College Football Notes – July 1, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, July 1st, 2018
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NFF President/CEO Steve Hatchell joined fellow Colorado graduate and 40-year college media relations legend Dave Plati (who was selected this year but will be inducted in 2019 by personal choice) among the seven newest members to the CoSIDA Hall of Fame. Hatchell worked in communications’ capacities at Colorado, Colorado State and the Big Eight Conference before moving to fulltime athletics and bowl administration in the 1980s. Other 2018 inductees are B.L. Elfring, Southern Maine; Edward Hill Jr., Howard U.; Bill Jones, Skidmore; Mike Kirk, Central Oklahoma; and Diane Nordstrom, Wisconsin. They were honored at a special awards dinner at the CoSIDA national workshop last week in the Washington, D.C., suburbs.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the July 2-8 time period are July 2 (1891) Gus Dorais, Chippewa Falls, Wis.; (1879) Bob Zuppke, Berlin, Germany; (1900) Ernie Vick, Toledo, Ohio; (1937) John Cooper, Knoxville, Tenn.; July 3 (1943) Steve DeLong, Norfolk, Va.; (1959) Frank Hawkins, Las Vegas, Nev.; (1976) Grant Wistrom, Webb City, Mo.; Born on the Patriotic Fourth of July – (1912) Edgar Manske, Nekoosa, Wis.; (1942) Floyd Little, New Haven, Conn.; (1953) Bob Breunig, Inglewood, Calif.; (1962) Willie Totten, Leflore, Miss.; July 5 (1923) John McKay, Everettsville, W.Va.; (1951) Johnny Rodgers, Omaha, Neb.; July 6 (1924) Darrell Royal, Hollis, Okla.; (1946) Fred Dryer, Hawthorne, Calif.; July 7 (1918) Bob Blackman, DeSoto, Iowa; July 8 (1890) Pete Mauthe, Turkey City, Pa.; (1935) John David Crow, Marion, La.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are July 2 (1957) Leroy Mercer, Swarthmore, Pa.; July 3 (1975) Elmer Oliphant, New Canaan, Conn.; July 5 (1998) Sid Luckman, No. Miami Beach, Fla.; July 7 (1992) Clint Frank, Evanston, Ill.; July 8 (1918) Gary Cochran, In Combat in France.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members July 2 John Cooper, July 3 Steve DeLong, Frank Hawkins, Grant Wistrom, July 4 Floyd Little, Bob Breunig, Willie Totten, July 5 Johnny Rodgers, July 6 Fred Dryer…
Villanova and Wake Forest will play a single game at Winston-Salem, N.C., in 2020…Northern Arizona will meet South Dakota in 2020 and ‘21 and Sam Houston State in 2021 and ’22…Northwestern and Tulane will match up in 2020 at Evanston, Ill., before the teams tangle again Aug. 30, 2025 in New Orleans…Georgetown (D.C.) and SMU are working on scheduling future contests in multiple sports.
Registration remains open for TCU’s popular Women’s Football Clinic at the Sam Baugh Pavilion in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, July 12, from 7-9 p.m. (CDT) on the TCU website and links…Rice Stadium continues to host the popular Rice Farmers Market in the iconic Hutson football facility’s parking lot Tuesday afternoons and early evenings throughout the summer…Associated Press penned an investigative national story on college sports physicians and new pressures they face…Concussion research and injury prevention measures were key issues at an inaugural sports medicine summit in North Carolina last week.
Second-year Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke and the Rebels are riding the momentum of three victories in their final four bouts in 2017. The Rebels are rated No. 57 nationally in the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel-Star countdown of all 129 NCAA FBS schools this season. No. 58 Boston College, No. 59 BYU and No. 60 Northern Illinois are in the next three places in the Sentinel’s staff survey… Former Colorado assistant and interim head coach Brian Cabral is making headway as the honorary co-chair of the Buffs4Life postgraduate program…The New Haven (Conn.) Register updated summer plans, camps and goals for Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall…Darrell Burnett was named head coach at historically-state-contending Hot Springs (Ark.) HS…Iowa State defensive coordinator Jon Heacock was featured on last week’s ISU CyCast video podcast…Lebanon Valley College is in the process of hiring on additional assistant coach for the upcoming outing, and South Alabama posted an academic counselor’s position specifically for football to be filled in July.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Dickinson: Brad Fordyce, Springfield. Mass.; Drake: Rick Fox, Wheaton, Ill.; Duke: David Cutcliffe, Birmingham, Ala.; Duquesne: Jerry Schmitt, Pittsburgh, Pa.; East Carolina:
Former Georgia director of athletics Damon Evans has accepted the same position at Maryland…Mike Kelly has been appointed AD at USF…Oklahoma State AD Mike Holder is continuing a 52-year association at OSU starting as a freshman golf team member in 1966…SMU AD Rick Hart and Oklahoma senior associate AD Kenny Mossman are two candidates expected to be in the mix for possible interviews for the Kansas’ AD’s post. Others being considered are Colorado State AD Joe Parker, Central Michigan AD Michael Alford, Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork, and former Arkansas AD and Oklahoma associate AD Jeff Long. Late last weekend Hart asked to be removed from the candidates’ list and is staying at SMU. UCF AD Danny White also removed his name from KU consideration…John Brush is now assistant AD for communications at The Citadel… St. Joseph’s (Pa.) athletics named Thomas Boyle as a director of day-to-day operations…Middle Tennessee named David Blackburn senior associate AD for external affairs…Illinois executive senior associate AD for sports administration Paul Kowalczyk is retiring Aug. 31…Clemson AD Dan Radakovich spoke of football-men’s basketball-baseball success as pillars on which to improve other Tigers sports programs…Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart received a pay raise and restructured contract…A three-member Pennsylvania Superior Court panel upheld the previous decisions and rulings about the fate of former Penn State and Nebraska president Dr. Graham Spanier…Tulsa will utilize Owasso, Okla., resident Jared Gallagher as its new public address announcer…Former Louisville AD Tom Jurich was mentioned as a future AD candidate by the Tampa Bay Times newspaper.
The Big 12 Conference and PodcastOne have collaborated to begin a weekly Big 12 Podcast with host Chuck Cooperstein… The Big 12 also denoted several staff additions and changes for 2018-19. Greg Burks is the new Big 12 coordinator of football officials. Erick Newman joins the Big 12 in a fulltime position as assistant director/championships after previously assisting Bill Hancock in the College Football Playoff office. Angie Allen is championships assistant while Annie Barraza and Michael Lopez were chosen as Will Hancock Memorial communications assistants. Dayna Scherf is now senior associate commissioner for championships. Catrina Gibson is the Big 12’s new chief financial officer post after serving a year as controller. Maria Swanson is director of championships operations. Jessica Hamm is the Big 12’s new director of compliance and Governance and assistant general counsel. Big 12 and Southwest Conference veteran of four decades Steve Pace has been named corporate compliance officer…The Southeastern Conference added longtime Texas A&M athletics administrator David Batson as assistant commissioner for compliance…California Baptist officially joined the Western Athletic Conference while North Alabama moved up to NCAA Division I status as a football member of the Big South Conference in 2019 and as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference starting in August 2018 for all other sports. The UNA Lions actually have played NCAA FBS competition in previous years with a November 1959 contest at Vanderbilt. It was a chance for Vandy’s defense to run against the Lions single-wing offense the week before VU took on traditional rival Tennessee, also a longtime single-wing school at that juncture under NFF College Hall of Fame coach Gen. Bob Neyland…UTSA baseball academic and athletics standout Ben Brookover has earned the Conference USA Dr. Jim Castaneda Postgraduate Scholarship for 2018-19.
One of the busiest bowl dates of the post-2018 campaign will be Saturday, Dec. 15, with six postseason classics highlighted by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference-Southwestern Athletic Conference winners meeting in the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta, Ga., to open the activities…The Las Vegas Bowl may be part of a two-game package after the 2020 season if a current proposal passes NCAA postseason committee muster.
Rice added two potential starters for ’18 in graduate transfers OL Andrew Mike of Florida and FB Giovanni Gentosi of UCLA…247 Sports rates the top five high school football prospects for 2019 as DL Keyvon Thibodeaux of Thousand Oaks, Calif., DL Nolan Smith of Bradenton, Fla., DL Ishmael Sopsher of Amite, La., DL Zach Harrison of Lewis Center, Ohio, and OL Darnell Wright of Huntington, W.Va. Of the top 10 players listed on the 2019 charts, seven are linemen or linebackers. The first skill position student-athlete in the group is No. 6 WR Jadon Haselwood of Ellenwood, Ga….The Opening, and Nike are sponsoring The Opening Football Experience for approximately 150 senior high school standouts nationwide with the final activity set Tuesday afternoon…Several Texas high school 7-on-7 football squads have utilized the experimental soft helmets to avoid head and neck injuries. Midlothian Heritage HS won the Texas 7-on-7 Division II title in just its third year of varsity football last week in competition at College Station, Texas. Arlington (Texas) Lamar HS back Brett Green Jr. expects to make a full recovery from a collision he suffered in 7-on-7 qualifying rounds…Kansas State OL Dalton Risner is the 23rd annual 2017-18 Big 12 Conference Male Sportsperson of the Year…Late Washington State QB Tyler Hillinski and the Hillinski’s Hope Foundation were subjects of an in-depth feature in Sports Illustrated magazine. SI also documented the potential of Hillinski’s brother Ryan of Orange, Calif., and one of the top-rated 2019 freshmen recruits nationally.
Georgia Tech athletics and its adidas partnership appear to be rising to new heights in apparel and marketing circles…LSU’s Board of Supervisors discussed football ticket prices, the LSU Tradition Fund donation levels; a raise for some LSU assistant coaches, and head coaches’ contract extensions…University of Louisville attorneys are pondering a recent UL fans’ lawsuit against the NCAA…
Michigan State interim president John Engler is seeking legal advice about several recent settlements with former student-athletes and future cases…South Alabama fans attended a rally in large numbers at Mobile’s Government Plaza for a community forum on the proposed on-campus football stadium for the Jaguars…East Carolina’s $60 million Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium southside renovation project is slated for completion in time for the 2018 season opener…Rutgers will unveil several facility updates in August and September and has plans for more thanks to its new annual Big Ten Conference revenue distribution…Baylor and Oklahoma have placed select single-game tickets on sale while the supplies last…Colorado has sold out its allotment of tickets for the Sept. 8 engagement at former Big Eight/12 Conferences’ rival Nebraska…St. Francis (N.Y.) is adding women’s varsity soccer for the 2019-20 academic year…SMU’s indoor practice facility, primarily devoted to football but available for all varsity sports, is set to open in early 2019…Florida State AD Stan Wilcox has established a possible time frame for a final decision on the fate of FSU’s football-only facility. The Seminoles are proceeding on schedule with golf course and baseball stadium renovations…Charlotte athletics is assessing the damage after a roof on one of its indoor facilities collapsed last week.
The Richmond, Va., Times-Dispatch had an in-depth piece about understanding (or lack thereof) of federal courts and the intricacies of college athletics…Baylor will utilize a new radio broadcast crew – Bruce Gietzen and Maggie Davis-Stinnett – for the 2018-19 women’s basketball season…Fans United is preparing several apparel items for college football in 2018 as well as NFL teams such as the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers…Longtime television and NCAA executive Chris Farrow of Chris Farrow Sports Productions in Charlotte was featured in a piece last week…
NFF College Hall of Fame QB and 1997 William V. Campbell Trophy recipient Peyton Manning was inducted into the CoSIDA Google Academic Hall of Fame last Friday during CoSIDA’s 61st annual national workshop… provided a Where Are They New video feature on Longhorns 2001-04 fullback standout Will Matthews…Former collegiate standouts and now NFL Dallas Cowboys teammates QB Dak Prescott of Mississippi State and RB Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State were featured at the Ready, Raise and Rise Summer Football Camp at Trophy Club (Texas) Byron Nelson HS. Prescott later delighted more than 500 youngsters at the Haughton, La., Dak Prescott Camp in the quarterback’s hometown…The Texas Tech Athletics Double T Hall of Fame will add five members to its ranks in an autumn ceremony. The newcomers are football LB Ed Mooney, basketball standouts Sean Gay, Andre Emmett and Erin Grant and All-America baseball infielder Jimmy Zachry.
The NCAA enjoyed some of its top attendance numbers and television ratings in history for the 72nd annual NCAA Men’s College Baseball World Series in Omaha, Neb., despite some ongoing weather problems. Oregon State won its fourth NCAA team championship (third in baseball) in history by downing Arkansas 2-1 in games in the title round…CoSIDA Hall of Fame members Bud Ford of Tennessee and Tamara Flarup of Wisconsin joined Richard Kilwien (new assistant AD for communications at San Diego), Brent Ingram of UT Arlington and Russ Anderson of Conference USA as featured subjects and opinion makers in recent online CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…Several major award winners were announced and honored at the 61st annual CoSIDA National Workshop in suburban Washington, D.C. Texas A&M’s Alan Cannon, a CoSIDA past president, received the prestigious Arch Ward Award for lifetime contributions to the organization. Jim Nantz of CBS Sports captured the prestigious 2018 Jake Wade Award for national sports broadcasting excellence while Louise McCleary of the NCAA was endowed with the Keith Jackson Eternal Flame Award for service to college athletics. Winners of the prestigious 2017-18 Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contests were Story of the Year (Athlete Profile, Coach/Administrator Profile, General Feature, and Blog) – David Kiefer (Stanford); Event Coverage – BJ Pickard (Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference); Season Preview/Recap – Evan O’Kelly (Montana State); Story With Video – Chelsey Kraft (Oklahoma).
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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