College Football Notes – Aug. 13, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2018

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Nationally-recognized sports reporter Charean Williams of NFL Talk was featured in several sports accounts as 2018 as recipient of the Dick McCann Award and induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. She has covered 24 Super Bowls and hundreds of college and NFL encounters.

Rice hosted Owl Fest last week on the West Concourse of Rice Stadium. The activities included meets and greets with Owls football, soccer and volleyball teams, autograph sessions, a photo booth with mascot Sammy the Owl, face painting, and a sidewalk chalk area. Members of Rice’s spirit groups were on hand along with food trucks and other area vendors.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Aug. 13-19 time period are Aug. 15 (1929) Doug Porter, Memphis, Tenn.; (1950) Sam Cunningham, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Aug. 16 (1862) Amos Alonzo Stagg, West Orange, N.J.; (1913) Bobby Wilson, Nacogdoches, Texas; (1921) Dick Wildung, Scotland, S.D.; (1924) Art Weiner, Newark, N.J.; (1930) Frank Gifford, Santa Monica, Calif.; (1935) Bill Glass, Texarkana, Texas; (1946) Ron Yary, Chicago, Ill.; Aug. 17 (1884) Lone Star Dietz, Rice Lake, Wis.; (1905) Raymond “Rags” Matthews, Ft. Worth, Texas; Aug. 18 (1890) Everett Bacon, Westbrook, Conn.; (1943) Cosmo Iacavazzi, Scranton, Pa.; (1951) Greg Pruitt, Houston, Texas; Aug. 19 (1946) Bob Johnson, Gary, Ind.

Note: Aug. 13 is one of the six calendar dates, 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. 14 (1958) Henry “Red” Sanders, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1999) John Pingel, Palm Beach, Fla.; (2002) Kyle Rote, Baltimore, Md.; (2017) Frank Broyles, Fayetteville, Ark.; Aug. 15 (1981) Lynn “Pappy” Waldorf, Berkeley, Calif.; Aug. 16 (2011) Pete Pihos, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Aug. 18 (1977) John Cain, Memphis, Tenn.; (2010) Steve DeLong, Knoxville, Tenn.; Aug. 19 (1982) Fritz Crisler, Ann Arbor, Mich.; (1985) Bobby Reynolds (Neb.), Lincoln, Neb.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Aug. 15 Doug Porter (a spry 89), Sam Cunningham, Aug. 16 Bill Glass (a spry 83), Ron Yary, Aug. 18 Cosmo Iacavazzi, Greg Pruitt, Aug. 19 Bob Johnson…

NFF Quick Fact: 60 colleges and universities have added varsity football since 2010.

Missouri had added several future contests with the addition of Buffalo at Faurot Field in 2014, Southeast Missouri in 2021 and ’23, South Dakota in 2022, and Murray State in 2024…Boise State and Oregon have slated a three-game set from 2024-26…Clemson and South Carolina have extended series and sites for their baseball series and other sports and have long-range contracts for their football rivalry’s continuance. Clemson also is discussing some future series games with Georgia and LSU…The most victories by all FBS programs from 1968-2017 (last 50 seasons) includes (research by Bill Kosch):
474 – Nebraska
463 – Ohio State
462 – Oklahoma
448 – Penn State
442 – Alabama
442 – Michigan
429 – Florida State
424- Georgia
418 – USC
418 – Texas
411 – BYU
411 – Florida

The Texas Association of Sports Officials held its annual convention and workshop in Allen, Texas, with 1,200-plus attendees. Officials still are needed in several outlying areas of Texas, and the larger metro regions are going from five- to seven-man football officiating crews…

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has been keeping a lower media profile in 2018 preseason…William & Mary head coach Jimmye Laycock will retire in 2018 after his school-record 39th season at the helm…Florida head coach Dan Mullen spoke about how team discipline helps develop successful football programs…Former Baylor and Houston head coach Art Briles has accepted a position as head coach in the Italian professional ranks…Former Auburn standout LB Tre’ Williams will work with AU’s recruiting staff in a new capacity…Former Florida State defensive coordinator and Livingston (now West Alabama) and North Alabama head coach Mickey Andrews has been chosen as a special assistant and consultant to FSU head coach Willie Taggart…Nebraska running back’s coach Ron Brown is set for a new campaign after some off-field challenges…Washington head coach Chris Petersen was applauded by the Seattle Times for taking a sensible approach to winning…

Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Holy Cross: Bob Chesney, Carlisle, Pa.; Houston: Major Applewhite, Baton Rouge, La.; Houston Baptist: Vic Shealy, Nashville, Tenn.; Idaho: Paul Petrino, Butte, Mont.; Idaho State: Rob Phenicie, Lincoln, Neb.

Connecticut director of athletics David Benedict spoke about progress in football and several areas of UConn athletics…Former Fresno State AD Jim Bartko has accepted a position in Oregon athletics’ administration…Oklahoma AD and NFF Board member Joe Castiglione addressed some updates in the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the selection process…Texas AD Chris Del Conte discussed the new Longhorn Live game day experience, funding for sports besides football and the proposed new arena for UT athletics and multi-purpose events…Tulsa AD Derrick Gragg, head football coach Philip Montgomery and head men’s basketball coach Frank Haith took pay reductions as part of budget restructuring at the university…Dr. James Milliken has been named chancellor of the 14-university University of Texas system with 235,000-plus students enrolled for the fall semester…North Alabama tabbed Anna Milwee as athletic academic adviser…Pennsylvania tabbed Lauren Procoplo as assistant AD for student development and enrichment services…Rhode Island College athletics named Mark Holmes coordinator of operations…North Dakota AD Bill Chaves was featured in the Grand Forks, N.D., Herald for his dedication to winning squads and budgetary responsibility.

The Southern Conference named Paul Lollis assistant commissioner for video production, Haley Shotwell director of creative services, Hannah Bradley assistant director of media relations, Emily Fulton external operations assistant, Carl Mattox championships assistant, and Hannah Simmons media relations assistant.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl advocate and Alabama graduate Marilyn A. Hewson, chair, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp., and her husband, James, have made a gift of $15 million to The University of Alabama to benefit the Culverhouse College of Business. Ms. Hewson recently was named 2018 Chief Executive of the Year by Chief Executive magazine in New York City.

Utah State PK Matt Gay heads the 2018 Lou Groza National Place-Kicker Award presented by the Palm Beach (Fla.) Sports Commission summer watch list as the 2017 Groza winner. Among the other top national placement specialists on the list are Utah State’s Dominik Eberle, Toledo’s Jameson Vest, Oklahoma State’s Matt Ammendola, Stanford’s Jet Toner, Georgia’s Rodrigo Blankenship, Baylor’s Connor Martin, UTSA’s Jared Sackett, Michigan’s Quinn Nordin, Arizona State’s Brandon Ruiz, Wisconsin’s Rafael Gaglianone, Missouri’s Tucker McCann, Florida State’s Ricky Aguayo, Texas A&M’s Daniel LaCamera, Mississippi State’s Jace Christmann, Louisville’s Blanton Creque, and Southern Miss’s Parker Shaunfield. Gay became just the fourth kicker in NCAA annals to make 30 field goals in ’17 and hopes to join Florida State’s Sebastian Janikowski as the first repeat winners in Groza Award history…Wisconsin returns three offensive linemen who earned at least one All-America recognition last year in seniors Beau Benzschawel and Michael Deiter and junior David Edwards…Three-year starting offensive lineman Brady McBride Is expected to vie for a starting job as a freshman with the Memphis Tigers this year…North Carolina will be without OL Brian Anderson, OL Quiron Johnson, OL Jordan Tucker, WR Beau Corrales, DE Malik Carney, DE Tomon Fox, DE Tyrone Hopper, LB Malik Robinson, and QB Chazz Surratt for the first four games of the season. DBs Greg Shaw and Tre Shaw will miss a pair of contests, and QB Jack Davidson and OL Jonah Melton will sit out one encounter for the Tar Heels…LSU lineman Ed Ingram is hoping for reinstatement in time for the Tigers season opener Sept. 2 against Miami (Fla.) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Ford Motor Co. celebrated the release of its 10,000,000th Mustang (that’s 10 million-plus) coming off the assembly line in Dearborn, Mich., since 1964 with vintage models’ exhibits and parties last week. The employee who gave the Mustang its name was a fan of both the U.S. World War II P-51 Mustang fighter airplane and SMU athletics and honored both when the car first hit the drawing boards in 1961…Connecticut athletics reached a five-year high in 2017-18 contributions…Kansas State and Chick-fil-A have signed a concessions’ agreement for Snyder Family Stadium…Vanderbilt fans expressed strong opinions about athletics fundraising and a proposed new football stadium in a recent Nashville Tennessean article…James Madison and William & Mary are working to utilize NCAA cost of attendance updates as well as possible within their respective budgets…West Virginia’s facility upgrades throughout the athletics plant are taking on new and larger dimensions in 2018…Georgia Tech’s bookstore recently received a large supply of Yellow Jackets official gear from adidas…Wyoming athletics is benefitting briskly from the first year of its eight-year marketing and apparel contract with adidas…Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium main concourse is ready for use under the extensive renovations’ project…South Carolina’s new football operations building is drawing rave reviews nationwide for its physical look and utility for the staff.

NFF College Hall of Fame coaches Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech and Bobby Bowden of Florida State will serve as honorary captains for their respective teams when the teams play on ABC Labor Day night, Sept. 3, in Tallahassee, Florida…NFF College Hall of Fame QB Troy Aikman of UCLA and Oklahoma opened Troy’s Barbecue Restaurant in the MLB Texas Rangers new Texas Alive business section adjacent to new Globe Life Ballpark (set to open in 2020). Baseball Hall of Fame catcher and Aikman friend Pudge Rodriguez of the Rangers has another trendy dining business next to Aikman’s…Former LSU standout Jarvis Landry received ample national laughs for his appearance on the HBO NFL team insider Hard Knocks when the Cleveland Brown’s WR told a teammate he should wash out his mouth with Irish Spring soap for cursing at practice…The Denver Post recalled Pro Football Hall of Famer members coach Tom Landry of Texas and the NFL Dallas Cowboys and Ed “Too Tall” Jones of Tennessee State and the Cowboys during a recent historic photo recovery.

Providence athletics has re-acquired WIRO Radio as its flagship station for game broadcasts…Nick Walters will be reporting for Fox Sports Southwest on Friday Night Lights and College Saturdays news and scoreboard shows in Texas and the Southwest area starting later this month…The Detroit Free Press noted the efforts nationally to attract more women fans and television viewers for college football and additional collegiate events…The Toledo Blade opined on the challenges to college football of legalized sports betting. Four states are have legalized college sports betting, and several others are set to follow. Buffalo Wild Wings also has requested sports betting privileges in its restaurants in all 50 states nationwide.

The NCAA ruled last week that high school and college players may retain consulting agents and that they may keep their eligibility if they are not selected in the NBA or professional free agent drafts…Judy Willson of the Mountain West Conference, Patrick Walsh of Louisiana Tech, Niall Adler of Mission (Calif.) College, and Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA were featured subjects and opinion makers in recent online CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…USBWA members in 2018-19 will continue to receive complimentary copies of Basketball Times magazine.

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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