendary former U.S. Senator and David Boren, who served as president at the Norman university from 1994-2018.
Dozens of photos from the 60th annual NFF Awards Dinner in December 2017 are included in the March NFL FootballLetter with captions and features on the dinner’s awardees and special guests.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the April 2-8 time period are April 2 (1871) Marshall Newell, Clifton, N.J.; (1880) Harold Weekes, Oyster Bay, N.Y.; (1917) Hugh Gallameau, Detroit, Mich.; (1930) Bill McColl, San Diego, Calif.; (1948) Danny Ford, Gadsden, Ala.; (1965) Don McPherson, Brooklyn, N.Y.; April 3 (1903) Andy Gustafson, Aurora, Ill.; (1926) Joe Steffy, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1934) Jim Parker, Macon, Ga.; April 4 (1891) Bob Butler, Glen Ridge, N.J.; (1907) Bill Banker, Lake Charles, La.; (1917) Chet Gladchuk, Bridgeport, Conn.; (1947) Ed White, San Diego, Calif.; (1951) John Hannah, Canton, Ga.; (1965) Jessie Tuggle, Spalding County, Ga.; April 5 (1871) Pop Warner, Springville, N.Y.; (1951) Brad Van Pelt, Owosso, Mich.; April 6 (1901) Pooley Hubert, Meridian, Miss.; (1934) Aurealius Thomas, Muskogee, Okla.; (1944) John Huarte, Anaheim, Calif.; (1965) Sterling Sharpe, Chicago, Ill.; April 7 (1859) Walter Camp, New Britain, Conn.; (1900) Edgar Garbisch, Washington, Pa.; (1954) Tony Dorsett, Aliquippa, Pa.; (1961) Gabe Rivera, Crystal City, Texas; April 8 (1924) Jim Martin, Cleveland, Ohio; (1955) Ricky Bell, Houston, Texas; (1967) Anthony Thompson, Terre Haute, Ind.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are April 2 (1976) Walter Gordon, Berkeley, Calif.; April 3 (1994) Tom Hamilton, Chula Vista, Calif.; (2006) Marshall Goldberg, Chicago, Ill.; (2007) Eddie Robinson, Ruston, La.; April 7 (1986) Bert Metzger, Hinsdale, Ill.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 2 Danny Ford, Don McPherson, April 4 Ed White, John Hannah, Jessie Tuggle, April 6 Sterling Sharpe, April 7 Tony Dorsett, Gabe Rivera, April 8 Anthony Thompson…
Liberty and North Carolina have scheduled a three-game series in 2024, 28 and 2031…Portland State will play at Washington in 2022…Clemson will host in-state rivals Furman in 2025 and Wofford in 2027…Colorado State and Washington State have slated a two-game, home-and-home series in 2022 and ’23…Michigan and Virginia Tech have cancelled their 2020 and ’21 series by mutual agreement.
There has been a suggestion that George Washington University, which competed in varsity football from 1881-1966 and played its final seasons at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., might undergo an eventual name change…Villanova team chaplain and VU associate AD Rev. Bob Hagan had the patience of Job after seeing national recognition for Loyola (Chicago) team chaplain Sister Jean Schmidt gain national recognition throughout the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. Rev. Hagan’s Wildcats made it to the NCAA finals April 2 against Michigan…The 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays (named after the late UT head football and track and field coach) last week included numerous collegiate and high school football and track and field multi-sport athletes and college football alumni in the Masters Division…UW-River Falls football office has scheduled its annual scholarship golf tourney for July 13 at Kilkarney Golf Club.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart and new men’s basketball head coach Tom Crean will be featured at six upcoming UGa alumni events…Midwestern State’s winningest head coach Bill Maskill accompanied his 2017 NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas scholar athlete Jacob Sherrill to the group’s recent awards dinner. Maskill is 129-47 in 16 seasons at MSU…Memphis tabbed Kevin Clune as senior defensive assistant coach…Dartmouth hired former Alabama head coach and longtime NFL assistant coach Mike Shula as a 2018 assistant coach…St. Anselm chose Jordan Softcheck as offensive coordinator…Guy LeCompte is expected to be named as head coach at New Orleans (La.) Holy Cross High School…Baylor divulged through public records the closing payouts to former head football coach Art Briles and former president Ken Starr…Michigan athletics also reached a settlement with former defensive coordinator Tim Drevno…
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson expressed satisfaction with his new contract extension…Oklahoma State reached contact and compensation terms with new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles… Former Baylor assistant Carlton Buckels will coach safeties at Tulsa…Bruce Read is the new special teams coach at Northern Arizona…Georgia welcomed back Bacarri Rambo as football staff intern…Nebraska football appears set as final support staff hires have been made by new head coach Scott Frost…New Mexico head coach Bob Davie has gotten back to his regular spring practice routine as he enters his 12th overall season as a head coach and seventh campaign since 2012 with the Lobos…West Virginia added Ryan Nehlen as a football staff analyst.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – UW-Eau Claire: Dan Larson, Eau Claire, Wis.; UW-La Crosse: Mike Schmidt, Menomonie, Wis.; UW-Oshkosh: Pat Cerroni, Johnson Creek, Wis.; UW-Platteville: Mike Emendorfer, Lockport, N.Y.; UW-River Falls: Matt Walker, Greencastle, Ind.
Former Nebraska-Kearney director of athletics Paul Plinske is leaving for the same position at Colorado State University-Pueblo…Hofstra named Rick Cole Jr. as its new AD…Tarleton State men’s basketball coach Lonn Reisman is retiring from coaching and will remain as TSU AD…New Jersey City U. tabbed Shawn Tucker as associate vice president and AD…Longtime retired SMU AD and college sports promoter Russ Potts attended his 40th NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in San Antonio…Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek was highlighted for his people-oriented projects with Razorbacks staff and loyalists…Charleston Southern AD Hank Small is retiring after 17 years in his post…Pennsylvania AD Grace Calhoun was complimented for the hiring of head men’s basketball coach Porter Moser and laying the groundwork for the university’s move to the Missouri Valley Conference while she served as AD at Loyola (Chicago)…Current Nebraska assistant AD and former innovative strength and conditioning coach Boyd Epley was chronicled for his methods when the Huskers won or competed for national championships in the 1969-2002 era…California athletics and the general administration have stepped up the national search for a new AD…Idaho President Dr. Chuck Staben gave full support to AD Rob Spear’s role at a recent campus meeting…Longtime West Virginia coach and administrator Sammie Henson will not return for the 2018-18 academic year…Appalachian State AD Doug Gillin has signed to four year contract extension through 2022…Louisville elevated Vince Tyra to permanent AD…NFF Board member and Oklahoma AD Joe Castilgione spoke about cooperative efforts with new OU president James Gallogly. President Gallogly also met with OU head coaching legend Bob Stoops and current Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley…Former Miami (Fla.) QB standout Ken Dorsey has been named assistant AD at FIU.
2018 conference preseason football media days are set, and they are SEC, July 16-19, College Football Hall of Fame, Atlanta; Big 12, July 16-17, The Star at Ford Center, Frisco, Texas; C-USA, July 18-19, The Star at Ford Center, Frisco; ACC, July 18-19, The Westin Hotel, Charlotte; Sun Belt, July 22-23, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.; Mid-American, July 23-24, Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.; American Athletic, July 23-24, Gurney’s Resort, Newport, R.I.; Big Ten, July 23-24, Marriott Hotel Downtown, Chicago; Mountain West, July 24-25, The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nev.; Pac-12, July 25-26, Hollywood & Highland, Los Angeles…Atlantic 10 Conference commissioner Bernadette McGlade was complimented for her role as a member of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee…The West Coast Conference has adapted new scheduling and season format changes.
The Football Bowl Association has selected the late Field Scovell as its 2018 Legacy Award recipient. Scovell served as chair and on the Goodyear Cotton Bowl selection committee for 50-plus years, and the game’s annual trophy is the Field Scovell Trophy…Post-2018 bowl tie-ins for the Pac-12 Conference are the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual vs. the Big Ten Conference unless the Pac-12 champ makes the College Football Playoff semifinals, the Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Big 12, the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl vs. Big Ten, the Foster Farms Bowl vs. Big Ten, the Hyundai Sun Bowl vs. ACC, the Las Vegas Bowl vs. Mountain West, and the Cactus Bowl vs. Big 12.
NFF College Hall of Fame player, coach and 1966 Heisman Trophy recipient Steve Spurrier told writers he wants to learn more about a possible new professional football league…2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel worked out in front of scouts from 32 NFL teams at Texas A&M’s pro timing and performance day March 27…The 2018 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class includes several standouts who played high school or youth football and others with family football connections. The list of ’18 inductees is Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Lefty Driesell, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson, Maurice Cheeks, Rod Thorn, Charlie Scott, Dino Radja, Rick Welts, and Ora Mae Washington. Hill is the son of former Yale and NFL standout Calvin Hill…Nebraska quarterback greats Eric Crouch and Dave Humm met a talked NU football history at a recent Huskers football function.
Air Force football may be among the best season ticket buys in NCAA FBS with recent ranges of $99-$229 for the entire 2018 package…Ohio State football was lauded for a place to unwind after tough days in class and spring workouts at the campus football complex…Marshall and New Mexico athletics are working with new marketing techniques to maximize 2018 season football tickets and midyear revenues…Eastern Michigan is seeking to lower its subsidies from the university budget to fund 2018-19 athletics…Arkansas State is re-thinking its design and cost for a possible new football stadium…UAB is looking at Colorado State’s new campus stadium layout in its future stadium plans. The Birmingham City Council also has voted possible funding if the new football stadium in built downtown and for upgrades for the Blazers Legacy Arena…Minnesota’s new $2.6 million practice fields will be ready by November…Oklahoma State athletics revealed plans for a new $50 million-plus baseball stadium with permanent seating for 3,500 with expanded capacity up to 8,000…Oregon athletics continues to study cost estimates for the renovation of historic Hayward Field.
USF quarterback Brett Kean spoke with media members about stout competition for his job during spring drills…Veteran Alabama players OT Jonah Williams, TE Hale Hentges, DL Isaiah Buggs, and LB VanDarius Cowan divulged how to endure tough spring practices and staying focused on the coming season…OT Connor Williams was among one of the most viewed prospects at the Texas Longhorns Pro Day last week…NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas high school scholar athletes Dalton Shaw of Dallas Samuell HS and Noah Velicer of Frisco (Texas) Lone Star HS are headed to Oklahoma Baptist U. to compete as freshmen gridders in 2018…Texas has several incoming freshmen already participating in 2018 spring workouts after they finished their high school careers. Among the key yearlings in current spring drills are Caden Sterns, BJ Foster, Anthony Cook, Cameron Rising, Casey Thompson, Mikey Grandy, Brennan Eagles, Ayodele Adeoye, and Ryan Bujcevski…Will Hastings, Auburn’s third-leading receiver with 26 catches in 2017, has been lost indefinitely with torn knee ligaments…Texas Tech has suspended potential 2018 starting QB Jett Duffey, CB Desmon Smith, WR Quan Shorts, and LB Christian Malik-Shakur Taylor for the rest of spring football and will evaluate additional measures.
The Denver Post wrote a comparison story about Big Ten Conference football and basketball strength based on Penn State’s men’s NIT title and Michigan’s ventire to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship April 2 vs. Villanova…U. of North Texas media arts junior Ciara Boniface has been awarded a $100,000 grant to produce a personal feature film or documentary by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Nissan and filmmaker Ava DuVernay…Tony Award-nominated entertainer Carmen Cusack received an honorary degree from North Texas.
Former South Carolina athletics communication official Rob Matwick just celebrated his 34th opening day event in Major League Baseball last week when the Texas Rangers hosted the Houston Astros…Dave Albrecht of Winona State, Joshua Cornwell of Agnes Scott, Mike Mancini of Oberlin, Thomas McGuire of Bloomsburg, and Ed Cassiere of Xavier (La.) were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…Mississippi State mega-football fan and head women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer captured the 2017-18 USBWA Women’s Coach of the Year Award last Friday…Some upcoming College Golf Camps on various college campus sites include University of Maryland, Diane Cantu as leader, April 8; May 6 – Southern California, Chris Zambri; University of Tennessee, Judi Pavon, May 28. Several student-athletes, coaches and college administrators will be participating in these nationwide camps.
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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