College Football Notes – June 24, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, June 24th, 2018
The National Football Foundation staff busily is counting potentially 13,000-plus ballots from NFF membership after the recent June 22 voting deadline for the 2019 NFF College Hall of Fame Class. Voting was heavy throughout the one-month process, and the Honors Court will take the popular vote into consideration as selections are made in November-December 2018 prior to the Jan. 4, 2019, announcement of inductees at a national news conference and on several national networks prior to the Jan. 7 College Football Playoff Championship contest in Atlanta, Ga.
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the June 25-July 1 time period are June 25 (1928) Tank Younger, Grambling, La.; (1964) Mike Ruth, Norristown, Pa.; June 26 (1905) Jack McDowall, Micapony, Fla.; (1916) Alvin Wistert, Chicago, Ill.; (1933) Ralph Guglielmi, Columbus, Ohio; June 27 (1931) Bobby Reynolds (Neb.), Grand Island, Neb.; (1932) Kurt Burris, Nowata, Okla.; (1966) Mike Favor, Athens, Ga.; June 28 (1902) Ralph Baker, Rockford, Ill.; (1911) Jimmy Hitchcock, Inverness, Ala.;
28 (1937) Charlie Flowers, Marianna, Ark.; (1960) John Elway, Port Angeles, Wash.; June 29 (1898) Dan McMillan, USC/California, Springfield, Mo.; (1908) Wes Fesler, Youngstown, Ohio; (1949) Dan Dierdorf, Canton, Ohio; June 30 (1930) W.C. Gorden, Nashville, Tenn.; July 1 (1922) Don Whitmire, Giles County, Tenn.; (1953) Michael Haynes, Denison, Texas; (1979) Adrian Peterson (Ga. Southern), Gainesville, Fla.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are June 25 (1997) William Grinnell, Centerville, Mass.; June 26 (1986) Ed Molinski, Memphis, Tenn.; (1997) Don Hutson, Rancho Mirage, Calif.; (1999) Angelo Bertelli, Clifton, N.J.; June 27 (2000) Larry Kelley, Highstown, N.J.; (2002) Jay Berwanger, Downer’s Grove, Ill. (notable: Kelley won the 1935 Heisman Trophy, and Berwanger was the 1936 Heisman winner); June 29 (1983) Joe Delaney, Monroe, La.; (2015) Forrest Behm, Corning, N.Y.; June 30 (1973) Elmer Layden, Chicago, Ill.; (1983) Matty Bell, Dallas, Texas; July 1 (1971) Jesse Harper, Sitka, Kan.; (1984) Ziggy Czarobski, Aurora, Ill.; ( 2010) Don Coryell, La Mesa, Calif.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members June 25 Mike Ruth, June 29 Dan Dierdorf, July 1 Michael Haynes, Adrian Peterson…
NCAA Football LogoMissouri will host Central Michigan in 2021…South Dakota State will travel to Northwestern in 2026…Alabama and Louisville finalized their financial terms for their Sept. 1 opener at Orlando, Fla….Northwestern and Tulane will meet in 2020 and ’25…Villanova will tangle with Wake Forest in 2020 at Winston-Salem, N.C., and the Deacons have moved a series game in ’20 with Tulane back to the 2027 campaign…Michigan Stadium will feature full-blue end zones for the first time in school history this year.
Several Ohio State football student-athletes spoke at a recent campus seminar on relevant societal issues…Augustana (S.D.) supporters have expressed interest with university officials about moving from NCAA Division II to FCS in coming years. The university also is entertaining ideas about the restructuring of the historic Old Main Building on campus…Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine projected another Southwest Conference title for Texas A&M head coach and now-NFF College Hall of Fame coach R.C. Slocum in the third-from-final season of the SWC in the 1993 edition 25 years ago. The 50-year anniversary edition of DCTF had A&M quarterback Edd Hargett and a feature on Texas RB Chris Gilbert – a key cog in the Longhorns switch to the fabled Wishbone offense prior to that 1968 season…Tennessee colleges and universities are making immediate plans to react to legalized sports betting if it passes in the state legislature…Several Oregon State baseball student-athletes, managers and trainers were honored in a special commencement ceremony at Omaha, Neb., where the team was competing (and now in this week’s championship round) in the 72nd annual NCAA Division I Baseball World Series.
Barton selected Chip Hester as head coach last week…Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin is anticipating a 2018 scheduled date at his former employer Tennessee. FAU also officially awarded Kiffin a contract extension through 2027…Oregon State now is seeking an assistant/tight ends coach after former OSU and Nebraska mentor Mike Riley moved to San Antonio, Texas, as a possible head coach with the new professional AFT circuit…New Florida State head coach Willie Taggart has made solid headway in recent fundraising efforts… Grambling head coach Broderick Fobbs was featured in a recent Shreveport, La., Times story as he starts his fifth season with the Tigers and has 39 victories in 50 games…Oklahoma defensive coordinator and former Arizona head coach Mike Stoops received a strong mention in the Norman, Okla., Transcript as Stoops begins his second campaign under Sooners head coach Mike Riley. Mike Stoops served in the same capacity for then-OU head coach and brother Bob Stoops for several years before Bob Stoops retired after the 2016 outing. Riley also was given kudos after his first year as Oklahoma coach for a smooth transition and the Big 12 Conference crown in 2017 by the Oklahoma City Oklahoman newspaper…Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell had a multi-year contract extension… recounted a story about how to apply for an assistant coaching position at Michigan…San Diego State hired former Aztecs standout QB Ryan Lindley and DE Jordan Thomas as 2018 graduate assistant football coaches…Arizona has chosen Andy Vaughn as senior director of football recruiting…New Mexico named Sarah Works director of player development.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Cumberland: Tim Mathis, Statesboro, Ga.; Cumberlands (Ky.): Matt Rhymer, Harlan, Ky.; Dartmouth: Buddy Teevens, Pembroke, Mass.; Davidson: Scott Abell, Crozet, Va.; Dayton: Rick Chamberlin, Springfield, Ohio.
Fresno State has named Terry Tumey director of athletics…Kansas administrators are laying the groundwork for interviews and narrowing down of candidates for the vacant AD’s post…Michigan State executive associate AD Shelley Applebaum will complete her tenure at MSU June 30…Oklahoma State AD Mike Holder has received a three-year contract extension through June 30, 2021…Several area boosters and friends of USF athletics are supporting former Louisville AD Tom Jurich as the Bulls possible next AD, and Derrick Brooks has withdrawn his name from the list of candidates…Susan Preston Bower was named director of athletics at Guilford June 19…Alabama AD Greg Byrne explained his unusual Ninja nickname, his game day routine and enhancements for the ’18 season, and the Alabama-Auburn Iron Bowl rivalry…Clemson AD Dan Radakovich spoke about 2017-18 Tigers success in a recent Greenville, S.C., News vignette…Illinois senior associate AD for development Howard Milton addressed alumni about the new for new and revamped facilities on the UI campus…Maryland athletics has narrowed applicants for its AD’s search to Damon Evans (former Georgia AS), AD Patrick Kraft of Temple and John Currie (formerly of Kansas State and Tennessee), among others…Longtime TCU associate AD Jack Hesselbrock will complete his 30-year service with TCU athletics later this month…Dr. David Nelson has accepted an internship in media relations and marketing with Incarnate Word athletics. He is believed to be the oldest intern in college athletics at the age of 64…Anton Goff is leaving St. John’s (N.Y.) as director of athletics and will be replaced by interim AD/associate vice president/senior women’s administrator Kathleen Meehan…Charlotte has chosen Chris Fuller as deputy AD for external affairs…Former Texas track and field head coach Bev Kearney has accepted a settlement from the university after her contract was not renewed in 2013…Auburn baseball head coach Butch Thompson and North Carolina head coach Mike Fox received lengthy contract extensions last week…UALR has named former North Carolina assistant Neil Erisman to head its new wrestling program…Arizona associate AD for event management and facilities Suzy Mason was acknowledged for her talent to help design new facilities and to make key renovations in an Arizona Daily Star newspaper feature last week…Auburn has added Notre Dame’s Brant Ust as associate AD for administration…Eastern Washington tabbed Nate Barry as director for athletics performance…Several potential Kansas AD candidates have long associations with NFF Board member and AD Joe Castiglione…Louisville AD Vince Tyra was saluted for his public persona and upfront dealings with area and national news media…Maine has employed the Turnkey Search Co. to assist in the national search for its new AD…Washington AD Jen Cohen was interviewed about the UW department culture and the success pattern of head coach Chris Petersen in an East Bay, Calif., Times newspaper article…Former Wyoming director of sports medicine Ryan Pinson will not work with the Cowboys football program in 2018…Former Colorado assistant AD Steve Pizzi has started his duties as associate AD for facilities and game management with Holy Cross athletics…Macalester (Minn.) AD Kim Chandler has left the school and is seeking another similar position…Charlotte tabbed Chris Fuller as deputy AD for external affairs.
The Conference USA 23rd annual media days kickoff will be July 18-19 at the new Baylor Scott & White Sports Performance Center at the Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas. NFF Board member and Dallas Cowboys owner/CEO/GM Jerry Jones was on hand for the forma; dedication of the BSAWSPC last week…Sun Belt Conference commissioner Karl Benson was the featured guest on the nationally syndicated College Sports Weekly radio show…The Power Five conferences expressed varied reactions to new NCAA transfer rules for FBS and Division I.
Pittsburgh, Pa., sports authorities are contemplating bidding for a bowl game after the 2019 season…The six post-2018 bowl encounters on Dec. 31 will feature the following circuit contractual tie-ins: Military Bowl Presented by Northwest Grumman: Atlantic Coast Conference or Notre Dame/American Athletic Conference; San Francisco Bowl: Pac-12 Conference/Big 10; Hyundai Sun Bowl: ACC or Notre Dame/Pac-12; AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Big 12 Conference/Southeastern Conference; SDCCU Holiday Bowl: Big Ten/Pac-12; TaxSlayer Gator Bowl: ACC or Big Ten or Notre Dame/SEC.
The football-famous Ed McCaffrey family has yet another star on the horizon. Youngest son Luke has committed to Nebraska for 2019 to join brothers former college and now NFL performers Christian (Stanford) and Max (Duke) McCaffrey along with Michigan QB Dylan. Ed’s brother and the youngsters’ uncle Billy McCaffrey also starred in basketball at Duke and Vanderbilt, played professionally, and was interim head basketball coach at Vandy and St. Bonaventure…Illinois State’s top 2017 defender Tyree Horton will transfer to another program in ’18…North Texas has added five oral signing commitments for 2019 with the latest coming from Angleton (Texas) OL Christopher Cassidy last week…SMU has a school-high 13 verbal commitments for 2019 team freshmen under new head coach Sonny Dykes…California WR Demetris Robertson has left the program and is seeking a transfer option for 2018…Former Oregon DL Rutger Reitmaier is eligible to play for Vanderbilt this fall after a NCAA transfer ruling…QB Kendall Hinton and TE Thomas Cole hope to return to fulltime status at Wake Forest after three-game suspensions to open the upcoming outing.
Miami (Fla.) football will move into its new $34 million indoor practice facility in August…Pittsburgh athletics has partnered with the Western Psychiatric Institute in Pittsburgh for mental health and concussion prevention challenges…New Mexico athletics is moving ahead with renovations to the Johnson on campus…North Dakota athletics and the Ralph Engelstadt Arena have agreed to a new, multi-year usage contract in Fargo, N.D….Penn State is working on a possible new stadium for Nittany Lions lacrosse…The new Orlando franchise in the XFL will be played at UCF’s Spectrum Stadium with NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Steve Spurrier guiding the eleven…NCAA-famous TD Ameritrade Stadium in Omaha, Neb., will host its first Major League Baseball game on June 14, 2019, between the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals the day before the ’19 NCAA World Series begins…Eastern Michigan athletics is getting major interest from alumni and fans in restoring four sports and possible jurisprudence after it cut these sports for the 2018-19 academic year earlier this year…Akron fans expressed gladness and some sadness about the demolition of the historic, 78-year old Rubber Bowl…The Idaho State Board of Education has approved seating and office renovations at Holt Arena on campus…Clemson’s Board of Trustees has called for an accounting of current season ticket sales and hopes for total home sellouts this autumn…Fresno State’s administration has allocated an additional $1.6 million for athletics’ operations and new AD Terry Turney…Missouri athletics has been bolstered by an additional $2.1 million in early basketball season ticket sales…Utah’s men’s lacrosse officially will become a NCAA varsity sport in 2019…Vanderbilt remains the only team in the Southeastern Conference without softball and will remain in that mode because of lack of campus space to build a facility…Boston College’s new indoor football and training facility is set to open in July…Denver’s Broncos Stadium at Mile High Field is seeking new corporate naming rights…Valor High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., recently was featured in a national story about athletics and academic achievements…Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller has pledged possible means of support to help offset the dropping of New Mexico men’s soccer and other sports…Florida athletics will resurface tennis and track facilities along with ongoing football and basketball arena renovations for 2018-19. Included in a five-year $130 million master plan is a new baseball stadium adjacent to the current UF softball stadium…Tennessee is completing a $660,000 renovation to the football weight room…Missouri expects its new south end zone facilities to generate $6 million in additional revenue this season… Memphis Tigers athletics has signed a five-year extension with Nike for apparel and marketing…Penn State sold out 2018 graduate student football season tickets sell out in 26 minutes last week.
Longtime NFL referee Jeff Triplette will join ESPN in ’18 as a special rules analyst… BYU AD Tom Holmoe has expressed optimism about a new Cougars football contract with ESPN…SB Nation is hosting 150 rising high school senior football student-athletes in the Nike Showcase June 30-July 3. There are sessions open to the public July 2-3, and portions of the Showcase will be televised by ESPN affiliates… recounted Mississippi State’s 2017-18 athletics’ success from the 2018 TaxSlayer Bowl football edition to MSU’s surprising, third-place finish in the 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball World Series…The Los Angeles Times is expecting to sell its historic art deco style offices in downtown LA and to move to a new suburban location.
Several NFF College Hall of Fame members competed successfully in both football and baseball as collegians, and the recent NCAA World Series brought memories of several of these standouts. Some of the notables in two sports, among others, were Sam Baugh, TCU (started his career on a baseball scholarship at Texas before moving to TCU for both sports), Heisman Trophy winner Joe Bellino, Navy; Hugo Bezdek, U. of Chicago; Lloyd Carr, Missouri/Northern Michigan; Dutch Clark, Michigan, Colorado College; Carmen Cozza, Miami (Ohio); Mike Ditka, Pittsburgh; Bump Elliott, Purdue, Michigan; John Elway, Stanford; Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch, Wisconsin; Don Hutson, Alabama; NFF chairman Archie Manning, Ole Miss; Roy Kidd, Eastern Kentucky; Bobby Layne, Texas; and Raymond (Rags) Matthews, TCU…Former SMU and American Football League standout Frank Jackson was inducted into the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Hall of Fame June 21…Lexington (Neb.) HS was remembered with its 1957 football squad, which included former Nebraska greats Monte Kiffin and Mick Tinglehoff (a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame) and their team photo with season accomplishments…Former Arkansas football-baseball standout and later Houston Cougars head coach John Jenkins was recalled for his role in helping UA return to national prominence when he played on the diamond for the Razorbacks from 1971-74 along with longtime NFL and Southwest Conference on-field football official Walt Coleman. Jenkins and Coleman helped the UA program under ABCA Hall of Fame head coach Norm DeBriyn to make its first NCAA regional appearance in 1973…Former Texas A&M QB Trevor Knight discussed his career in an interview with Houston’s Studio 12 television program…College baseball’s winningest head coach (1,987 victories) in NCAA Division I – Mike Martin – will retire after the 2019 season after 40 seasons at the helm of Florida State.
The NCAA has received an extensive report from UConn athletics about possible NCAA rules’ infractions…Nick McCutcheon of Missouri Western, Brandon Stewart of Ursuline (Ohio), Gregory Ruff of Trevecca Nazarene, Jordan Bergeron of Nicholls State, and Jim Heath of Hampton were featured in recent issues of the CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…The Texas University Interscholastic League is allowing up to two live telecasts of high school football contests by Fox Sports Southwest on Friday nights this season. The UIL also banned Denton and DeSoto (Texas) High School teams from the statewide 7-on-7 tournament because of conduct causes…The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools held its annual 7-on-7 meet last Friday and Saturday in Fort Worth while the public schools will joust Thursday-Saturday in College Station, Texas…The Intercollegiate Tennis Association named Caroline Eberhart championships coordinator and tournament administrator…USA Today recently calculated an average NBA player earning of $24.7 million annual and average retirement age between 32 and 34.
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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