College Football Notes – July 29, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, July 29th, 2018
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Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the July 30-Aug. 5 time period are July 30 (1894) Carl Snavely, Omaha, Neb.; (1903) Vic Hanson, Sacramento, Calif.; (1924) Dr. George Savitsky, New York City; (1945) Lloyd Carr, Hawkins Co., Tenn.; (1948) Jim Mandich, Cleveland, Ohio; July 31 (1918) Gene Goodreault, Haverhill, Mass.; (1919) Forrest Behm, Lincoln, Neb.; (1968) Andre Ware, Galveston, Texas; (1974) Jonathan Ogden, Washington, D.C.; Aug. 1 (1929) Joe Palumbo, Beaver, Pa.; Aug. 2 (1901) Charley Caldwell, Bristol, Va.; (1905) Billy Nicks, Griffin, Ga.; (1933) Matt Hazeltine, Ross, Calif.; (1937) Dr. Billy Cannon, Philadelphia, Miss.; Aug. 3 (1898) Gordon Locke, Denison, Iowa; (1932) Jackie Parker, Knoxville Tenn.; (1934) Don Holleder, Rochester, N.Y.; (1938) Maxie Baughan, Forkland, Ala.; Aug. 4 (1908) Frank Carideo, Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; Aug. 5 (1940) Roman Gabriel, Wilmington, N.C.; (1946) Gary Beban, San Francisco, Calif.; (1952) Freddie Scott, Grady, Ark.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are July 30 (1993) Darrell Lester, Temple, Texas; (2011) Dave Maurer, Springfield, Ohio; Aug. 1 (2013) Dick Kazmaier, Boston, Mass.; Aug. 2 (2017) Ara Parseghian, Granger, Ind.; Aug. 3 (2011) Bubba Smith, Los Angeles, Calif.; Aug. 4 (1981) Jack Green, Nashville, Tenn.; Aug. 5 (1986) Les Lautenschlaeger, New Orleans, La.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members July 30 Lloyd Carr, July 31 Andre Ware, Jonathan Ogden, Aug. 5 Roman Gabriel (a spry 78), Gary Beban, Freddie Scott….
NFF Quick Fact: 86 percent of football student-athletes who have played from middle school to college has a positive image of the game.
Missouri will host South Dakota in 2022 and still is scheduled to meet BYU in 2020…Western Michigan and Syracuse finalized their contract payout for the 2018 season opener…There has been some discussion of moving a future Florida State-LSU contest to Orlando and a possible Battle of the Tigers series between Clemson and LSU…Minnesota and Oklahoma State have scheduled a men’s basketball game Nov. 30 and may negotiate some football clashes on future dates. Duke and Texas Tech also will meet in men’s basketball with a possible rematch of the 1989 All-American Bowl between the teams down the road in football…Clemson and South Carolina have extended their annual Palmetto State tussle for 20 seasons through 2037…Virginia Tech has scheduled a series of news conference and practice photo opportunities beginning Thursday when the Hokies varsity reports. Tech athletics will host its annual preseason briefing with head coach Justin Fuente and coordinators at the Cassell Coliseum Media Center in Blacksburg, Va….BYU is starting his seventh season as a FBS independent after many years in the Western Athletic and Mountain West Conferences.
St. John’s (N.Y.) athletics had another successful Jack Kaiser Memorial Golf Classic last week to fund scholarships and provide camaraderie for dozens of SJU fans and friends in the New York City area…Trinity (San Antonio) has been named No. 1 college or university in Texas by U.S. News and World Report in terms of educational value and student opportunities. Rice in Houston held this mantle for most of the last two decades. Incidentally, Rice Stadium will continue to host Tuesday Farmers Market festivities in stadium parking lots around football practices and other area events…Cal Poly San Luis Obispo athletics is working with student-athletes on sensitivity training and community service opportunities…Paul Quinn College (merged with the former Bishop College in 1990 and moved from Waco, Texas, to Dallas) has signed a contract with Plano, Texas, to provide financial aid and paid employment internships in the Plano area to aid PQC undergraduates. The program is called Work College. Bishop College had a great football history and was 8-8 in games during the State Fair Classic played at Cotton Bowl Stadium…Fair Park in Dallas and Cotton Bowl Stadium have received a proposal to be managed by a private agency rather than the City of Dallas. Stadium manager Roland Rainey and Fair Park events director Dee Ann Hirsch are prominent members of the Football Club of Dallas…Wichita State is bringing back its notable marching band, and fans are asking if there will be a future football team renewal to go with it.
Alabama officially extended the contract of defending CFP-winning head coach Nick Saban through the 2025 season…Washington State head coach Mike Leach spoke of the virtues of the Wishbone offense on the 50-year anniversary of its invention by the late Texas Sports Hall of Fame coach Emory Bellard and how its tenets had a later effect on college football’s spread offenses…New head coaches Kevin Sumlin of Arizona and Herm Edwards of Arizona State were headliners at last week’s Pac-12 Conference media days…North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora extolled the national popularity of college football and how it must overcome current challenges on and off the gridiron…LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda received comparisons with the top DC’s nationally and the job he has done in Baton Rouge, La….Nevada named Mike Chamoures cornerbacks coach…South Carolina State named Fred Farrier associate head coach and receivers coach, Bennett Swygert offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Na’han Goddard offensive line coach, Corey Jenkins tight ends and fullbacks coach, and Keith Jones secondary coach…Georgia Tech has added Rod Rook-Chungong as a defensive staff assistant coach…Kansas head coach David Beaty again addressed the Jayhawks total of approximately 70 scholarshipped players in preseason workouts and the need for walkons to contribute immediately…New Mexico State has extended the contracts of head football coach Doug Martin and men’s basketball head coach Chris Jans…2018 NFF College Hall of Fame inductee coach at Virginia Tech Frank Beamer reflected on his standout career and had interesting thoughts about the future of college football in a Richmond Times-Dispatch update.
Nebraska named Ron Brown as director of football player development…Former Ohio State and Florida receivers coach Zach Smith is looking for a new coaching assignment in ’18. Brian Hartline has been named interim wide receivers coach for the Buckeyes…Minnesota administrators and the search committee for the new UM president have been reminded about the Golden Gophers century-plus traditions of athletics success…Former Baylor and Houston head coach Art Briles now may be looking at positions in Canada or overseas to return to football…Former Illinois and Florida head coach Ron Zook expressed pleasure about his new role on the Fighting Illini football staff…Austin Peay tabbed Brandon Jackson as running backs coach, Rod Ojung cornerbacks coach, Fred Tate defensive line coach, and Turner West linebackers coach.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Georgia Southern: Chad Lunsford, Elberton, Ga.; Georgia State: Shawn Elliott, Camden, S.C.; Georgia Tech: Paul Johnson, Newland, N.C.; Grambling: Broderick Fobbs, Monroe, La.; Grinnell: Jeff Pedersen, Grinnell, Iowa.
Texas director of athletics Chris Del Conte hosted UT head coaches and alumni in an East Texas Texas-Exes meeting in Tyler…Maine selected Tyson McHatten as senior associate AD for external operations…Michigan State AD Bill Beekman was profiled for his new compensation package and innovations he hopes to bring to Spartans athletics…Rob Beuerlein is now the assistant director for new media at TCU…Famed Nebraska athletics communications and internet specialist Shamus McKnight is starting his 22nd year with Huskers athletics…The Idaho Board of Education did not make a decision about a possible contract change for Idaho AD Rob Spear…NFF College Hall of Fame coach and Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer discussed how his faith has affected his coaching and playing career in a recent Knoxville, Tenn., News-Sentinel feature…Tulane AD Troy Dannen spoke of the financial importance of football success for the Green Wave and similar FBS universities…Arkansas selected Cromer Peoples, Jon Fagg and Clayton Hamilton as new deputy ADs during staff personnel changes last week…Auburn AD Allen Greene outlined expectation levels for his first football season at the department’s helm…Boise State AD Curt Apsey has made a commitment to honor several past BSU football standouts…Georgia Tech AD Paul Johnson saluted Tech AD Todd Stansbury on his support for the gridiron program…Kansas AD Jeff Long reiterated his policy of making coaching changes in any sport at the ends of seasons…Navy named Michael Paulus senior associate AD for development.
The Big Ten Conference Super Ten players for 2018 includes the likes of Ohio State DE Nick Bosa and RB J.K. Dobbins, Wisconsin LB T.J. Edwards and RB Jonathan Taylor, Penn State QB Trace McSorley, Michigan DL Rashan Gary, and Michigan State QB Brian Lewerke, among others, after voting by a special media panel…The Atlantic Coast Conference media voted these teams as most likely to capture the 2018 ACC championship – Clemson, 139 votes; Miami (Fla.), 5 votes; NC State, 2 votes; Florida State and Virginia Tech, 1 vote each. Clemson is the projected ACC Atlantic Division favorite while Miami is the media choice to reign in the ACC Coastal Division. Commissioner John Swofford revealed potential ACC Network programming and special features at ACC football media days. The commissioner also is working with conference schools to keep attendance figures at or near peaks despite the pressure on family sports entertainment budgets…The Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences will continue their Women’s Basketball Challenge Series for the sixth consecutive season in 2018-19. The Big 12 also is working with football coaches, game officials and athletics administrators to increase game flow times…Media covering American Athletic Conference media days at Newport, R.I., chose UCF (defending champ) to win the AAC East Division and Houston to capture the AAC West. The conference also debuted several posters and signing with P6 logos to continue the awareness campaign for the AAC to become a Power of Six FBS powerhouse along with the Power Five/Group of Five circuits. Houston DT Ed Oliver was named preseason AAC Defensive Player of the Year…New Big 12 coordinator of football officials Greg Burks was on hand to discuss football officiating and 2018 rules changes at the conference’s media days. Big 12 schools and conference officials also expressed satisfaction with the current, 10-member structure and return of the conference football championship…Washington is the preseason media selection for the Pac-12 Conference crown while Southern California was chosen to win the Pac-12 South Division and serve as the Huskies opponent in the Pac-12 championship encounter in December…The Horizon League will continue to utilize Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich., for 2018-19 championship events…SEC football media days will return to Hoover, Ala., in 2019, and Nashville, Dallas-Fort Worth area and St. Louis have been mentioned as possible 2020 sites. The SEC and NCAA also have taken no firm pro or con positions on future payments of student-athletes in football and various other sports. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey also reaffirmed the 6-1-1 scheduling model for conference schedules with six divisional games and rotating opponents in alternating years…Sun Belt Conference commissioner Karl Benson spoke of the state of the nicknamed “Fun Belt” and that no expansion plans are in the works…The Big Sky Conference is altering its basketball and some other sport schedules such as basketball in 2018-19…The Mountain West Conference also is close to finalizing its future television contracts starting in 2019-20. There still also is some chatter around the MWC and regionally of possible members’ expansion…Conference Carolinas named Megan Zimlich a conference officer for 2018-19.
The post-2020 inaugural bowl Wrigley Bowl is getting ample commentary for Big Ten Conference schools…College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock and NCAA FBS commissioners reaffirmed the four-team CFP format for upcoming seasons…The Goodyear Cotton Bowl was unable to make any major seat upgrades for season ticket holders due to the immediate sellout of the College Football Playoff semifinals’ GCB on Dec. 29 in Arlington, Texas…The Football Bowl Association distributed informative reporters’ notepads with the 2018-19 bowl schedule included as a popular item at all FBS media days.
The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award summer watch list features Jake Bentley, South Carolina, (Jr., Opelika, Ala.); Jake Browning, Washington (Sr., Folsom, Calif.); Kelly Bryant, Clemson (Sr., Calhoun Falls, S.C.); Mason Fine, North Texas (Jr., Peggs, Okla.); Ryan Finley, NC State (Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.); Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State (Sr., Richmond Hill, Ga.); Andrew Ford, Massachusetts (Sr., Camp Hill, Penn.); Jake Fromm, Georgia (So., Warner Robins, Ga.); Will Grier, West Virginia (Sr., Charlotte, N.C.); Justice Hansen, Arkansas State (Sr., Edmond, Okla.); Justin Herbert, Oregon (Jr., Eugene, Ore.); Alex Hornibrook, Wisconsin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.); Jalen Hurts, Alabama (Jr., Houston, Texas); Tyree Jackson, Buffalo (Jr., Norton Shores, Mich.); Daniel Jones, Duke (Jr., Charlotte, N.C.); Kyle Kempt, Iowa State (Sr., Massillon, Ohio); Brian Lewerke, Michigan State (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.); Drew Lock, Missouri (Sr., Lee’s Summit, Mo.); Trace McSorley, Penn State (Sr., Ashburn, Va.); McKenzie Milton, UCF (Jr., Kapolei, Hawai’i); Nathan Rourke, Ohio (Jr., Oakville, Ontario, Canada); Brett Rypien, Boise State (Sr., Spokane, Wash.); Jarrett Stidham, Auburn (Jr., Stephenville, Texas); Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee (Sr., Murfreesboro, Tenn.);
Khalil Tate, Arizona (Jr., Inglewood, Calif.); and Manny Wilkins, Arizona State (Sr., Novato, Calif.)…The FWAA Outland Trophy watch list includes 82 standouts, and some of the nominees are OT Kaleb McGary, Washington; C Connor McGovern, Penn State; OT Patrick Mekari, California; C Chandler Miller, Tulsa; DT David Moa, Boise State; C Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame; C Will Noble, Houston; and OT Marcus Norman, USF… The FWAA/Touchdown Club of Charlotte produced their initial summer watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy with the likes of DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson; DB Greedy Williams, LSU; DB Andrew Wingard, Wyoming; DE Chase Winovich, Michigan; DT Daniel Wise, Kansas; and DE Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion among the group of 97 stalwarts…North Carolina junior TB Antonio Williams has gained immediate eligibility for ‘18…Former Baylor safety Tre’von Lewis is hoping for a new landing spot for the coming campaign…Kansas DL Isi Holani is seeking reinstatement to the squad before football drills start…Texas LB Demarco Boyd is hoping to return to full playing status after a suspension last week…Tennessee’s Ryan Thaxton is pursuing a new gridiron destination…Florida freshman Justin Watkins has left the program and is looking for a new football home collegiately.
Navy athletics is constructing a $20 million Physical Mission Center for all sports…Illinois athletics received a $1 million anonymous donation for its new Fighting Illini Football Performance Center…Dayton athletics is working on phase two of $72 million renovation of Dayton arena…Southern California will play on new natural grass turf installed at Los Angeles Coliseum over the summer…SMU is updating and streamlining its concession prices at Ford Stadium…Kansas State and South Carolina are continuing discussions about selling malt beverages publicly at 2018 football skirmishes…Texas A&M athletics now is utilizing StubHub instead of FlashSeats as the school’s official ticket marketplace…Providence athletics is installing new video boards for upcoming sports…UNLV athletics is seeking some additional funding for the new Fertitta Football Complex…Alabama is joining numerous NCAA FBS programs in installing metal detectors for crowd control at 2018 game entrances…Illinois State also is starting a clear bag policy for athletics events beginning with football, soccer and volleyball…Nebraska-Kearney researchers are finding new methods of strengthening concrete for structures such as football stadiums…Research by Malcolm Gray of East Carolina and NCBWA and shows these 10 schools with the top average Ratings Percentage Indices in NCAA Division I baseball for the last 10 seasons (2009-18) – Florida State, 8.9; Florida, 9.2; LSU, 12.4; North Carolina, 13.5; Vanderbilt, 16.5; Virginia, 17.3; Texas A&M, 18.3; Miami (Fla.), 19.0; South Carolina, 22.0; and Cal State Fullerton, 23.3. Interestingly the top nine schools (Cal State Fullerton no longer sponsors varsity football) played in a combined 70 bowl bouts from the 2008-17 grid campaigns in addition to the diamond success…Miami (Fla.) and Oregon just hosted top-flight football camps for outstanding prospects for the 2019 and ’20 signing periods…Air Force athletics, Colorado College athletics and the city of Colorado Springs will construct a new sports and events center…Maryland athletics is working on improvement for football and golf facilities…North Dakota State has worked on new methods for growing turfgrass on Bison football practice fields…Northern Illinois athletics is having extensive discussions about a corporate naming rights sponsor for the university’s new Convocation Center…Arizona athletics will initiate public beer and wine sales now at Wildcats football games…Florida State will host a Saturday Night Live recruiting event in Doak Campbell Stadium…LSU athletics and Marucci Sports have signed a new exclusive equipment supply agreement…Old Dominion athletics has seen a spike in season ticket sales with a Norfolk, Va., matchup with ACC power Virginia Tech…Oregon athletics extended sales of alcoholic beverages at Autzen Stadium and will allow re-entry for home football games…San Diego State athletics has a cost analysis for renting SDDCU Stadium for future seasons…West Virginia athletic has added some incentive plans for season tickets and individual game purchasers…Auburn’s $40 million renovations to Jordan-Hare Stadium will be completed for the home opener…Boston College’s new $52.6 million football practice facility has raised the bar for Eagles athletics…Hawai’i athletics received a $450,000 for naming rights grant from the California Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev….Indiana’s renovations for Memorial Stadium continue to take shape…South Alabama has been informed that Senior Bowl practices will be moved to USA’s new on-campus stadium when it is completed.
NFF College Hall of Fame RB and MLB great Bo Jackson joined Heisman Trophy official Susan Storey in celebrating International Tiger Day July 28. Both are illustrious Auburn alumni…2009 NFF William V. Campbell Award recipient and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow may be but for the season in the New York Mets organization at the Class AA level after suffering a broken hand last week… Pertinent note from Florida athletics – NFF College Hall of Fame player and coach Steve Spurrier (12 seasons as head coach) and Urban Meyer (six years) were by far the most productive head coaches in UF annals. Spurrier produced the Gators first six Southeastern Conference football titles and two national championships while Meyer led Florida to one national crown and two SEC championships. The other combined 93 seasons of Gators football ended with no national championships, zero SEC kudos and a composite .581 winning percentage…Tennessee athletics helped host the 25th annual Jim Thorpe Cup international decathlon last week…Texas legends Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury (also for his stellar play as a quarterback at Tech and prior to that at New Braunfels HS), Mary Hardin-Baylor head coach Pete Fredenburg and longtime ESPN commentator and famed basketball coach Nell Fortner were highlighted in a recent series about the 2018 Texas High School Hall of Fame…Longtime TCU sports medicine professional Chris Hall has been chosen for the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame…The 17-14 Nebraska win over Oklahoma in the 1978 contest at Lincoln, Neb., to determine the Big Eight Conference title and Lyell Bremser’s radio broadcast were featured in a recent historic post…Former Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes of the NFL Kansas City Chiefs was featured in a national story about his prospects for success in 2018…Some of the more exotic locations for NFL training camps are the Houston Texans at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., the New York Jets at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, N.J., the Dallas Cowboys at Oxnard, Calif., the Los Angeles Rams at UC Irvine, and the Green Bay Packers at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis…Former Mississippi State QB standout Dak Prescott and former Ohio State CFP championship RB Ezekiel Elliott were spotlighted in early NFL Dallas Cowboys drills…Andrea McCarthy, sister of former NFL head coach Wade Phillips and daughter of late NFL and college coaching legend Bum Phillips, was named 2017-18 Texas University Interscholastic League Class 5A-6A State Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year as top mentor at Dripping Springs HS near Austin…Former Tennessee players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams were acquitted of assault charges from 2015 by a Knoxville, Tenn., court.
Connecticut’s Mike Crispino will be the new radio play-by-play voice for Huskies football and men’s basketball. Popular ESPN broadcaster Joe D’Ambrosio recalled his salad days as a Connecticut play-by-play man before moving to the network… and webmaster Ted Gangi have been mentioned as a possible national clearinghouse release point for weekly college football injury reports with legal sports betting coming into play nationwide this season…Former UCLA head coach Jim Mora has been hired as a college football analyst for ESPN…Southern Illinois has inked a new five-year radio deal with strong coverage in the St. Louis, Mo., and Illinois metro areas…Alabama football is seeking to regain use of its Twitter account…Florida State is upgrading its facilities and equipment on campus in anticipation of the new ACC Network…21st Century Fox and Comcast Corp. are hoping to reach new programming agreements with the Big Ten Network prior to the start of the fall sports seasons…Monday, July 30, is the extended deadline for FWAA membership and inclusion into the 2018 FWAA directory…A new book “Nailed to the Crossbar: From the NCAA-Penn State Consent Decree to the Joe Paterno Family Lawsuit” by Ronald A. Smith is nearing shipment to leading bookstores nationwide…Alabama is adding Tide standouts John Parker Wilson and Rashad Johnson to its radio broadcast team…The Pac-12 Networks, AT&T and DirecTV are continuing to work on 2018 season packages and financial negotiations.
The Outland Trophy and FWAA have joined forces with National Foundation for Infectious Diseases for a national awareness campaign. Former NFF National Scholar-Athlete and Wisconsin All-America (retire NFL great as well) center Joe Thomas will be a national spokesperson for the campaign with Twitter hashtag #FightFlu…Peter Long of Virginia Tech, Will Roleson of CoSIDA, Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA, and Chad Grubbs of Hardin-Simmons were featured subjects and opinion makers in recent online CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…West Virginia director of football media relations Mike Montoro visited with his longtime Baltimore Orioles idol and had a photo op with the legendary Boog Powell last week…With the new NCAA rule on redshirting, BYU can implement returning Latter Day Saints’ missionaries back into immediately eligibility…North Carolina athletics has resolved all NCAA issues and investigations as of July 25…The Big 12 Conference and NCAA are hoping to complete a final inspection of Baylor athletics in coming weeks…The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight committee discussed several changes in various sports while meeting last week.
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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