College Football Notes – Aug. 20, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2018
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Tennessee became one of the first states to open the 2018 football season with contests beginning Thursday, Aug. 15. The Volunteer State has earlier playoffs than in some recent years, and this is believed to be the at last the 109th or 110th varsity campaign in the Tennessee high school ranks. This is the 95th season for the Tennessee High School Athletic Association to govern prep football in the state, and postseason gridiron playoffs began in Tennessee in 1969.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Aug. 20-26 time period are Aug. 20 (1908) Beattie Feathers, Bristol, Va.; (1917) Ed Molinski, Scranton, Pa.; (1927) John Rauch, Philadelphia, Pa.; Aug. 21 (1928) Bud McFadin, Rankin, Texas; (1945) Willie Lanier, Clover, Va.; (1954) Archie Griffin, Columbus, Ohio; (1959) Jim McMahon, Jersey City, N.J.; Aug. 22 (1878) Henry Seibels, Montgomery, Ala.; (1880) Bill Roper, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1899) Don Lourie, Decatur, Ala.; (1909) Mel Hein, Redding, Calif.; (1940) Bill McCartney, Riverview, Mich.; (1956) Wes Chandler, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; Aug. 23 (1874) Bill Hickok, Harrisburg, Pa.; (1885) Howard Jones, Excello, Ohio; Aug. 24 (1887) Albert Benbrook, Chicago, Ill.; (1893) Paul Des Jardien, Coffeyville, Kan.; (1940) Jim Holder, Wichita Falls, Texas; Aug. 25 (1900) Chuck Carney, Chicago, Ill.; (1953) Doug English, Dallas, Texas; (1965) Cornelius Bennett, Birmingham, Ala.; Aug. 26 (1876) Gary Cochran, Driftwood, Pa.; (1912) Aaron Rosenberg, Brooklyn, N.Y.; (1918) Harry Smith, Russellville, Mo.; (1928) Jerry Claiborne, Hopkinsville, Ky.; (1933) George Welsh, Coaldale, Pa.; (1952) Donnie Shell, Whitmire, S.C.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Aug. 20 (1946) Fielding Yost, Ann Arbor, Mich.; (1998) Fred Sington, Birmingham, Ala.; (2010) Johnny Bailey, Houston, Texas; (2016) Harry Gilmer, St. Louis, Mo.; Aug. 24 (1989) Dan Hill, Durham, N.C.;
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Aug. 21 Willie Lanier, Archie Griffin, Jim McMahon, Aug. 22 Bill McCartney (a spry 78), Wes Chandler, Aug. 24 Jim Holder (a spry 78), Aug. 25 George Welsh (a spry 85), Donnie Shell…
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North Carolina will host Wofford in 2021 and James Madison in 2025…East Carolina has scheduled home outings with Norfolk State in 2020 and Campbell in ‘22…Published reports indicate a probable Georgia-Oregon matchup in the 2020 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta…Anticipation continues to build for the Bethune-Cookman at Tennessee State opener on Sept. 1 at Nashville, Tenn.
The American Football Coaches Association is teaming up with the American Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Institute to increase AFCA members’ and public awareness of sudden infant death syndrome, which has caused major grief for families with young children…University of North Texas Alumni Association members received special treatment during UNT Day at the historic North Texas State Fair in Denton, Texas, last weekend. The football marketing staff was on hand with ample pocket schedules and giveaways for attendees…Nebraska assembled its freshman class at Memorial Stadium/Dr. Tom Osborne Field with the Class of 2022 forming the letter N and having a photo taken from the stadium pressbox. Vanderbilt also lined up its freshman class
USA Today rated these head coaches as the most secure by FBS conferences prior to the 2018 season: Ken Niumatalolo of Navy in the American, Dabo Swinney of Clemson in the ACC, Gary Patterson of TCU in the Big 12, Scott Frost of Nebraska in the Big Ten, Bill Clark of UAB in Conference USA, Frank Solich of Ohio in the MAX, Craig Bohl of Wyoming in the MWC, Chris Petersen of Washington in the Pac-12, Nick Saban of Alabama in the SEC, and Neal Brown of Troy in the Sun Belt…Former NFL Tennessee Titans and Montana collegiate standout Marc Mariani has joined the assistant coaching staff at Nashville (Tenn.) Lipscomb Academy.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Illinois: Lovie Smith, Gladewater, Texas; Illinois State: Brock Spack, Rockford, Ill.; Indiana: Tom Allen, New Castle, Ind.; Indiana State: Curt Mallory, Bloomington, Ind.; Iowa: Kirk Ferentz, Royal Oak, Mich.
Former Florida State and Tennessee director of athletics Dave Hart Jr. has received a three-year contract extension as special consultant for East Carolina athletics…Texas Tech system chancellor Robert Duncan is retiring after four years in that post…Fredonia (Pa.) State named Angela Pucciarelli assistant AD/senior woman administrator, Jay Martinez and Tory Tryzna assistant athletic trainers, Derek Fie assistant in sports information, and Ben Chatley assistant swimming coach.
The Sporting News has designated anticipated 2018 FBS conference football champions UCF in the American Athletic, Florida Atlantic in Conference USA, Ohio in the Mid-American Conference, Boise State in the Mountain West Conference, and Appalachian State in the Sun Belt Conference, among others.
Fiesta Bowl Charities is making $2.5 million in charitable donations from the 2019 Fiesta Bowl season to 60 nonprofit organizations in Arizona this summer…The former Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl has received a new sponsorship and will be titled the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl on Dec. 26 at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.
Several quarterbacks’ staring positions and playing time will be settled by upcoming live and controlled scrimmages. Those of particular interest are Nebraska’s Tristan Gebbia, Adrian Martinez and Andrew Bunch, Alabama’s Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa, Clemson’s Kelly Bryant and Trevor Lawrence, Florida’s Feleipe Franks, Emory Jones and Kyle Trask, Florida State’s Deondre Francois and James Blackman, Georgia’s Jake Fromm and Justin Fields, LSU’s Joe Burrow and Myles Brennan, and Michigan’s Shea Patterson, Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey, Joe Milton, and Jeff George Jr…Michigan RB Chris Evans was the subject of an feature…Clemson defensive linemen Clelin Ferrell, Dexter Lawrence, Christian Wilkins, and Austin Bryant were part of a six-page feature in Sports Illustrated’s college football preview issue…Arizona QB Khalil Tate was rated among the top three signal callers nationally by one preseason magazine…Sports Illustrated has projected the top five Heisman Trophy candidates going into the 2018 campaign as UA’s Tate, Stanford RB Bryce Love, Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor, Penn State QB Trace McSorley, and Alabama’s Tagovalioa…Tennessee’s offense and starting lineup on the “go” side is the youngest in the Southeastern Conference in research by the Nashville Tennessean newspaper…Austin Peay LB Gunnar Scholato and DE Jaison Williams are among the student-athletes selected for the preseason NCAA FCS All-America squads…Vanderbilt offensive linemen Bruno Reagan, Justin Skule, Cole Clemens, and Saige Young were credited with the Commodores losing only four fumbles last year – fourth-fewest nationally among NCAA FBS crews…LSU wideout Drake Davis is seeking reinstatement before the Tigers open the season against Miami (Fla.) Sept 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Alabama athletics denoted a $600 million building fund for Bryant-Denny Stadium and dozens of the department’s facilities during a loyalty contributions’ drive over the next 4-5 years.
Southern Bar-B-Q in Sheffield, Ala., now features Alabama memorabilia, including a rare 1934 Crimson Tide team photo with NFF College Hall of Fame members Paul “Bear” Bryant and Riley Smith, among others, and a 1961 national championship team depiction with the likes of NFF Board member Bill Battle, NFF College Hall of Fame members Lee Roy Jordan the late Billy Neighbors, the late Dr. Pat Trammell, along with future college head coaches Jimmy Sharpe, Charley Pell and Richard Williamson. One of the ironies about the 1934 photo is that Bryant is wearing uniform number 12 – the number of teams the Southeastern Conference increased to in 1991 as well as the future powerhouse Big 12 Conference founded in 1994…Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster and legendary football television and radio play-by-play man Lindsey Nelson joins he likes of Everett Derryberry, Jim Cartwright, Fred Pickard, Mutt Quillen, and famed sports writer Marion Wilhoite (who covered area football teams for 54 years as sports editor of the Columbia Daily Herald) have been chosen for the Columbia Central (Tenn.) Sports Hall of Fame…South Carolina fan and nationally famous singer/actor Darius Rucker exhibited his liking for the Gamecocks with yet another melody last week…Former Baylor WR Josh Gordon has returned to the NFL Cleveland Browns after a brief holdout…Longtime Fort Worth-Dallas football official and loyal Mississippi State graduate Joe Breal scored his first golf hole-in-one on No. 17 at Shell Landing in Biloxi, Miss., during the Gulf Coast Seniors Golf Classic.
Longtime Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports columnist Brett McMurphy has begun a new assignment as college football and basketball expert for Stadium Television…Vanderbilt athletics has added a countdown to opening kickoff digital clock on its social media outlets.
Beau White of CoSIDA, Eric Capper of North Texas, Tim Simmons of ESPN and national bowl games. Michael Konradi of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, and Kevin Trainor of Arkansas were featured subjects and opinion makers in the weekly CoSIDA Open Forum discussion blogs.
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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