College Football Notes – April 17, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
Retired Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops had a statue dedicated on the OU campus last Saturday to celebrate his 2000 national championship squad and his 190-48 coaching record with 18 bowls for the 1999-2017 Sooners. Country music entertainer and actor Trace Adkins also presented a concert during the festivities over the weekend.
NFF special contributor and NCAA Football Rules and Officiating chair Dr. Rogers Redding helped spearhead new fair catch rules inside the 25-yard-line of the kickoff receiving team for touchbacks, new blocking the waist rules and time-saving measures for 2018 games prior to the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Committee meetings last week in Indianapolis.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the April 16-22 time period are April 16 (1970) Steve Emtman, Spokane, Wash.; (1972) Jim Ballard, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; April 17 (1905) Herb Joesting, Little Falls, Minn.; (1941) Bill Redell, Red Bluff, Calif.; (1972) Tony Boselli, Modesto, Calif.; April 18 (1913) Pug Lund, Rice Lake, Wis.; (1931) Harley Sewell, St. Jo, Texas; (1962) Wilber Marshall, Titusville, Fla.; (1970) Willie Roaf, Pine Bluff, Ark.; (1973) Derrick Brooks, Pensacola, Fla.; April 19 (1883) Germany Schulz, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; (1892) Ernie Godfrey, Dover, Ohio; (1907) Jack Cannon, Columbus, Ohio; (1925) Chuck Klausing, Wilmerding, Ohio; (1936) Jack Pardee, Exira, Iowa; (1965) Keith Jackson, Little Rock, Ark.; April 20 (1893) Murray Shelton, Dunkirk, N.Y.; (1915) Eric Tipton, Petersburg, Va.; (1926) Hub Bechtol, Amarillo, Texas; (1930) Harry Agganis, Lynn, Mass.; (1945) Steve Spurrier, Miami Beach, Fla.; April 21 (1935) Jim Young, Franklin Lakes, N.J.; April 22 (1902) Eddie Cameron, Manor, Pa.
22 (1907) Barton “Botchy” Koch, Temple, Texas.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are April 16 (1981) Lee Tressel, Berea, Ohio; April 18 (2005) Sam Mills, Charlotte, N.C.; April 19 (2009) Felix “Doc” Blanchard, Bulverde, Texas; April 21 (1974) Charles “Chic” Harley, Columbus, Ohio; (2005) Cliff Montgomery, Mineola, N.Y.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 16 Steve Emtman, Jim Ballard, April 18 Wilber Marshall, Willie Roaf, Derrick Brooks, Keith Jackson, April 20 Steve Spurrier, April 21 Jim Young (a spry 83)…
Albany will make its first football visit to Hawai’i in 2023…Mississippi State and Texas Tech will renew their 54-year-old series in 2028 and ’29 with a pair of contests. The teams last met in 1970…Boston College and UMass have certified their three-game contract for skirmishes in 2018, 21 and 22…Houston and Rice will renew their intra-city rivalry in several sports over the next 10 years. The two schools already are set for their almost annual Bayou Bucket Series from 2018-23 except for a break during the 2019 season…Butler and Ole Miss also hope to meet in several sports in upcoming campaigns after contract negotiations began recently…Michigan cancelled its annual spring game last Saturday because of inclement weather while Kentucky moved its spring contest up one day to last Friday at Kroger Stadium to avoid anticipated severe weather Saturday. The SEC Network televised the encounter live…There were 19 spring games shown live nationally on television or via webstreaming last Saturday…Florida State and Texas A&M each had school-record crowds for their spring football games last week. The Seminoles drew 53,974 while Texas A&M came in at 48,129. A&M fans also reserved a school-spring-most 79 luxury boxes for the encounter. Oklahoma drew 52,102 on a chilly and windy April 14 in its annual Crimson-White football tussle.
Luke Laufenberg, son of former Iowa and NFL quarterback standout/broadcaster Babe Laufenberg, just completed his fourth round of chemotherapy for leukemia. His progress has been graded, and treating physicians are optimistic about his recovery…Rice architects and developers are working with downtown Houston officials to restore the historic Sear Building in the downtown area…Texas Woman’s U. is having a contest to name its Owl mascot and will have a student spirit member in costume for the 2018-19 academic year…Former U.S. Vice President and Delaware football standout Joe Biden spoke at a bi-partisan forum last week at Vanderbilt.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer officially had his two-year contract extension ratified through 2022 by the Ohio State Board of Trustees…San Diego State head coach Rocky Long also had his contract extended through 2022…Fordham chose Steve Thames as assistant defensive backs/safeties coach and Vincent DiGaetano volunteer special teams coach quality control assistant…Nebraska head coach Scott Frost welcomed 600-plus high school coaches for his inaugural football coaching clinic in Lincoln despite blizzard conditions in most of the region…Legendary Highland Park HS and Texas regional coaching legend Randy Allen will return as HPHS (two-time defending state champion) head coach for ’18…CBS Sports columnist Dennis Dodd authored a comprehensive story about new Texas A&M head coach’s Jimbo Fisher’s decision to accept the Aggies coaching post…Charlie Weis Jr. was commended as being one of the nation’s youngest offensive coordinators at 24 for Florida Atlantic in a recent post…New Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorehead commented on his team’s retention of plays and schemes from the meeting room to the spring practice fields and maturity of returning starting QB Nick Fitzgerald…Some Fresno State fans are requesting a return of now-broadcaster and former successful head coach Pat Hill to FSU athletics in some advanced capacity…Arizona State added Derek Hagan as an offensive analyst…San Diego State officially had approval of Ron Caragher and Jerome Haywood in on-campus recruiting and various quality control roles.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Air Force: Troy Calhoun, McMinnville, Ore.; Akron: Terry Bowden, Douglas, Ga.; Alabama: Nick Saban, Fairmont, W.Va.; UAB: Bill Clark, Anniston, Ala.; Alcorn State: Fred McNair, Mt. Olive, Miss.
California named Jim Knowlton director of athletics. His previous employer Air Force athletics is working on appointing an interim AD…George Washington U. selected Tanya Vogel AD and director of recreation…Fairleigh-Dickinson-Florham named Jennifer Noon AD as of June 1…Vanderbilt vice president and director of athletics David Williams was named Tennessean of the Year by the Tennessee Tribune…Michigan State interim president and former Michigan Gov. John Engler was highlighted in a recent Lansing, Mich., State Journal story…Retired Oklahoma president David Boren is recovering from a minor stroke he suffered during the unveiling of a statue of former head coach Bob Stoops of the Sooners last weekend…Evansville athletics named Logan Baumann director of operations…Cleveland State AD Mike Thomas was lauded for a year of progress on the one-year anniversary of his appointment.
The American Athletic Conference tabbed Bryan Platt as supervisor of football officials…Conference USA hired Scott Hays as director of compliance & academics and Sarah Braslow as named assistant director of multimedia…Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson will address the annual Football Bowl Association Conference Wednesday. The gathering of key bowl and CFP officials takes place Tuesday-Thursday in Boise, Idaho.
The Football Bowl Association named NFF College Hall of Fame coach Mack Brown as its 2018 Champions Award recipient.
QB Joe Burrow, the son of former Nebraska, NFL and CFL standout Jim Burrow, combined for 15-of-22 passes for 234 yards and two TDs while playing quarterback for both teams in last week’s Ohio State spring skirmish…Key Georgia returnees DT Julian Rochester, WR Terry Godwin, nine other returning starters and 26 additional lettermen back for head coach Kirby Smart’s 2018 crew have dedicated spring training to make it back to the College Football Playoff and to earn a title victory there in January 2019…Michigan DE Chase Winovich noted the changes in attitude and coaching staff philosophy after the Wolverines successful 2017 season…Former Arizona QB Brandon Dawkins will join Indiana as a ’18 graduate transfer senior…TCU has added Northern Illinois standout LB Jawaun Johnson for 2018 as a graduate transfer…Two recent signees in the third NCAA grid signing period were Dubuque newcomer Kaleb Lowe of Frisco, Texas, and Rice inking Caleb Hart of Richardson, Texas…Arizona signee Dayven Coleman is staying with the Wildcats despite the option of immediate eligibility at another school after the hiring of new head coach Kevin Sumlin…Oklahoma quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Austin Kendall joined All-Big 12 Conference Freshman Team wideout Marquise Brown among spring practice performance notables…DB Tyreke Davis was rated as one of North Texas’ most improved players in 2018 spring workouts…Probable high draft pick OT Connor Williams of Texas was featured in a recent Bleacher Report analysis by Matt Hayes…Second team All-Big Ten Conference returnees starring in spring drills, among others, have been J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State; Felton Davis III, WR, Michigan State; Ben Bredeson, OG, Michigan; David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin; Joe Gaziano, DL, Nebraska; Khaleke Hudson, LB, Michigan; Paddy Fisher, LB, Nebraska; Lavert Hill, DB, Michigan; and Amani Oruwariye, DB, Penn State…SMU returning wideouts James Proche’ and Judah Bell were two of the gems noted in 2018 spring practice, which ended last Saturday with the annual Red-Blue Game…Texas Tech’s leading returning tackler (102 total stops) LB Dakota Allen was featured for his comeback with the Red Raiders and appearances on the popular television show Last Chance U. about East Mississippi College’s day-to-day football activities in popular Scooba, Miss. Tech RB Tre King led both teams with 53 yards rushing on 15 carries as the defense surprised the offense 40-27 in a game-type scrimmage in Lubbock….Oklahoma football received verbal commitments for 2019 by elite Texas high school rising seniors wide receivers Theo Wease and Arjei Henderson and safety Jamal Morris…Arizona safety Scottie Young Jr. is hoping for reinstatement from a suspension prior to the 2018 season…Florida State QB Deondre Francois is seeking to get a recent minor drug possession accusation overturned.
Air Force is adding a sparkling locker room to its eight football practice fields (three have artificial turf) and state-of-the-art football facilities…Popular Nebraska fans’ pre- and postgame hangout Barry’s Bar in Lincoln has retained its operating permit for the 2018 season…The website is seeking to gain some traction and recognition with collegiate football programs similar to the online marketing and promotions site…East Carolina athletics is looking to make up some lost funding with private donations as the academic year concludes next month…Idaho athletics has instituted new marketing techniques for football season ticket sales and spring sports funding…Historic Hughes Stadium at Colorado State is enduring the wrecking ball and demolition this month…Ohio State is utilizing $19 million for a campus-wide WiFi update, and this includes the Buckeyes football stadium and key athletics areas…The Sticky Fingers Co. will handle athletics concessions for The Citadel in 2018-19…Texas Longhorns football documented a possible $140 million renovation and expansion for Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium…Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, is getting a $15 million facelift with new luxury boxes…Kansas State athletics is eliminating the mandatory student fee for tickets for all sporting events in 2018-19…Washington athletics was commended for its 10-year apparel and marketing contract with adidas after UW Board of Regents approval…Iowa State’s Board of Regents gave ISU athletics permission to move ahead with its new sports performance center with final approval pending for a $65-80 million financial plan…Kansas’ new indoor football practice facility is scheduled to begin construction soon…Miami (Fla.) athletics reports progress and additional fundraising continue for its new indoor practice facility are ongoing…Niagara athletics received a $1 million donation for new video boards and in-house television equipment.
Award-winning sports writer Marjorie Herrera Lewis signed copies of her first novel When The Men Were Gone, published, by HarperCollins Publishers, at last week’s Texas Library Association Conference in Dallas…ESPN will air over 40 hours of the April 26-28 NFL Draft from Arlington, Texas, and has several upcoming media conference sessions with draft analysts Louis Riddick, Greg Cosell, Kirk Herbstreit, Todd McShay, and Mel Kiper Jr….Veteran football sideline reporter and studio analyst Erin Andrews is continuing her courageous fight against cervical cancer…SEC Network commentator Cole Cubic ran an interesting feature about a day in the life of SEC football officials during spring football and intrasquad games…Heidrick & Struggles athletics personnel division had Bonnie Gwin, vice chair and co-managing partner, CEO & Board Practice, honored with the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants annual Award of Excellence…Current Southern Miss and former Nebraska coach Doc Sadler has been named to the Arkansas-Fort Smith Athletics Hall of Fame…WGN Radio and the MLB Chicago Cubs recalled 90 years of broadcasts of Cubs games from April 1925-October 2015 last weekend…Comcast Cable will drop availability of the BTN in states, which do not have Big Ten Conference teams located there.
The NFL Dallas Cowboys signed free agent DE Kony Ealy of Missouri to a one-year contract last week…Former NC State star CB Dontae Johnson has rejoined the NFL Seattle Seahawks for the upcoming season…Larry Jackson was added as strength and conditioning coach for the NFL Cleveland Browns. He is a Texas A&M graduate and former director of performance for Aggies football…Famed retired Missouri coach and administrator Norm Stewart is fighting illnesses and missed a recent Columbia, Mo., area fundraiser in his honor.
NACDA updated its NACDA Learfield Cup standings through winter sports with NCAA Division I leaders Stanford, Michigan and Penn State holding the midyear 1-2-3 positions…Stephen Gorchov of Hofstra, Judy Willson of LSU, Bill Dyer of Virginia Tech, Eric Rhew of UNCW, Mike Stamus of Georgia Tech, Zachary Shore of Madonna (Mich.), Chris Macaluso of Abilene Christian, and Troy Garnhart of Air Force were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions.
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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