College Football Notes – April 9, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, April 9th, 2018
Former Vanderbilt football RB standout Toby Wilt, a member of the Augusta National Golf Course, was the first tee announcer last week during the annual Masters Golf Classic in Augusta, Ga., last week.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the April 9-15 time period are April 9 (1871) John Minds, Clearfield County, Pa.; (1898) Paul Robeson, Princeton, N.J.; (1921) Vince Banonis, Detroit, Mich.; (1947) Ron Pritchard, Chicago, Ill.; (1966) Tracy Rocker, Atlanta, Ga.; April 10 (1909) Clarke Hinkle, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; (1918) Jim Daniell, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1938) Don Meredith, Mt. Vernon, Texas; April 11 (1903) Jake Gaither, Dayton, Tenn.; (1916) Sam Chapman, Tiburon, Calif.; (1916) Danny Fortmann, Pearl River, N.Y.; (1941) Joe Romig, Salt Lake City, Utah; (1962) Terry Hoage, Ames, Iowa; April 12 (1870) Winchester Osgood, Port Bananas, Fla.; (1944) Mike Garrett, Los Angeles, Calif.; April 13 (1897) Jimmy Leech, Collierville, Va.; (1915) Bob Devaney, Saginaw, Mich.; April 14 (1876) Eddie Rogers, Libby, Minn.; (1901) Mal Stevens, Stockton, Kan.; (1926) Harry Gilmer, Birmingham, Ala.; April 15 (1938) Richie Lucas, Glassport, Pa.; (1947) Ted Kwalick, McKees Rocks, Pa.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are April 9 (1980) Howard Harpster, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1983) Jess Neely, Weslaco, Texas; April 10 (2015) Ray Graves, Tampa, Fla.; April 11 (1948) Jock Sutherland, Pittsburgh, Pa.; April 15 (2002) Byron White, Denver, Colo.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 9 Ron Pritchard, Tracy Rocker, April 11 Joe Romig (a spry 77), Terry Hoage, April 12 Mike Garrett, April 15 Richie Lucas (a spry 80), Ted Kwalick…
Missouri State is set to travel to Oklahoma in 2020…Middle Tennessee had two of its 2018 contests moved back to Friday nights to accommodate national casts at with kickoff times to be determined. The MT-Marshall game now will be Oct. 5 while the MT-WKU traditional rivalry bash now will be played Nov. 2…Eastern Kentucky has added three FBS opponents for future encounters at Louisville Sept. 11, 2021, after a previously-contracted EKU-UL bout Sept. 7, 2019. On Sept. 9, 2023, the Colonels will travel to Kentucky, and EKU will play Mississippi State for the first time Aug. 31, 2024…Arizona athletics is working to schedule future events with Cal Poly, Montana and UC Davis in various sports…Texas Wesleyan is preparing for its April 21 second annual spring football game (with free admission) of the modern era in Fort Worth, Texas, and will open the ’18 campaign against NCAA Division II opponent Texas A&M-Kingsville Sept. 8 on the road. The Rams other nine games will all be against Sooner Athletic Conference opponents.
Arizona State’s famed Global Sports Institute was highlighted in a recent Arizona Republic newspaper tome…Mississippi State has a new public service announcement for the spring with football quarterback Nick Fitzgerald featured…Wichita Falls (Texas) Hirschi HS was celebrated for a final mark of 11-3 and second time in school annals (since 1962) to win three postseason clashes…Rice student-athletes will participate in a RU sociology course “Social Problems – The Kaepernick Effect: A Discussion on Protest in Sport on Wednesday, April 11, on the Houston campus.
North Texas head coach Seth Littrell was saluted for best usage of available football recruiting funds among eight Texas NCAA FBS schools. UTEP and Texas State also got solid bang for the budgeted bucks with annual recruiting budgets just under $200,000…Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer had his contract extension approved by the Ohio State Board of Regents. His new annual compensation will be in the $75, million area, according to published reports…Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards is in the process of making roster adjustments prior to the Sun Devils 2018 fall camp…Albany (N.Y.) named EJ Barthel running backs coach and Jordan Orlovsky offensive assistant coach…East Tennessee State reinstated head coach Randy Sanders…Georgia Tech officially finalized head coach Paul Johnson’s contract extension through the 2022 season…Purdue’s assistant coaches earned performance raises and will be the most well compensated grid staff in school history for the 2018 season…Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy continues his round of speeches on personal responsibility in football and other sports by student-athletes and coaches…San Diego State has added former San Diego and San Jose State head coach Ron Caragher as the Aztecs newest assistant…Maryland offensive coordinator Matt Canada had his 2018-19 salary finalized and other contract details released…Virginia named Kelly Poppinga co-defensive coordinator.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – UW-Stevens Point: Tom Journell, Eaton, Ohio; UW-Stout: Clayt Birmingham, Brussels, Wis.; Wofford: Josh Conklin, Gillette, Wyo.; Wyoming: Craig Bohl, Lincoln, Neb.; Yale: Tony Reno, Oxford, Mass.
New Jersey City U. named Shawn Tucker associate vice president and director of athletics…Eastern Washington deputy AD Marc Hughes is leaving the program…Idaho AD Rob Spear is making several financial and personnel adjustments to finish the 2017-18 academic year…Nebraska deputy AD Bob Burton was lauded in a Lincoln, Neb., Journal-Star story…Elizabeth City State U. tabbed Dr. Claude Mackey as interim AD…Louisville has selected Dr. Neeli Bendapudi as president…New Utah president Dr. Ruth Watkins spoke to the Utes football squad after a recent spring workout…Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek continues to receive media praise for his handling of department finances and allowing coaches to make their programs successful nationally…Eastern Washington interim AD Lynn Hickey lauded her various coaching staffs and student-athletes but did not reveal whether she would seek the fulltime AD’s post…Kansas State AD Gene Taylor celebrated his first year as AD for the Wildcats with staff and faculty members…New Texas AD Chris Del Conte spoke of fans’ support for UT athletics and the overall strength of the Big 12 Conference.
The Ivy League and ESPN have signed a 10-year broadcasting and streaming agreement…The Atlantic Coast Conference has signed a contract with Charlotte, N.C., to host the ACC football title game through 2030… Several Big Ten Conference teams also have their annual spring games Saturday with Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Rutgers, Minnesota, and Northwestern finishing their spring workouts. Nebraska and Penn State conclude that conference’s spring skirmishes on Saturday, April 21.
Post-2018 bowl tie-ins for the Southeastern Conference are Allstate Sugar Bowl vs. the Big 12 if SEC team does not make the College Football Playoff, the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl vs. Big Ten or ACC, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl vs. Big 12, the Belk Bowl vs. ACC, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl vs. ACC or Big Ten, the Outback Bowl vs. Big Ten, the TaxSlayer Bowl vs. ACC or Big Ten, the Texas Bowl vs. Big 12, the Birmingham Bowl vs. American Athletic, and the Camping World Independence Bowl vs. ACC…The Big Ten has contracts or fulfillment possibilities with 16 different post-2018 bowl contests…The Mountain West Conference still is looking at the possibility of adding Gonzaga for all major sports except football, which the Zags played intercollegiately from 1892-1941…The Football Bowl Association will present 2018 Legacy Awards posthumously to Earnie Seiler of the Capital One Orange Bowl and the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Fred Digby and Warren Miller.
Football standouts Wes Hopkins and Clyde Carter join Hank Kuehne, Janielle Dodds, Denny Holman, and Cheril Santini as the newest members of the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame…Oklahoma recent stars RB Adrian Peterson and OT Trent Williams will be honorary coaches at the Sooners’ spring game Saturday at 1 p.m. (CDT). Former OU safety Tony Jefferson will assist Peterson while former offensive lineman Lane Johnson is Williams’ assistant…Historian Mike Burrows located a 1962 Baltimore Colts team photo with the likes of John Unitas, Jimmy Orr, Lenny Moore, Raymond Berry, Billy Ray Smith, Jim Parker, Tom Matte, head coach Weeb Ewbank, and others from the future NFL championship squads.
There are 22 players already confirmed to attend the NFL Draft April 26-29 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. They are Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville; Derrius Guice, RB, LSU; Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming; Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa; Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State; Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville; Taven Bryan, DT, Florida; Derwin James, FS, Florida State; Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State; Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA; Sam Darnold, QB, Southern California; Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA; Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA; Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia; Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech; Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State; Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama; Vita Vea, DT, Washington; Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama; Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State; Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF; and Connor Williams, OT, Texas…Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor (299 carries for NCAA FBS-topping 1,977 yards, 13 TDs, 141.2 ypg) joins Penn State QB Trace McSorley (284 of 427 passing for 3,570 yards, 28 TDs), Indiana’s Luke Timian (68 catches for 589 yards, 2 TDs), and Nebraska WR Stanley Morgan Jr., (61 receptions for 986 yards, 10 TDs) are the Big Ten Conference’s top candidates on offense for possible 2018 postseason laurels…DT Taven Bryan and WR Antonio Callaway of Florida, OL James Daniels of Iowa, safety Terrell Edmunds of Virginia Tech, and DE Breeland Speaks of Ole Miss are recent potential draft selections invited for tryouts and interviews with the NFL Dallas Cowboys…Texas Tech had a chance to evaluate quarterback candidates Jett Duffey, McLane Carter and Alan Bowman during the Red Raiders annual spring football contest – their second spring contest at The Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas…TCU head coach Gary Patterson took a long look at 2018 starting QB candidates Grayson Muhlstein, Michael Collins and Shawn Robinson…Miami (Fla.) certified returning starter Malik Rosier as its probable 2018 starter but noted spring football impacts by backups N’Kosi Perry, Cade Weldon and Jarren Williams.
Pittsburgh football is offering a new Student Football Club plan with perks and good seating areas for student season ticket holders…USC has begun its renovation of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The total seating capacity will be reduced from 93,000 to 75,000. There is a new 22,000-seat soccer stadium adjacent to the Coliseum, and it will open this month as home of the Los Angeles Football Club – a new Major League Soccer team. That is on the same site as the historic Los Angeles Sports Arena – the longtime home of Trojans and UCLA basketball and NCAA Regionals…Also near the LA Memorial Coliseum will be George Lucas’ upcoming $2 billion Star Wars museum…Georgia State football has begun a timely and aggressive marketing campaign for 2018 season tickets…Oregon State is providing upgrades for historic Gill Coliseum and hopes to open a pedestrian mall next to Hayward Field…Portland State athletics opened its new Viking Pavilion last weekend…Mobile government officials made note of the current condition of Ladd-Peoples Stadium and possible funding help for a new on-campus stadium at South Alabama…Colorado and Colorado State athletics are working to remain competitive in terms of assistant football coaches’ and athletics administrators’ compensation pacts…Tennessee athletics reflected on the hiring process for new head coach Jeremy Pruitt and department fundraising…Nebraska football celebrated the 55-year anniversary of the retirement of Memorial Stadium’s ancient game clock in 1963…Houston athletics has inked a new apparel contract with the Michael Jordan brand of uniforms and shoes…Notre Dame’s construction schedule for a new indoor practice facility for football and two other sports has been finalized…Oklahoma State is working on new facilities’ plans for football and wrestling activities in addition to the new OSU baseball stadium…UAB’s Board of Regents approved a new outdoor track and field facility and additional practice fields…Louisville’s 2018 expansion of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium appears to be progressing on schedule…Minnesota athletics is working in future practice facilities for golf and other sports…Colorado State athletics is adding a special party porch and hospitality section to Moby Arena…Illinois athletics received a $250,000 donation toward its new football performance center from the Allegretti family…Northwestern athletics will develop a reincarnation of its Ryan Fieldhouse facility.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach Steve Spurrier is coaching Orlando in the new Spring Football League. 2012 Heisman Trophy winner QB Johnny Manziel made his debut at quarterback for Austin, Texas, last week in the SFL…Verne Lundquist, 2011 NFF Co-Contribution to National Football Award with fellow Hall of Fame broadcaster Brent Musburger, continued into almost his fifth decade of covering Masters Golf Classics last weekend for CBS Sports. Lundquist retired from college football telecasts after the 2017 campaign…NFF College Hall of Fame coach Dr. Tom Osborne of Nebraska expressed contentment to an area sports writer about having his two season tickets for 2018 and the return of the quarterback on Osborne’s final team in 1997 – new NU head coach Scott Frost…The Allen Americans of the ECHL launched a new and revamped website earlier this month…Longtime USOC and Colorado publicist Mike Moran mused about the final season of Class AAA baseball in Colorado Springs, Colo., this year, Air Force football and other area sports around the Springs.
Brad Marquardt (25-Year Award in 2018) of Texas A&M, Lenny Reich of Mount Union, Ann Bready King of Sage, Mark Adkins of Manchester, Ira Thor of New Jersey City U., and Shawn Medeiros of Endicott were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…Tulane assistant AD for communications Scottie Rodgers placed some interesting spring football updates on Twitter last week.
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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