College Football Notes – Feb. 5, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019
 NCAA Football LogoJohn-Franklin Myers of Greenville, Texas, and Stephen F. Austin collegiate fame had one of the most unique stories during Super Bowl LIII as a rookie with the Los Angeles Rams. Myers played for Greenville HS teams (the alma mater of NFF College Hall of Fame coach Gen Bob Neyland of Army West Point, Texas A&M and Tennessee fame), which finished a composite 0-30 during his three years as a starter. The sportsmanship and perseverance lessons he learned at GHS have carried over into his college and pro playing careers.
Former Plano (Texas) HS standouts RB Rex Burkhead of Nebraska and the NFL New England Patriots and OL Joseph Noteboom of TCU and the Los Angeles Rams were pitted against one another in the Super Bowl. PHS head coach Jaydon McCullough, a member of the NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas, coached both standouts during his 2007-18 tenure as the Wildcats chief and succeeded current Plano ISD director of athletics and NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas president Gerald Brence as head coach in ’07.
Former Vanderbilt standout DT Aaron Butler of the Patriots was credited with a solid role in the Pats non-touchdown defense against the Rams last Sunday night. He practiced for four years two blocks down Jess Neely Drive (named after the NFF College Hall of Fame coach and Vandy football standout) from Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., where Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (winner of a record six Super Bowls over the last 18 seasons and the oldest head coach to win the NFL title game) was born in 1952.
Winners of 2018 NFL major awards were Offensive Most Valuable Player Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Texas Tech, Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants and Penn State, Walter Payton Man of the Year DE Chris Long (son of NFF College Hall of Fame player Howie Long of Villanova) of the Philadelphia Eagles and Virginia, Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh, Comeback Player of the Year QB and former NFF National Scholar-Athlete Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts and Stanford, Coach of the Year Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears and Delaware, and Assistant Coach of the Year Vic Fangio of the Bears and East Stroudsburg.
New members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame are Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez, Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed, Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law, New York Jets center Kevin Mawae, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt, and Chiefs safety Johnny Robinson.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Feb. 4-10 time period are Feb. 4 (1933) Leo Lewis, Des Moines, Iowa; (1940) Billy Neighbors, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; (1960) Tom Deery, Oaklyn, N.J.; Feb. 5 (1903) Morley Drury, Midland, Ontario, Canada; (1915) Walter Gilbert, Fairfield, Ala.; (1933) Bill Manlove, Barrington, N.J.; (1942) Roger Staubach, Cincinnati, Ohio; (1943) Craig Morton, Flint, Mich.; (1947) Ron Sellers, Jacksonville, Fla.; (1950) Terry Beasley, Montgomery, Ala.; (1951) Charles Young, Fresno, Calif.; Feb. 6 (1886) Jack Hubbard, Hatfield, Mass.; (1889) Bill Alexander, Mud River, Ky.; (1948) Major Harris, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1948) Dennis Onkotz, Northampton, Pa.; (1950) Rich Glover, Bayonne, N.J.; Feb. 7 (1905) Wally Butts, Milledgeville, Ga.; (1917) Banks McFadden, Ft. Lawn, S.C.; (1922) Paul Cleary, North Loop, Neb.; (1933) Calvin Jones, Steubenville, Ohio; (1934) Ron Beagle, Hartford, Conn.; (1959) Neal Lomax, Portland, Ore.; Feb. 8 (1920) Bruce Smith (Minn.), Faribault, Minn.; (1925) Rod Franz, San Francisco, Calif.; (1942) George Bork, Mt. Prospect, Ill.; Feb. 9 (1950) Rod Cason, San Angelo, Texas; (1952) Danny White, Mesa, Ariz.; (1957) Dan Ross, Malden, Mass.; Feb. 10 (1946) Dick Anderson, Midland, Mich.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Feb. 4 (1950) Everett Strupper, Atlanta, Ga.; (1962) Pat O’Dea, San Francisco, Calif.; (2010) Bill Dudley, Lynchburg, Va.; Feb. 5 (1994) George Sauer, Waco, Texas; Feb. 7 (1932) Forrest Geyer, Norman, Okla.; Feb. 8 (1994) Bobby Reynolds (Stanford), San Rafael, Calif.; (2000) Derrick Thomas, Kansas City, Mo.; (2005) Parker Hall, Vicksburg, Miss.; (2016) Willie Richardson, Jackson, Miss.; Feb. 9 (1994) Bud Wilkinson, St. Louis, Mo.; Feb. 10 (1992) Doyt Perry, Bowling Green, Ohio.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Feb. 4 Tom Deery, Feb. 5 Roger Staubach, Craig Morton, Ron Sellers, Terry Beasley, Charles Young, Feb. 6 Major Harris, Dennis Onkotz, Rich Glover, Feb. 7 Neal Lomax, Feb. 9 Rod Cason, Danny White, Dan Ross, Feb. 10 Dick Anderson…
South Alabama will travel to Tulane for a one-game contract in 2023…Alabama’s 2019 Homecoming clash will be against Arkansas Oct. 26…Sam Houston State, which made the NCAA Division I playoffs seven of the last eight years, opens the 2019 season at New Mexico Aug. 31…Harvard and the University of San Diego will meet for the first time Sept. 21 in San Diego, Calif.
The 30th annual Souper Bowl of Caring utilized several schools’ athletics departments and student bodies to help raise funds and awareness for family hunger in the United States. Numerous stores also donated food to the effort, which has provided $14 million-plus in food to underserved families since SBC was founded in 1990…Hundreds of Catholic universities and schools at all levels celebrated National Catholic Education Week Jan. 27-Feb. 3. Among the football powers observing the recognition with several others were Notre Dame, Notre Dame (Ohio), Boston College, Fordham, Georgetown, the University of San Diego, and Villanova…The Vanderbilt Alumni Association has group trips planned for South America and Canada in 2018 and several football alumni and supports on these excursions.
Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson has been at his wife’s side as she battles cancer…Washington State head coach Mike Leach was highlighted in a recent Dallas Morning News column about his ever-expanding coaching “tree” and association with the famed Hal Mumme to refine the Air Raid offense…Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards has completed his new coaching staff for the ’19 campaign…Appalachian State named longtime college assistant coach Pat Washington who was at South Carolina in 2018 for its staff on offense and 10th assistant coach…Billy High, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn’s director of recruiting, is moving to North Carolina as a football administrator under returning head coach and NFF Hall of Fame member Mack Brown…Former Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Nate Woody is a new assistant coach at Michigan…New Kansas offensive coordinator Les Koenning has signed a five-year contract with solid compensation…Maryland offensive coordinator Scottie Montgomery has inked a three-year deal with $800,000 for his salary in the first year…Michigan defensive line coach Shaun Nua has been contracted for at least two seasons…Former Rutgers defensive coordinator Jay Niemann is the new defensive analyst at Kansas…Southern California hired North Texas assistant head coach Graham Harrell as offensive coordinator… Former Idaho State offensive line coach Roman Sapolu has been added to the Fresno State coaching staff…North Texas head coach Seth Littrell has begun a nationwide search to replace outgoing offensive coordinator Graham Harrell but has solidified most of his assistant other coaching positions with Troy Reffett (defensive coordinator, safeties), Jeff Koonz (co-defensive coordinator, linebackers), Tommy Mainord (associate head coach, pass game coordinator), Chuck Langston (offensive line), Joel Filani (wide receivers), Marc Yellock (defensive line), and Marty Biagi (special teams coordinator and originator of the famed, fake fair catch punt TD runback in 2018 against Arkansas)… Alabama sought the services of Mississippi State defensive line coach Brian Baker, but State inked the top aide to a new, two-year contract. The Bulldogs also hired former Oregon wide receivers coach Michael Johnson for the same role at State…LSU has tabbed former NFL New Orleans Saints assistant coach Joe Brady as passing game coordinator and receivers coach…Former Stanford running backs coach Lance Taylor will take over those duties at Notre Dame…Oklahoma State named former Princeton assistant coach Sean Gleeson as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – UTEP: Dana Dimel, Columbus, Ohio; UTSA: Frank Wilson, New Orleans, La.; Toledo: Jason Candle, Salem, Ohio; Trinity (Conn.): Jeff Devanney, Hartford, Conn.; Trinity (Texas): Jerheme Urban, Victoria, Texas.
Nebraska director of athletics Bill Moos has received ample recent support from NU president Dr. Hank Bounds, Chancellor Dr. Ronnie Green and several prominent boosters…Louisville athletics associate media media relations director Garret Wall is leaving that position to work for an area charitable organization.
American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco expressed confidence in future AAC competitive football schedules and national success in multiple sports since the league began in 2013…The Pac-12 Conference is looking again at Las Vegas, Nev., as a possible championship site – especially with the new Las Vegas Raiders football stadium. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott recently explained the conference’s equity sale and long-term partnerships’ possibilities. The commissioner also is seeking other alternate means to increase the loop’s total end-of-year payout to conference members.
Jose C. Romano was named 81st president and chair of the Capital One Orange Bow.
Florida’s redshirt senior center T.J. McCoy is moving to Louisville as graduate transfer…Miami (Fla.) is working on securing additional graduate transfers with immediate 2019 eligibility…Oklahoma State LB Patrick Macon will be a ’19 graduate transfer at a university to be determined…Penn State has 11 players who will transfer to their schools this semester with notables WR Juwan Johnson (transfer school TBD), DE Torrence Brown (Southern Miss), TE Danny Dalton (Boston College), LB Jarvis Miller (Massachusetts), LB and Dae’Lun Darien (Delaware) primary among the movers…Vanderbilt will inherit Harvard graduate transfer WR Justice Shelton-Mosley in a “swap” between two of America’s most highly-rated academic institutions…Purdue QB David Blough was featured in for his stellar career with the Boilermakers and bright future. Blough is engaged to high school sweetheart and Carrollton (Texas) HS track and field standout (now at Texas) Melissa Gonzalez…Vanderbilt projected pre-2019 All-SEC WR Kalija Lipscomb spoke of his reasons for returning as a senior this autumn…Penn State offensive lineman Alex Gellerstedt is the 12th Nittany Lion to transfer to a different school for 2019…Pittsburgh has found a graduate transfer from Michigan to add talent in the offensive line and is seeking possible transfer assistance at other positions…Former Florida cornerback McArthur Burnett has moved to USF for the 2019 season while former USF quarterback Brett Keane will be an eligible graduate transfer at Charlotte this autumn…Former Eastern Washington QB Gage Gubrud hopes to transfer to Washington State if he meets NCAA eligibility standards…NC State has gotten former standout Wake Forest WR Tabari Hines as a 2019 graduate transfer../Florida State QB Deondre Francois will not return for the ’19 season.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach and Tennessee director of athletics Phillip Fulmer has been working with consultants and university administrators to increase season ticket sales and in-game attendance for 2019.
Memphis is working to reverse ticket purchasing trends over the last three seasons with an aggressive pre-2019 marketing campaign…Purdue athletics topped $100 million in revenue for the first time in 2017-18 and had a reported surplus of $7.9 million…UNLV athletics located no major damage from a recent intrusion near the department’s official airplane…The North Texas Tollway Authority posted several comical references to deflated footballs by the New England Patriots and pass interference calls (or missing penalty calls) against the NFL Los Angeles Rams on its electronic message boards promoting new emergency service roadside texts at #999…Maine athletics is repairing its air-filled practice dome after recent storm damage…Old Dominion athletics will name the new version of Forman Field after generous ODU donor Barry Kornblau…New Mexico athletics and he university administration report a major drop in auto theft and other jurisprudence activities near campus and athletics facilities in 2018.
The Dallas Morning News highlighted Alabama’s 139-15 overall record from 2008-18 and three national championships under head coach Nick Saban in an article about sports’ greatest dynasties…
NCAA FBS football officiating coordinators are discussing possible means of avoiding 5-7 overtime games through different football placement or mandatory two-point conversions…Barbara Barnes of Georgetown, D.C., Cindy Potter of Columbia College, Mex Carey of Michigan State, Ryan Bower of Florida Southern, John Beatty (retired) of Western Michigan, and Jack Frost (retired) of Winthrop were featured subjects and opinion makers in the popular CoSIDA Open Forum discussion link on
2019-20 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
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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