College Football Notes – July 22, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, July 22nd, 2018
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 Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association have announced 169 nominees for the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has been a staple for college football honors for 25-plus years. A special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will review submissions from sports directors across the nation to select the 2018 Good Works Team®. 2009 NFF William V. Campbell Award recipient Tim Tebow, two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® member from Florida, again will headline the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel.
The 22 award recipients and honorary head coach will be denoted in September.
In addition to Tebow, the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® selection panel members includes former Good Works Team® members and several NFF National Scholar-Athletes and College Football Hall of Fame members: Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team) and Wes Counts (Middle Tennessee, 1999 team); media voting members are Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star) and Paul Myerberg (USA TODAY); Georgetown College head coach Bill Cronin; 2001 AFCA President and current athletic director at Virginia Union University Joe Taylor.
NFF Quick Fact: 99.6 percent of college football student-athletes go onto careers outside professional football.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the July 23-29 time period are July 23 3 (1935) John Robinson, Chicago, Ill.; July 24 (1875) Bennie Owen, Chicago, Ill.; (1876) Clarence “Bert” Herschberger, Peoria, Ill.; (1894) Clarence Spears, DeWitt, Ark.; (1962) Kevin Butler, Savannah, Ga.; July 25 (1900) Ed Tryon, Medford, Mass.; (1936) Ron Burton, Springfield, Ohio; (1954) Walter Payton, Columbia, Miss.; July 26 (1869) Henry Williams, Hartford, Conn.; (1896) Everett Strupper, Columbus, Ga.; (1934) Tommy McDonald, Roy, N.M.; (1939) Bob Lilly, Olney, Texas; July 27 (1910) Fred Crawford, Waynesville, N.C.; (1950) Reggie McKenzie, Detroit, Mich.; (1959) Hugh Green, Natchez, Miss.; July 28 (1893) John “Jack” O’Hearn, Brookline, Mass.; (1943) Larry Elkins, Brownwood, Texas; (1957) Charles Alexander, Galveston, Texas; July 29 (1879) Dan McGugin, Ringgold County, Iowa; (1902) Herbert Sturhahn, Far Rockaway, N.Y.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are July 23 (1959) Jim Tatum, Chapel Hill, N.C.; July 24 (1978) Joel Hunt, Teague, Texas; (2002) Gaynell “Gus” Tinsley, Baton Rouge, La.; July 27 (1941) Howard Jones, Toluca Lake, Calif.; July 27 (1964) Willie Gallimore, Rensselaer, Ind.; (2010) Jack Tatum, Pittsburg, Calif.; July 28 (1979) Four Horseman Don Miller, Cleveland, Ohio; (2010) Bob Fenimore. Stillwater, Okla.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members July 23 John Robinson (a spry 83), July 24 Kevin Butler, July 25 Ron Burton, July 26 Tommy McDonald (a spry 84), Bob Lilly (a spry 79), July 27 Reggie McKenzie, Hugh Green, and July 28 Charles Alexander…
More discussions at high athletics’ levels are continuing on restoring the Texas-Texas A&M football rivalry, which ended temporarily after the 2011 season…Missouri will host Southeast Missouri State in 2021 and South Dakota in 2022…Oklahoma trotted out its 2017 Big 12 Conference championship rings at recent Big 12 media days and looks for a record fourth consecutive league crown this autumn. OU has captured 11 of the first 22 Big 12 grid championships…Kansas is working its way back toward its full contingent of scholarshipped football student-athletes. After hitting a low of 38 scholarshipped players in 2015, the Jayhawks are approaching 70 in 2018 and hope to have the full endowment of 85 by 2019.
Dozens of Rice fans attended the ROMEO (Rice Owls Mentors Eating Out) lunch last Friday, and it featured new RU head coach Mike Bloomgren at the HESS Club in Houston.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart noted that the January College Football Playoff setback in overtime to Alabama left the team with ample mental incentives for ‘18…Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables recently inked a five-year contract extension for $11.6 million…New Arkansas defensive coordinator John Chavis was featured in a Southeastern Conference story. This is the fourth SEC member where has been DC…Arturo Gyles has been named defensive line coach at Georgetown (D.C.)…Former Kentucky standout LB Courtney Love will serve as a new assistant coach for the 2018 Wildcats…Mississippi State: tabbed Matt Wilson as director of football player personnel.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Fresno State: Jeff Tedford, Lynnwood, Calif.; Furman: Clay Hendrix, Commerce, Ga.; Georgetown (D.C.): Rob Sgarlata, Washington, D.C.; Georgetown (Ky.): Bill Cronin, Terre Haute, Ind.; Georgia: Kirby Smart, Montgomery, Ala.
Michigan State named Bill Beekman director of athletics…Austin Peay selected Gerald Harrison as director of athletics…Albany (N.Y.) chose Leslie Moore as associate AD for facilities and game operations, Travis Wilson as associate AD for business, Erika Kenney as assistant AD for ticketing and group sales, and John Reilly as assistant AD for athletics communications…Former Illinois associate media relations director Ben Taylor has been named vice president for communications at the Champaign-Urbana campus of the university… New Kansas AD Jeff Long took some time out to spend with family and friends before the football season starts in earnest…Nebraska associate AD Mark Boehm was saluted for his role in getting Huskers great Brendan Stai back into a campus fundraising role…Columnist John Adams of the Knoxville News-Sentinel noted how the hard work and interviews by NFF College Hall of Fame coach and current Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer paid off in the hiring of former Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as the Vols head coach…LSU president Dr. F. King Alexander was saluted for his salary structure in relation to college presidents nationally and the prestige he has continued to bring to LSU academics and athletics…Chattanooga athletics is taking applications for a new wrestling head coach…Baylor AD Mack Rhoades celebrated his two-year anniversary with the Bears with optimism about an improved football program and meeting fundraising goals…New Mexico president Garnett Stokes and AD Eddie Nunez proposed recommendations for athletics’ funding challenges and were supported by the UNM Board of Regents after meetings last week.
Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey noted the loop is working on contingency plans to issue football injury and availability reports on a weekly basis as several states institute legalized sports gambling. Mississippi was one of the first three new states along with Delaware and Washington to allow sports betting…Conference USA media selected Florida Atlantic as East Division winner and North Texas as champ of the West Division for the upcoming campaign. The two teams captured their divisions in ’17 before FAU nabbed the C-USA crown in the title contest…The American Athletic Conference named Ryan Kelly director of football operations…The NAIA Sooner Athletic Conference held its first-ever football media days last week in Fort Worth, Texas, and conference coaches voted on preseason award winners – Southwestern Assemblies of God QB C.J. Collins as SAC Offensive Player of the Year, Oklahoma Panhandle State LB Nate Leithead as Defensive Player of the Year and Lyon kicker-punter Ignacio Gomez as 2018 Special Teams’ Player of the Year…Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby told media day participants that the nine-game. round-robin schedule does not make all things equal. In fact, some schools play five home conference games while others have four home tests in alternating years. The Big 12 also denoted the retirements of 23-year senior associate commissioner Dru Hancock (the 2018 WBCA Administrator of the Year) and 16-year veteran John Underwood.
The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl executive director David Fletcher addressed hundreds of members of the national and local media at SEC Media Days in Atlanta. Academy also has signed long-term agreements with the SEC and ESPN for football and multi-sports sponsorships…Andrea Williams was named chief operating officer for the College Football Playoff…The Polynesian Bowl and Nike have inked a multi-year sponsorship contract.
Several leading candidates for the 19th annual Rimington Trophy (national FBC center of the year) voted upon by FWAA and committee members fall watch list are Arizona’s Nathan Eldridge, Arizona State’s Cohl Cabral, California’s Addison Ooms, Oregon’s Jake Hanson, Oregon State’s Sumner Houston, and Stanford’s Jesse Burkett, among others…Some of the standouts (70-plus on the list) on the 2018 John Mackey Tight End Award summer watch list are Chase Allen of Iowa State, Kemari Averett of Louisville, John Bates of Boise State, Andrew Beck of Texas, Nate Becker of Miami (Ohio), and Jacob Breeland of Oregon…Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond expects to make a solid run for the Game One starting spot after hard work in the offseason. Aggies RB Trayveon Williams is hoping for additional responsibilities and carries for the A&M offense…Texas Tech continues to have a three-way race for starting quarterback prior to fall drills among McLane Carter, Jett Duffey and Alan Bowman. Tech LB Dakota Allen was featured on the Netflix documentary Last Chance U about players at East Mississippi Community College…TCU’s projected starting QB Shawn Robinson reflected on last season’s 11-3 success. Frogs starting safety Ridwan Issahaku is seeking full reinstatement before August while WR Omar Manning hopes to locate a community college or smaller division school after redshirting for TCU in ’17…Texas Wesleyan has bolstered its 2018 roster with former Southeastern Louisiana QB Donovan Isom and former Texas Tech running back Desmond Nisby who both have immediate eligibility…Kansas LB Joe Dineen has been selected for some preseason All-Big 12 Conference squads and was joined by fellow All-Big 12 candidate OL Travis Bruffy of Texas Tech at conference media days last week.
Ole Miss has released a new, flex season ticket package…Clemson athletics is taking steps to make student-athletes and the student body in general aware of the dangers and about prevention of campus sexual assaults…South Carolina athletics is working to repair a popular fountain associated with Gamecocks postgame celebrations…The Provo, Utah, Daily Herald wrote a wrapup about BYU’s continued national success in multiple sports and the nationwide influence of BYU-TV and athletics…The University of Idaho Board of Regents did not comment on a recent closed door meeting and a possible UI athletics’ compliance inquiry…Mississippi State athletics is making some small adjustments in 2018 football concessions’ pricing…Louisiana Tech athletics selected a 50-year Joe Aillet Stadium (named in memory of the NFF College Hall of Fame coach of the Bulldogs) as the facility celebrated its 1968-2018 existence…Stanford’s campus facilities and an aerial view of the tree-lined areas were featured in a recent Denver Post report…Paris (Texas) HS near the ranch of NFF College Hall of Fame coach Gene Stallings had its installation of new artificial turf at the school’s football stadium last week…Connecticut athletics is continuing marketing efforts and new methods for encouraging season ticket purchases…Illinois area Native American advocates are hoping to start some new Fighting Illini football traditions…UNLV athletics is looking to add supplemental funding to complete its new football complex. UNLV also will utilize the FANtastic 20 designation to enliven its 2018 overall fan experience…Georgia Tech football expressed excitement about its new adidas apparel and renovated locker room…Kansas State is continuing discussions about selling malt beverages at football games… CF athletics set a 2017-18 school record with $13.4 million in contributions…The Utah Jazz and other area teams are ending their partnership with Papa John’s Pizza…VCU athletics unveiled a five-year strategic plan for 2018-23.
The 2018 National Iowa Varsity Club and the University of Iowa Athletics Department Hall of Fame class includes Kineke Alexander, football standout Jared DeVries, Chris Hatcher, Sarah Lynch, Alexis Maday, Jeff McGinness, football star Bob Sanders, and 40-year athletics trainer (1972-2012) John Streif. The group will be honored at a banquet in Iowa City Aug. 31…
ESPN provided its most extensive, wall-to-wall coverage of conference media days in history over the last eight days. Included were live SEC Network with on Kickoff Central, the American, Conference USA, MAC, and Sun Belt gatherings on ESPN3, and the network will follow up these live, multi-platform events with the return of College Football Live and national championship-winning coaches Dabo Swinney of Clemson and Nick Saban of Alabama at its Bristol, Conn., campus. Daily episodes of College Football Live return with segments from SEC and Pac-12 Media Days, and national coverage began last Monday from the NFF College Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga. The 30-minute daily show usually will air at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2 with additional live shows at 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. (EDT) – please check local listings for exact times and dates. The Pac-12 media day highlights will air Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) with ESPNU and ACC Network Extra Live coverage from the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff. ESPNU and the Longhorn Network aired most of the Big 12 media days’ festivities and have been running replays at certain times (again, please check local listings). ESPNU is offering extensive Pac-12 media day interviews, and ESPN3 has streamed or will stream seven NCAA FBS media day events…Veteran San Antonio Express-News and ESPN writer Tim Griffin has been named digital director for area television stations in Corpus Christi, Texas…Longtime sports writer and voice of Irving (Texas) Independent School District football public address R.V. Baugus is helping organize the International Association of Venue Managers world convention in Toronto, Canada, this week…Some Tennessee Vols fans questioned facts and opinions expressed by USA Today columnist Dan Wolken about UT athletics and have emailed the publication with their comments…Then-CBS broadcaster young Bob Costas was saluted for a 1970s in-depth interview with Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member Larry Bird of Indiana State…Cody Kellner of the Kellner Report notes via Twitter that Southeastern Conference champions have played in 11 of the last 12 Bowl Championship Series or College Football Playoff title tussles…Purdue radio broadcaster Larry Clisby has been supported by GoFundMe pages and several other sources in his battle against cancer.
The NCAA sanctions handed down for Ole Miss with a bowl prohibition for post-2018 have been appealed by UM athletics…Danny Kambel of Pacific, Cindy Potter of Columbia (Mo.), Cathy Luetje of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA, Ira Thor of New Jersey City University, and Brandie Davidson of TCU were featured subjects and opinion makers in recent online CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…The FWAA was scheduled to announce a new sponsor partnership for the Outland Trophy Monday…Oregon State may appeal a NCAA football investigation over recruiting mailers sent to other FBS schools’ 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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