College Football Notes – July 16, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, July 16th, 2018
NFL Alumni teamed with Fantasy Football USA to sponsor several activities at the National Fantasy Football Convention at Will Rogers Memorial Center last weekend in Fort Worth, Texas. Several NFF College Hall of Fame NFL Alumni participated, and a partial list included NFL Alumni President and three-time Super Bowl champ Bart Oates, Hurles Scales, Dennis DeVaughn, Oren O’Neal, Romby Bryant, Keith Davis, Van Malone, LaTarence Dunbar, George Teague, Mario Haggan, Patrick Jackson, Wayne Chrebet, John Gilmore, Larry Mallory, Roosevelt Collins, and Gary Reasons.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the July 16-22 time period are July 16 (1889) Percy Wendell, Roxbury, Mass.; (1939) Frank Girardi, Williamsport, Pa.; (1943) Jimmy Johnson (Arkansas), Port Arthur, Texas; (1951) Jerry Sisemore, Olton, Texas; (1968) Barry Sanders, Wichita, Kan.; (1974) Tommie Frazier, Bradenton, Fla.; July 17 (1927) Thurman “Fum” McGraw, Garden City, Kan.; July 18 (1905) George Wilson, Glenside, Pa.; (1939) Jerry Moore, Bonham, Texas; July 20 (1864) Pa Corbin, Hartford, Conn.; (1920) Frank Merritt, New York, N.Y.; (1920) Tommy Prothro, Dyersburg, Tenn.; (1945) Jake Scott, Greenwood, S.C.; July 21 (1912) Bill Wallace, El Campo, Texas; July 22 (1913) Jim Tatum, McColl, S.C.; (1966) Tim Brown, Dallas, Texas.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are July 16 (1980) Ernie Vick, Ann Arbor, Mich.; (1992) Buck Buchanan, Kansas City, Mo.; July 17 (1980) Ralph “Shug” Jordan, Auburn, Ala.; July 18 (2005) Jim Parker, Columbia, Md.; July 20 (1964) Lone Star Dietz, Reading, Pa.; July 22 (2010) Dennis Byrd, Charlotte, N.C.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members July 16 Frank Girardi (a spry 79), Jimmy Johnson (Arkansas) (a spry 75), Barry Sanders, Tommie Frazier, July 18 Jerry Moore (a spry 79), July 20 Jake Scott (a spry 73), July 21 Tim Brown…
Bowling Green will tangle with Murray State in 2021 and Fordham in ’24…Illinois will host Toledo in 2023…Auburn vs. North Carolina will join West Virginia vs. Florida State and Georgia vs. Virginia in the three games over three days to open the 2020 season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga, during the the Chick-Fil-A Classic Kickoff Weekend…Georgia Southern will make its first trip to Wisconsin in ’23…Colorado and Colorado State head coaches and most fans of the two traditional rivals are hoping for a continuation of the Rocky Mountain Showdown after the current contract expires in 2020…LSU and Tulane are holding discussions about future contests in baseball, football and additional sports… renewal of the rivalry at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo….Media and fans also are hoping for a future home-and-home series between now Big 12 (Kansas) and Missouri (Southeastern Conference) rivals or possibly The Oklahoma City Oklahoman suggested some additional matchups between Big East and Big 12 Conference schools in non-football sports and more Big 12-American Athletic Conference intersectional meetings on the gridiron.
Penn State football again is planning 2,000-plus community service hours for student-athletes and football staff as it approaches fall workouts…Salem (Va.) HS athletics has initiated plans for its annual food drive for Lazarus House project for the underserved in the Salem area.
William & Mary head coach Jimmye Laycock enters 2018 with the most wins of any active NCAA Division I coach (FBS or FCS) with 245 at W&M since 1980 ..SMU’s Sonny Dykes, UCF’s Josh Heupel, Florida State’s Willie Taggart, Rice’s Mike Bloomgren, and UTEP’s Dana Dimel are among new FBS head coaches at their respective schools…Former Southern California head coach Steve Sarkisian had a lawsuit against the school dismissed last week after his 2015 leave of absence and exit from USC. He currently is the offensive coordinator for the NFL Atlanta Falcons…Former Utah State director of player personnel Jared Russell has been named as a Missouri assistant coach and member of the football recruiting staff…Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin is depicted as the fictional character Willy Wonka is a new marketing video for Owls football tickets…Montana’s Colin Bonniksen is completing his tenure as the Grizzlies director of football operations…Former Arkansas and Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema is preparing for his first NFL assistant coaching assignment with the New England Patriots.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Florida Atlantic: Lane Kiffin, Lincoln, Neb.; FIU: Butch Davis, Tahlequah, Okla.; Florida State: Willie Taggart, Bradenton, Fla.; Fordham: Joe Conlin, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Franklin & Marshall: John Troxell, Phillipsburg, N.J.
Texas director of athletics Chris Del Conte will be the featured speaker at the Southwest Region Associated Press Sports Editors conference at Austin, Texas, Aug, 3…Former Murray State AD Allen Ward has been named director of athletics at Abilene Christian. Velvet Milkman has been chosen as interim AD at Murray State…The task facing new California director of athletics Jim Knowlton (after coming from the same post at Air Force) was the subject of an in-depth analysis last week on nationally syndicated College Sports Weekly radio show…Delaware State president Dr. Harry Williams and his educational story were the feature presentation in the ETSU Today alumni magazine of East Tennessee State. Dr. Williams received his doctoral degree from ETSU and has been president of DSU since 2010…Texas A&M associate media relations director for athletics Brad Marquardt was saluted in a recent Twitter feed about his 24th year as a member of the A&M athletics’ staff…Rutgers named Dr. Kristiana Navarro as associate AD for leadership development and strategic appointments…Southwestern (Texas) selected Megan Hardin as senior woman administrator in addition to her duties as publicist…Tennessee Tech athletics tabbed Jonathan Ortiz as a director of operations…The Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board has elected Dan Lovinger, BA’87, as its 2018-19 president and appointed eight new members…The Citadel’s AD search has had 67 candidates with 50 more applicants under committee consideration…Arizona’s retired assistant AD for facilities management Bill Leith was featured in a recent Arizona Daily Star report…Departing Minnesota president Dr. Eric Kaler (he is returning to fulltime faculty duties) has left a solid legacy of accomplishments and innovations in athletics as chronicled by legendary columnist Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune…William and Mary AD Samantha Huge re-emphasized her commitment to both academic and athletics success for W&M teams…Duke director of athletics Kevin White will serve as chair of the 2019-20 NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee.
Conference USA’s 23rd annual football media days are set for Wednesday and Thursday at the new Baylor Scott and White Sports Medicine Center located at The Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas…The Summit League added Ryan Powell as assistant commissioner for communications and Juli Peterson as administrative assistant when the conference opens its new office Aug. 1 in Sioux Falls, S.D….Greg Burks has been chosen as coordinator of football officiating for the Big 12 Conference…Oklahoma is the preseason media selection to win its record 12th Big 12 Conference football crown and fourth in succession in ’18…Southwestern Athletic Conference head coaches have requested a possible return of the conference football championship game to Birmingham, Ala….The annual Conference USA athletics trainers meetings in Frisco, Texas, had discussion centered around numerous ways to continue to enhance student-athlete safety and wellness throughout the conference. There were strategic talks on such subjects as a review of best practices and the best structures to serve student-athletes, a comparison of injury rates and equipment and methods used to help limit injuries. The trainers also reviewed the topic of possible medical spotters in football, including process and personnel. Educational and training methods for spotter personnel were also on the agenda…Utah’s inclusion in the Pac-12 Conference and the background of the move were examined by the Salt Lake City, Utah, Deseret News.
The College Football Playoff has extended its semifinals’ and title game agreements with the Godyear Cotton, PlayStation Fiesta and Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowls through postseasons of 2021-26…The Auto Nation Cure Bowl in post-2018 and ’19 will invite Liberty in a secondary agreement if it reaches FBS victories’ qualifications and if the Sun Belt and the American Athletic Conferences do not have enough bowl-eligible representatives to complete the bowl agreements with these two groups over the next two seasons…The Las Vegas Bowl has inked a two-year game sponsorship with Mitsubishi.
Rice RB Nashon Ellerbe may be in for quite a few more carries if former Stanford offensive coordinator and now Owls head coach Mike Bloomgren follows his recent patterns. Over the last four seasons Cardinal lead running backs have carried 250 times a year and have scored 51 composite touchdowns…Some of the key student-athlete interviewees at the 23rd annual Big 12 Conference football media days Monday and Tuesday at The Star at Ford Center in Frisco are Baylor DT Ira Lewis, WR Chris Pratt, DE Greg Roberts, and safety Verkedric Vaughns, Kansas State QB Alex Delton, OL Dalton Risner, DB Duke Shelley, and QB Skylar Thompson, and Oklahoma State DT Darrion Daniels, RB Justice Hill and LB Juston Phillips, among others. The pre-2018 Big 12 player media vote awardees are QB Will Grier (West Virginia), Offensive Player of the Year; DE Ben Banogu (TCU), Defensive Player of the Year; and DB Brendan Radley-Hiles (Oklahoma), Newcomer of the Year…Several players highlighting Conference USA’s first-ever football media days at Baylor Scott and White Sports Medicine Center in Frisco, Texas, are Charlotte DE Tyriq Harris and OL Cameron Clark, FIU RB Napoleon Maxwell and DL Anthony Johnson, Florida Atlantic LB Azeez Al-Shaair and RB Motor Singletary (another candidate for the NCAA FBS All-Name Team), and Louisiana Tech WR Teddy Veal and DE Jaylon Ferguson. Incidentally, Veal and Ferguson starred for the Bulldogs some two miles north of Baylor Scott and White at Toyota Stadium in the inaugural Frisco Bowl – a 51-10 win by Tech over American Athletic Conference contender SMU in December 2017…Former standout baseball-football prospect Austin Aune of the New York Yankees system has enrolled at North Texas and will be eligible as a quarterback in ’18…Texas Tech has received 2019 verbal commitments from DBs Brandon Joseph of College Station, Texas, and Alex Hogan of Houston, Texas…From the Denver Post sports desk, South Alabama may have the 2018 Player Name of the Year for NCAA FBS in linebacker Bull Barge…Some of the leading candidates on the Rimington Trophy summer watch list are Temple’s Matt Hennessy, Tulsa’s Chandler Miller, UCF’s Jordan Johnson, Clemson’s Justin Falcinelli, Duke’s Zach Harmon, Florida State’s Alec Eberle, Marshall’s Levi Brown, North Texas’ Sosaia Mose, and Old Dominion’s Nick Clarke, among others …Maverick McIvor, standout quarterback at San Angelo (Texas) Central HS and son of former Texas QB great Rick McIvor, has committed to sign with Texas Tech after the 2018 season…Former Alabama LB VanDarius Cowan is seeking a new football home as a transfer this summer…Notre Dame has decided not to honor the verbal commitment for 2019 of WR recruit TJ Sheffield, and he will look elsewhere for a freshman football home.
Cracker Barrel restaurants in the North Texas area are promoting TCU athletics apparel during a special July time period…East Tennessee State celebrated Jim Powell Day to honor Jim and Sandy Powell for their donation of scholarship funds and support of athletics for the last four decades…Dallas Baptist U. was presented a $1.5 million matching fund grant by the Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla., to develop Phase I of its long-range Transform Campaign, which includes improvements in facilities and scholarship assistance in athletics. Former Dallas Chief of Police and DBU grad David Brown spoke at 2018 Patriots commencement day, and the university just held its 12th annual Tom Landry Leadership Award dinner to honor the former Texas great and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach of the NFL Dallas Cowboys…Fans United is sponsoring photo contest with the top prize being a road trip with the NFL Dallas Cowboys…Alabama’s Board of Trustees are considering the purchase of metal detectors for 2018-19 home athletics’ events…Oklahoma State used baseball and softball contests in spring 2018 as an experiment and will have malt beverage sales at football for the first time…Penn State football is finding greater interest in secondary market ticket prices…Wyoming football is initiating a new marketing campaign for season and individual game tickets…Georgia is reviewing future sponsorship opportunities and current corporate agreements…Louisville’s home field now will be designated as Cardinal Stadium instead of Papa John’s Pizza Cardinal Stadium. Former Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter also resigned from his longtime position last week…The St. Paul, Minn., Pioneer Press wrote a priority piece about Minnesota athletics and its total financial impact on the university…Air Force’s renovated football locker rooms are on track to be completed by the ’18 season opener…Missouri athletics and the city of Columbia are hoping to develop a NCAA caliber cross country course as well as several other related Mizzou facilities…Oregon’s Hayward Field is getting some final design tweaks as it is set for a full makeover…The South Carolina Board of Trustees approved the naming of the new football operations building while completion of bronze sculpture of a fighting Gamecocks statue has been delayed. The board also formally approved a Beyonce and Jay-Z concert with proper cleanup procedures 11 days prior to the opening football game at Williams-Brice Stadium…A proposed new Oklahoma basketball and all-purpose arena could be another boon to the Norman and Oklahoma City area economy, according to research by the Oklahoma City Oklahoman.
Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee and former Ouachita Baptist and NFL Dallas Cowboys standout Cliff Harris hosted the 2018 Cliff Harris Reunion Golf Classic to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Several NFF College of Fame members such as Roger Staubach, Mean Joe Greene, Mel Renfro, D.D. Lewis, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Rayfield Wright participated and helped the classic raise $700,000 for the JDRF over the last two years…The only season MVP kicker in NFL history and former Texas A&M and Stephen F. Austin standout Mark Moseley joined Florida and NFL stalwart WR-KR Percy Harvin in a Sports Illustrated magazine Where Are They Now summer segment.
FOX Sports college football broadcasters/analysts Joel Klatt, Brady Quinn, Bruce Feldman, Robert Smith, Dave Wannstedt, NFF College Hall of Fame member Gary Reasons, Lesley McCaslin, and Jen Hale will be hosting a special reception Monday night at the Omni Hotel in Frisco, Texas, in conjunction with the annual Big 12 Conference media days. FS2, FOX College Sports and the various FOX Sports regional networks will televised Big 12 media days’ events live Monday and Tuesday…ESPN and multiple ESPN affiliates will air most of Southeastern Conference media day events Monday-Wednesday from Atlanta…ESPN has inked a multi-year contract renewal with popular talk show host and analyst Paul Finebaum…The Syracuse radio network added Adam Terry as football color analyst and Julian Whigham to the game-day broadcast team…BYU-TV is adding high-definition broadcasts for football and other sports in autumn.
The NCAA Football Rules Committee is studying possible rules’ updates for the NFL after a July 13-15 meeting of the NFL Rules Committee in Plano, Texas. Of particular interest was the catch or no-catch and ball control rulings…Matt Turk of Cal State Northridge, Ira Thor of New Jersey City U., Travis Chell of King (Tenn.), Sam Atkinson of Gaulladet, Doug Monson of Stonehill, and Herman Shelton of Southen (Baton Rouge) were featured subjects and opinion makers in recent online CoSIDA Open Forum discussions.
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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