College Football Posts – Jan. 20, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, January 20th, 2019
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 During observance Monday of the Martin Luther King national holiday, the NFF saluted the AFCA for its prestigious Trailblazer Award for head coaches at historically black colleges and universities.
Earl Banks, late former head coach at Morgan State, was named the American Football Coaches Association’s recipient of the 2018 Trailblazer Award. The award was presented posthumously during the AFCA Honors Luncheon on Jan. 7 at the 2019 AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The AFCA Trailblazer Award was created to honor early leaders in the football coaching profession who coached at historically black colleges and universities. Past Trailblazer Award winners include numerous NFF College Hall of Fame coaches among the ranks of Charles Williams, Hampton (2004); Cleve Abbott, Tuskegee (2005); Arnett Mumford, Southern (2006); Billy Nicks, Prairie View A&M (2007); Alonzo “Jake” Gaither, Florida A&M (2008); Fred “Pops” Long, Wiley (2009); Harry R. “Big Jeff” Jefferson, Bluefield State (2010); Edward P. Hurt, Morgan State (2011); Vernon “Skip” McCain, Maryland-Eastern Shore (2012); Marino Casem, Alcorn State (2013); Gideon Smith, Hampton (2014); Eddie Robinson, Grambling State (2015); Oree Banks, South Carolina State and West Virginia State (2016), and John Merritt, Jackson State and Tennessee State (2017).
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Jan. 21-27 time period are Jan. 21 (1879) Gil Dobie, Hastings, Minn.; (1901) Lynn Bomar, Gallatin, Tenn.; (1925) George Connor, Chicago, Ill.; (1952) Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Boothwyn, Pa.; (1967) Jacob Green, Pasadena, Texas; (1975) Aaron Taylor, Wichita Falls, Texas; Jan. 22 (1958) Charles White, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1964) Joe Dudek, Boston, Mass.; Jan. 23 (1890) Morley Jennings, Holland, Mich.; (1935) Jerry Tubbs, Throckmorton, Texas; (1952) Shelby Jordan, E. St. Louis, Ill.; Jan. 24 (1881) Bill Warner, Springville, N.Y.; (1920) Chuck Taylor, Portland, Ore.; (1936) Don Bosseler, Weathersfield, N.Y.; (1985) 2019 Inductee Patrick Willis, Bruceton, Tenn. (population: 2019 estimate, 1,447); Jan. 26 (1899) Marty Below, Oshkosh, Wis.; (1905) Allyn McKeen, Fulton, Ky.; (1906) Fred Miller, Milwaukee, Wis.; (1926) John Merritt, Falmouth, Ky.; (1948) Mike Kelly, Troy, Ohio; (1950) Jack Youngblood, Jacksonville, Fla.; (1960) Jeff Davis, Greensboro, N.C.; Jan. 27 (1894) Fritz Pollard, Chicago, Ill.; (1907) Peter Pund, Augusta, Ga.; (1920) Frankie Albert, Chicago, Ill.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Jan. 21 (1969) Bowden Wyatt, Kingston, Tenn.; Jan. 23 (1976) Paul Robeson, Philadelphia, Pa.; (2011) Dr. Ed Dyas, Mobile, Ala.; (2017) Ralph Guglielmi, Wallace, N.C.; Jan. 25 (1999) Herman Wedemeyer, Honolulu, Hawai’i; (2007) Ken Kavanaugh, Sarasota, Fla.; Jan. 26 (1965) Harry “Four Horseman” Stuhldreher, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1983) Paul “Bear” Bryant, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; (1996) Frank Howard, Clemson, S.C.; Jan. 27 (2008) Mike Holovak, Ruskin, Fla.; (2011) Vaughn Mancha, Tallahassee, Fla.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Jan. 21 Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Jacob Green, Aaron Taylor, Jan. 22 Charles White, Joe Dudek, Jan. 23 Shelby Jordan, Jan. 26 Mike Kelly, Jeff Davis…
Auburn completed its 2021 non-conference schedule with a home game against Akron…Missouri finalized a home-and-home series with Massachusetts for 2024 and 2025…Penn State and UMass will play a single-game football contests in 2023 and also agreed to a men’s basketball series starting in 2021…The BYU-Utah series has been extended with two more games in 2013 and ’24…Miami (Fla.) and FIU will tangle at Marlins Park in November…Utah and Utah State continue to hold informal discussions about renewing their rivalry, but there is no contractual update to date…Dixie State (moving to NCAA FCS status in 2020) and Weber State have agreed to a three-game future series… Big Sky commissioner Tom Wistrcill has urged Idaho and Idaho State to renew their long-standing football rivalry…North Texas will become one of the first schools to start spring drills on Feb 25 and will hold its annual Green-White spring game April 6 in Denton, Texas…Texas Tech has not committed to play its spring game at The Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas, after holding both its 2017 and 2018 intrasquad tussles there. Spring dates for the Red Raiders still are to be determined…Oklahoma still holds a 3-2-1 all-time lead in six series games against Alabama with the latest in the 2018 College Football Playoff’s semifinal Capital One Orange Bowl…Nebraska staffers reminisced about how former directors of athletics asked that all snow be removed from Memorial Stadium/Dr. Tom Osborne Field when winter recruiting weekends occurred…The WatchStadium.com website shows its preseason 2019 NCAA FBS Top 10 as Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Texas, Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, Washington, and Oklahoma.
The Little Caesars Pizza Parlor in Fargo, N.D., continues to provide free pizza slices to the homeless and Fargo area New Life Center for underserved families. North Dakota State athletics also has assisted in delivery and notification of the free food areas…Texas Wesleyan football student-athletes helped first graders at Alice Contreras Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas, during the Read to Succeed program…Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Gary H. Cheek, a solid Vanderbilt and SEC football enthusiast, has been named the director of the Bass Military Scholars Program at Vanderbilt to support up to 40 scholarships and programming for honorably discharged military veterans seeking graduate and professional degrees at VU…Ole Miss alumni Lee and Mike McGartland provided free tickets for furloughed U.S. government employees to last week’s LSU-Ole Miss men’s basketball game.
Northern Illinois named former NFL Baltimore Ravens running backs coach Thomas Hammock as its 23rd all-time head coach…Missouri head coach Barry Odom had his contract extended two years…Georgia Southern head coach Chad Lunsford received a contract extension through 2023…Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst had his contract extended through the 2024 season…New Massachusetts head coach Thiel named Mike Winslow head coach…Washington State head coach Mike Leach, who has a law degree from Pepperdine, may teach at course at WSU in the spring or summer semesters…Seventeen-year college head coach and 2015 U.S. National Team mentor Dan Hawkins was lauded after registering a 10-3 postseason playoff campaign at UC Davis in 2018…season Former Kansas head coach and Mississippi State defensive coordinator Bob Valesente was remembered in a recent column. His brother George Valesente has been a college baseball head coach for 46 seasons (the last 40 at Ithaca, N.Y., College) and is in the ABCA Hall of Fame…Connecticut named Lou Spanos defensive coordinator…NC State tabbed Tony Gibson as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach…North Carolina named NFF College Hall of Fame DB Dre Bly cornerbacks coach, Tim Brewster tight ends coach, Tim Cross defensive line coach, and Tommy Thigpen co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach… Arkansas State named David Duggan defensive coordinator; Brandon Joiner defensive ends coach, and former defensive backs coach Trooper Taylor has been added to the Duke coaching staff…Boston College tabbed Mike Bajakian as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach…Former Navy assistant coach Tony Grantham is The Citadel’s new defensive coordinator, and Turner West has taken over as special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator…Georgia Tech named former Miami (Fla.) strength and conditioning coach Gus Felder to the same post at the Atlanta university…Edward Jones II is Kansas’ new director player personnel, Will Redmond has become KU director of recruiting, Mike Huff is director of operations, and Tyler Olker is the 2019 director of recruiting operations…Kansas State’s composite salaries for assistant coaches under head coach Chris Klieman is $3.55 million…UNI named Ryan Mahaffey offensive coordinator…Oklahoma has chosen UCLA’s Roy Manning as cornerbacks coach and Brian Odom hire as inside linebackers coach…West Virginia added Jahmile Addae and Al Pogue as defensive assistant coaches…Houston added former Arkansas State defensive coordinator Joe Cauthen and ASU defensive line/running game coordinator Brian Early to its coaching staff…Louisville named former Arkansas State running backs coach/special teams coordinator Norval McKenzie to its 2019 coaching group…Former Notre Dame running backs coach Autry Denson is the new head coach at Charleston Southern…Colorado State director of athletics Joe Parker has pledged full support to the rebuilding program under head coach Mike Bobo…Kansas State’s new defensive coordinator Ted Monachino has been interviewed for a position with the Chicago Bears. K-State also named Mike Tuiasosopo named defensive tackles coach…Marshall added three assistant coaches in former Charlotte head coach Brad Lambert as defensive coordinator, safeties coach Chip West and strength and conditioning coach Brad Bielaniec…Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis has inked a three-year guaranteed agreement with healthy compensation. Wolverines coaches also received their Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl bonuses…Former Minnesota defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae has joined the West Virginia coaching staff…Former Missouri assistant coach and brother of MU head coach Barry Odom, Brian Odom has accepted a position at Oklahoma. Mizzou also named former Houston interim head coach and Texas Tech defensive coordinator David Gibbs to its 2019 coaching entourage…Northern Illinois defensive coordinator Jeff Knowles has accepted the DC’s post at Temple along with former Huskies assistants Joe Tripodi (offensive line), Brad Ohrt (strength and conditioning), Melvin Rice Jr. (cornerbacks), and Craig Harmon (quarterbacks)…SMU defensive coordinator and former Northern Illinois assistant coach Kevin Kane is among the finalists for the Huskies vacant head coaching position…Pittsburgh named former Massachusetts head coach Mark Whipple offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach…Former Tennessee quarterback great Tee Martin is returning to The Hill as an assistant coach in a capacity to be determined. He was on the USC coaching staff for eight seasons…Troy named Ryan Pugh offensive coordinator and Brandon Hall defensive coordinator…West Virginia added former Troy defensive line coach Jordan Lesley and Troy co-offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Sean Reagan to the staff of new head coach Neal Brown…Western Michigan named Lou Esposito defensive coordinator along with assistant coaches James Adams (cornerbacks), Trevor Andrews (linebackers), Mike Bath (running backs), and Keith Gaither (wide receivers)…William and Mary selected Vincent Brown as defensive coordinator and Ras-I Dowling as cornerbacks coach…Maryland named Scottie Montgomery offensive coordinator, John Papuchis special teams coach, John Reagan offensive line coach, Cory Robinson defensive backs coach, Elijah Brooks running backs coach, and Mike Miller tight ends coach…Michigan chose Shaun Nua as defensive line coach…UTSA named Will Thomas linebackers coach…Washington tabbed Junior Adams as wide receivers coach… Arkansas State named Rashad Jackson running backs coach…Cincinnati has been approached by Kansas for the possible hiring of Bearcats offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock, but is appears that Denbrock is keeping his UC position…Colorado certified the contracts of new assistant coaches Travares Tillman (defensive backs) and Al Pupuno (tight ends)…New East Carolina head coach Mike Houston and his family received a warm welcome last week from the Greenville, N.C., citizenry…Georgia assistant coach Todd Hartley gained his new, two-year contract and compensation options…Kansas State has retained Sean Snyder as director of football operations…Michigan defensive assistant coach Anthony Campanile has a two-year contract with a bonus if the Wolverines win the Big Ten Conference crown…Navy named Bill Ray Stutzmann wide receivers coach…Old Dominion added two former Virginia Tech assistant coaches to its 2019 staff in Bryan Stinespring (tight ends coach/running game coordinator) and Galen Scott (secondary) along with Eric Riley (outside linebackers)…Pittsburgh’s 2018 quality control assistant James Patton is the new offensive line coach at Eastern Michigan…Boise State named former Eastern Washington defensive coordinator Jeff Schmedding co-special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach…Bowling Green defensive coordinator Carl Pelini is leaving the Falcons and may be rejoining his head coach brother Bo Pelini at Youngstown State…Coastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia is moving into CCU athletics development and will be replaced by Jamey Chadwell…Indiana is working to certify Fresno State’s Kalen DeBoer as its 2019 offensive coordinator…Marshall assistant coach Mark Gale has started his 30th year with Thundering Herd football…New Mexico named Scott Holsopple strength and conditioning coach…Alabama named ex-Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood as offensive line coach and Sal Sunseri as a defensive assistant coach…Iowa State tabbed Tom Manning as offensive coordinator…Miami (Fla.) completed its 2019 coaching staff with Stephen Field (tight ends) and Taylor Stubblefield (wide receivers)…Toledo named Larry Black defensive line coach…Troy football added former Auburn staff member Cole Weeks as a key support staff member…Former Western Michigan assistant coaches Ashton Aikens and Nick Sanchez are seeking new assignments at other schools for the upcoming campaign… Former USC assistant coach Todd McNair has been granted a new trial in his lawsuit against the NCAA.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Syracuse: Dino Babers, Honolulu, Hawai’i; Temple: Rod Carey, Madison, Wis.; Tennessee: Jeremy Pruitt, Rainsville, Ala.; Tennessee State: Rod Reed, Marshall, Texas; Texas: Tom Herman, Cincinnati, Ohio.
East Carolina director of athletics Jon Gilbert was mentioned in a favorable light for his early insights about the program. He also addressed an open letter recently for support and needs for Pirates athletics to boosters and alumni…Veteran La Salle AD Bill Bradshaw announced his retirement… Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer signed his contract as assistant AD for athletics initiatives and relations and may be working into some FOX Sports college analyst’s duties…Four-decade Baldwin-Wallace assistant AD Kevin Ruple is undergoing treatment for cancer after beating the disease in recent years and covets the thoughts and prayers for his recovery from hundreds of friends in college athletics…Temple athletics chose Edward Darrah as health and performance counselor.
Nora Lynn Finch, senior associate commissioner for women’s basketball in the Atlantic Coast Conference, will retire at end of the academic year in May…Conference USA is 30-18 in bowl games since the 2011 season and leads all Group of Five conferences with a .625 winning percentage over that time…Arizona State president Dr. Michael Crow defended Pac-12 Conference policies and the nationally competitive success of the league…The Mountain West Conference has received its 2018 payment from the College Football Playoff for Group of Five conferences…American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco commented on continued provisions to improve sportsmanship at AAC events.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M joins Arkansas State AD Terry Mohajir and retired U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno (a two-sport star in football and baseball as an undergraduate at Army West) as new members of the College Football Playoff selection committee…NFF College Hall of Fame coach Fisher DeBerry of Air Force offered words of encouragement to Falcons men’s basketball coach Dave Philipovich after a recent rough patch.
Michigan has made a verbal scholarship offer to seventh grade quarterback Isaiah Marshall of Southfield (Mich.) MacArthur Academy…The quarterback transfer carrousel continues. Oklahoma’s Auston Kendall is headed for West Virginia. Alabama’s Jalen Hurts is moving to Oklahoma. Hurts was 26-2 as a starter for parts of three seasons at Bama and sports a 62.9 percent career pass completion mark with 48 TD tosses, 12 interceptions, 1,976 yards rushing, and 23 rushing touchdowns. Texas reserve quarterbacks Shane Buechele (looking at a possible move to SMU near his hometown of Arlington, Texas), Casey Thompson and Cameron Rising all have entered the NCAA transfer portal database. Kansas State’s Alex Delton is going to TCU for 2019 while former Horned Frogs QB Max Robinson has transferred to Missouri. Pennsylvania graduate transfer QB Mike Collins also is back for TCU with a final year of eligibility in ’19. Former SMU QB Ben Hicks is rejoining his previous head coach Chad Morris at Arkansas while the Razorbacks leading receiver La’Michael Pettway is moving onto another university to be determined as a grad transfer. Former Georgia QB Justin Fields has been released from his grant-in-aid and has moved to Ohio State…SMU gained an oral commitment for the 2020 signing period from CB Demarion Williams of Highland (Kansas) College…Oklahoma expects to lose five undergrad players to the 2019 draft but returns 16 standouts or incoming transfers with at least one career start on the NCAA FBS level. OU defensive end Amani Bledsoe blocked the first extra point attempt by a Sooners special teams player since the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl in the 2018 Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship against Texas. OU tight end Grant Calcaterra has gained potential All-America mention in some early projections for ‘19…Virginia Tech QB Ryan Willis passed for career highs of 24 touchdown aerials and 2,716 yards…Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond is coming off a season with 3,107 passing yards, 24 TD passes and just nine interceptions while leading the Aggies to a 9-4 record – their best team performance since the 2013 season when the Aggies closed 9-4…Texas senior LB Gary Johnson is anticipating a solid showing in the upcoming NFL combine after ending his Longhorns career on a high note with 10 wins…The 94th annual East-West Shrine Game to benefit Shriners Children’s Hospitals and played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., resulted in a 21-17 victory for the West, which leads the series with 51 wins. Georgia WR Terry Godwin was Offensive MVP in the contest while Oregon LB Justin Hollins nailed down Defensive MVP honors. Utah LB Cody Barton received the Pat Tillman Award for character, intelligence, sportsmanship, and service in memory of Shrine Game participant and late NFF College Hall of Fame DB Pat Tillman of Arizona State. Boise State QB Brett Rypien came off the no-contest in BSU’s appearance at the weather-cancelled SERVPRO First Responders Bowl in Dallas to throw for 100-plus yards for the winners while NCAA FCS champion QB Easton Stick of North Dakota State also passed for a score…The eighth annual NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl at Rose Bowl Stadium was capped by a 10-7 win by coach Chuck Pagano’s American squad over the National unit. Slippery Rock RB Wes Hills copped game MVP honors with 79 yards rushing and one TD…Alabama safety Deionte Thompson, Oklahoma QB and 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, Iowa TE Noah Fant, Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill, Florida State DE Brian Burns, and Duke QB Daniel Jones will enter the 2019 NFL Draft as undergraduates among a record declaration of 135 eligible players. There are 32 college graduates among the list…Alabama DL Quinnen Williams now is projected to be a Top Three choice in the 2019 NFL Free Agent Draft… Louisville CB Jarius Brents is seeking reinstatement to the team for spring workouts.
Once a coach, always a coach: NFF College Hall of Fame head coach and Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer had to report a minor violation to the NCAA for helping coach Tennessee linemen as a non-coaching member of the Vols staff in autumn 2018…2019 NFF College Hall of Fame player Jake Plummer of Boise, Idaho, and Arizona State is just the second Hall of Famer born in the state of Idaho. The first was the late Randy Trautman of Caldwell, Idaho, and Boise State fame. 2019 Hall of Fames QB Vince Young of Texas is the record 18th member born in Houston, Texas…Former Notre Dame standout center John Sullivan was highlighted for his role in helping the Los Angeles Rams make it to the NFC championship encounter…Former Ole Miss and NFL star Greg Hardy made his debut in the UFC with a disqualification last Saturday night…Retired longtime college head coach Dick Tomey has entered Houston’s M.D. Anderson Center for treatment of lung cancer.
Texas athletics reported a NCAA-record $219 million in revenue for 2018… Alabama athletics posted a record $177 million in revenue in 2018… Boise State is replacing its historic blue turf in the spring with a larger patch of blue turf at Albertsons Stadium…The NFL Miami Dolphins have joined forces with the Miami Hurricanes to support a large sod farm in Loxahatchee Groves, Fla., for possible stadium usage…South Carolina athletics debuted its renovated track and field facility and some other revamped facilities last weekend…UNLV is close to moving day for its 73,000-square foot Fertitta Football Complex…Washburn athletics and the WU Alumni Association are teaming for the Feb. 6 WU All for You Giving Day…Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium’s public alcoholic beverage sales reached $1 million-plus in 2018…South Alabama athletics and Hancock Whitney Bank have agreed to 10-year naming rights contract…College Hockey East reports a record 110 Division I men’s hockey players nationwide come from Europe with 28 Europeans competing in Hockey East…Louisville athletics is working on a marketing plan to increase football and basketball attendance…Arizona athletics has completed a $8 million facelift for softball and other facilities…South Carolina student-athletes and coaches got their first public glimpse of the new, 110,000-square foot $50 million football operations center…Florida Atlantic is set to open its Schmidt Athletic Complex for football operations in fall 2019…UNLV and the NFL Oakland Raiders have completed a safety processes’ agreement for the new Raiders Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev….Wake Forest athletics and Wake Forest Baptist College are opening a state-of-the-art baseball pitching lab and performance center in Winston-Salem. N.C.
Longtime Associated Press (now retired) Omaha, Neb., bureau sports editor Tom Vint is recuperating at home after recent triple bypass surgery.
Purdue’s all-purpose Freshman All-America WR-KR Rondale Moore won the 2018 FWAA Shaun Alexander Freshman Breakout Award. Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez captured the FWAA’s inaugural Shaun Alexander Inspirational Freshman of the Year Award while Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence was the FWAA Shaun Alexander Award winner for Outstanding Freshman Football Player…The FWAA again is joining with the NCBWA and USBWA through CollegePressBox.com for online renewal of dues and pertinent information on CollegePress.com…Danny Kambel of Pacific, Dan Yopchick of UIC, Kevin Gilmore of Cal State Monterey Bay, Wayne Koehler of Florida Southern, Nate Sagan of Alaska-Anchorage, Andy Jobanek of Portland State, and Sarah Zeitimeisl of UC Irvine were featured subjects and opinion makers in the popular CoSIDA Open Forum discussion link on CoSIDA.com.
2019-20 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
CFP (2019 Season)
Saturday, Dec. 28 (CFP Semifinals)
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 4 or 8 p.m.
Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, 4 or 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 13 – CFP Championship, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 28-Jan. 1, 2018-19 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)
Dec. 28 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, early, noon (tentative)
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., TBD
Allstate Sugar Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., TBD
Capital One Orange Bowl, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., TBD
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