College Football Notes – June 11, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2018
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By Bo Carter 
Two players named Aaron Taylor – one from Nebraska and the other from Notre Dame – join 73 other NCAA FBS standouts and six FBS coaches on the 2018 NFF College Football Hall of Fame ballot released Thursday by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. The illustrious class includes elite All-America players, national award winners and dozens of well known gridiron heroes. Some of the stellar members of the group are Nebraska quarterback and 2001 Heisman winner Eric Crouch, SMU running back Eric Dickerson, Southern California DB Troy Polamalu, Notre Dame wide receiver Raghib “Rocket” Ismail, a trio of Miami Hurricanes – Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Warren Sapp – as well as coaching legend Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech and Murray State.
The ballot was emailed to 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the Foundation’s Honors Courts, which will select the class. The ballot also includes 98 players and 31 coaches from the non-FBS ranks. The announcement of the 2018 class will be made Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta.
Numerous football-baseball standouts were selected in the recent 2018 Major League Baseball free agent draft, and some of the notables were Oklahoma QB-OF Kyler Murray (ninth choice in the first round by the Oakland A’s), baseball, Michigan and Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson (Texas Rangers) and several others who either played high school or college football.
Award-winning Texas A&M broadcaster Dave South is the 23rd recipient of the prestigious NFF 2018 Chris Schenkel for excellence in broadcasting. He retired from football after the 2017 season and will be honored Dec. 4 during the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown. Presented annually since 1996, the award recognizes individuals who have had long, distinguished careers broadcasting college football with direct ties to a specific university. The award is named in honor of its inaugural recipient Chris Schenkel, the longtime ABC Sports broadcaster who emceed the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City for 28 consecutive years from 1968-1995.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the June 11-17 time period are June 11 (1892) Josh Cody, Franklin, Tenn.; (1903) Ernie Nevers, Willow River, Minn.; (1924) Earl Banks, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1924) Doug Kenna, Jackson, Miss.; (1930) Johnny Bright, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; June 12 (1901) Harold Muller, Dunsmuir, Calif.; (1905) Len Casanova, Ferndale, Calif.; (1947) Steve Kiner, Sandstone, Minn.; June 13 (1903) Red Grange, Forksville, Pa.; (1909) Jack Riley, Chicago, Ill.; June 14 (1898) Bill Ingram, Jeffersonville, Ind.; (1918) John Kimbrough, Haskell, Texas; (1924) Leo Nomellini, Lucca, Italy; June 15 (1889) John Kilpatrick, New York, N.Y.; (1892) Sean Pennock, Syracuse, N.Y.; (1892) Wallace Wade, Trenton, Tenn.; (1923) George Brown, San Diego, Calif.; June 16 (1894) Eddie Casey, Natick, Mass.; (1943) Donny Anderson, Borger, Texas; June 17 (1886) Walter Eckersall, Chicago, Ill.; (1891) Harvey Ketcham, Englewood, N.J.; (1923) Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, Wausau, Wis.; (1940) Bobby Bell, Shelby, N.C.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are June 11 (1964) Lynn Bomar, Nashville, Tenn.; June 12 (1987) Bill Edwards, Springfield, Ohio; (2010) Les Richter, Riverside, Calif.; June 13 (1992) Edwin “Babe” Horrell, Beverly Hills, Calif.; (2012) Jerry Tubbs, Dallas, Texas; June 14 (1932) Bob Peck, Culver, Ind.; (2007) Robin Olds, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; June 17 (1961) Josh Cody, Mt. Laurel, N.J.; (2015) John David Crow, College Station, Texas.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members June 16 Donny Anderson, June 17 Bobby Bell…
Michigan State and WKU denoted contract terms for their 2021 matchup in East Lansing, Mich….Northwestern is working to schedule additional games at Chicago’s historic Wrigley Field after talks with the MLB Chicago Cubs. The first of these games will be against Wisconsin Nov. 7, 2020. The Wildcats last encounter at Wrigley Field was 2010 against Illinois…LSU AD Joe Alleva is asking the Southeastern Conference office to reconsider the LSU-Texas A&M game’s date on Thanksgiving night in future years.
Former Vanderbilt and current NFL Houston Texans standout DB Andre Hal has been diagnosed with Hodgin lymphoma, but his attitude and prognosis for recovery are good, according to attending physicians…Florida State athletics will celebrate 50 years of women’s intercollegiate athletics during the 2018-19 academic year…The North Texas Alumni Association continues to accept donations for athletics scholarships and facilities during key summer months…Vanderbilt’s annual Giving Day for alumni and friends June 5 neeted contributions of $5,959,304.03 from 7,336 with ample funding going for scholarships and other assistance for VU student-athletes through the National Commodore Club…Southeastern Conference coaches and administrators have joined the Atlantic Coast Conference is requesting a 72-team field for the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship.
Oklahoma’s Matt McMillen, who was the longtime administrative assistant to head coach Bob Stoops and assistant AD for football operations since 2011, is retiring…Former Ennis (Texas) HS state championship head coach, Texas High School Coaches Hall of Fame member and father of Texas Tech QB standout Graham Harrell – Sam Harrell – is returning to Ennis as head coach. After battling multiple sclerosis and taking special stem cell treatments in Panama in 2010-11, he returned to coaching in recent years as an assistant at Brownwood (Texas) HS and Southwestern Assemblies of God collegiately…Former Utah Valley soccer student-athlete Tasha Bell has joined the support staff for BYU football…Former South Alabama, UAB assistant coach Duwan Walker was highlighted in an story about community service and assisting student-athletes with future life choices…Georgia Tech named Errin Joe as a graduate assistant coach…Former LSU general manager for football Austin Thomas has joined the grid staff at Texas A&M…Alabama’s Joe Pendry, special assistant to head coach Nick Saban for several seasons, is retiring…Idaho tabbed Adam Breske as inside linebackers coach…North Dakota State completed its 2018 coaching staff with the hiring of assistant coach Jason Ray.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Coe: Tyler Staker, Fredericksburg, Iowa; Colby: Jack Cosgrove, Sharon, Mass.; Colgate: Dan Hunt, Canajoharie, N.Y.; Colorado: Mike MacIntyre, Miami, Fla.; Colorado Mines: Gregg Brandon, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Texas director of athletics Chris Del Conte has added former Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst and longtime TCU and Texas A&M administrator Drew Martin as associate ADs. Martin began his post-college career after Mississippi State athletics as an intern with the Big 12 Conference…Six Auburn athletics administrators will not return for 2018-19…Jackson State is expecting to name Ashley Robinson AD…Texas athletics also will furlough up to 13 staff members as part of a departmental restructuring plan…USF president Judy Genshaft was asked last week about her role in the selection of a new AD for the Bulls…VCU AD Ed McLaughlin was featured in a recent Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper progress report…New Virginia AD Carla Williams has made football the No. 1 aspect of her 2018-19 to-do and followup list…New Utah AD Mark Harlan notes that elite status in the Pac-12 Conference is a reachable goal for the Utes and also spoke of the necessity of community involvement and classroom success. Utah coaches expressed excitement after meeting with the new AD for the first time last week…Austin Peay tabbed Lisa Varytimidis associate AD and senior woman administrator…Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs has established a football practice facility as a priority…Veteran Baker (Kan.) coach and administrator Karen Exon will retire June 30…Taylor Jefferson was named director of marketing and fan engagement at Emory & Henry…Auburn AD Allen Greene explained contract negotiations and extension policies with AU head coaches in a recent newspaper feature story…Former Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger is seeking new opportunities on the national scene…Memphis AD Tom Bowen has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee…Georgia Tech AD Todd Stansbury expressed his support for several staff head coaches…LSU athletics made several recent adjustments to the men’s and women’s golf programs…Illinois AD Josh Whitman is hoping that men’s hockey and other key sports will be added in future years…Rob Higgins has withdrawn his name for consideration for the vacant USF AD job…UTSA named Katie Douglass executive associate AD for external affairs…Oklahoma AD and NFF Board member Joe Castiglione wondered aloud about the Sooners 15 appearances on 11 a.m. or noon broadcasts over the last five years and inconvenience for the OU fan base…Former Michigan State AD and NFF Toner Award recipient Mark Hollis is consulting with the Dan Gilbert Group…Derek van der Merwe is Arizona athletics’ new COO…Florida named former Auburn AD Jay Jacobs as executive associate AD to UF AD Scott Stricklin…SMU AD Rick Hart assessed the school’s 2017-18 year success and discussed possible new facilities’ projects…Tennessee Tech athletics was lauded for taking an overall budget of $14.5 million and downing baseball giant programs such as Ole Miss and Texas in ’18.
The American Athletic Conference office is moving from Providence, R.I., in 2020 for the Dallas-Fort Worth area…Conference USA and ESPN have reached a multi-year agreement to televise 45 football games on ESPN+ and ESPN3…The Big Sky and Southeastern Conferences have established guidelines for conduct prior to student-athlete enrollment with solid sanctions in case of violations… The Pac-12 Conference will have 5-7 automatic bowl berth contracts, depending on qualifying teams, for post-2018…The Big East Conference elected James M. Danko as chair of the BEC board of directors for 2018-20. He is the president of Butler…The Big 12 Conference hosted its 22nd annual meeting of media relations directors Monday in Irving, Texas.
USA Today has projected the top bowl matchups for post-2018, and several include Valero Alamo Bowl –
Southern California vs. West Virginia; Chick Fil-A Peach Bowl – Miami (Fla.) vs. Penn State; Goodyear Cotton – Alabama vs. Wisconsin; Capital One Orange – Clemson vs. Washington; Outback Bowl – Michigan State vs. Mississippi State; Citrus Bowl – Auburn vs. Michigan; PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – Boise State vs. TCU. The publication cautions that these are June predictions, and many circumstances may change between now and bowl season…The Gator Bowl Sports Association named bestbet president Jamie Shelton as its 2018-19 chair…The Las Vegas Bowl and Mountain West Conference are hoping to extend their longtime postseason agreements. The Pac-12 Conference and SEC have been mentioned as possible partners for future Las Vegas Bowls.
Texas Tech has added graduate transfer DL Preston Gordon of Rice and 2018-eligible transfer Seth Collins of Oregon State to the 2018 roster…Former Tennessee QB Quentin Dormady has enrolled officially at Houston and will be an eligible graduate transfer for the 2018 Cougars…Former Notre Dame wideout and Hollywood child actor C.J. Sanders is a graduate transfer at SMU for ’18…Houston Cougars incoming freshman QB Clayton Tune was featured in a recent regional story…Oregon signee Verone McKinley III and his father – former Texas Tech DB Verone McKInley Jr. – were the topic of remembrance of high school and college performances last week…Former Texas A&M oral pledge for 2019 QB Grant Gunnell has switched his commitment to Arizona…The NFL Green Bay Packers came to terms with two-year practice squad participant WR Colby Pearson of Brigham Young.
Arizona athletics is making a $13.2 million renovation of its aquatic center and adjoining offices with completion set for January 2019…Georgia Tech athletics is set to launch a $125 million capital campaign…Illinois’ Illinois Field and the Eichelberger Fields are set for possible upgrades…TCU is beginning offseason preparations for a $100 million premium seating expansion at historic Amon G. Carter Stadium…Arizona State AD Ray Anderson is hopeful that ASU’s new multi-purpose arena will be completed by November 2020. Anderson also noted recent ASU’s accomplishments and uptick for 2018-19…Auburn’s Board of Trustees have approved beginning suite renovations at Jordan-Hare Stadium possibly as soon as late summer…Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium’s north end zone project is well underway…Old Dominion athletics and the city of Norfolk, Va., have combined to provide funding for improvements to Powhatan Field…UAB athletics will pay $25,000 per game to lease a new downtown stadium in Birmingham, Ala….Illinois athletics is hoping to take more neutral site events to the Chicago area…New Mexico athletics will make its NM Foundation records public after a recent ruling. UNM also is considering upcoming budget adjustments for several sports…Nike executive Tinker Hatfield has joined the vocal ranks of supporters for preserving historic Hayward Field’s east grandstand in Eugene, Ore…Missouri’s administration laid off 30 employees, including some in athletics, and eliminated 155 vacant positions to help ease budget challenges and a $45.4 million university deficit…Penn State will make some single game tickets available, but certain contests already have been designated as hard sellouts…Appalachian State fans are seeking additional tickets for the Mountaineers first game against Conference USA regional opponent Charlotte…Virginia’s Board of Directors has voted to conduct a $5 billion capital campaign…TCU has decided not to expand its varsity athletics offerings, including softball possibly, in coming months…Longtime Nebraska backer and comedian Larry the Cable Guy apologized to the people of the state of Iowa for recent remarks…Nebraska’s 1997 Goodwill Alumni Tour was remembered with NFF College Hall of Fame coach Dr. Tom Osborne heading the entourage in the summer before his retirement as NU head coach.
Longtime Texas-area sportscaster Andrew Monaco will replace 2018 NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient Dave South for Texas A&M football and basketball radio duties in 2018-19…ESPN will be at the national CoSIDA workshop later this month with crews taping favorite college football memories for the Project 150 anniversary group. Project 150 also has issued additional corporate sponsorship opportunities for the group in coming weeks.
Former NFF Scholar-Athlete and NFL QB Oliver Luck has left the NCAA to become commissioner of the new XFL…Dak Prescott of Mississippi State, Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State, Cole Beasley of SMU, and Dan Bailey of Oklahoma State represented the NFL Dallas Cowboys in the eighth annual Dirk Nowitzki Charity for Heroes baseball game presented by Scott and White Medical in Frisco, Texas. The game has helped raise $4 million-plus for various charities since 2011.
Several national firsts occurred in NCAA sports last week. The Georgia men won the school’s first NCAA Oitdoor team title while Florida State’s women’s softball team captured both its first and the Atlantic Coast Conference’s initial NCAA crown at Oklahoma City. Duke, Stetson, Tennessee Tech, and Washington all made the field for the NCAA Division I Baseball Super Regionals in their programs first visit to the Sweet 16…Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA, Kenish Rhone of Belmont, Ira Thor of Jersey City U., Charles Healy of West Virginia, Malcolm Gray of East Carolina, and Ken Krosolovic (retired) of Harford at St. Joseph’s (Pa.) were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…The Men’s Intercollegiate Basketball Officiating Consortium assigned longtime NCAA and NABC administrator Jim Haney to the America East Conference for 2018-19…The MLB San Francisco Giants named Megan Brown manager of media relations.
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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