College Football Notes – July 8, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, July 8th, 2018
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the July 9-15 time period are July 9 (1870) Ed Hall, Granville, Ill.; (1874) George Brooke, Brookville, Md.; (1892) Elmer Oliphant, Bloomfield, Ind.; (1912) Abe Mickal, Talia, Lebanon; (1918) Nile Kinnick, Adel, Iowa; (1947) O.J. Simpson, San Francisco, Calif.; July 10 (1960) Darryl Talley, Cleveland, Ohio; July 11 (1876) Percy Haughton, Staten Island, N.Y.; (1915) Cecil Isbell, Houston, Texas; July 12 (1863) Hector Cowan, Hobart, N.Y.; (1878) Bob Torrey, Henrico County, Va.; (1920) Glenn Dobbs, McKinney, Texas; (1939) Bill Cooper, Carrollton, Ohio; July 13 (1903) Lloyd Yoder, Salem, Ohio; (1912) Ed Sherman, Licking County, Ohio; (1922) Alex Sarkisian, Constantinople, Turkey; July 14 (1911) Riley Smith, Greenwood, Miss.; (1922) Robin Olds, Honolulu, Hawai’i; (1929) Brad Rowland, Hamlin, Texas; (1971) Bill Royce, Mt. Gilead, Ohio; July 15 (1892) Ray Eichenlaub, Columbus, Ohio; (1893) Orin Hollingbery, Hollister, Calif.; (1935) Alex Karras, Gary, Ind.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are July 9 (1974) Jim Bausch, Hot Springs, Ark.; (1995) Reds Bagnell, Philadelphia, Pa.; July 12 (1975) Carl Snavely, St. Louis, Mo.; (1985) Gene McEver, Davidson, N.C.; July 14 (1982) Jackie Jensen, Charlottesville, Va.; (2010) Gene Goodreault, Orinda, Calif.; July 15 (2017) Vito “Babe” Parilli, Parker, Colo.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members July 9 O.J. Simpson, July 10 Darryl Talley, July 12 Bill Cooper (a spry 79), July 14 Brad Rowland (a spry 89), Bill Royce…
Rice will host Texas Southern in football for the first time in school history in 2021…The Arkansas-Missouri game has been moved up to Friday, Nov. 23, from Nov. 24 with a CBS national telecast… reports a total of 111 FBS vs. FCS matchups in 2018. Some of the more notable ones nationally are Florida vs. Charleston Southern and Idaho (which dropped back to FCS after leaving the Sun Belt Conference in football) along with Army West Point vs. Lafayette and Colgate. Army West Point, Florida and Liberty are the only FBS schools playing two FCS opponents while 22 other schools will feature all-FBS foes on their ’18 slates…Oklahoma had 10 oral commitments from among the approximately 150 high school standouts national at The Opening Finals last week in Frisco, Texas, in The Star at Ford Center. The state of California led all comers with 27 participants while football hotbed and host Texas sported 26 standouts. Florida was next with 25 campers…Baylor appears to have seven orals for 2019 with four high school stalwarts coming from far West Texas…Vanderbilt has 11 verbal commitments through July 6 for one of its largest early recruiting hauls in school annals.
The Allen Americans hockey club will host their first-ever Educational Day Game Tuesday, Dec. 4, when the club hosts the Rapid City Rush for a special mid-day game with hundreds of guests from the Allen (Texas) Independent School District…Texas Woman’s U. has continued what is believed to be a NCAA-record 72 consecutive semesters (36 years), in which he composite grade point average for student-athletes was 3.0 or higher (4.0 GOA scale).
Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley pondered aloud how successful some of the Southeastern Conference’s traditional defenses might fare against 10 powerhouse offense in the Big 12 Conference…Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz spoke about the value of sending in plays on offense via messenger rather than using the sideline cards’ system…The NCAA is continuing its popular minority coordinators’ coaching training program for such up-and-coming potential head coaches as Clemson’s Tony Elliott…Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards was saluted for trying to regain his summer golf swing now that he has to attend alumni events and golf outings…UL Monroe named Bakari Guice safeties coach…Former Tennessee assistant coach and 30-year college coaching veteran Charlie Coiner of 1st Down Technologies, LLC, purported the new FirstDown PlayBook as a sound innovation for football on all levels…Michael Rosso joined the Rutgers staff as an assistant coach.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – East Carolina: Scottie Montgomery, Shelby, N.C.; Eastern Michigan: Chris Creighton, Gambier, Ohio; East Tennessee State: Randy Sanders, Morristown, Tenn.; Florida: Dan Mullen, Drexel Hill, Pa.; Florida A&M: Willie Simmons, Tallahassee, Fla.
Kansas named former Arkansas vice president Jeff Long as its new director of athletics. One of Long’s chief priorities is turning around Jayhawks football fortunes in the rugged Big 12 Conference. Former Kansas AD Lew Perkins expressed his support for the latest KU athletics’ hiring as well…Carson-Newman tabbed Matt Pope as its new AD…Florida State AD Stan Wilcox is looking forward to possibly his most eventful academic year in 2018-19 with the Seminoles…Ohio State AD and former NFF John Toner Award recipient Gene Smith is making contingency plans if the state of Ohio adopts sports gambling…Ricky Dotson was named director of athletics at Texas Wesleyan…Gregg Ellis is leaving Mississippi State athletics as assistant director of communications to become director of communications for Tupelo (Miss.) Public Schools…Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, who received her Ed.D. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt in 2010, is the first female and 14th president of Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. She also has been appointed to the ‘Dores of Distinction advisory board for VU by Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos…Former Baylor and current Liberty AD Ian McCaw spoke about the nationwide culture and growing challenges of assaults both by students, in general, and student-athletes…The Louisville, Ky., Courier-Journal recalled the eventful 2017-18 academic year in Louisville athletics and the impact made by current AD Vince Tyra and former AD Tom Jurich…Idaho State’s new president Kevin Satterlee is working on long-range solutions to help alleviate some financial challenges in athletics…The Mark Harlan era as AD at Utah has begun with more ransparency, accountability and appreciation of past football and other rivalries. Harlan also had a rapid-fire question-and-answer interview with the Salt Lake City Tribune last week…Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs was saluted by the New Jersey Star-Ledger for two recent head coaching hires…Former Nebraska football All-America student-athlete Brenden Stai is the new director of development for NU athletics.
The Conference USA football media guide now is available online with several others to follow on the FBS level at the website…The Southeastern and Big 12 Conferences open 2018 league media days Monday in Atlanta at the NFF College Hall of Fame and at the Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas, respectively, Monday. Before July ends, all 11 NCAA FBS circuits will have completed their media days…The SEC is sponsoring a first-ever Summerfest fan festival in and around the NFF Colleeg Hall fo Fame building with numerous artifacts in college football history and fun and games for kids from three to 93…The New Jersey Star-Ledger examined two additional candidates to bring the Big Ten Conference membership up to 16 potentially with a pair of eight-team division for most sports…The Dallas Morning News opined about the merits and challengfes of nine-game intraconference scjeules for the Pac-12 and Big 12 Conferences.
There will be three now bowls approved by the NCAA Football Oversight Committee for post-2018. The new postseason contests will bring the bowls’ total to 43 and include games in Chicago (likely at Wrigley Field), Myrtle Beach, S.C., and in Arizona. Other sites may also fall into the mix before the committee meets in spring 2019…Bowl tie-ins by FBS conferences for post-2020 are ACC 10 (not including the Capital One Orange Bowl), SEC 10 (not including the Allstate Sugar Bowl), Big Ten 8 (not including the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual), Pac-12 7 (not including the Rose Bowl), Big 12 6 (not including the Allstate Sugar Bowl), American 7, Conference USA 7, Mid-American 6, Mountain West 6, and Sun Belt 5. Independents Army, BYU, New Mexico State, Massachusetts, and Liberty may negotiate their own bowl possibilities with selection committees after automatic bids are reserved.
Oregon senior LB Kaulana Apelu hopes that his 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Ducks annual spring intrasquad game will translate into key personal momentum for upcoming fall drills…Former Oregon State walkon QB Conor Blount is one of the three top candidate for the Beavers 2018 starting post along with senior Jake Luton and transfer Jack Colletto…The website is up and running as West Virginia is promoting standout QB Will Grier for the nationa’s top FCS laurel in 2018…Michigan QB Shea Patterson has inked a 2018 contract with the MLB Texas Rangers…LSU commitment DB Derek Stingley was one of dozens of standouts at last week’s The Opening Finals in Frisco, Texas. He teamed with WR Theo Wease of Allen, Texas, on one of the most outstanding 7-on-7 teams at the exhibition. Lineman Nathan Pickering of Seminary, Miss. (population approximately 320), came from the smallest hometown, a burg near Hattiesburg and the hometown of the first Southeastern Conference commissioner (1940-46) and previously Mississippi Governor Martin Conner.
Colorado has officially removed Coors from its CU Athletics Events Center…LSU AD Joe Alleva is counting on stadium renovations and other amenities to be ready by the Tigers home opener Sept. 8 against Southeastern Louisiana…South Alabama athletics will not be receiving funding at this time from the USA Foundation for its new on-campus stadium proposal, and AD Joel Erdmann noted recently that city and state funding will be necessary for the project to continue…New Mexico’s Board of Regents will meet July 19 for a vote on several cost-cutting measures in athletics…Eastern Michigan attorneys noted that a district court cannot force EMU to restore recently eliminated sports…Minnesota’s mew UM Field House now will have a new exterior, track surgace and field turf practice area under a $7.4 million project approval. UM AD Mark Coyle has expressed support for two major head coaches with budget updates this year…South Dakota has initiated the first part of USD football facility renovation set for the this summer with a completion date set for early 2019.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach Jerry Moore received the North Carolina Legends Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his service at Appalachian State. Moore guided ASU (24 seasons), North Texas and Texas Tech to a conmbined 242-135-2 mark and is the winningest modern era coach in Southern Conference history…Longtime college athletics devotee, former Georgia baseball student-athlete and public address announcer as an undergraduate and award-winning humanitarian Ernie Johnson of TBS and CBS was recognized for his efforts to care for special needs’ adoptees within his immediate family…ESPN’s Paul Finebaum may entertain offers from other networks for his award-winning talk show and commentaries. Fox Sports and the BTN have been mentioned as possible landing points for the popular and often controversial reporter…Alabama radio network analyst Phil Savage is leaving the broadcast booth at UA to concentrate on general manager’s duties with the Phoenix franchise on the XFL, which begins playe with eight teams in 2020…Drake and the Des Moines, Iowa, Register remembered broadcasting great Larry Cotlar and his impact on Iowa sports after his tragic passing in recent flash flooding…The Jackson Clarion-Ledger penned a comprehensive piece about the seven habits of highly effective new football coaches for 2018.
Nebraska QB Vince Ferragamo was recalled as the only quarterback who completed his eligibility at a former Big Eight Conference school to make a start in the Super Bowl. Oklahoma’s Troy Aikman, a NFF College Hall of Famer, was a Super Bowl standout but transferred to UCLA to complete his career. Aikman’s final contest was a 17-3 win over Arkansas in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl…The Southwest Conference Hall of Fame will induct its 2018 class at TCU’s Brown-Lupton Student Union with a Sept. 10 luncheon in Fort Worth, Texas. The inductees are former Arkansas football All-America DB Steve Atwater, All-SWC Baylor basketball player Tommy Bowman, All-America basketball player Houston’ Larry Micheaux, former women’s track & field coach Victor Lopez of Rice, SMU basketball standout Denny Holman, University of Texas All-America baseball player and only two-time Dick Howser Trophy winner Brooks Kieschnick, Texas A&M football and track legend Curtis Dickey, TCU All-America basketball player Kurt Thomas, and All-SWC QB Joe Barnes of Texas Tech…U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) denied knowing of past Ohio State wrestlers’ allegations of possible in-house assaults on student-athletes when he was assistant coach at OSU. Jordan also was an All-America wrestler as an undergraduate at Wisconsin…Several longtime football enthusiasts on the PGA tour have been paired in 2018 tournaments. Famed Stanford alumnus and 14-time major tourney winner Tiger Woods has talked golf and college football with PGA youngsters Texas A&M’s Bronson Burgoon, LSU’s Sam Burns, Kent State’s Mackenzie Hughes, and UCLA’s Kevin Chappell.
The 2017-18 NACDA Learfield College Sports Director’s Cup standings for NCAA Division I included in the Top 10 champion Stanford, UCLA, Florida, Southern California, Texas, Michigan, Ohio State, Georgia, Florida State, and Texas A&M.. NCAA Division II winner was California Baptist (in its final academic year in DII before joining the Western Athletic Conference), DIII went to Williams, and the NAIA Cup winner was Oklahoma City U….Retiring Clemson publicist and CoSIDA Hall of Fame member Tim Bourret just finished his 40th and last year with the Tigers…Brad Sutton of SMU, Russell Luna of the Big 12 Conference, Mike Fragale of West Virginia, Mike Kern of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, Scott Kuykendall at Marquette, and David Smale of Associated Press and the Christian Sports Media Association were featured subjects and opinion makers in recent online CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…Texas Wesleyan was the Sooner Athletic Conference leader for 2017-18 with 147 student-athletes on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll for academic excellence…Learfield College Sports recently made a correction in the 2017-18 Director’s Cup standings after mixing New Mexico and New Mexico results… The Huntington, W. Va., Herald-Dispatch called for the NCAA FBS and FCS football transfer rules to apply for other sports…Maryland athletics is working with area investoigators to assist into inquiries about shor contracts and transfer student-athletes.
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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