College Football Notes – May 22, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
Breaking News – From NFF releases and the Associated Press:
Billy Cannon, the gifted running back who won the Heisman Trophy for LSU in 1959 with a memorable Halloween night punt return touchdown against Mississippi, died Friday. He was 80. LSU said Cannon, the school’s only Heisman winner, died at his home in St. Francisville. The cause of death was not immediately known. Cannon led the Tigers to a national championship in 1958 and won the Heisman the following year, highlighted by his tackle-breaking 89-yard punt return that beat Ole Miss 7-3 and is still regularly shown on the video board at Tiger Stadium during LSU games. He was inducted into the NFF College Hall of Fame in 2009 after originally being selected in 1983 and then having that honor rescinded. Cannon, who won the Heisman in 1959 and played on the national championship team in 1958, said he holds no grudges about being the only person to ever have his selection rescinded.
“I thank the people who voted for me initially, and I really thank the people who voted for me the second time,” said Cannon, who later became the dental director at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La..
“To be in this hall and to be associated with the great players who have played this game in the past and to be associated with the great players who will play this game in the future, it’s just an unbelievable thrill,” he said.
NFF Chairman and Hall of Fame QB Archie Manning and NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell issued a joint statement after the passing of 2015 NFF Legacy Award recipient and famed college commissioner Mike Slive:
“Mike Slive left a far-reaching legacy on college athletics, and his contributions will benefit student-athletes for many years to come,” said Manning. “The NFF was extremely fortunate to have him join our board in 2008, and he lent an enormous amount of credibility to our efforts to promote the benefits of college football. As a product of the SEC, I would be remiss for not taking a little parochial pride in all that he did for the conference, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say those accomplishments have benefited all of college athletics. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. He will be missed.”
“Mike Slive was a friend, confidant, and great person,” said Hatchell. “He made us all better and much more considerate of what we were doing all the time. He will be profoundly missed. He looked out for the NFF and helped us open doors. He truly made a difference in collegiate sports.”
Some major highlights about collegiate football researched by the NFF for the 2017 regular season and post-2018 bowl campaign included:
• The 2018 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship Presented by AT&T between Georgia and Alabama on ESPN delivered the second biggest audience in cable television history, solidifying the College Football Playoff’s place in history as a ratings juggernaut with the four biggest TV audiences in cable history and seven of the top 10. This year’s game produced a total live audience* of 29,932,000 viewers. The inaugural CFP game on ESPN in 2015 between Ohio State and Oregon remains No. 1 with 33,395,000 viewers.
• The seven CFP games on ESPN, covering the New Year’s Six and the CFP National Championship, averaged a total live audience* of more than 17 million viewers, making it the best ever in the four years of the new system. The average marked a 10 percent increase from last year and 25 percent from the 2015 season. The seven games also averaged a 9.8 overnight, also the best ever in the four years of the new system and up five percent from last year.
• The 355 college football telecasts on ABC, beIN Sports, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FOX, FS1, FS2, NBC and NBCSNduring the 2017 regular season averaged 1,942,000 viewers per game while reaching more than 200 million unique fans.
• The 39 postseason college bowl games on ABC, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX and FS1 at the conclusion of the 2017 season averaged 5,308,000 viewers per game (representing an 8 percent increase over last season and a 3 percent increase from two years ago) while reaching 122 million unique fans on television (The figures include the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, which was played at the FCS level, but not the AutoNation Cure Bowl and the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl, both telecast on CBSSN, which is not rated by Nielsen Media).
The 666 NCAA football programs (FBS, FCS, DII and DIII) drew 47,622,196 fans at home games, neutral-site games and postseason games in 2017, according to the annual NCAA report. The number represents a 3.3 percent drop from the 2016 season, but it also represents a 29.2 percent increase since 1997 and a 148.9 percent increase from the 19,134,159 fans that the NCAA reported when they first started collecting attendance figures in 1948*.
The 40 FBS bowl games (including the CFP National Championship, but excluding the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl at the FCS level) attracted 1,620,253 spectators to the stands (40,506 per contest). The Top 10 bowls all had attendance in excess of 57,000 fans, and eight bowl games saw increases of more than 4,000 fans.
Ten previous winners and one first-time winner comprise the ninth annual 2017 Super 11 Awards, which the Football Writers Association of America gives out annually to the best performing sports information departments in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. USC nabbed its record eighth Super 11 award and fourth straight overall. Georgia tallied its sixth award, and Clemson and Colorado each won for a fifth time – Clemson’s third straight award and Colorado’s fourth in five seasons. Houston also won for the third time. Oklahoma, Wyoming, Miami (Ohio), Rice, and South Alabama each nailed down their second award while Ohio State is a first-time winner in the awards, which date back to 2009.
College Football Hall of Fame Facts and Notes
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the May 21-27 time period are May 21 (1923) Ara Parseghian, Akron, Ohio; (1935) John Majors, Lynchburg, Tenn.; (1940) James Saxton, College Station, Texas; (1943) Johnny Roland, Corpus Christi, Texas; (1943) Glenn Ressler, Dornsife, Pa.; (1958) Jim Ritcher, Berea, Ohio; (1977), Ricky Williams, San Diego, Calif.; May 22 (1907) Paul Schwegler, Raymond, Wash.; (1960) Dave Rimington, Omaha, Neb.; (1977) Dre Bly, Chesapeake, Va.; May 23 (1888) Ted Coy, Andover, Mass.; May 24 (1894) Harry Baujan, Beardstown, Ill.; May 24 (1945) Clinton Jones, Cleveland, Ohio; (1946) Mel Tjeerdsma, Springfield, S.D.; (1947) Mike Reid, Altoona, Pa.; May 25 (1911) Joe Skladany, Larksville, Pa.; (1927) Calvin Roberts, Hector, Minn.; (1978) Brian Urlacher, Pasco, Wash.; May 26 (1887) Ed Hart, Exeter, N.H.; (1895) Ira Rodgers, Bethany, W.Va.; (1902) Bernie Shively, Oliver, Ill.; (1939) Herb Deromedi, Royal Oak, Mich.; May 27 (1889) George Little, Washington, D.C.; (1904) Les Lautenschlaeger, New Orleans, La.; (1960) Randy Trautman, Caldwell, Idaho; (1974) Danny Wuerffel, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are May 21 (1924) Charley Barrett, Tucson, Ariz.; (2011) Joe Steffy, Newburgh, N.Y.; May 24 (2002) Creighton Miller, Shaker Heights, Ohio; May 26 (1965) Homer Norton, College Station, Texas; (1994) Pug Lund, Minneapolis, Minn.; May 27 (1932) Bill Morley, Pasadena, Calif.; (1980) Bill Sprackling, Los Angeles, Calif.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members May 21 John Majors (a spry 83), Glenn Ressler (a spry 75), Jim Ritcher, Ricky Williams, May 22 (1907) Dave Rimington, Dre Bly, May 24 Clinton Jones, Mel Tjeerdsma, Mike Reid, May 25 Brian Urlacher, May 26 Herb Deromedi (a spry 79), May 27 Randy Trautman, Danny Wuerffel…
Alabama and Texas have signed to play a two-game series in 2022 and ’23. Those will be the 10th and 11th meetings of the two powerhouses since 1902…Drake football will play game an exhibition game in Beijing, China later in this month…Oregon State and Texas Tech will meet in 2025 and ’26…Akron will play at Ohio State in 2021…Buffalo will meet Ohio State in 2020 and at Maryland in ’22…Arkansas and Missouri formally signed their contracts to meet at Little Rock, Ark., in 2019, 2021 and ’23…Hampton athletics and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference are working to end a disagreement on procedural points and get on with full-scale football activities…The former Ohio State-Texas series now will move to the 2025 and ’26 seasons after Alabama and Texas contracted for 2022 and ’23 encounters…Texas and UCF will not play their previously slated contest in 2023…Appalachian State will host Morgan State Sept. 5, 2020…Boise State and Florida State will face off in 2019…Tennessee has no immediate plans to resume its historic football rivalry with Memphis…Purdue and Texas are discussing future scheduling in key sports while Minnesota and Oklahoma State also have had future slating talks.
Emmanuel Lauwers of Belgium recounted in his diary his trip across the U.S. as a hitch-hiker and football and campus sights and sounds from Dallas to Houston to New Orleans to Starkville, Miss., and cities throughout the Southeast…South Africa appears to be the most likely destination if Michigan football undertakes another international goodwill trip in 2019.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn weighed in large numbers of graduate transfers and how they affect NCAA FBS programs during Southeastern Conference spring meetings last week…BYU is hoping to use its experienced analysts in football to keep up with rugged competition as a NCAA FBS independent…Wisconsin football has given pay raises to its entire assistant coaching staff after a school-record, 13-victory season…Iowa State is looking at possibilities for a long-term solution in the position of offensive coordinator after several changes in recent years…Louisville football is seeking to finalize contracts for three assistant coaches…Arizona football will hire a senior director of recruiting and high school relations in coming days…Purdue named Eron Hodges director of player personnel…Former Syracuse director of recruiting operations Asil Mulbah has accepted a scouting department position with the NFL Buffalo Bills…Iowa State tabbed Eddie Praley as coordinator of video and recruiting operations.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Brown: Phil Estes, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Bucknell: Joe Susan, Dover, Del.; Buffalo: Lance Leipold, Whitewater, Wis.; Butler: Jeff Voris, Aurora, Ill.; California: Justin Wilcox, Eugene, Ore.
Charleston Southern’s new AD Jeff Barber is looking at new arena possibilities and fundraising efforts…The Citadel has employed Parker Executive Search Firm to help provide a new AD by the opening of football season…Western Illinois named Danielle Surprenant named interim director of athletics…Davidson tabbed Chris Clunie as AD…Longtime (13 years) Texas Wesleyan publicist Josh Lacy is retiring and relocating to Wisconsin…Pennsylvania named Scott Ward senior associate/chief operations officer…Trevecca Nazarene U. president Dan Boone, a relative of famed U.S. explorer Daniel Boone, has been named simultaneous president of Trevecca and Eastern Nazarene U.…Augusta College named Christian Whetsel assistant AD for compliance…Iowa veteran coach and administrator Marla Looper is leaving after eight seasons…Miami (Fla.) head coach Jim Morris completed his 25-year tenure of regular-season games at the university’s Mark Light Field last Saturday…Veteran Nebraska coaches and administrators Bill Spangler and Kerry McDermott have completed their tenures with the Huskers…The College of Charles tabbed Mantoris Robinson as director of recruiting and player development…New Buffalo AD Jim Alnutt is working on marketing measures to expand the Bulls footprint in the Northeast.
Houston athletics has increased its 2018-19 budget in an effort to move into a possible Power Five conference position…The Atlantic Coast Conference will expand its men’s postseason basketball tournament by four teams starting in 2019…ACC coaches and administrators also are looking at possibilities for graduate transfer reforms. Former NC State and NFL standout Russell Wilson, who also played professional baseball as a college undergrad, was one of the most famous of the initial graduate football transfers. The ACC also will propose to the NCAA a plan to expand the NCAA men’s basketball title field from 68 to 72 teams…Liberty will become a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference in all 17 varsity sports besides football, which will compete as a NCAA FBS independent…The Pac-12 Conference continues to explore revenue streams for the Pac-12 Network in coming weeks.
Football Bowl Association executive director Wright Waters sent along condolences after the passing of longtime commissioner Mike Slive last week. “I have lost a dear friend,” said Waters. “Mike Slive embodied everything that is good about intercollegiate athletics. Under his guidance, the Southeastern Conference grew to a prominence in college football that we might never see again.”…The updated post-2018 bowl schedule is available at, and the Football Bowl Association website.
Virginia football gained senior graduate transfer DL Dylan Thompson of Ohio State for the ’18 campaign…Former SMU All-American Athletic Conference DL Justin Lawler has signed with the Los Angeles Rams…Georgia Tech safety A.J. Gray and OL Jake Stickler will not play in 2018 because of medical issues…Clemson freshman OT Josh Belk is transferring to another school for fall 2018…Duke reinstated punter-PK Austin Parker to start fall workouts in August…SMU OG Matthew Huhn has completed his career with the Mustangs after a redshirt freshman season in ’17 because of personal and medical reason…Incoming Dallas Cowboys rookie QB Mike White of WKU spoke of a tie he had with new Cowboys quarterbacks coach Kellen Moore from 2017 season correspondence.
Nationally syndicated radio show College Sports Weekly highlighted former Ole Miss football student-athlete and Vanderbilt’s NCAA-winning bowling coach John Williamson in an interview…2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M has signed with the CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the ’18 season…The NFL Cleveland Browns claimed DL Marcell Frazier of Missouri off waivers last week.
Arkansas and Texas Woman’s U. will introduce new mascots for the 2018-19 academic year…Nevada athletics will increase season ticket prices in various sports for the coming year…Southern Illinois athletics will sponsor a goodwill tour to Cuba in August…Wisconsin’s athletics board confirmed updated ticket pricing for several sports and a new season ticket package for wrestling…NASCAR may be for sale after some months of declining television ratings and decreasing corporate sponsorships… Mississippi State has designated several attractive alumni travel packages and functions for 2018 road football tilts…Arkansas and Missouri are discussing the possibility of playing football in Little Rock on alternating years when the Razorbacks are the home team…Florida State head coach Willie Taggart is calling for additional checklist items for the Seminoles new indoor football facility… Illinois Trustees met with the Peoria Tribe’s new chief to discuss the UI mascot and depictions…The Louisville Courier Journal took a glance at the relationships among AAU teams, college squads and adidas…Minnesota athletics celebrated its non-conference success in football and several women’s teams making postseason play in 2017-18…Michigan State has proposed an across-the-board $500 million settlement for its previous student-athlete and physician court challenges…The Syracuse Post Standard had a comparison of Syracuse Carrier Dome renovations and other similar facilities nationwide… Arkansas athletics has extended its football neutral site contract with Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium through 2024. Little Rock officials have immediate renovation plans in the works at the historic facility as well…The Purdue Crew Club received an anonymous donation of $1 million for scholarships and operations…North Texas has installed new temperature-regulating turf at Apogee Stadium…
2008 NFF Distinguished American Award recipient Boone Pickens turns 90 Tuesday, May 21, and will ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday…Tennessee AD and NFF College Hall of Fame coach Phillip Fulmer is taking his time to study possibilities needed renovations at Neyland Stadium on the UT campus…NFF College Hall of Fame coach Dr. Tom Osborne opined about former Nebraska head coach Frank Solich (head coach at Ohio since 2005) returning to his alma mater at some point…Patricia “Trisha” and Charles “Chaz” Neely (Class of 1962) were honored on May 17 with the 2018 Sterling C. Evans Medal for service and support of Texas A&M. Chaz is a former 12th Man Foundation board member, and the two ambassadors have made many generous donations to their alma mater…Former ESPN president John Skipper now is leading a new global sports media company.
The NCAA has chosen Dean Blandino as director of instant replay and Anthony Holman as managing director for championships and playing rules…The NCAA now will allow championships in cities and states where legalized gambling already is in effect…The Alliance of American Football will play its 2019 schedule at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium beginning in February 2019…Veteran college head coach Dennis Erickson has been named head coach of new AAF Salt Lake City team…The FWAA has added 23 names to its illustrious 50-years-plus membership since the organization was founded in 1941. It includes those who joined in 1970 because 2018-19 will be their 50th year of membership. In alphabetical order they are (with their first year of FWAA membership noted): Donn Bernstein (1963), Sam Blair (1965), Buddy Davis (1969), Jack DeGange (1968), Bud Ford (1967), Steve Guback (1962), Bob Hammel (1968), Tom Hansen (1961), Ted Haracz (1965), Larry Kimball (1963), Frank Litsky (1963), Donald McCaleb (1960), Mike Middlesworth (1959), Eddie Miller (1958), Brad Pye (1957), John Reid (1965), Tim Simmons (1970), Larry Smith (1966), Gordon White (1961), Dave Wohlhueter (1970), and Jack Zane (1963)…Brandon Stewart of Ursuline, Rob Corolla of College Football’s 150th Anniversary, Ira Thor of Jersey City University, Eric Moore of BCSIDA, Scott Musa of Shenandoah, and and Gregory Ruff of Trevecca 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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