College Football Notes – May 1, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018
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2015 NFF Gold Medal Award recipient Condoleezza Rice stated in the Rice Commission report last week that college athletics is well worth keeping strong with updated reforms and NCAA compliance.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the April 30-May 6 time period are April 30 (1871) Fielding Yost, Fairview, W.Va.; (1887) Doc Fenton, Scranton, Pa.; (1895) Bernie Moore, Jonesboro, Tenn.; (1918) Augie Lio, East Boston, Mass.; (1935) Jon Arnett, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1941) Jerry Stovall, West Monroe, La.; May 1 (1900) Stan Barnes, Baraboo, Wis.; (1905) Chris Cagle, DeRidder, La.; (1907) Erby Pinckert, Medford, Wis.; (1910) Cliff Battles, Akron, Ohio; (1925) Chuck Bednarik, Bethlehem, Pa.; (1930) Ollie Matson, Trinity, Texas; (1937) Roger Brown, Surry County, Va.; (1950) Carlos Alvarez, Havana, Cuba; May 2 (1887) Joe Utay, St. Louis, Mo.; (1955) Richard Ritchie, Mineral Wells, Texas; May 3 (1919) Gil Steinke, Brenham, Texas; (1927) Bobby Davis, Columbus, Ga.; (1941) Dave Robinson, Mt. Holly, N.J.; May 4 (1903) Elmer Layden, Davenport, Iowa; (1910) Barry Wood, Milton, Mass.; (1928) Don Coleman, Ponca City, Okla.; (1938) Wayne Harris, Hampton, Ark.; May 5 (1921) Eddie Talboom, Delphos, Ohio; (1927) Al DeRogatis, Newark, N.J.; (1941) Terry Baker, Pine River, Minn.; (1947) Bob Babich, Youngstown, Ohio; May 6 (1909) Johnny Vaught, Olney, Texas; (1922) Pat Harder, Milwaukee, Wis.; (1957) Tom Cousineau, Fairview Park, Ohio.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are April 30 (1974) Claude Reeds, McClain, Okla.; (2012) Billy Neighbors, Huntsville, Ala.; May 2 (1983) Norm Van Brocklin, Social Circle, Ga.; May 3 (1971) Scrappy Moore, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1976) Ernie Nevers, San Rafael, Calif.; ( 2007) Alex Agase, Tarpon Springs, Fla.; May 4 (1991) Don Whitmire, Annandale, Va.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 30 Jerry Stovall, May 2 Richard Ritchie, IL Steinke, Dave Robinson, May 4 Terry Baker, Bob Babich, May 6 Tom Cousineau…
Arizona State and Mississippi State have scheduled a two-game series in 2024 and ’25…Minnesota and North Carolina will meet in both 2023 and ’24…Brigham Young and Pac-12 Conference schools continue to carry out long-range scheduling among one another…Pittsburgh has made an offer to schedule a four-game series with Penn State and is awaiting word from the Nittany Lions…The website highlighted 10 games in ’18 in which the competing teams had not met in 30-plus years. These traditional rivalries included Louisiana at Mississippi State, Michigan State at Arizona State, Oregon State at Ohio State, Ohio at Cincinnati, Mississippi State at Kansas State, Ohio State vs. TCU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, SMU at Michigan, Army at Oklahoma, Wyoming at New Mexico State, and Kentucky at Texas A&M. UK and A&M last met in 1952 and ’53 with head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant at the Wildcats helm. In 1954-57 he served as head coach at A&M before returning to his alma mater Alabama from 1958-82…Liberty has set its kickoff starting times for 2018 home encounters…St. John’s (N.Y.) scored a school-record 34 runs in a football-like 34-7 victory over Xavier in a Big East Conference baseball skirmish last Saturday.
Transplant kidney surgery appeared successful for longtime coach and administrator Billy Gillispie, formerly of UTEP, Texas A&M and Kentucky, and his kidney donor Ericka Downey, the wife of Northeastern (Okla.) State head basketball coach Mark Downey. The surgery occurred at the famed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.…Texas A&M-Commerce athletics has formed a group known as Responsible Lions to promote mental health awareness and community service on campus…The annual Vanderbilt Coaches Caravan alumni events will include a joint evet with the U.S. Army 101st Airborne parachute team in Clarksville, Tenn., Monday, May 21…ABCA Hall of Fame coach the late Jerry Kindall will be honored with a statue on the Arizona campus in Tucson.
Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm had his contract extended through 2024 with a substantial monetary raise…Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said he would welcome an annual series with Georgia as in past CU-UGa seasons…Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines are in France on a college football goodwill tour along with a historical tour to Normandy where the famous D-Day Allied invasion occurred in June 1944…Bates head coach Mark Harriman will be stepping down after 18 years at the helm of the program on May 30…Texas high school coaching legend Steve Lineweaver is returning as a special football adviser to Southlake (Texas) Carroll HS and new head coach Riley Dodge.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Arkansas State: Blake Anderson, Jonesboro, Ark.; Army West Point: Jeff Monken, Peoria, Ill.; Auburn: Gus Malzahn, Irving, Texas; Ball State: Mike Neu, Indianapolis, Ind.; Bates: Mark Harriman, Westbrook, Maine (completing his tenure May 30).
Eastern Washington named Lynn Hickey permanent director of athletics after she served several months as interim AD. She previously was AD at UTSA…Jerry Kill is the new AD at Southern Illinois and replaces Tommy Bell…Maryland has employed Turnkey Search Firm and an eight-person campus search committee to replace former AD Kevin Anderson…Northern Illinois named Courtney Vinson senior associate AD…Pittsburgh AD Heather Lyke received a new, six-year contract…Nebraska AD Bill Moos is setting the bar higher for Huskers football after the hiring of head coach Scott Frost and a giant outpouring of monetary and emotional support for Frost who was quarterback on NU’s 1997 national championship squad…Montana State AD Leon Costello has a fundraising goal of $16 million for a football operations center in Phase I of the MSU facilities long-range master plan…USF AD Mark Harlan had his contract extended through the 2020-21 academic year…Utah has formed a search committee to replace retiring AD Chris Hill…The April 20-21 Colorado Buffaloes Sports Information Office Reunion helped kick off fundraising for the Dave Plati Internships to mentor young professionals in college media relation fields…The Twitter site @collegeAD is becoming one of the key areas for information and updates about college athletics…28-year Rice head coach and administrator with multiple NJCAA and NCAA baseball team championship teams Wayne Graham will finish his tenure with the Owls at the end of the 2018 season…Former Louisville associate AD Mark Jurich is opening a consulting agency to assist athletics departments.
Longtime Big Eight Conference service bureau director and current director of marketing/public relations at Acendas Travel Jeff Bollig has updated and expanded his business and sports Twitter feeds. Bollig also assists with numerous Big 12 Conference basketball telecasts and the Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships…The Mountain West Conference and MW Podcasts are introducing an online program highlighting leaders of MWC schools and their roles in the 19-year history of the circuit.
Three bowls from the College Football Playoff’s New Year’s Six alignment are in the renewal process with the CFP after four-year agreements. CFP executive director Bill Hancock affirmed last week after bowl meetings in Irving, Texas, that the Goodyear Cotton, Chick-Fil-A Peach and PlayStation Fiesta Bowls have fulfilled their obligations for the 2014-17 seasons, The CFP’s annual meetings of four days included orientation for six mew voting members of the 13-person semifinals’ selection committee.
2018 NFL Draft news: For the first time in 83 years of the NFL Draft, four quarterbacks were among the first 10 players drafted. Through the first 105 selections, Ohio State led all schools with six picks while Alabama and Georgia each had five choices. Alabama later set a Southeastern Conference record with 12 players drafted to top its 2007 ally of 10 draftees. Ohio State still holds the NFL Draft individual school record with 14 players in 2004…First-round selection Saquon Barkley of Penn State was chronicled for his maturity beyond years and community service activities, which he hopes to expend as a NFL player…Fort Hays State had its third player in history drafted in DT Nathan Shepherd…Texas Tech standout WR Keke Coutee has appeared on most of the NFL Draft All-Name teams and was taken in the fourth round by his hometown Houston Texans…2017 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Davenport of UTSA was the first standout from a Texas university off the board at No. 14 overall to the New Orleans Saints. C-USA eventually had 10 players selected in the seven rounds, including All-C-USA QB Mike White of WKU by the Dallas Cowboys…Troy QB Brandon Silvers has inked a free agent contract with the 2018 Super Bowl champs Philadelphia Eagles…Fan United has released a large line of apparel and specialty items associated with new draftees and their 2018 squads…There were also 37 underclass players who declared for the ’18 draft and were not selected. Dozens of players have inked free agent pacts over the last three days…Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott of Mississippi State and WR Cole Beasley of SMU signed autographs at the NFL Fan Experience, and several high school teams from the Arlington-DFW area appeared on stage when draft selections were announced…USC QB and New York Jets signee Sam Darnold is the grandson of Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt., Trojans basketball star and Marlboro Man depiction in advertising Dick Hammer…Nebraska remains as one of five schools with at least one NFL draftee each year since 1965. The Huskers 2017 volleyball team just received its NCAA championship rings… features numerous stories, sidebars and the complete draft listing along with news updates on the recent draft.
California freshman RB Biaggio Ali-Walsh scored on a 19-yard touchdown run in the Golden Bears spring game last week. He is the grandson of former world heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali…Former Ohio State standout Antonio Williams will move to North Carolina as an eligible graduate transfer in 2018…Former Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson is expected to gain immediate eligibility as a transfer to Michigan for the ’18 season.
Northern Arizona athletics and adidas have inked a five-year, $1.2 million marketing and apparel agreement…Texas-Ex standout baseball pitcher Roger Clemens and wife Debbie have donated $1 million to his alma mater to build a new indoor training center for athletics…The Illinois Faculty Senate is discussing the university’s Chief Illiniwek live mascot and the mascot’s future…The Tennessee House of Representatives approved allowing Middle Tennessee athletics to sell alcohol publicly at home contests, but the bill now is awaiting Tennessee Senate approval…Emory athletics is adding women’s golf as a varsity sport for the 2018-19 academic year…South Dakota State will eliminate men’s and women’s tennis programs after May 2018 as a cost-saving measure…Old Dominion’s historic Foreman Field will receive new artificial turf and a new scoreboard in 2019 outside the $65 million stadium renovation budget…Oklahoma State athletics is set to expand public malt beverage sales at all its 2018-19 home events…North Dakota State athletics is completing its new $2 million softball stadium…San Diego State unveiled plans for new 35,000-seat stadium in Mission Valley, Calif., near campus with the possibility of future expansion to 55,000 to accommodate a NFL team…Texas A&M’s softball program has moved into its new $28.6 million Davis Diamond facility. Virginia athletics also has a new softball stadium in the works…Architectural renderings are now available for the south end zone renovation at DK Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin…USF continues the debate about building an on-campus football stadium…Wyoming football has dedicated the state-of-the-art $44 million High Altitude Performance Center.
Several student newspaper and media outlets on college campuses have been eliminated or cut back severely in recent months, and the University of Florida Alligator staff established a website to assist student publications via…The website published the taxable income will have on recent selections in the NFL Draft and how certain states offer individual tax relief such as no state income taxes…The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World did an extensive study on the ins and outs of Kansas athletics’ budget…The website chronicled Mississippi State athletics and its three-century relationship with the areas in and around Jackson, Miss.
2011 NFF Contribution to American Football Award co-recipient (with Brent Musburger) Verne Lundquist was honored as 2018 Alumnus of the Year by Texas Lutheran University on April 26. 2018 NFF College Hall of Fame inductee coach Mack Brown joined Lundquist in the celebration at Seguin, Texas…NFF College Hall of Fame LB Mike Singletary of Baylor joined the likes of former Philadelphia kicker David Akers of Louisville, Merton Hanks of Iowa and assistant commissioner at Conference USA, Vince Young of Texas, Jerry Kramer of Idaho and the NFL Green Bay Packers dynasty, and Justin Tuck of Notre Dame served as NFL Legends announcers during last week’s draft…NFF College Hall of Fame coach R.C. Slocum thanked his grade school teachers for helping to become a success in college coaching and life…NFL legend Drew Pearson, the hit of the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia and notable in his presence in the Arlington-Dallas-Fort Worth area last week for the ’18 draft as well as a Tulsa alumnus, will have a cameo appearance on his favorite daytime television program “The Young and the Restless” in coming weeks.
The NCAA Infractions Committee still is working on settling the appeal proposed by Ole Miss athletics earlier this year…Malcolm Grey of East Carolina, retired Tennessee Tech publicist Rob Schabert, Tim Simmons (retired freelance) of Colorado and CSU-Pueblo, and Mike Moran (retired) of Colorado and the USOC were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions… Noted columnist Dave Krieger has left the Boulder Daily Camera…B&H Publishing is offering special gift packages for Mothers Day.
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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