College Football Notes – June 5, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
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College Football Notes
By Bo Carter
    Several 2017-18 bowl teams also figure prominently in the 2018 NCAA Division I baseball regionals. Some of the dual-NCAA participants are Florida State, Southern Miss, NC State, Duke, Houston, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, USF, Auburn, Georgia, and South Carolina, among others. Several football-baseball standouts such as Oklahoma QB-OF Kyler Murray have helped their teams advance in post-2018 baseball. Murray was drafted in the first round as the ninth pick overall by the Oakland A’s in Monday night’s MLB selections.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
    Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the June 4-10 time period are June 4 (1908) Skip McCain, Enville, Okla.; June 6 (1879) Jimmy Johnson (Carlisle, Northeastern), Edgerton, Wis.; (1901) Walter Koppisch, Pendleton, N.Y.; (1919) Darold Jenkins, Pettis County, Mo.; (1963) Rueben Mayes, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada; June 7 (1932) Bob Reade, Monticello, Iowa; (1895) Ike Armstrong, Fort Madison, Iowa; (1917) Byron White, Ft. Collins, Colo.; (1928) Clayton Tonnemaker, Ogilvie, Minn.; (1928) Al Brosky, Cincinnati, Ohio; June 9 (1938) Fisher DeBerry, Cheraw, S.C.; (1952) John Cappelletti, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1954) Woodrow Lowe, Columbus, Ga.; (1973) Tedy Bruschi, San Francisco, Calif.; June 10 (1880) Louis Salmon, Syracuse, N.Y.; (1963) David Williams, Los Angeles, Calif.
     Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are June 6 (2000), Sandy Stephens, Minneapolis, Minn.; (2009) Jim Owens, Bigfork, Mont.; June 9 (2005) Slade Cutter, Annapolis, Md.; June 10 (2001) John McKay, Tampa, Fla.; (2008) John Rauch, Oldsmar, Fla.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members June 6 Rueben Mayes, June 9 Fisher DeBerry (a spry 80), John Cappelletti, Woodrow Lowe, Tedy Bruschi, June 10 David Williams…
Indiana has added a home game with Eastern Illinois in 2019 and rescheduled its canceled 2017 home game (due to an area hurricane) with FIU to 2024…Iowa State is holding off on possible neutral-site future games in such locations as Kansas City or Minneapolis…Ohio State will host Toledo in 2022…Texas and Texas A&M are hoping to hold some preliminary discussions about restarting their rivalry after the teams have not met in football since Nov. 24, 2011The state of California’s travel plan for official business to the state of Oklahoma is not likely to affect the Sept. 8 UCLA at Oklahoma fracas.
The North Texas Alumni Association is hosting several family friendly summer events with a major emphasis on 2018 football in various cities and neighboring states in coming days…The Vanderbilt Annual Giving Day is set worldwide for Tuesday, June 5. Several former football and other sports’ student-athletes are participating as volunteers or donors.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has become NCAA FBS’ second-longest tenured head coach at a single NCAA FBS school as he enters his 20th season. NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Bill Snyder begins his 27th campaign with the Wildcats this autumn for current top spot in FBS…Syracuse athletics added compensation for head coach Dino Babers as well as head men’s basketball coach and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member Jim Boeheim…Texas A&M is awaiting the final signature by head coach Jimbo Fisher on his 10-year, $75 million contract. Fisher also has commented on a dateless national championship plaque he received from A&M chancellor John Sharp in anticipation of an upcoming College Football Playoff crown…The FWAA continued its series on spring football workouts with a feature on Oregon defensive coordinator and former USF head coach Jim Leavitt.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Charlotte: Brad Lambert, Hoxie, Kan.; Cincinnati: Luke Fickell, Columbus, Ohio; The Citadel: Brent Thompson, Norwich, Conn.; Clemson: Dabo Swinney, Birmingham, Ala.; Coast Guard: Bill George, Ithaca, N.Y.
Arizona director of athletics Dave Heeke hosted a news conference to discuss 2017-18 academic year success and to relate future plans for UA…Florida AD Scott Stricklin spoke of the legalization of sports betting state-by-state and challenges ahead…Kansas’ administration is determining a possible salary offer for its new AD once the interviewing process begins…Loyola Marymount named Craig Pintens as its new director of athletics…Miami (Fla.) AD Blake James received a contract extension through 2023…Stephen F. Austin tabbed Ryan Ivey as its new AD…Syracuse athletics Daryl Gross had his compensation agreement denoted for the final month of 2016…NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Phillip Fulmer said he was “invigorated” after his first six months as Tennessee AD…The Salt Lake City Tribune noted the difficult shoes the new Utah AD will have to fill for the retired Chris Hill… Auburn AD Allen Greene mentioned the football challenges of playing alternating road games in even and odd years at Alabama and Georgia…New Mexico athletics is utilizing former Missouri AD Mike Alden as a special consultant. He once was an assistant coach under head coach Dennis Franchione with the Lobos…Bryan Lentz has been named video coordinator and director of player development at Tennessee…South Carolina AD Ray Tanner and NCAA Division I Baseball Committee chair was featured for his collegiate leadership in a recent Columbia, S.C., The State issue…Georgia AD Greg McGarity was saluted for innovations and on-field success by dozens of UGa teams over the last academic year…Former USF AD Mark Harlan is leaving Tampa to accept the Utah AD’s position. Former, 31-year Utes AD Chris Hill issued a fond farewell and was given a sterling reception for his four-decade career as he officially retired last week…The Idaho State Board of Education has been studying the tenure and performance of current Idaho president Chuck Staben, and Staben now will complete his tenure in June 2019…College of Charleston longtime administrator and head baseball coach Chad Holbrook has signed a five-year contract extension…New Mexico head baseball coach and administrator Ray Birmingham has been meeting with AD Eddie Nunez about a contract extension. Birmingham’s current pact ends June 30…Rice athletics is expanding the search process to replace ABCA Hall of Fame head baseball coach Wayne Graham.
Power Five conferences continue to provide outstanding revenues for their members, according to league news releases and the Dallas Morning News. For the 2017-18 fiscal year, the Big 12 distributed $364.87 million (an average of close to $35 million for the 10 member schools). A year earlier In 2016-17, the Southeastern Conference distributed a $40.9 average for 14 members, the Big Ten averaged $37 million, the Big 12 came in at $34.8 million on average, the Pac-12 averaged $30.9 million, and the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 14 full-fledged members averaged $26.6 million…The Atlantic 10 Conference announced a new partnership with ESPN+…The American Athletic Conference may become the fifth conference to bring its headquarters to the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area…Southeastern Conference football coaches are appealing to the conference office to help drop the limitations on numbers of headsets on football sidelines. The SEC also updated some of its football intra-conference football transfer rules with graduate transfers now gaining immediate eligibility for their final seasons. The conference passed 15 major policy changes for the 2018-19 academic year and will have metal detectors at all major SEC events by August 2020. The conference also is debating public alcohol sales at SEC football stadiums in the near future…The Big Ten Conference announced start times for several of its September and October televised contests and will open its college-record 122nd football season Thursday, Aug. 28, when New Mexico State travels to Minnesota and Northwestern invades Purdue to begin intraconference activity.
The Big 12 Conference renewed its agreements with Valero Alamo and Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowls.
West Virginia is launching a nationwide Grier7Heisman campaign on July 7 (7/7/18) to help promote standout QB Will Grier for the nation’s top football honor…Virginia Tech is hoping to parlay the spring game showing of WR Phil Patterson (five catches for 86 yards) into the base for the Hokies 2018 controlled passing attack…2018 graduate transfer punter Jake Collins will gain immediate eligibility at Northwestern after completing his degree and earlier football career at WKU…Standout community college DB transfer Jeremy Webb of Virginia Tech will miss the 2018 season with an Achilles tendon injury and subsequent surgery…Former Texas A&M standout OL Koda Martin has left Texas A&M and will transfer to Syracuse…Former Kentucky safety Marcus Walker is seeking a new school for 2018 competition…Former Michigan standout Channing Stribling signed a free agent contract with the NFL Indianapolis Colts…Illinois kicker Chase McLaughlin returns with a 12-for-17 field goal performance and is a probable candidate…Several Alabama players, including soph QB Tua Tagovailoa, were stranded in the middle of an Alabama lake recently due to a boat’s engine trouble…The NFL Minnesota Vikings recently signed Ohio State DT-DE Jaylyn Holmes and Central Michigan TE Tyler Conklin.
Arkansas will return to a natural grasssurface at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in 2019…Virginia Tech has continued its commitment to make $10 million in television media improvements to prepare for the upcoming ACC Network…Louisville fans have expressed excitement about the major renovations at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium…Minnesota athletics has taken steps to keep as many home events on campus as possible both in the 2017-18 academic year and in upcoming seasons…Portland State football will play four of its 2018 home games at Hillsboro Stadium…South Alabama’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved an on-campus football stadium resolution…South Carolina athletics added a private plan to assist with recruiting and team travel…Southern California also projects slightly higher season and individual ticket prices for 2019…Washington State athletics is working on creative means of balancing the 2018-19 budget…Southern California estimates that its renovations to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum football facility may run close to $30 million over previous pricing…Personnel and athletics search firm Heidrick and Struggles signed agreements with five new consultants last week… Alabama and Auburn athletics administrators are making plans to address statewide sports betting…New Mexico legislators noted that they will scrutinize virtually every angle of sports betting before legalizing the process in that state…Kentucky athletics invented several creative fundraisers for a summer team trip to Italy…Nebraska athletics expressed satisfaction with its 11-year, $128 million marketing and apparel agreement with adidas…Lander will add varsity wrestling as a sport in 2019-20…Northwestern’s sparkling new football practice facility and operations center was heralded in a recent Chicago Tribune article…The new Los Angeles football stadium for the NFL Los Angeles Rams and Chargers is taking shape and offering a new skyline adjacent to the historic Los Angeles Forum.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail highlighted a record-setting overall showing for Marshall athletics in the just-completed year…Coaches, administrators and rules makers continue to debate ways to make kickoff returns safer…Learfield Sports and the Missouri Valley Conference are working on several promotional and broadcasting pieces for the 2018-19 academic year.
Last week’s Clemson-Vanderbilt NCAA baseball regional encounter could be dubbed the Jess Neely Memorial Game. The NFF College Hall of Fame coach was an All-America back at Vanderbilt and later served as head football and baseball coach at Clemson as well as Rice. Neely also was head baseball coach at Alabama….Former SMU QB Ramon Flanigan is developing a large Twitter following with cogent football posts…Legendary Dallas and North Texas head coach J.D. Mayo was a special guest at the recent Dallas Independent School District Athletics Hall of Fame induction.
The NCAA has moved ahead with recent reforms with regards to transfer students and Academic Progress Rates’ measurement…Kevin Gilmore of Cal State Monterey Bay, Eric McDowell of CoSIDA leadership, Malcolm Gray of East Carolina, and Herman Hudson of SMU were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…Sports information director emeritus Mike Korcek of Northern Illinois penned a fond remembrance of veteran head coach Bill Mallory who passed away May 25…Longtime TCU and Miami (Ohio) play-by-play and bowl games’ broadcaster Brian Estridge has elected to stay at TCU rather than accepting Texas A&M’s open position for gridiron play-by-play duties…Members of FWAA will receive a complimentary copy of Phil Steele’s College Football Magazine with payment of 2018-19 dues…Ole Miss still is awaiting NCAA Infractions Committee rulings on the appeal of its probationary penalties.
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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