College Football Notes March 27-30

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Army linebacker and 2011 National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Award recipient Andrew Rodriguez received the 82nd annual Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete nationally for 2011 last Tuesday in a national ceremony at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City. He joins such previous Campbell Award recipients, NFF College Hall of Famers and distinguished national award winners as Army’s Doc Blanchard and Arnold Tucker, Tennessee’s Peyton Manning, and Florida’s Tim Tebow in the cavalcade of honorees based on performance, character, leadership, and courage.

1998 and 2009 NFF Campbell Award recipients Manning and Tebow, respectively, have been in the national limelight for most of the last two weeks. Manning was released by the Indianapolis Colts and signed a five-year, $96 million contract with the Denver Broncos. Tebow, the standout QB for the 2010 and ’11 Broncos, has been traded to the New York Jets. In addition, Notre Dame All-America QB Frank Tripucka, now 84, gave Manning permission to de-retire the Broncos No. 18 the team had retired for Tripucka’s 1960-63 tenure as the AFL Denver team’s first quarterback and the first pro QB to throw for 3,000 yards in 1960.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Famers Earl Campbell (Mar. 29), Bob Anderson (Army) (Mar. 31) and Don McPherson (Apr. 2)…

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Mar. 27-Apr. 2 time period are Mar. 27 (1898) Herb Stein, Warren, Ohio; (1921) Malcolm Kutner, Dallas, Texas; (1922) Alex Agase, Chicago, Ill.; Mar. 28 (1899) Buck Shaw, Mitchellville, Iowa; Mar. 29 (1902) Four Horseman Don Miller, Defiance, Ohio; (1906) Jim Bausch, Marion Junction, S.D.; (1955) Earl Campbell, Tyler, Texas; Mar. 30 (1914) Bob Reynolds (Stanford), Morris, Okla.; (1935) Willie Gallimore, St. Augustine, Fla.; Mar. 31 (1938) Bob Anderson (Army), Elizabeth, N.J.; (1950) Ed Marinaro, New York City; Apr. 1 (1884) Hugo Bezdek, Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic); (1898) Joe Alexander, Silver Creek, N.Y.; (1929) Bo Schembechler, Barberton, Ohio; Apr. 2 (1871) Marshall Newell, Clifton, N.J.; (1880) Harold Weekes, Oyster Bay, N.Y.; (1917) Hugh Gallameau, Detroit, Mich.; (1930) Bill McColl, San Diego, Calif.; (1965) Don McPherson, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are Mar. 28 (1962) Bob Neyland, New Orleans, La.; (1953) Jim Thorpe, Lomita, Calif.; Mar. 29 (1986) Bill Murray, Durham, N.C.; Mar. 31 (1931) Knute Rockne, Bazaar, Kan.; (1952) Bo McMillin, Bloomington, Ind.; (2003) George Connor, Chicago, Ill.

College Football Notes
Clemson and Georgia are studying alternatives for their 2013 and ’14 after expansion by both the ACC and SEC. Clemson may have to reschedule upcoming non-ACC clashes with Ole Miss and Oklahoma State due to scrambled conference slates…Michigan State and Oregon have slated a two-game series in 2014 and ’15…North Dakota football has cleared the five-year NCAA Division I transition period and is preparing to play in the FCS Big Sky Conference in ’12…Georgia, Iowa and Michigan have received solid reports from their early spring drills with n major injuries…Army’s Armor team rallied for a 20-14 win over the Infantry in the first-ever annual Black/Gold Game ever played outside West Point, N.Y., at Fort Benning, Ga., Doughboy Stadium. The stadium also was the site for a historic group photo of Olympian and World War II hero Gen. George Patton and several West Point football alumni in the U.S. Third Army Armored Hell on Wheels Division in October 1941 just before the U.S. entered the war…UTEP also has made its season ticket packages available for 2012…West Virginia will have a modest increase in season ducat purchases as it opens Big 12 Conference activity in 2012…LSU athletics sent a brief explanation of parking costs and other amenities for ’12 football season…Missouri athletics will be offering ticket specials at both spring football events and other athletics’ endeavors in future months…Tennessee has slated its entire spring practice schedule leading up to the Dish Network Orange-White clash on April 21 in Knoxville…Kansas State continues it season ticket sales’ success with the 2012 theme: 16 Goals…Baylor’s new on-campus football stadium could lead to a new Brazos Riverwalk development by 2014. The Bears’ Pro Timing and Performance Day last Wednesday attracted a school-record 40-plus scouts and live ESPN coverage (a first for Baylor football as well) as 2011 Heisman Trophy recipient Robert Griffin of BU went through passing drills…Wyoming’s 2012 summer football camps will be conducted from June 5-11 at seven different sites.

NC State and Wake Forest athletics recently helped raise $42,000-plus for cancer research through on-campus activities…Cal State Northridge football student-athletes assisted with Fitness Week at local elementary schools…Oral Roberts athletics hosted its inaugural Armed Forces Appreciation Night…Loyola (Chicago) athletics is joining with Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital to host a charity five-kilometer run/walk on June 10…Dallas Jesuit College Prep football student-athletes participated in a food drive for Texas Catholic Charities last week…Cal State Bakersfield athletics is working with area military for Operation Interdependence for families of military deployed overseas…LSU student-athletes emphasized stay in school advice and read to students at a local elementary school…Seton Hall athletics will host an inaugural sports and business leadership forum on campus.

Akron football is hosting a special Breakfast With the Bowdens on April 14 to celebrate NFF College Hall of Fame head coach and 2006 NFF co-Gold Medal recipient Bobby Bowden and Akron head coach/son Terry Bowden…Bill Young has been named head coach at Greensboro (N.C..) College…Michigan head coach Brady Hoke asked for reform measures on NCAA policies for student-athletes, coaches and social media… Houston Baptist, which will begin Southland Conference football competition in 2014, has narrowed down its search for an inaugural head coach to a small handful with no names released publicly to date…Steve Russ has been named defensive coordinator at Air Force. Tim Duffie will replace Russ as secondary coach at Wake Forest…Colorado State named Greg Lupfer defensive line coach, Drew Hill director of player personnel and Ted Bahhur assistant director of football operations…Georgia is seeking to finalize its recruiting coordinator for 2012…Weber State has added Ted Stanley as tight ends coach…Lester Towns is new linebackers coach at Portland State…Eastern Washington named Cherokee Valeria cornerbacks coach…Gordy Shaw has been named run game coordinator and offensive line coach at Idaho…UTSA chose Charlie Reeve as tight end coach…Michael Rider will join the UNLV gridiron staff as an assistant coach…Illinois State assistant coach Jim Williams is leaving his position to enter private business…Washington State head coach Mike Leach has been gripped by basketball March Madness and told FSN he would love to see a combination bowl-playoff arrangement for FBS with 64 team invitees.

Ross Bjork has left Western Kentucky to become director of athletics at Ole Miss, and Todd Stewart has been named interim AD at Western Kentucky…Heather Weems has been named AD at St. Cloud State…Memphis athletics has appointed a 11-person committee and will use Plano, Texas-based Bob Beaudine Search Firm in its quest to replace retiring AD R.C. Johnson…Northern Arizona continues its national search for a new AD…Iowa assistant AD for media relations Phil Haddy will retire in June 2012 after 42 years in Hawkeye athletics…Craig Angelos has finished his career as AD at FAU, and associate AD Melissa Dawson has been tabbed interim athletic director…Ohio AD Jim Schaus was congratulated in a recent national story for being part of the Bobcats’ first bowl victory under head coach Frank Solich as well as national success in men’s basketball and other sports…West Virginia director of athletics Oliver Luck was featured in a recent national column on his leadership of Mountaineer athletics to the Big 12 from the Big East Conference and transition challenges…Dan Cetrone is the new director of athletics at Greensboro College…Cal State East Bay AD Debby DeAngelis has been selected for the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame and will be inducted Mar. 31…Lee Fowler, director of basketball operations for the Sun Belt Conference and former AD at NC State and Middle Tennessee, had his name mentioned prominently for the July 1 vacancy as Memphis AD when R.C. Johnson retires…Brad Bertani has been chosen as assistant AD for compliance at Ohio State…Baylor president Kenneth Starr has been credited with providing funding and leadership to help Bears’ athletics reach new heights under AD Ian McCaw in 2011-12…Longtime coach and administrator Bobby Cremins will become a fulltime fundraiser for College of Charleston athletics.

The Southeastern Conference selected Greg Sankey as executive associate commissioner and chief operating officer… Conference USA has placed spring sports championship tickets on sale at several venues and has spring and 2012 football schedule information online and in its daily podcasts by Bill Hazen…The Atlantic 10 Conference continues to hold discussions with Virginia Commonwealth, George Mason and Butler about future memberships…Ohio State is emphasizing its 100th season of Big Ten Conference competition as it opens spring drills and eyes an April 21 spring contest…The Colonial Athletic Association’s composite 2012 football schedule is now available here (https://legacy.twu.edu/owa/?ae=PreFormAction&t=IPM.Note&a=Del).

Several new BCS apparel items based on Alabama’s 2011 title and collectibles now are available for online purchases via BCSfootball.org…Bowl officials nationwide were polled for a ESPN.com blog about the initial impressions of recent discussions concerning the future of the BCS…The AT&T Cotton Bowl will host its 2012 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, April 19, at noon (CDT) to celebrate the entries of NFF College Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz, Texas’ Tom Campbell, Brigham Young’s Shay Muirbrook, Texas A&M’s Kevin Murray, and Arkansas’ Jim Williams. There s no admission charge, and parking is complimentary.

Western Michigan football has launched its weekly “Inside the Lines” grid magazine telecasts…Charleston’s WVTS Radio has joined the Marshall football network and will carry the Coach Doc Holliday weekly show…Tennessee is utilizing XOS Technologies again for spring football uplinks.

Missouri QB James Franklin will miss the rest of spring practice (the Black-Gold Game is set for April 14) after undergoing shoulder surgery but hopes to be at 100 percent for two-a-days in August…Georgia is advancing through spring drills with nine returning starters and 15 overall from its 2011 SEC Eastern Division championship squad…Northwestern has scheduled a fun-filled morning and afternoon for its annual Spring Football Exhibition April 14 in Evanston, Ill. Standouts to watch are QB and leading rusher in ’11 Kain Colter (153 carries for 654 yards, nine rushing TDs; 55-of-82 passing for 67.7 percent and 673 yards) along with junior LB Damien Proby…Montana QB Jordan Johnson has returned to workouts after being suspended…Lake Mary (Fla.) junior Ray Lewis III has committed orally to Miami (Fla.) for the 2013 season.

A football placed by fans in Elmira, N.Y., at the gravesite of Heisman Trophy recipient and NFF College Hall of Famer Ernie Davis has been found and returned to its proper location…Former Kansas LB standout and current athletics fundraiser Banks Floodman is back at his post after suffering injuries in Kansas City during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference men’s basketball tourney…Legendary former Texas Tech and SMU athletics media relations and U.S. Olympic Committee icon Bob Condron will receive both the CoSIDA 2012 Keith Jackson Eternal Flame Award and a CoSIDA Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of service…Longtime officiating coordinator for the South Atlantic Conference Jim Burch has been added to the SAC Hall of Fame.

Kentucky athletics has $2.9 million in capital improvements and remodeling set for the near future…Richard Gallant and family have made a $2 million donation to Merrimack College’s athletics Agenda of Distinction…Ohio State athletics recently completed a $1.2 million installation of an artificial playing surface with a generous gift from alumnus and MLB standout Nick Swisher…Kansas athletics has recouped over $600,000 of $2 million lost in a football/basketball ticket and brokering scheme with more paybacks expected soon…Liberty athletics marketing produced the winning poster in the 27th annual Education Marketing Report 2011-12 Design Award competition…Boise State is discontinuing sales of $100 share Bronco Stock, which began in 2009…The Colonial Athletic Association has inaugurated a new mobile phone application for CAA live events and highlights…The Maryland Terrapin Club has launched a new members-only website for latest news and game highlights…Butler athletics has realized record ticket sales success in football, basketball and other endeavors through a marketing agreement with Get Real Sports.

Nominations have concluded for 2012 NACMA College Marketing Team of the Year…Businessofcollegesports.com is reporting the 50 highest net incomes of athletics departments for 2011 based on federal tax records and other data.

Mickey Sullivan, standout for Baylor’s football and baseball teams in the 1950s and NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Grant Teaff’s football recruiting coordinator at Baylor, died of cancer last Thursday in Waco, Texas. He was 80…Bert Sugar, author and sports historian with 80 book credits including the definitive history of SEC football in the 1980s, died in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. He was 74.

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