College Football Notes – Jan. 28, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2019
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Hannah Mandell of Frisco, Texas, Wakeland) High School was the winner of the 33rd annual Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Award denoted at the O’Brien Scholarship Luncheon Jan. 22 for talented scholar-athletes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The recipient of the award, which is chosen on the basis of scholastic achievements, community service, character, leadership, and varsity sports participation, received a $30,000 scholarship while the remaining five finalists were awarded $2,500 scholarships. The other finalists were: Zoe Fowler (Arlington Oakridge), JoJo Gum (The Hockaday School), Charlie McCullough (Allen), Emma White (Lucas Lovejoy), and Madison Whitmire (Prosper). Mandell will play varsity soccer in 2019 for Pomona (Calif.).
The O’Brien High School Scholarship, first awarded in 1986, applies to the college or university of the winner’s choice. Winners over the past three dozen-plus years have attended Columbia, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton, Rice, Texas, Texas A&M University, TCU, and Vanderbilt. Mandell will be honored Monday, Feb. 18, at the 42nd Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner alongside Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Jan. 28-Feb. 3 time period are Jan. 28 (1937) Charlie Krueger, Caldwell, Texas; Jan. 29 (1896) Edwin “Goat” Hale, Jackson, Miss.; (1927) Arnold Galiffa, Donora, Pa.; (1945) Jim Donnan, Laurens, S.C.; Jan. 30 (1925) Bump Elliott, Detroit, Mich.; (1923) Frank “Muddy” Waters, Chico, Ga.; Jan. 31 (1909) Bert Metzger, Chicago, Ill.; (1913) Don Hutson, Pine Bluff, Ark.; (1913) Wayne Millner, Roxbury, Mass.; (1938) Chris Burford, Oakland, Calif.; (1953) Roosevelt Leaks, Brenham, Texas; Feb. 1 (1908) Albie Booth, New Haven. Conn.; (1915) Gaynell “Gus” Tinsley, Ruple, La.; Feb. 2 (1945) Loyd Phillips, Ft. Worth, Texas; Feb. 3 (1938) Joe Fusco, Wilkinsburg, Pa.; (1940) Fran Tarkenton, Richmond, Va.; (1945) Bob Griese, Evansville, Ind.; (1956) John Jefferson, Dallas, Texas; Feb. 4 (1933) Leo Lewis, Des Moines, Iowa; (1940) Billy Neighbors, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; (1960) Tom Deery, Oaklyn, N.J.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Jan. 28 (1991) Red Grange, Lake Wales, Fla.; (2004) Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, Madison, Wis.; (2013) Doug Kenna, No. Palm Beach, Fla.; Jan. 30 (2018) Clyde “Smackover” Scott, Little Rock, Ark.; Jan. 31 (1945) Al Blozis, Vosges Mountains, France; Feb. 3 (1968) Homer Hazel, Marshall, Mich.; (1974) Bob Suffridge, Knoxville, Tenn.; (2006) Johnny Vaught, Oxford, Miss.; Feb. 4 (1962) Pat O’Dea, San Francisco, Calif.; (2010) Bill Dudley, Lynchburg, Va.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Jan. 28 Charlie Krueger, Jan. 29 Jim Donnan, Bump Elliott (a spry 94), Jan. 31 Chris Burford (a spry 81), Roosevelt Leaks, Feb. 2 Loyd Phillips, Feb. 3 (1938) Joe Fusco (a spry 81), Fran Tarkenton (a spry 79), Bob Griese, John Jefferson, Feb. 4 Tom Deery…
Baylor will tangle with North Texas at two sites in 2028 and ’29. The Mean Green and Tulane also will play during the same two seasons…Colorado and Missouri are renewing their Big Eight and Big 12 Conference ties with a series of two games in 2025 and ’30…Missouri has skated upcoming games with Louisiana-Lafayette (2020), Buffalo (2024), North Texas (2021), and New Mexico State (2022)…Penn State will play Massachusetts in 2023 and Ohio in 2022…Texas AD Chris Del Conte re-asserted the negotiations between UT and Texas A&M to renew their series, which began in 1894 and covers 118 contests. Presidents at both schools also have endorsed a return of the nationally-acclaimed rivalry…College football keeps the game going year-round as Furman will conduct spring practice in February and play the earliest college intrasquad game on Saturday, Feb. 23. This means that some form of gridiron practice or games will be going continuously even after Sunday’s Super Bowl LIII…Texas Tech will return to The Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas – NFL Dallas Cowboys headquarters – for its annual Red-Black Game April 13. The Red Raiders also have game-type scrimmages under new head coach Matt Wells planned for Midland, Texas, and on campus in Lubbock…Louisville has decided not to hold a spring intrasquad game and will conduct contact scrimmages in its place this year.
Allstate and the AFCA named Notre Dame tight end Nic Weishar as the 2018 AFCA Good Works Team® captain. Weishar was named to the team for his commitment to community service and giving back off the field.
Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley, his staff and players have increased their social media awareness after some recent racially-insensitive posts on the OU campus by some groups. The Oklahoma administration and community leaders also are working with groups on educating students and supporters on upbeat postings on social media…Alabama tabbed Virginia Tech’s Holmon Williams as wide receivers coach…Arizona State tabbed former Fresno State assistant Jamar Cain as its new defensive line coach…Arkansas defensive tackles coach John Scott Jr. is a new defensive assistant coach at South Carolina…Former Central Michigan head coach John Bonamego now is the NFL Detroit Lions special teams coordinator…Former Cincinnati wide receivers coach and former Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips is bound for the Maryland staff. UC also hired defensive line coach Chad Will from the Army West Point staff…Former Connecticut running backs coach Terry Richardson has taken the same position at Mississippi State. He will be replaced by offensive quality control coach Mike Moyseenko…Longtime collegiate assistant coach and former Texas wideout star Les Koenning is the new offensive coordinator at Kansas…Former Southern Miss tight ends coach Brock Hays is moving to running backs coach at Louisiana Tech. Tech also added former McNeese State special teams coordinator Dennis Smith for the same role for the Bulldogs…Miami (Fla.) new head coach Manny Diaz completed his assistant coaching staff last week…Former Montana State MSU defensive backs coach Mark Orphrey was named cornerbacks coach at Utah State…All 10 Nebraska assistant have been offered contract extensions, and several have signed their new pacts…Oregon named previous Washington State assistant coach Ken Wilson to coach outside linebackers…Oregon State added former USF assistant coach Blue Adams as defensive backs coach…South Dakota State offensive coordinator/associate head coach Eric Eidsness has accepted a post as offensive coordinator at Northern Illinois…Temple named Mike Uremovich co-offensive coordinator…Tennessee officially completed the multi-year contract of offensive assistant coach Tee Martin…Western Michigan selected former Miami (Ohio) assistant coach Joe Palcic as special teams coordinator…Youngstown State certified Carl Pelini as defensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting to replace his brother Bo Pelini in the future…Colorado State cornerbacks coach Eric Lewis is leaving for the Boston College staff…Former Florida assistant coach Torrian Gray has returned to the Gators as cornerbacks coach after two seasons with the NFL Washington Redskins…Florida State named Ron Dugans wide receivers coach…Kansas State chose Scottie Hazelton as defensive coordinator after former DC Ted Monschino joined the NFL Chicago Bears defensive staff…Mississippi State offensive coordinator Luke Getsy is going back to the NFL Green Bay Packers staff…Pittsburgh named Chris Beatty wide receivers coach…Former Central Connecticut State head coach Peter Rossomando is Rutgers offensive line coach…UCLA is adding Nevada defensive line coach Jason Kaufusi for that same post with the Bruins… Alabama has lured former Mississippi State running backs coach Charles Huff into the Crimson Tide fold for 2019…Former Tennessee safeties coach/special teams coordinator Charles Kelly also has joined the Alabama staff…Former Baylor WR standout Trooper Taylor will coach wide receivers at Baylor…Florida’s Charlton Warren is moving to arch-rival Georgia as defensive backs coach…Indiana added Kalen DeBoer as offensive coordinator and associate head coach…Former LSU Tigers defensive lineman Christian LaCouture has joined the Bengals staff as a graduate assistant coach…Former Liberty offensive coordinator Joe Dailey will take over as offensive coordinator at New Mexico…NC State’s Todd Goebbel will take over as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator for the Wolfpack…Former Florida State standout Ernie Sims is the 2019 director of player personnel at Florida Atlantic…Georgia chose Todd Hartley for his second tenure in Athens, Ga., as tight ends coach…Jackson State named Ron Dickerson Jr. offensive coordinator and T.C. Taylor quarterbacks coach…LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond is remaining on the Tigers staff despite several offers from other schools…Northern Illinois defensive coordinator Jeff Knowles and director of sports performance Bard Ohrt both have joined the Temple coaching staff…Former UAB offensive line and assistant head coach Jody Wright is now an assistant coach with the NFL Cleveland Browns…West Virginia added Chad Scott to its offensive coaching staff…Alabama has approached former USC and Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian about its vacant offensive coordinator’s spot…Auburn named former Tigers great Kendall Simmons to a football support staff role along with AU running backs coach Tim Horton. Carnell Williams is the Tigers new running backs coach…Georgia Tech lost defensive line coach Jim Panagos and then selected Marco Coleman to replace him. Tech also named four experienced former coaches to its support staff with Pat Boyle (football research and analytics coordinator), Joe Battalglia (offensive analyst), Ronell Williams (defensive analyst), and Santino Stancato (brand manager)…Kansas added Dave Shumate as director of player personnel and Devin Ducote as special teams senior analyst…Memphis has seven new assistant coaches under contract in Kevin Johns (offensive coordinator), Adam Fuller (defensive coordinator), Deke Adams (defensive line), Pete Lembo (assistant HC/special teams), John Simon (wide receivers), Kevin Clune (linebackers), and Tony Tokarz (tight ends)…Navy finished its 2019 coaching additions with defensive assistant coaches Brian Newberry (defensive coordinator), Kevin Downing (defensive ends), P.J. Volker (inside linebackers), and Brian Norwood (cornerbacks)…NC State named Tony Gibson as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach…North Dakota State added Dan Larson as running backs coach…Notre Dame reaffirmed offensive coordinator Chip Long for the 2019 season…Southern Miss offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson has joined the Houston Cougars coaching staff…Wyoming named Klayton Adams hired as offensive line coach…The Dallas Morning News spoke of a possible strengthening of Big 12 Conference head coaches in 2019 with the additions of veterans Les Miles at Kansas, Matt Wells at Texas Tech and Chris Klieman at Kansas State…Chattanooga named Jordan Tippit defensive assistant coach…Ohio State finalized contracts for assistant coaches Jeff Hafley (co-defensive coordinator/secondary coach), Matt Barnes (special teams coordinator) and Al Washington (linebackers coach)…California named Beau Baldwin offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Marques Tuiasosopo tight ends coach,. Burl Toler III receivers coach, and Nick Edwards running backs coach. Offensive line coach Steve Greatwood will retain his 2018 duties… Florida is seeking to name David Turner as its new defensive line coach…Former NFL New Orleans Saints offensive assistant coach Joe Brady will serve as LSU’s passing game coordinator…Mississippi State has offered the wide receivers coaching position to former Oregon assistant coach Michael Johnson.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – TCU: Gary Patterson, Rozel, Kan.; Texas A&M: Jimbo Fisher, Clarksburg, W.Va.; Texas Southern: Clarence McKinney, Houston, Texas; Texas State: Jake Spavital, Tulsa, Okla.; Texas Tech: Matt Wells, Columbia, S.C.
Pittsburgh director of athletics Heather Lyke approved several staff changes for head coach Pat Narduzzi’s ’19 staff…New Mexico named David Williams named deputy AD for external affairs after he previously served as assistant AD at South Dakota…Notre Dame’s retiring senior associate AD and CoSIDA Hall of Fame member John Heisler reflected on five decades of service to UND athletics…Ole Miss women’s soccer coach Matt Mott had his contract extended through the 2022 season…New Mexico tabbed former Arkansas associate head coach Jon Newman-Gonchar as its new head coach for women’s volleyball.
Conference USA celebrated three standouts each from Florida Atlantic and Louisiana Tech on the 2018 A—C-USA squad. The honored stalwarts were FAU’s RB Devin “Motor” Singletary, OL Reggie Bain and TE Harrison Bryant along with Tech’s DE Jaylon Ferguson, Amik Robertson and OT O’Shea Dugas…Highlighting the ’18 All-C-USA Freshman Team are RB Joshua Samuel of WKU, WKU DL Juwuan Jones and LB Rex Henderson; Marshall QB Isaiah Green, DL Darius Hodge and DB Steven Gilmore; and Rice center Shea Baker and DBs Prudy Calderon and Treshawn Chamberlain…C-USA also has contracted with sports groups on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to extend championship sites’ dates for Biloxi, Miss., and surrounding areas…The West Coast Conference is making a league-wide effort to help marketing and attendance at basketball games and other major athletics events…The Pac-12 Conference had discussions on improving quality of men’s basketball play and recruiting and strengthening non-conference football schedules.
ESPN.com penned a solid story about the unpredictability of 2018-19 bowl season and previous upsets in FBS postseason play…CBSSports.com listed Florida, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas, and Texas A&M as possible surprise candidates for some of the College Football Playoff four semifinal positions…Super Bowl LIII host committee chair, Georgia Tech associate AD, former NFL Dallas Cowboys and SMU publicist Brett Daniels expressed confidence in volunteers’ efforts and activities surrounding the contest in Atlanta Sunday.
QB Daniel Jones of Duke passed for 115 yards and a touchdown to lead the North over the South squad in the 70th annual Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson paced both units with 160 yards passing, two TDs and a 13-for-21 afternoon for the South while North RB Tony Pollard of Memphis paced both teams with 60 yards rushing on eight carries…Keegan Brewer has left the North Texas football team after accepting a job as a firefighter in Frisco, Texas. Brewer had a memorable, 90-yard punt return for a touchdown against Arkansas as he feigned a “stop” move that froze the UA coverage team and allowed the UNT return team to clear the way for the score…Former Texas A&M QB Nick Starkel has been mentioned as another possible graduate transfer for SMU this season. Aggies anticipated backup QB and incoming freshman Zach Calzada turned down offers from Georgia and other top FBS schools to enter the A&M fold. 2017-18 A&M non-starter QB Connor Blumrick is expected to get his share of snaps in spring 2019…Some of the top 2018 stalwarts returning for their upper-class seasons and skipping the 2019 NFL Draft are, among others, Georgia QB Jake Fromm (30 TD passes), Bulldogs DBs J.R. Reed and Eric Stokes, Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa (43 TD aerials, six interceptions) and RB Najee Harris, Florida QB Felipe Franks and RB Lamical Perine, Missouri RBs Larry Rountree (1,216 yards rushing) and Tyler Badie, Kentucky OT Landon Young and QB Terry Wilson, South Carolina QB Jake Bentley and WR Bryan Edwards, Tennessee QB Jarrett Guarantano and RB Ty Chandler, and Vanderbilt quarterbacks Deuce Wallace and Ball State graduate transfer Riley Neal.
NFF College Hall of Fame head coach R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M was featured in a recent missive about his role on the 2019 College Football Playoff selection committee…Former Eastern Illinois and NFL Dallas Cowboys standout QB Tony Romo was saluted for his uncanny ability to predict NFL plays as a lead CBS television analyst after hours of preparation and homework.
Indiana’s new $17 million, 3,000-seat multipurpose Wilkinson Hall is a welcome addition to the Hoosiers athletics camp…Colorado State athletics has begun public beer and wine sales at venues besides the new CSU football stadium…Texas president Dr. Gregory Fenves has absolved UT’s live mascot Bevo from misbehavior before the Allstate Sugar Bowl and notes the on-field activities will continue with the famed steer mascot…Time magazine wrote a research piece on how youth football and other sports for youngsters now are a $15 billion annual industry nationally…Minnesota women’s volleyball already has sold out season tickets for the 2019 fall season…Michigan State is working to protect administrators from additional lawsuits and seeking alternative funding for $20 million in legal fees over the past several months…Illinois athletics and area merchants are making plans for the Illinois Yards sports and entertainment in downtown Champaign…Navy athletics has battled through the partial government shutdown affecting travel and several of its key departments…Minnesota State-Mankato athletics awarded a student $30,000 during a home hockey shot contest…Penn State athletics has scheduled town hall meetings about football traffic and parking for 2019 home games…Fans United has added several commemorative CFP items for Clemson and bowl memorabilia for dozens of other schools on its website…Tarleton State will change its women’s team nicknames to Texans instead of TexAnns, the school nickname for the latter squads since the 1960s…The LSU Board of Supervisors has approved a new pricing plan for football and baseball season and individual game tickets…The New Mexico state legislature has asked for additional appropriations to save discontinuing some Olympic sports at New Mexico…Clemson and Duke athletics are working with campus authorities on drug use and fraternities’ hazing practices’ allegations.
The Top 15 winners in the 2018-19 Hearst Multimedia One: College Narrative Storytelling Features Competition were Abby Cantrell, North Carolina; Jason Armond, North Carolina; Katerina Procyk, Penn State; Isaiah Somanas, Nebraska; Kenneth Ferreira, Nebraska; Mackenzie Behm, Florida; Charlene Santiago, Arizona State; Vivian Acosta, FIU; Rayna Sims, Missouri; Ida Marie Odgaard, WKU; Janett Perez, San Francisco State; Srijita Chattopadhyay, WKU; Reed Klass, Montana; Jake King, North Texas; and Brianna Barone, Florida…Longtime Associated Press (now retired) Omaha, Neb., bureau sports editor Tom Vint actually underwent recent quadruple (instead of triple) bypass surgery, is now at home and reports he is making a rapid recovery…The Charlotte, N.C., Observer is calling for continued NCAA reforms for recruiting and academic integrity…College football enthusiast Bo Kerin has accepted a position as a senior account executive at with the Blackbaud Group.
The AFCA 35 Coaches under 35 Years Old numbered assistant coaches such as Ola Adams, Villanova special teams coordinator/cornerbacks; Shawn Bell, Baylor, offensive line; Tyler Bowen, Penn State, tight ends; Bryan Brown, Appalachian State, defensive coordinator/cornerbacks; Shane Fidler, Waccamaw HS (S.C.), head coach…Joe Jon Finley, Missouri, tight ends; and Erik Frazier, Western Illinois, wide receivers, among others…The FWAA posted a large series of photos from its Coach of the Year reception, past presidents’ dinner and 2019 awards breakfast from San Jose, Calif., to is FWAA>com website and newsletter links…Bill Dyer of Virginia Tech, Danny Barnts of Point Loma Nazarene, Chelsey Chamberlain of LSU, Steven Olveda of Chapman, Geoffrey Henson of Olivet, Katie Gonzalez of Eastern Michigan, and Dave Wright of Hamline 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
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, 2019-20 (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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