College Football Notes – May 14, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, May 14th, 2018
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The National Football Foundation denoted the 2018 co-recipients of the prestigious NFF John L. Toner Award as Yale director of athletics Thomas Beckett and Harvard John D. Nichols ’53 Family AD Bob Scalise. Presented annually by the NFF since 1997, the Toner Award recognizes athletics directors who have demonstrated superior administrative abilities and shown outstanding dedication to college athletics and particularly college football. The award is named in honor of its inaugural recipient John L. Toner, former athletics director and football coach at Connecticut and NCAA President.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the May 14-20 time period are May 14 (1907) Howard Harpster, Salem Ore.; (1924) John Ferraro, Cudahy, Calif.; May 15 (1958) Ron Simmons, Perry, Ga.; (1966) Thurman Thomas, Houston, Texas; (1969) Emmitt Smith, Pensacola. Fla.; (1970) Desmond Howard, Cleveland, Ohio; (1970) Rod Smith, Texarkana, Ark.; May 17 (1912) Ace Parker, Portsmouth, Va.; May 18 (1916) Paul Hoernemann, Lima, Ohio; (1924) Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice, Asheville, N.C.; May 19 (1893) Tuss McLaughry, Chicago, lll.; (1949) Archie Manning, Cleveland, Miss.; (1967) John Friesz, Missoula, Mont.; (1867) Andy Wyant, Chicago, Ill.; May 20 (1920) Al Sparlis, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1924) Herman Wedemeyer, Honolulu, Hawai’i; (1960) Tim Krumrie, Menomonie, Wis.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are May 14(1995) Tommy Prothro, Memphis, Tenn.; May 15 (1970) Clark Shaughnessy, Santa Monica, Calif.; (1999) Bobby Wilson, Brenham, Texas; May 17 (1993) Bill Wallace, Houston, Texas; May 18 (1963) Ernie Davis, Cleveland, Ohio; (1977) Nathan Dougherty, Knoxville, Tenn.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members May 15 Ron Simmons, Thurman Thomas, Emmitt Smith, Desmond Howard, Rod Smith, May 19 Archie Manning, John Friesz, May 20 Tim Krumrie…
Alabama has scheduled Southern Miss for the 2021 season and WKU in 2023…Michigan State has added Western Michigan and Youngstown State to complete the Spartans 2021 nonconference schedule…Penn State and Pittsburgh may not be able to rekindle their longtime football rivalry for at least 12 years due to current Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conferences’ scheduling requirements. The teams will meet in 2018 and ’19…BYU and Utah State have extended their series through 2022…Alabama will host Utah State in 2022…Georgia is set to meet Murray State in 2020 at Athens, Ga…Delaware and Penn State are investigating a possible series in 2023 and ’27…Grambling may be seeking an additional opponent in the coming season as Bacone (Okla.) College is considering a shutdown this summer.
Veteran Washington State head coach Mike Leach and Washington representatives are making an international goodwill trip to Cambodia.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has proposed alternative means of compensating football student-athletes besides proposed weekly or monthly stipends to players on scholarship. Harbaugh also is seeking an additional football operations assistant for the ’18 campaign after staff member J.T. Rogan left his post earlier this week…Alabama assistant coaching salaries have had a significant increase over the last 10 years, according to research…Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has become the first Gators assistant coach to make a seven-figure salary…Former Mississippi State recruiting coordinator Patrick Austin has left MSU for a position in the NFL…New Mexico State finalized its assistant coaches’ contracts and now is looking for an extended agreement with head coach Doug Martin…Former Georgia Tech QB/running backs coach Bryan Cook and former Davidson head coach Paul Nichols have been selected as analysts for Tech football…Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher is in the process of relocating his family to College Station, Texas, from Tallahassee, Fla….Washington co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake has signed a three-year pact making him the most well compensated assistant football coach in UW annals…Alabama’s new director of player personnel is former Nebraska football staff member Bob Welton…Oregon’s Marcus Arroyo (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach) has been named assistant head coach for ’18 while Joe Salave’a (associate head coach/run game coordinator) is the Ducks new named co-defensive coordinator along with Keith Hayward (who serves as safeties coach).
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Bowdoin: JB Wells, Hartford, Conn.; Bowling Green: Mike Jinks, San Antonio, Texas; Brown: Phil Estes, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Bucknell: Joe Susan, South River, N.J.; BYU: Kalani Sitake, Nukuʻalofa, Tonga.
Oklahoma director of athletics and NFF Board member Joe Castiglione had his contract extended to June 30, 2023, with a solid annual compensation increase…Former Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton is networking with college administrators to brainstorm for new fundraising and budget means…Virginia AD Carla Williams has placed football success and adjacent athletics facilities at the top of her priorities for 2018-19…Missouri AD Jim Sterk noted the Tigers should be competitive against all 12 regular-season foes in ’18…Rutgers head softball coach and administrator Jay Nelson will not return for 2018-19…The Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel opined that the Southeastern Conference office might be a valuable collaborator in the search for the new Tennessee chancellor…Penn State AD Sandy Barbour is seeking a large corporate or alumni donation to enable some additional renovations to take place within PSU athletics…NFF College Hall of Fame DL and new Chicago State AD Chris Zorich was saluted in a recent Chicago Tribune feature…Maryland alumni are hoping for a quick resolution in coming days for the UM AD’s search…Richmond AD John Hardt spoke of the Spiders football success and growth in other sports such as men’s lacrosse…New Texas AD Chris Del Conte had fans on the edge of their seats during This is Texas Tour stops and the new Gameday Vision amenities on the UT campus…Wyoming AD Tom Burman reflected on Cowboys football and a successful 2017-18 year in athletics…North Texas AD Wren Baker has secured area property and is considering bringing back varsity baseball at the Denton university…Veteran college coach and administrator Jim Foster is retiring after 40 years at St. Joseph’s (Pa.), Vanderbilt, Ohio State, and Chattanooga…Longtime Central Missouri and Kansas State head coach and administrator Brad Hill is retiring after a combined 31 seasons in the college ranks…25-year SMU head tennis coach (35 years total at the SMU and Northern Illinois) and administrator Carl Neufeld is retiring…Iowa State head tennis coach Armando Espinosa has completed a 10-year tenure at ISU…West Virginia AD Shane Lyons has emphasized football season tickets, a new WVU coliseum floor design and facilities’ upgrades during a recent statewide alumni association tour…Veteran Wisconsin coach and administrator Kristy Brager is returning for the 2018-19 school year… The Citadel is seeking a list of finalists to interview for its vacant AD position…Kansas athletics’ administrative salaries have increased just over 40 percent since 2017…Minnesota AD Mark Coyle has laid out long-range plans and goals through 2020 in a series of operational directives.
Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott remains the most well compensated commissioner in NCAA Division according to 2016 and ’17 public tax records…The Skyline Conference will welcome Mt. St. Vincent (Pa.) will join the circuit in 2019-20.
Executive director Phil Savage is leaving his post at the Senior Bowl.
Former Ohio State QB Joe Burrow will play at another school as a graduate transfer in 2018…Former SMU defensive end and nose tackle standout Mason Gentry has signed a free agent contract with the NFL Houston Texans…Some other recent notable free agent signings for 2018 are the Baltimore Ravens – Gus Edwards, RB, Rutgers; Mason McKenrick, LB, John Carroll (Mont.); Kaare Vedvik, PK/P, Marshall; Christian LaCouture, DT, LSU; and Jaelon Acklin, WR, Western Illinois; Cincinnati Bengals – Chris Worley, LB, Ohio State; Jordan Franks, TE, UCF; Zach Green, RB, Arizona; Gaelin Elmore, DL, East Carolina; Quinton Flowers, QB, USF, and Trayvon Henderson, DB, Hawai’i; and Cleveland Browns – Da’Mari Scott, WR, Fresno State; Montrel Meander, DB, Grambling; Desmond Harrison, OL, West Georgia; Trenton Thompson, DL, Georgia; Evan Berry, KR/PR, Tennessee; Micah Hannemann, DB, BYU; Elijah Campbell, DB, UNI; and Michael Carrizosa, P, San Jose State…SB Nation has highlighted the leading quarterback candidates for 2018, and among them are UCF’s McKenzie Milton (previous UCF backup QB Noah Vedral has transferred to Nebraska), SMU’s Ben Hicks, Houston’s D’Eriq King and
Quentin Dormady, and Navy’s Malcolm Perry, Zach Abey, and Garret Lewis. Abey also may rotate at wideout with the Midshipmen’s top WR returnee Dalen Morris…Tulane incoming lineman Carlos Hatcher recently qualified for the Texas UIL Class 6A outdoor track and field discus throw…Georgia Tech sophomore transfer OL Jack DeFoor will receive immediate eligibility as a sophomore for the ;18 Yellow Jackets after an NCAA ruling. Five total Ole Miss football transfers will be eligible for 2018 activity on all NCAA and NAIA levels.
Google Cloud has become the corporate sponsor of the 66-year-old CoSIDA Academic All-America programs, which started with the 1952 football season under late CoSIDA Hall of Fame member Lester Jordan of SMU…UCF athletics has eclipsed all its previous annual fundraising campaigns after last year’s 14-0 season. The Knights also have installed a large claimed national title banner for
17 at their home stadium…The East Bay (Calif.) Times reported an expanded revenue for the Pac-12 Network in 2017-18…AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, has been awarded the Texas UIL state title games for high school football in both 2018 and ’19… The University of North Texas and City of Frisco (Texas) formally completed their contract to expand the UNT New Frisco Campus to 150 acres and potentially 5,000 students by 2020. Athletics will remain on the UNT main campus in Denton…Arizona football coaches moved one of their recent alumni meetings from a Tempe to Scottsdale, Ariz., locale…The Arkansas Board of Trustees addressed numbers of games the Razorbacks will play in future seasons at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium…Michigan State athletics will receive more budget oversight and needed reforms after a recent internal audit…Nevada football kept its 2018 season ticket prices at the same levels as 2017…New Mexico athletics recently had a sport-by-sport expense review…NC State athletics have unveiled new logos and promotions for 2018 football…Oklahoma State is reducing season ticket prices for certain sports and is reviewing other promotions for the 2018-19 athletics seasons…Wyoming athletics netted $104,000 from public alcoholic beverage sales in its first year… Incarnate Word will feature special camouflaged end zone areas in football in ’18 to celebrate San Antonio’s long military traditions…The Memphis (Tenn.) City Council is studying more Liberty Bowl Stadium renovations…Oregon athletics enthusiasts continue to push for ways to renovate and preserve historic Hayward Field. Recent site surveys have found that grandstands still are repairable and usable in most areas of the facility…Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium sound system technology will be in place for the 2018 season…Grambling athletics has inked a five-year marketing and apparel contract with Adidas…NC State athletics has been contemplating several moves to improve its official brand identities…Syracuse athletics is working on fundraising plans to keep the Orange competitive in football and all sports in the Atlantic Coast Conference in coming seasons…Old Dominion’s Foreman Field will add wider and deeper individual seating areas as part of its renovations…College Golf Camps will host student-athletes from collegiate and high school golf squads as well as aspiring football student-athletes from numerous universities in coming weeks at such sites as UCLA, Stanford, Florida, Arizona, and other kay NCAA Division I athletics powers…Fans United has added several 2018 NFL draftees from the college ranks to its list of online prestige jersey catalog.
Navy, CBS Sports, and the American Athletic Conference extended their television partnership through 2027…Former Denver Post employees have protested the newspaper’s profit margins after large-scale personal layoffs and other cutbacks.
The late NFF College Hall of Fame RB Jim Thorpe will have his life’s story retold in a new movie produced by actress Angelina Jolie and Escape Artist Productions’ Todd Black and Steve Tisch. The film “Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story” will feature the inspirational story of possibly America’s greatest all-around athlete, Carlisle U. standout and father of movie consultants Bill and Richard Thorpe. Martin Sensmeier is the executive produce and will star as Jim Thorpe while Abraham Taylor, Alex Nibley and Sterlin Harjo wrote the original screenplay. Several Native American groups also will be featured in the feature-length movie…Financier and politician Michael Bloomberg addressed the famed Rice Honor Code and endless future possibilities for graduating football student-athletes, athletes and athletics staff members at last week’s RU commencement ceremonies last week…2017 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and Mississippi State and Dallas Cowboys standout QB Dak Prescott joined NBA stars Dirk Nowitzski and Harrison Barnes as VIP Lamar Hunt statue scarf placers at a recent FC Dallas soccer contest in Frisco, Texas.
The FWAA still is taking late entries for its 2017-18 Writing Contests via the official website…Beau White of CoSIDA, Ryan Davis of the Missouri Valley Conference, Mike Burrows of the Denver Post, and Roy Lang of Louisiana were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…Oregon State athletics has reported secondary violations NCAA to the NCAA Infractions Committee. OSU and Hawai’i also are working to alleviate some confusion in recruiting of the same student-athletes in various sports.
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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