College Football Notes – Aug. 6, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2018
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More than 700 college football teams reported for 2018 fall workouts last week as they prepare for the initial college games of the 150th season starting Thursday, Aug. 23.
Defending College Football Playoff champ Alabama is No. 1 in the Amway Coaches Top 25 poll – the 69th consecutive season college coaches have conducted the poll. 2017 runnerup Georgia is No. 4 behind Clemson and Ohio State. The Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences are represented by five schools each while some of the prominent FBS members receiving votes but just out of the first 25 are South Carolina 138 points, Florida 135, Oregon 105, Utah 81, Texas A&M 67, Northwestern 67, Kansas State 35, Florida Atlantic 27, Memphis 23, Boston College 23, NC State 22, Arkansas State 19, Troy 19, and Appalachian State 16 points. Eight of these teams are matched in the first weekend of FBS activity as No. 6 Washington tangles with No. 10 Auburn in Atlanta, No. 8 Miami (Fla.) meets No. 24 LSU in Arlington, Texas; No. 14 Michigan travels to No. 11 Notre Dame, and No. 17 Virginia Tech goes to No. 19 Florida State in a critical Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.
NFF Board member Thomas Tull is being enshrined into the Little League Hall of Excellence.
From the NCAA Champions magazine summer issue, Division III Linfield (Ore.) College enters 2018 with 62 consecutive winning seasons in football. Linfield was 3-6 in 1955, and the Wildcats have won more than 80 percent of their games over the past 62 campaigns while rolling up a composite 500-114-10 record. The Wildcats were undefeated in 1982, 1984, 1986, and 2004.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Aug. 6-12 time period are Aug. 6 (1902) Harry Wilson, Mingo Junction, Ohio; (1906) Ken Strong, West Haven, Conn.; (1907) Jerry Dalrymple, Arkadelphia, Ark.; (1920) Steve Lach, Altoona, Pa.; Aug. 7 (1928) Ron Schipper, Zeeland, Mich.; (1945) Alan Page, Canton, Ohio; Aug. 8 (1970) Trev Alberts, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Aug. 9 (1899) Ed McGinley, Chester, Pa.; (1955) Doug Williams, Zachary, La.; (1967) Deion Sanders, Ft. Myers, Fla.; Aug. 10 (1961) Billy Ray Smith, Fayetteville, Ark.; (1970) Gino Torretta, Pinole, Calif.; Aug. 12 (1915) Alex Wojciechowicz, South River, N.J.; (1930) Jack Scarbath, Baltimore, Md.
Note: Aug. 11 and 13 are two of the six dates annually on which there were no NFF College Hall of Fame members born or passed away among the 987 players and coaches in the Hall.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Aug. 7 (1962) Vince Stevenson, Philadelphia, Pa.; Aug. 8 (1988) Alan Ameche, Houston, Texas; (2017) Dick MacPherson, Syracuse, N.Y.; Aug. 9 (1972) Joe Skladany, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1999) Riley Smith, Mobile, Ala.; (2015) Frank Gifford, Riverside, Conn..
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Aug. 7 Alan Page, Aug. 8 Trev Alberts, Aug. 9 Doug Williams, Deion Sanders, Aug. 10 Billy Ray Smith, Gino Torretta, Aug. 12 Jack Scarbath (a spry 88)…
James Madison will travel to Louisville in 2022…Central Michigan and New Mexico State will play a pair of games in 2019 and ’26…Chattanooga and Illinois will meet in 2022…North Alabama, new to NCAA FCS ranks in 2018 and joining the Big South Conference for football competition officially in 2019, will meet BYU at Provo, Utah, in 2020. It is the Lions most prestigious FBS opponent since UNA (then Florence State) traveled to Vanderbilt in 1959…
The North Texas Alumni Association continued its summer activities and football-related sessions with a group outing to the Class AA Frisco (Texas) Rough Riders baseball game…The Vanderbilt Center on Aging is helping to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the passing of client and entertainer Glen Campbell Aug. 8 in Nashville, Tenn., at the age of 81. Vanderbilt also held its annual sendoff party for freshmen students a private Dallas home Aug. 2. Mississippi State’s Northeast Mississippi area students also will have a special sendoff gathering at the MAFES Building Aug. 9…East Carolina athletics has captured three consecutive Baseball Team Academic Excellence Awards from the ABCA…Tennessee and Vanderbilt athletics will continue to host in-depth classes on avoidance and prevention of sexual assaults among student-athletes, coaches and staff…Texas A&M has a new contract clause specifically prohibiting sexual misconduct and a one-strike disciplinary phase.
Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher received the key to the city by Fort Worth from Mayor Betsy Price during a recent sold out alumni gathering and has drawn record crowds statewide at several Aggies alumni gatherings…Former South Carolina QB Connor Shaw has stepped down as assistant coach at Furman…Oklahoma State’s new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles was saluted for his experience and coaching savvy in a Tulsa, Okla., World writeup…Georgia running backs coach Dell McGee has been tabbed as assistant head coach to Kirby Smart…Former Southern California head coach Steve Sarkisian has ended his legal with the university over his suspension and eventual termination…Ryan Day has been named interim head coach at Ohio State after head coach Urban Meyer was placed on administrative leave last Wednesday…Doane selected Malcolm Pearson as defensive backs coach and John Reeves as offensive line coach…Furman added Dru Duke tight ends coach…Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun kept the selection of the Falcons new defensive coordinator a secret until fall practice opened last week…Cincinnati athletics named Greg Scrupps director of football player development…North Dakota State denoted Kody Martin as new cornerbacks coach…Alabama may have had the largest turnover in FBS with six new assistant coaches this fall…Arizona State offensive coordinator Rob Likens was highlighted in an Arizona Republic story about Pac-12 Conference coordinators…Clemson may renegotiate the future contract of head coach Dabo Swinney after the recent Nick Saban extension agreement and updated financial compensation at Alabama where Swinney played for four seasons…Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh had a comical diatribe about his dislike of chicken…Montana tabbed former Hawai’i director of football operations Jimmy Morimoto for the same position at UM…Several missing memorabilia items from the home of new Nebraska head coach Scott Frost have been located, but there are still some helmets and autographed photos to be found. NFF College Hall of Fame coach and Frost mentor (Frost was QB on Osborne’s 1997 national championship squad at NU) Dr. Tom Osborne spoke of Frost’s attention to Huskers traditions as fall drills began last week…Tulsa named Keith Smith named director of football operations…Kansas State head coach and NFF College Hall of Fame member Bill Snyder is concerned about legalized sports betting in Kansas and its effect nationwide…Louisiana Tech named Erik Link special teams coach as the final team in NCAA FBS to add a 10th assistant coach last week…Oklahoma’s directors of football operations Clarke Stroud and former vice president of student affairs/dean of students Clarke Stroud were profiled by the Norman, Okla., Transcript.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Hamilton: Dave Murray, Scotia, N.Y.; Hampden-Sydney: Marty Favret, Washington, D.C.; Hardin-Simmons: Jesse Burleson, Abilene, Texas; Harvard: Tim Murphy, Kingston, Mass.; Hawai’i: Nick Rolovich, Daly City, Calif.
Missouri director of athletics Jim Sterk is working to help erase a deficit from the Tigers overall budget and is optimistic about season ticket sales…North Texas AD Wren Baker spoke to the media about challenging as a mid-level FBS program and adding sports at UNT in coming months…Kansas AD Jeff Long made a very favorable impression before KU administrators and media at a recent briefing in Lawrence, Kan….Matthew Culp was named athletics trainer at Brown…The College of Charleston chose Ryan McEvoy as athletics communication assistant…Rutgers new senior associate AD for leadership development and strategic partnerships is Kristina Navarro…WKU AD Todd Stewart remarked to Associated Press and the school’s fan base about the level of success in Conference USA and nationally in football, other sports and academically in 2017-18…New Oakland AD Steve Waterfield had his salary and three-year contract ratified by the OU administration…Monique Holland was chosen as senior associate AD for student-athlete experience at Auburn…Texas State AD Larry Teis was featured in a Dallas Morning News story about the cost, personnel and time consumption in running a NCAA FBS program within the Sun Belt Conference…Austin Peay AD Gerald Harrison was introduced and commented in his first news conference at the Clarksville, Tenn., university…Colleen Sorem was named deputy AD at Maryland…New Michigan State AD Bill Beekman is seeking sellouts at all Spartan Stadium contests with promotions and new season ticket packages… UTEP athletics saluted 98-year-old administrative professional Katie Jensen for her 30-year tenure with the department…Coker athletics hired Jon Perdue and Scott Sewell as assistant directors of media relations… Providence athletics named Jon Rynerson associate AD for media relations, Kristin Duhamel associate AD for sports medicine and Kevin Connolly as associate AD for external relations…Appalachian State AD Doug Gillin spoke about ASU’s new game day experience, current projects and long-range plans.
The Missouri Valley Football Conference is seeking another live broadcast platform for its 2018 season contests besides ESPN webstreaming…The Big Sky Conference is switching formats for several of its championship events in 2018-19…The debate continues about BYU moving from FBS independent status to a possible rejoining of the Mountain West Conference…The New York Times opined about how NCAA Division I baseball carries over to within approximately two weeks of the conference football media days and ends summer vacationing periods for most national media and several college athletics publicists.
Christie Lenox has been named senior manager for events and marketing at the Valero Alamo Bowl…The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic ticket office hosted a special presale for Southwest Classic Arkansas-Texas A&M tickets last week for the Sept. 29 Southeastern Conference encounter at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas…The Bahamas Bowl has a new sponsor: the city of Elk Grove Village (Ill.).
Alabama’s No. 1 quarterback job in preseason practice is a pitched skirmish between CFP title hero Tua Tagovailoa and regular Jalen Hurts. Both have expressed intense desire to repeat their top 2017 performances…2017 finalist David Sills V of West Virginia joins Oklahoma State’s James Washington, ’17 semifinalist Ole Miss’ A.J. Brown, California’s Kanawai Noa and Vic Wharton III, Louisville’s Dez Fitzpatrick and Jaylen Smith, Nebraska’s Stanley Morgan Jr. and JD Spielman, North Texas’ Jalen Guyton and Michael Lawrence, Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown and CeeDee Lamb, Toledo’s Diontae Johnson and Cody Thompson, and West Virginia’s Gary Jennings Jr. as some of the top 2018 candidates on the summer Biletnikoff Award watch list…Among the top returnees listed on the 2018 Buck Buchanan Award (NCAA FCS Defensive Player of the Year) are Nasir Adderley, Delaware, S; Bryson Armstrong, Kennesaw State, LB; Willie Barrett, Marist, LB; Marlon Bridges, Jacksonville State, S; and Miles Brown, Wofford, DL…Several top finalists on the summer watch list for the 2018 FCS Offensive Player of the Year Walter Payton Award are Neil O’Connor, New Hampshire; Lamar Raynard, North Carolina A&T, QB; P.J. Simmons, Alcorn State, RB; Nathan Stewart, Sam Houston State, WR; and Easton Stick, North Dakota State, QB…WR Jaylen Smith of Louisville underwent an emergency appendectomy prior to practice last week and is out for an indefinite period…Florida wideouts Trevon Grimes and Van Jefferson were granted immediate eligibility as NCAA FBS transfers…Nebraska is excited about new projected starting safety Tre Neal who came to NU as a graduate transfer from UCF with new head coach Scott Frost…SMU’s offense has received a solid boost from eligible transfer wide receivers Reggie Roberson of West Virginia and CJ Sanders of Notre Dame…Transfer OG Damien Lewis was listed as first team on the initial LSU depth charter after regular OG Ed Ingram was suspended. All four quarterbacks from spring workouts took snaps with the first unit in the Tigers opening workout last Saturday…Ale Kaho, the Washington Huskies’ Five Star freshman linebacker, has been delayed for arrival at UW practice while tending to some family matters. UW’s first practice did mark the return of injured regulars Chico McClatcher and Greg Gaines, however…Vanderbilt is looking to Illinois transfer RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn to do the heavy lifting in the running game opposite strong-armed QB Kyle Shurmur. VU projected backup QB Deuce Wallace has been suspended for the ’18 season after a school policy infraction but remains enrolled and set for 2019 activity…Former Virginia Tech DB Mook Reynolds is seeking a transfer school for ’18…Former Alabama LB Linebacker Van Darius Cowan is hoping to find a new football home for the coming year…Arkansas DB Ryder Lucas seeks team reinstatement prior to the ’18 season opener…Iowa starting offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs will miss the ’18 lidlifter after a suspension…LB Christian Harris of Baton Rouge, La., has committed verbally to play at Texas A&M in 2019. 2018 A&M DE Michael Clemons has been sidelined with a foot injury…Former North Texas safety Reggie Williams is off the 2018 freshman roster and may become a transfer.
Florida unveiled Michael Jordan Brand football uniforms for the season last month…Georgia Tech is making some adjustments for its new adidas apparel contract in football…Iowa athletics is hosting clinics to get young women and girls more involved in college athletics…Navy athletics is making some moves to reduce costs before the 2018-19 competitive and academic year begins…Kansas State athletics has a surplus in the budget for the ninth consecutive year in 2017-18 and denoted a $8.6 million budget increase for fiscal year 2019…Kentucky athletics has joined some other regional universities in working on additional season ticket promotions for football…Louisville athletics may add varsity men’s hockey in coming years…The NBA Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris made a $1 million donation to Pennsylvania athletics…UAB athletics made some necessary personnel cuts over the summer to stay on the 2018 budget track…Wyoming faculty members have asked for a possible mascot and logo change discussion for the Cowboys…Papa John Schnatter told national media the pizza franchise originated by him needs his face and presence in sales and marketing campaigns. The NFL Dallas Cowboys and MLB Texas Rangers have re-established relationships and promotions with Papa Johns Pizza restaurants…The Tampa Bay Rays proposed new stadium in the Ybor City area of Tampa, Fla., is projected to cost $900 million, have a translucent domed roof, and will be suitable for college, high school and professional football…FacilityAXS Business Directory, which features several college athletics stadiums and venues, just celebrated its one-year anniversary as a successful online search engine…Iowa State’s facilities’ rebuild and the leadership of AD Jamie Pollard in fundraising efforts were spotlighted in a Des Moines, Iowa, Register feature about the best physical plants in Big 12 Conference football and other sports…Virginia Tech athletics is offering a special Maroon Seating Package for $185, and it includes Miami (Fla.) and any two other home games except Notre Dame, which is sold out…Florida State football is adding special lighting in tailgating areas for 2018 home football games…Oregon State is close to establishing stadium-wide alcoholic beverage sales at Reser Stadium…Milwaukee athletics has restructured season ticket pricing for several sports…The Mobile (Ala.) City Council continues discussions about helping to fund a new, on-campus stadium for South Alabama or to make needed improvement to historic Ladd-Peebles Stadium where the Jaguars have played since starting their football program…Tennessee’s new $10 million football practice field expansion and makeover has been rated as one of the nation’s top upgrades…North Carolina athletics will name its Smith Center basketball surface the Roy Williams Court in honor of the ultra-successful Naismith Hall of Fame coach at both Kansas and UNC…Northwestern’s new $270 million Walter Athletics Center was rated as one of the most spectacular facilities of its type in college athletics by the Chicago Tribune…San Diego State’s renovated football locker room was occupied on the first day of 2018 workouts…Vanderbilt administrators and several alumni joined forces last year to end speculation about a possible professional soccer stadium, which also would serve as VU’s home football stadium off campus and replace 96-year-old Vanderbilt Stadium (originally known as Dudley Field)…West Virginia athletics is undertaking a five-year, $100 million renovation project entitled Climbing Higher. AD Shane Lyons announced the initiative…Mississippi State held a sendoff gathering for 2018-19 students from the North Texas area in Trophy Club, Texas, last weekend. The MSU Alumni Association also noted contributions to the university have exceeded $100 million for a record, fifth consecutive year…Esports continues to gain ground and will have some football connections worldwide in coming weeks. The Dallas Cowboys Star at Ford Center Frisco already is booked to host Esports events…The state of Mississippi is making final preparations for legal sports in its casino locations…Recruits and student-athletes voiced praise for the new Georgia football locker room facilities during Reveal Weekend…South Alabama and the Mobile City Council are continuing discussions on funding for the proposed USA on-campus football stadium…USF athletics released findings of a feasibility study to construct an on-campus released…Kentucky athletics is completing a $49 million baseball stadium remake.
NFF College Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome of Alabama was an interested observer when the NFL Baltimore Ravens (for which he is general manager) met the Chicago Bears in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game Aug. 2 at Canton, Ohio, prior to 2018 PFHF inductions Saturday…Former Idaho standout and NFL 50-Year Anniversary first team offensive guard Jerry Kramer of the Green Bay Packers gained admission and induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last Saturday in Cantono, Ohio. ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap (son of the late Dick Schaap who co-authored Kramer’s biography Instant Replay) joined former Texas Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg also attended the ceremonies. Kramer had been eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for 44 years before gaining Veterans Committee approval…Former Nebraska athletics student assistant in media relations Adam Froemming was named to the Alexandria, Va., 40 Under 40 List of prominent community leaders. Froemming began covering the NCAA Baseball World Series in Omaha when he was 12 years old and composing a daily newsletter…NFL Media named Greg Polsca as vice president, NFL franchise and network marketing…Former Nebraska standout Randy Gregory had his NFL suspension listed and will compete for the Dallas Cowboys…The Minnesota Vikings inked former college standout TE Josiah Price of Michigan State and added Andrew Janocko as co-offensive line coach and Todd Downing as tight ends coach…Terrell Owens celebrated becoming the first Chattanooga alumnus in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with a special ceremony on the UTC campus last Saturday night. Former late Chattanooga head coach (1931-67) and Georgia alumnus Scrappy Moore was the university’s first inductee into the NFF College Hall of Fame in 1980.
Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw celebrated his 20-year anniversary as lead sports columnist for the newspaper. Cowlishaw, also a correspondent for ESPN, is a national advocate for sobriety and wrote a best-selling book about alcohol addiction…The Columbus (Neb.) Telegram is instituting a new policy of paying by the story instead of a conventional employee salary structure to reduce staffing costs…Nate Allen, who has covered Arkansas Razorbacks football since 1973, was inducted into the Arkansas Sportscasters/Sportswriters Hall of Fame during at Conway, Ark….Pittsburgh will have NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient Bill Hillgrove back at radio mikeside for his 45th season along with analyst and former Panthers QB Pat Bostick handling that role…Former Detroit Lions radio broadcaster Dave Brandstatter will continue to work Michigan football but will not air the Lions 2018 encounters…Longtime Fox Sports Southwest broadcaster Neil Beasley finished his career with the network last week…The contract extension of ESPN’s Paul Finebaum continues to be a major topic on Southeastern and other regional television and radio sports talk shows…U. of North Texas honors journalism grad Patrick Malone is the new digital marketing assistant at World Class Automotive…Seven Mountain West Conference football games will be webstreamed on Facebook Live this autumn. The MWC also revealed kickoff times for several games during the first five weeks of the ’18 season…Jamie Samuelsen of the Detroit, Mich., Free Press wrote of the continuing impact of social media on college football and college athletics.
Numerous FWAA members have served on committees to select key players for 2018 preseason watch lists…Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA, John Cade of Mississippi State, retiring Tim Bourret of Clemson, and Rick Poulter of Texas State 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)
CFP
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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