College Football Notes May 8, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
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The second annual Brigance Brigade Foundation and Rice athletics Celebration of Courage last Saturday honored alumnus and Rice Hall of Fame football player OJ Brigance who is currently in his 11th year of battling ALS. Special guests, among others, included Tyrone Willingham, Garland Boyette and emcee Nate Griffin. The Brigance Brigade Foundation’s mission is to equip, encourage and empower people living with ALS. Please contact Rice athletics or the Brigance Brigade Foundation to make donations.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the May 7-13 time period are May 7 (1881) Paul Bunker, Alpena, Mich.; (1896) Belford West, Hamilton, N.Y.; (1905) Henry “Red” Sanders, Asheville, N.C.; (1930) Vito “Babe” Parilli, Rochester, Pa.; (1953) Pat McInally, Villa Park, Calif.; May 8 (1930) Doug Atkins, Humboldt, Tenn.; (1959) Ronnie Lott, Albuquerque, N.M.; May 9 (1958) Brad Budde, Detroit, Mich.; May 10 (1917) Charlie O’Rourke, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; May 11 (1874) Langdon Lea, Germantown, Pa.; (1983) Matt Leinart, Santa Ana, Calif.; May 12 (1872) Art Wheeler, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1888) John Wilce, Rochester, N.Y.; (1934) Harold Davis, Youngstown, Ohio; (1948) Joe Cichy, Fargo, N.D.; (1949) Don McCauley, Worcester, Mass.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are May 7 (1960) John Kilpatrick, New York City; (1994) Chuck Taylor, Stanford, Calif.; May 8 (1997) Bob Devaney, Lincoln, Neb.; May 9 (2002) Dan Devine, Tempe, Ariz.; May 10 (1995) Gil Steinke, Austin, Texas; (2013) Ronnie Caveness, Little Rock, Ark.; May 11 (1986) Fritz Pollard, Silver Spring, Md.; May 12 (1982) Wear Schoonover, Arlington, Va.; May 13 (1985) Morley Jennings, Lubbock, Texas.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members May 7 Pat McInally, Ronnie Lott, May 9 Brad Budde, May 11 Matt Leinart, May 12 Joe Cichy, Don McCauley…
BYU and Utah State have extended their series through 2022…Alabama will host Utah State in ’22…Georgia State and Murray State will play for the first time in 2020…Iowa and Nebraska are in discussions to renew their Black Friday football contest in Big Ten Conference activity – hopefully as soon as 2022…The Texas Wesleyan football program will hold its second annual football camp on Sunday, May 20, at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas, and the event is open to all high school students in the classes of 2018 and 2019 as well as any college students with eligibility remaining. Interest and membership in the TWU Ram Club also has been peaking in recent months after varsity football was reintroduced at Wesleyan.
Michigan football players and staff fed the homeless at a shelter in Paris, France, during the squad’s recent international goodwill trip…The Illinois Faculty Senate is looking at several proposals for resolution to the Chief Illiniwek live mascot challenges…The Class AAA baseball Omaha Royals named the pressbox at Werner Park in Papillion, Neb., the Steve Pivovar Pressbox in honor of the late award-winning writer for the Omaha World-Herald…The New York Times penned a story about gender identity in track and field, football and other major sports.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart received a seven-year contract extension…Miami (Fla.) head coach Mark Richt had his contract extended through the 2023 season…Alabama head coach Nick Saban and former Bama star Mark Ingram raised $70,000 for charity at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge golf tournament….Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and other CU mentors had positive observations about fan support during the Tigers spring Prowl and Growl Tour for alumni groups…Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran had his contract extended through 2020 while one-year contracts were granted to Matt House (UK defensive coordinator), Dean Hood (special teams), Steve Clinkscale (defensive backs), Derrick LeBlanc (defensive line), and John Schlarman (offensive line)…New Mexico State added assistant coaches Chili Davis (tight ends) and Ronnie Pentz (defensive ends/co-special teams coordinator) to the 2018 staff…Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham recalled a kind notification he received from the Pac-12 Conference for his team’s 2017 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl triumph over West Virginia…Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh will be keynote speaker for 2018 Bronko Nagurski banquet on December 3 in Charlotte, N.C…Georgetown (Ky.) College head coach Bill Cronin is the first GC coach to serve as president of the American Football Coaches Association in 2018 and moved up after serving as first vice president to then-Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez in 2017…New Florida head coach Dan Mullen will begin his Gators career against Charleston Southern Sept. 1. Mullen began his career as a college head coach in 2009 when he was at Mississippi State was against Charleston Southern.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Baylor: Matt Rhule, New York City; Beloit: Seth Duerr, Bolivar, Ohio; Birmingham-Southern: Tony Joe White, San Marcos, Texas; Boise State: Bryan Harsin, Boise, Idaho; Boston College: Steve Addazio, Farmington, Conn.
New Texas director of athletics Chris Del Conte was chronicled in a recent Dallas Morning News feature about expansion and fundraising for UT athletics…Former Notre Dame and NFL defensive lineman standout Chris Zorich was named director of athletics at Chicago State…Kansas State AD Gene Taylor celebrated his one-year anniversary with the Wildcats last week…Southern Illinois Jerry Kill has the go-ahead to hire new head coaches in two Olympic sports…Former Tennessee AD John Currie reflected on his time with the Vols and is looking forward to new opportunities in the AD field…Arizona AD Dave Heeke was profiled for having to make key monetary decisions in coming months for Wildcats athletics…SMU director of athletics Rick Hart had high praise for the early months on and off the field of new head coach Sonny Dykes who took over as interim mentor prior to the Mustangs tussle with Louisiana Tech in the 2017 Frisco Bowl. Hart also praised the recent Rice Commission recommendations for the future of college athletics…The Indianapolis Star featured retiring Purdue AD Morgan Burke and his legacy with Boilermakers athletics, especially in head coaching hires…Former Maryland and Army AD Kevin Anderson is now the interim AD at Cal State Northridge…UNLV named Eric Nepomuceno head of athletics compliance.
The Pac-12 Conference’s annual spring meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz., revealed a $509 million distribution to league members – the first $500 million-plus academic year in conference annals…The State of College Athletics Forum hosted by the Big 12 Conference will be held May 23 at The Statler in Dallas with after check-in, the 90-minute speakers’ program and a social mixer for participants and panelists afterward. Featured panelists are Bonnie Bernstein, moderator; Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby; Mark Candella, director of strategic partnerships at Twitch, NBA Dallas Mavericks owner and founder Mark Cuban; AJ Dimich, director of Esports at Utah, Kurt Melcher, executive director of Esports at Intersport; Michael Sherman, manager of collegiate Esports for the Riot Games; and Gene Taylor, director of athletics at Kansas State…Texas A&M and the Big 12 will acknowledge the 20-year anniversary of the Aggies first Big 12 football crown in the 1998 Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship at St. Louis, Mo., over Kansas State behind Aggies retired head coach and NFF College Hall of Fame member R.C. Slocum.
The 2018 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 8, at noon (CDT) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at the West End Zone Indoor Plaza, Stadium Entry H. The class includes Quentin Coryatt, Linebacker, Texas A&M (1992 Classic); Coach Houston Nutt, Arkansas/Ole Miss (2000, 2002, 2009, 2010 Classics); Coach John Robinson, USC (1995 Classic); Wallace Triplett, Halfback / Linebacker, Penn State (1948 Classic); Ricky Williams, Running Back, Texas (1999 Classic); and Roy Williams, Strong Safety, Oklahoma (2002 Classic).
Some of the top free agent signings after last week’s seven-round NFL Draft, among others, have been Buffalo Bills – Matt Boeson, LB/TE, TCU; Robert Foster, WR, Alabama; Levi Wallace, CB, Alabama’ Gerhard de Beer, OL, Arizona; Miami Dolphins – Connor Hilland, OL, William and Mary; Quincy Redmon DE/LB, Fairmont State; Buddy Howell, RB, Florida Atlantic; New England Patriots – Shane Wimann, TE, Northern Illinois; Chris Lacy, WR, Oklahoma State; Trent Harris, DE, Miami (Fla.); and
Dallas Cowboys – Bryce Johnson, OL, St. Cloud State; Dalton Sturm, QB, UT-San Antonio; Jordan Chunn, RB, Troy; Donovan Olumba, CB, Portland State; and Philadelphia Eagles – Jordan Thomas, CB, Oklahoma; Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame; Jeremiah Briscoe, QB, Sam Houston State; Toby Weathersby, OL, LSU…Texas still is mulling over a possible starting QB for the coming campaign among returning starters Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger along with newcomers Cameron Rising and Casey Thompson…TE Garrett Snodgrass of York (Neb.) HS received a 100-plus grade from the Mike Prospects List for the signing class of 2019. He is committed verbally to Nebraska…The NFL Minnesota Vikings inked 2018 draftees Ohio State DE Jalyn Holmes and TE Tyler Conklin of Central Michigan.
Minnesota athletics’ officials are projecting a 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four windfall of $142 million In tourism and 94,000-plus visitors to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Twin Cities for that week…Missouri and Wichita State athletics resolved a recent possible scheduling conflict with a monetary settlement…North Dakota athletics placed three Fighting Hawks mascot designs up for student body vote…Penn State raised its student season football ticket costs slightly and is nearing a sellout for regular-season reserved tickets and parking…TCU began public malt beverage sales at athletics events – in this case, baseball – on an experimental basis last week. The new concessions’ arrangement also calls for no entry-exit tickets while the games are in progress…The University of North Texas is moving its Frisco, Texas, satellite north of its current location adjacent to the Dallas Cowboys’ at the Star at Ford Center in Frisco. No date has been set for construction of the 150-acre, 5,000-student capacity facilities off Panther Creek Parkway and the North Dallas Tollway…The annual Rice Owls Golf Classic to raise scholarship funds was proclaimed another solid success…Arizona State athletics and the professional Alliance of American Football have had discussions about returning pro football to renovated Sun Devil Stadium…Rentals at Baylor’s McLane Stadium suites and the Baylor Club have helped reduce the BU athletics operating deficit to under $200,0000…Georgia athletics officially named its indoor football practice facility for Billy and Porter Payne…Construction crews are working overtime to complete the almost total renovation of Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium…The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors has approved plans for a $10 million investment in facilities, equipment and infrastructure on the Tech athletics footprint of campus as the Hokies prepare for the launch of the ACC Network in 2019…Kansas football is taking new marketing and promotion measures to increase season ticket sales…West Virginia athletics was commended in a recent media report about fan-friendly atmosphere at area contests…South Alabama’s possible on-campus stadium is closer to being a reality, The Jaguars have played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., since starting varsity football in 2009 and are celebrating their 10th anniversary squad this season…Georgia athletics has renewed its commitment to competing nationally annually for the College Football Playoff with its new practice facility and coach Kirby Smart’s contact extension.
The National Sports Media Association has denoted its 2018 class that will be inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony in June in Winston-Salem, N.C., and will feature Dick Weiss, the FWAA’s President in 2004 and Bert McGrane winner in 2013, is among the inductees. Another long-time FWAA member, the late Woody Durham, the longtime North Carolina football and basketball voice, is also being honored…ESPN denoted its post-2018 bowl schedule, and the link for all these games is…Minneapolis Star-Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse reminisced recently about watching and covering Notre Dame football for the last 64 years and some classic Minnesota-Notre Dame skirmishes…The inaugural Skip Bayless Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism for Vanderbilt student media has been awarded to VU’s Cutler Klein. Bayless and NFF correspondent Bo Carter wrote for the Vanderbilt Hustler student newspaper in sports and editorials sections from 1970-74…Basketball Times continues to provide complimentary issues to USBWA members.
NFF College Hall of Fame RB Emmitt Smith of Florida, wife Pat and his family hosted the Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational gala for the Smith Foundation to aid in education for underserved youth…Oklahoma fans enjoyed tours of the new Switzer Center, the new football training area named in honor of NFF College Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer…OG Gabe Jackson, who starred for Mississippi State from 2010-13 and just became the third-highest paid OG in the NFL with a four-year, $56 million contract, completed his degree requirements and graduated this month at MSU…Kimberly and Trey Wilkinson, University of Houston Board members, former Southwest Conference assistant publicist (Trey) and longtime Goodyear Cotton Bowl volunteers, received the 2018 Houston Alumni Distinguished Service Award last week…Formal Coastal Carolina and current NFL standout DB Josh Norman is an upcoming contestant on the all-sports Dancing With the Stars competition…The Dallas (Texas) Independent School District Sports Hall of Fame held its inaugural class induction last week with NFF College Hall of Fame member and 1987 Heisman Trophy recipient Tim Brown of Notre Dame, NFF College Hall of Famer Davey O’Brien of TCU, Baseball Hall of Fame member Ernie Banks, Michael Carter of SMU, Chryste Gaines Courtney of Texas, Fran Harris of Texas, coach Freddie James, Larry Johnson of UNLV, NFF College Football Hall of Fame player Jerry Rhome of Tulsa, and Dave Stallworth of Wichita State in the illustrious entourage.
The FWAA and president Stefanie Loh of the Seattle Times have started a closed membership Facebook page for the organization…Spring football updates highlighted Oregon defensive coordinator and former USF head coach Jim Leavitt on the FWAA website in an Austin Meek report – the 12th in a series of spring football stories written by FWAA members. Past FWAA president Dave Jones penned a solid feature recently on PennLive about Penn State All-America RB Saquon Barkley and Barkley’s impact on Penn State football…Several departments of athletics, college administrators and media have made additional comments about the findings of the Rice Commission on Basketball…NCAA vice president Dan Gavitt met with coaches and administrators at conference and national meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz., last week…The Dallas Morning News wrote an investigative and enterprise piece about new NCAA recruiting regulations, dates and visitation rules…Numerous head football coaches at last week’s conference meetings made a case for additional eligibility for graduate transfers and six years with proper academic progress to compete for five seasons on the gridiron (instead of the current five years to complete four years of eligibility)…NCAA president Dr. Mark Emmert explained procedures and investigations for 2018 sanctions against Southern California athletics…Diane Nordstrom of Wisconsin, CoSIDA president Rob Corolla of Football Project 150, Kevin Smith of Wooster, Matt Vines of Northwestern State, and Danny Barnts of Point Loma Nazarene 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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