College Football Notes – May 29, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
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NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the May 28-June 3 time period are May 28 (1888) Jim Thorpe, Prague, Okla.; (1948) Bruce Taylor, Perth Amboy, N.J.; (1957) Kirk Gibson, Pontiac, Mich.; May 29 (1903) Bob Hope, NFF Gold Medal recipient, London, England; (1892) Earl Abell, Portage, Wis.; (1949) Rex Kern, Lancaster, Ohio; May 30 (1891) Bob Peck, Lock Haven, Pa.; (1915) Larry Kelly, Conneaut, Ohio; (1941) Charlie Richard, Grain Valley, Mo.; (1943) Gale Sayers, Wichita, Kan.; (1946) Dick Farley, Danvers, Mass.; (1949) Lydell Mitchell, Salem, N.J.; May 31 (1912) Harold Burry, New Castle, Pa.; (1953) Richard Wood, Elizabeth, N.J.; (1967) Kevin Dent, Vicksburg, Miss.; June 1 (1901) Edgar Miller, Canton, Ohio; (1916) Ki Aldrich, Rogers, Texas; (1930) Carmen Cozza, Parma, Ohio; (1933) Alan Ameche, Kenosha, Wis.; June 2 (1895) Homer Hazel, Piffard, N.Y.; (1909) Ben Schwartzwalder, Point Pleasant, W.Va.; (1950) Jeff Siemon, Rochester, Minn.; June 3 (1959) Sam Mills, Neptune, N.J.; (1977) Matt Stinchcomb, Atlanta, Ga.; June 4 (1870) George Sanford, Ashland, N.Y.; (1876) Mike Donahue, County Kerry, Ireland; (1891) Bob McWhorter, Athens, Ga.; (1908) Skip McCain, Enville, Okla.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are May 28 May 28 (1931) Knowlton Ames, Chicago, Ill.; (1964) Barton “Botchey” Koch, Temple, Texas; (1979) Lou Little, Delray Beach, Fla.; (2014) James Saxton, Austin, Texas; June 1 (1963) Century Milstead, Pleasantville, N.Y.; June 2 (1943) Nile Kinnick, Over the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Paria in combat; June 4 (2005) Banks McFadden, Ormond Beach, Fla.; (2015) Wayne Harris, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members May 28 Bruce Taylor, Kirk Gibson, May 29 Rex Kern, May 30 Charlie Richard, Gale Sayers, Dick Farley, Lydell Mitchell, May 31 Richard Wood, Kevin Dent, June 2 Jeff Siemon, June 3 Matt Stinchcomb…
Alabama and Southern California will meet in 2020 in the Cowboys College Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas…The JAXSPORTS Council announced that the 2019 season opener between Boise State and Florida State will be played on Labor Day weekend 2019 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla….Iowa and Nebraska will resume their Black Friday weekend intra-conference series starting in 2022…Pittsburgh and Wisconsin will play a two-game series in 2026 and ’27…USF and Florida are slated for some upcoming games while American Athletic Conference member and USF rival UCF hopes to maintain its 6-7 game set of home games annually in spite of higher grade scheduling…Minnesota AD Mark Coyle said he would be open to playing Nebraska on Black Friday after Thanksgiving in 2020 and 2021 in advance of the 2022 Big Ten Conference future scheduling date…Texas will host UTEP in 2020…
Former Southern Illinois DE and teacher Jason Seaman was hailed as a hero for helping to stop a school shooter in Noblesville, Ind….National, statewide and local officiating associations are putting out calls for 2018 football officiating trainees and are hoping to avoid potential shortages prior to the 2018 seasons. For additional information, please contract local officiating organizations for training and schedules…Oklahoma men’s basketball will join Notre Dame in helping raise funds for cancer research in the 2018 Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Tulane head coach Willie Fritz had his contract renewed through 2023-24…Former Nebraska and current Ohio head coach Frank Solich will receive the Dr. Tom Osborne Legacy Award in January 2019 in ceremonies at Omaha, Neb….LSU head coach Ed Orgeron and his staff have received bonus payments after the Tigers football team met its 2017-18 academic goals…Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm had his buyout clause approved in the finalized contract extension…New Mexico athletics moved former video coordinator Symone Denham to an assistant coach’s position.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – UC Davis: Dan Hawkins, Fall Rover Falls, Calif.; Cal Lutheran: Ben McEnroe, West Hills, Calif.; UCF: Josh Heupel, Aberdeen. S.D.; Central Michigan: John Bonamego, Waynesboro, Pa.; Centre: Andy Fry, Westerville, Ohio.
Ball State named Beth Goetz director of athletics…Possible AD candidates at Kansas include the likes of Colorado State AD Joe Parker and Boise State AD Curt Apsey…Oregon athletics officials are assessing the impact of legalized sports betting on college athletics…Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart said UK athletics is approaching legalized gambling with extreme caution…Montana AD Kent Haslam spoke highly of a recent alumni tour and enthusiastic responses…After 31 years with the Utes, Utah AD Chris Hill is enjoying his final week in the position…Virginia AD Carla Williams spoke confidently about the future of Cavaliers football and the leadership of head coach Bronco Mendenhall…West Virginia president Dr. E. Gordon Gee was highlighted as chair of the Big 12 Conference executive committee for 2018-19 and a strong proponent of Big 12 unity. Dr. Gee also noted that the current, 10-school Big 12 alignment seemed to be optimum membership at this time. He earlier had proposed conference expansion back to 12 or additional members…Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger was released from his previous position on May 21. Sean Lester was named interim AD…Longtime Texas coach and administrator Connie Clark has completed her 23-year tenure with the Longhorns…The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World examined the careers of current Big 12 Conference ADs prior to this week’s conference spring meetings in Irving, Texas…Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard told media members he hopes to retire as AD with the Cyclones in future years…Missouri AD Jim Sterk was featured in a recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch missive…Nebraska AD Bill Moos commented on the Huskers famed walkon program in football and athletics traditions at NU.
The Atlantic Coast Conference utilized higher bowl revenues to make larger conference-wide distributions to its members in 2018. Duke, North Carolina and NC State noted record revenues from the circuit…The Southeastern Conference’s proposal to allow transfers within the conference will be voted upon by the SEC executive committee…The Summit League is moving its offices to from suburban Chicago to Sioux Falls, S.D…The Big Ten and Big 12 Conferences have renewed the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge for the 2018-18 men’s basketball campaign…Longtime Missouri State retired director of athletics and coach Bill Rowe has named to the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame…Conference Carolinas has added Chowan to its membership for summer 2019…The Mid-Atlantic Conference is admitting Adrian College.
Goodyear Cotton Bowl vice president and CoSIDA Hall of Fame member Charlie Fiss was celebrated in a feature by CoSIDA executive director Doug Vance…The Big 12 Conference hosted a national seminar and panel discussion on eSports with moderator Bonnie Bernstein, NBA owner Mark Cuban, Riot Games eSports manager Michael Sherman, collegiate partnerships director Mark Candella of Twitch, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, and officials from the College Football Playoff, among others.
The NFL Arizona Cardinals inked Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk to a four-year contract last week…DT Vita Vea of Washington has signed with the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 2018 season…Odessa (Texas) Permian HS QB Peyton Powell has committed orally to Nebraska for 2019.
North Dakota athletics hopes to utilize the sale of the UND golf course to help fund the to second phase of the North Dakota High Performance Center…The North Dakota State Higher Education Board has approved the North Dakota State indoor football practice facility…New Mexico athletics is completing its full audits of incomes and outgrowths…Wisconsin athletics broke ground on the Nicholas Recreation Center…Connecticut athletics is considering adding lacrosse as a varsity sport…Georgia’s Board of Trustees approved a record $143 million budget for fiscal year 2019 just before he Bulldogs received word that they would host a NCAA Division I baseball regional…The New Jersey Star-Ledger debated Rutgers’ 2017-18 performances in all Big Ten Conference sports and noted that additional funding could make the Scarlet Knights more competitive in league activity…Kentucky athletics and the city of Lexington are making major improvements to the upper level of historic Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington…Memphis athletics hopes to complete Phase I of the Tigers multi-use football indoor practice facility project by August 2019…South Carolina women’s basketball head coach Dawn Staley has made a $100,000 pledge for a new statue and improvements around UVa facilities.
Utah continues to capitalize financially on agreements with eSports since October 2017 when the Utes became the first Power Five conference participant to sign contract with eSports…Football-famous Austin (Texas) Lake Travis HS has produced another national champion – Maryknoll magazine student essay winner Tasnim Islam – for her essay about understanding among peoples of different cultures.
Columbia, the football and baseball alma mater of National Baseball and College Baseball Hall of Fames member Lou Gehrig, became one of the first teams to qualify for the 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship with a 2-1 win in 15 innings over Yale to capture the Ivy League crown and automatic NCAA diamond bid…Retired Kentucky Wesleyan SID Roy Pickerill will be inducted into the Great Lakes Valley Conference Hall of Fame Tuesday night in St. Louis.
The final deadline for the 2017 FWAA writing contest is July 1. Please access FWAA.com for entries’ submission and additional information…Romanda Noble-Watson of Clafllin, Steven Schaurer of Concordia (Wis.), Jeremy Rosenthal of Indiana, and Ralph Zobell of BYU were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…The Dallas Rattlers major league lacrosse team has begun competition for the spring-summer season at the Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas. There also are talks to bring eSports tournaments to the Star at Ford Center in future months…The U.S. and International Olympic Committees and eSports are set for serious discussions about contracts and revenue projections starting with July 24 meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland. The two committees have observed the rapidly-gaining popularity of eSports especially among the 18-34-year-old demographic of young males and females. One of the recent success examples is Chloe Kim, 18, the youngest person to ever medal in the Winter Olympics snowboarding halfpipe. She went to South Korea and the 2018 Olympics with approximately 20,000 followers on Twitter and gained 15,000 new followers the week she won her gold medal.
2018-19 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s Six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
CFP
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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