College Football Notes – April 23, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2018
Former Tampa, Colorado State, UNI, Iowa State, and Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce passed away at his home in Columbus, Ohio, April 20. He was 87 and was inducted into the NFF College Hall of Fame as a coach in 2002. Bruce’s four daughters denoted his passing and in a statement noted him as a “wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and a respected coach to many.” He followed fellow College Football Hall of Fame member Woody Hayes at Ohio State in 1979, had a 81-26-1 record at OSU and helped the Buckeyes win or share four Big Ten Conference championships from 1979-87. He earlier coached at Iowa State from 1973-78 with a 24-11 record over his final three seasons at ISU and earned bids to the 1977 Peach Bowl and the 1978 Hall of Fame Bowl and won 24 games against 11 losses. He had an overall record of 154-90-2 over 21 seasons in the college ranks and guided 12 teams to bowl games. He also coached in the Arena League for several teams from 1996-2003. Bruce was preceded in death by his wife Jean.
All 181 nominees for the 2017 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments, have been invited to the Second Annual Campbell Trophy® Summit, sponsored by Intuit Inc. at Stanford University in California. The 2018 event, which will take place Aug. 22-25, will provide a powerful opportunity for the recent graduates to interact and learn from many of the nation’s top entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley CEOs about the lessons that have guided them to highest levels of success. Organized as a tribute to the late Bill Campbell, the award’s namesake, the event serves as a vehicle for the many leaders impacted by Campbell to pass on his insights for leadership and personal growth to the next generation.
Ann Bready King of the Sage Colleges (N.J.) has captured the prestigious 2018 Mary Jo Haverbeck CoSIDA Traiblazer Award do courage, service and contributions to athletics communications.
The Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram received a 2018 Texas Community Service Award for its reporting on underserved conditions and proposing solutions for the West Fort Worth Las Vegas Trail neighborhood.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the April 23-29 time period are April 23 (1916) Bud Wilkinson, Minneapolis, Minn.; April 24 (1915) Ed Franco, Jersey City, N.J.; (1921) Weldon Humble, Nixon, Texas; (1938) Carroll Dale, Wise, Va.; April 25 (1953) Rod Shoate, Spiro, Okla.; (1954) Randy Cross, Brooklyn, N.Y.; April 26 (1927) John Ralston, Oakland, Calif.; (1887) Bishop Frank Juhan, Macon, Ga.; April 27 (1941) Lee Roy Jordan, Excel, Ala.; April 28 (1876) Frank Cavanaugh, Worcester, Mass.; (1947) Bill Enyart, Pawhuska, Okla.; (1955) Wilson Whitley, Brenham, Texas; April 29 (1914) Darrell Lester, Jacksboro, Texas; (1920) David Nelson, Detroit, Mich.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are April 23 (1950) Bill Alexander, Atlanta, Ga.; April 24 (1978) Hunk Anderson, West Palm Beach, Fla.; April 25 (1973) Bud Sprague, New York City; (1985) Ernie Smith, Los Angeles, Calif.; April 28 (1962) Arnett “Ace” Mumford, Baton Rouge, La.; (1993) Ben Schwartzwalder, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 24 Carroll Dale (a spry 80), April 25 Rod Shoate, Randy Cross, April 27 Lee Roy Jordan, April 28 Bill Enyart…
Alabama and Notre Dame will play a home-and-home series in 2028 and ’29… Idaho State and UNI will meet in 2019 and ’20…Georgia added Indiana State to its 2023 schedule…Minnesota will face Florida Atlantic, Eastern Michigan and Tennessee Tech in near future schedules…The Pac-12 Conference worked with its members and divulged its non-conference football schedules for all teams from 2018-22…There were 18 live telecasts or webstreams last Saturday of spring football intrasquad encounters…Nebraska featured the annual Big Game Brunch and several fans’ and youngsters’ activities at the Huskers annual Red-White tussle on April 21…Texas Wesleyan hosted its second spring football contest since returning to varsity competition last Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas. The Rams discontinued their gridiron program from 1942-2016 due to World War II manpower shortages and budgetary concerns after the world conflict…Thursday is the 95-year anniversary of the groundbreaking for Memorial Stadium/Dr. Tom Osborne Field on the Nebraska campus in Lincoln…Some of the top attendance (tickets sold) tallies at recent spring games are 86,818 at Nebraska, 82,184 at Georgia, 74,732 at Alabama, 71,000 at Penn State, 65,098 at Tennessee, 60,934 at Florida State, 55,000 at Clemson, 53,015 at Florida, 52,102 at Oklahoma, 48,000 at Texas A&M, 47,803 at Ohio State, and 36,814 at Virginia Tech, among others.
UCLA’s growing sports science program is reaping benefits for research and performance testing for Bruins football…Nebraska-Kearney athletics will host the UNK Blue-Gold fundraising golf tourney to benefit scholarships June 4 at the Kearney Country Club. UNK also will host the annual Loper Backers Football Scholarship Dinner Thursday evening.
North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman received a contract extension for two years through the 2023 season…LSU head coach Ed Orgeron noted that the Tigers would progress quite a bit on offense during fall training prior to the 2018 opener against Miami (Fla.). He estimated the Tigers installed approximately 30 percent of their offense in recently-concluded spring drills…Columbia named Andrae Murphy defensive secondary coach, Joe D’Orazio running back coach and director of learning and team development, Gregory Skjold defensive assistant coach, and Andrew Kukesh offensive assistant coach…Former Lambuth, Arkansas State and Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze continues his work as an offensive analyst for Alabama football…Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh’s possible contract extension is awaiting further review by AD Warde Manual and university officials.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Amherst: E.J. Mills, Dayton, Ohio; Appalachian State: Scott Satterfield, Hillsborough, N.C; Arizona: Kevin Sumlin, Brewton, Ala.; Arizona State: Herm Edwards, Fort Monmouth, N.J.; Arkansas: Chad Morris, Edgewood, Texas.
Current Texas A&M and former Washington director of athletics Scott Woodward recalled UW’s football success in the early 2000s in a recent Sports Illustrated piece…DePaul AD Jean Lenti Ponsetto was featured in a recent Chicago Tribune missive…Penn State AD Sandy Barbour is expected to ink a contract extension in coming weeks…Kevin Kikugawa has been tabbed as head football trainer at Northwestern…Retiring UALR assistant AD, former coach and Little Rock area sportscaster Gary Hogan was feted with a special dinner at UALR last Saturday. He is completing a 33-year tenure with Trojans athletics…Oklahoma unveiled a statue of 24-year retiring president David Boren on campus last week. Boren is in good condition while recovering from a mild stroke he suffered April 14…Gen. Glenn M. Walters, former assistant commandant of the United States Marine Corps, has been selected by the Citadel’s Board of Visitors as the college’s 20th president. The Bulldogs hope to complete their search for a new AD soon after Gen. Walters’ recent appointment…David Beall has been named assistant AD for communications and broadcasting at Kennesaw State…Missouri ‘s executive associate AD Ryan Alpert has accepted the deputy AD’s position at Florida Atlantic.
The 2018 Conference USA spring football preview is available online through the official website…Former Big 12 Conference championships administrator and LSU athletics marketer Suraj Jagannathan is a new principal at LimitLess Entertainment Co based in Wake Forest, N.C.
The Goodyear Cotton Bowl has sent postcards and emails as reminders to renew 2018 ticket purchases for repeat customers. Longtime GCB volunteer and author of the Kellner College Football Ratings, Cody Kellner, is completing a doctoral degree at North Texas and has been featured in several spring football Twitter offerings as well as his for all-time College Football Playoff weekly ratings’ analysis…Purdue is reporting an end-of-year profit from its 2017 Foster Farms Bowl trip to Santa Clara, Calif.
Iowa DB Jake Gervase had a standout three interceptions in last week’s spring game…Former Tennessee QB Quentin Dormady will play at Houston at 2018 as a graduate transfer…Florida Atlantic All-America candidate and 2017 Conference USA Most Valuable Player Devin Singletary returns for ’18 with C-USA and NCAA FBS-topping individual total touchdowns (33), rushing touchdowns (32), points scored (198), and scoring per game (14.1)…Mississippi State elected QB Nick Fitzgerald and LB Gerri Green as team captains for the coming season…Former Oregon State QB-WR Seth Collins is transferring to Texas Tech…Sports Illustrated denoted Georgia RB Sony Michel, Colorado State WR Michael Gallup and Notre Dame OL Quenton Nelson as probable “can’t miss” prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft April 26-28…Oklahoma received a 2019 oral commitment from standout LB Jonathan Perkins of Cajon (Calif.) HS…SMU’s game plan for 2018 may call for more tosses to the tight ends. Returnee TE Ryan Becker and Co. are anticipating the new activity on offense…Texas WR (one of the great names in college football for ’18) Lil’Jordan Humphrey capped off a surprising spring with a solid showing in last week’s Orange-White Game…Baylor has set a goal of at least five-win improvement from 1-11 in ’17 to bowl status this season under head coach Matt Rhule and solid quarterback candidates Charlie Brewer, Gerry Bohannon and Preston Heard and RB John Lovett…Quarterbacks Tristan Gebbia and Adrian Martinez combined to complete 22-of-30 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Red team past the White squad 49-9 in the April 21 annual Nebraska spring football encounter…RB Jamarcus Jones rallied the Blue past the Gold 10-7 in the annual Texas Wesleyan spring clash at Fort Worth, Texas.
Auburn’s Board of Trustees approved facility updates for football, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s basketball…Colorado State has received $37.7 million over 15 years for naming rights at its on-campus Public Service Credit Union Stadium…Georgia is completing its new video board at Sanford Stadium and the $63 million renovation of the west end of stadium (slated to be finished by mid-summer)…Oklahoma State is installing a stadium $5 million video board, which will be third-largest in the Big 12 Conference, for the 2018 football campaign…Iowa public colleges continue to hold off on public alcohol sales at football games. Northern Iowa will test alcoholic beverage sales at its 2018-19 basketball games….Idaho athletics will retain women’s soccer and two other Olympic sports for 2018-19 after earlier studies to drop the sports. UI also will revise its current budget and long-range athletics monetary plans….Michigan will raise individual game ticket prices for upcoming tussles with Wisconsin and Penn State…Notre Dame athletics has instituted a clear bag policy for all contests at Notre Dame Stadium…Colorado College athletics is offering collector’s series of school throwback jerseys online…Indiana will renovate its football locker room after generous gift from football alumnus Terry Tallen…Nevada athletics is breaking ground on a new grand entrance to Mackey Stadium’s north end area…Old Dominion’s Foreman Field renovations now will be in the $65 million range and will need approval from the Virginia College Board of Trustees…South Carolina’s new $50 million football operations building is set to open in December…Iowa will sports its first live mascot for 2018 football – Burch the Bear…Marshall football is lowering its season and individual ticket prices for 2018…Barry and Jane Gossett have donated $21.25 million to Maryland for academic programs for athletes… Florida Atlantic athletics revealed progress with its new facility and potential logo change in a new video…Oregon’s re-design of historic Hayward Field was reviewed by the Portland Oregonian newspaper…Virginia Tech’s new baseball facilities and other athletics updates have been an immediate thrill for Hokies fans.
The NFL Network will be utilizing several University of North Texas journalism students in coverage of the NFL Draft April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas…The entire 2018 NFL football schedule and television time options have been released by the NFL Commissioner’s Office…Popular Palm Beach (Fla.) Post writer and columnist Dave George is retiring after 40 years in his position with the newspaper.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach Dr. Tom Osborne was remembered in a 1997 poster by adidas to salute what was his final season and last national championship as Nebraska head coach in 1997…1999 NFF Distinguished American Award winner and retired Southeastern Conference commissioner Roy Kramer captured the 2018 NFF Knoxville Chapter’s Robert F. Neyland Award for his distinguished career in college football leadership…Scenes from actor Harold Lloyd’s famous 1925 silent movie about college football – The Freshman – were highlighted recently on the Turner Classic Movie Network along with the history of orchestra leader Les Brown and his big band’s early days playing at Duke football postgame dances in Durham, N.C.
The NCAA has banned schools from using former players as scout team participants in workouts. The NCAA Football Oversight Committee is studying a proposal to allow players to redshirt after playing in four games (33 percent of NCAA FBS regular-season contests) rather than the current rule of previous three contests (25 percent of 12 tilts). The NCAA also will begin offering public sales of malt beverages at all 2018-19 team championships after experimenting with certain team sports in 2017-18…CoSIDA legends past president Arnie Sgalio, Colleen Reilly, Irv Brown (who also was head baseball coach at Northern Colorado and Colorado as well as a game official for several NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Fours) joined host and award-winning Colorado assistant AD for media relations Dave Plati at a recent Colorado athletics media relations reunion in the Boulder-Denver area. Former Colorado assistant SID and NFF president/CEO Steve Hatchell sent special greetings to the assembled gathering…Jordan Bergeron of Nicholls State, Russ Anderson of Conference USA, Cody Kellner of the Kellner Report, and Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…The FWAA is taking entries for its 2017-18 Writing Contest, and members may contact the website for entry details.
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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