College Football Notes – Feb. 13, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
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Allstate Sugar Bowl executive director Paul Hoolahan enjoyed a gala retirement party in New Orleans, La., after 25 years at the helm. Among the VIP guests for the occasion were NFF President/CEO Steve Hatchell and NFF COO Matthew Sign. Jeff Hundley, operations director for the bowl, will take over for Hoolahan July 1.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Feb. 11-17 time period are Feb. 11 (1882) John Tigert, Nashville, Tenn.; (1938) Jim Sochor, Oklahoma City, Okla.; (1949) Murry Bowden, Colorado City, Texas; (1949) Jim Stillwagon, Mt. Vernon, Ohio; Feb. 12 (1885) Frank Murray, Maynard, Mass.; (1895) Dick Romney, Salt Lake City, Utah; (1925) Lee Tressel, Ada, Ohio; (1963) Brent Jones, Santa Clara, Calif.; (1964) Scott Thomas, San Antonio, Texas; (1971) Lincoln Kennedy, York, Pa.; Feb.
13 (1919) Eddie Robinson, Jackson, La.; (1933) Kenneth Dement, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; (1972) Ruben Brown, Englewood, N.J.; Feb. 14 (1913) Woody Hayes, Clifton, Ohio; (1919) George Kerr, Brookline, Mass.; Feb.; Feb. 15 (1897) Earl “Red” Blaik, Detroit, Mich.; (1920) Endicott Peabody, Lawrence, Mass.; (1929) Fred Martinelli, Columbus, Ohio; (1931) John Michels, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1940) John Hadl, Lawrence, Kan.; (1957) Ted Brown, High Point, N.C.; (1957) Marc Wilson, Bremerton, Wash.; (1960) Darnell Green, Houston, Texas; Feb. 16 (1931) Dick Modzelewski, West Natrona, Pa.; (1964) Teel Bruner, London, Ky.; (1872) Pat O’Dea, Melbourne, Australia; (1892) Bob Neyland, Greenville, Texas; (1905) Andy Oberlander, Chelsea, Mass.; (1920) Jackie Hunt, Huntington, W.Va.; (1936) Jim Brown, St. Simons Island, Ga.; (1938) Jim Christopherson, Wadena, Minn.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Feb. 12 (1959) Charlie Daly, Pacific Grove, Calif.; Feb. 13 (1945) Bill Mallory, in combat in Italy; (1996) Charlie Conerly, Memphis, Tenn.; (2006) Bud McFadin, Victoria, Texas; (2016) Johnny Lattner, Oak Park, Ill.; Feb. 17 (2009) Brad Van Pelt, Owosso, Mich.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Feb. 11 Feb. 11 Murry Bowden, Jim Stillwagon, Feb. 12 Brent Jones, Scott Thomas, Lincoln Kennedy, Feb. 13 Ruben Brown, Feb. 14 John Hadl, Ted Brown, Marc Wilson, Darnell Green, Feb. 16 Teel Bruner, Jim Brown (a spry 83), Jim Christopherson…
Tulsa will travel to Washington for a single game in 2023…The Texas-Texas A&M football series renewal continues to be discussed at the highest levels in Texas government – all the way to the office of Gov. Greg Abbott. Gov. Abbott, who received his undergraduate degree from Texas and a law degree from Vanderbilt, also has been asked to look into the rejuvenation of the UT-Vandy series, which last was contested in 1928. The rivalry was a staple at Fair Park Stadium in Dallas from 1921-28, and VU has a 8-3-1 advantage in the series with the Longhorns…Texas A&M student s conducted a campus-wide referendum calling for a renewal of the Longhorns-Aggies series. The schools have competed in baseball, basketball and several other sports after stopping their football rivalry in November 2010…There are plans among North Dakota elected officials and North Dakota State administrators to coordinate a visit to the White House and U.S. President Donald Trump to celebrate other Bison’s seventh NCAA FBS championship in the last eight years. No dates have been certified for the trek.
Bucknell named Dave Cecchini head coach…Memphis head coach Mike Norvell received a one-year contract extension through the 2023 season…Buffalo head coach Lance Leipold had his contract extended for five years…Michigan named Ben McDaniels quarterbacks coach…Former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops has become the initial head coach for the Arlington-Dallas franchise in the new XFL…Three-decade (42 seasons, including his days in the high school ranks) in college football ranks Joe Whitt Sr. of Auburn received the AFCA Outstanding Achievement Award for longevity and coaching excellence…Montana State head coach Jeff Choate expressed concerns about how the NCAA transfer portal will affect NCAA FCS members in the long run…Penn State head coach James Franklin also questioned the effectiveness of the NCAA transfer portal after losing a 16th player from the 2018 squad to another school. Penn State’s Franklin also retained assistant coach Phil Galiano, hired assistant coach Gerad Parker and will be without former assistant coach David Corley this fall…Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente told the Roanoke, Va., Times the Hokies will not focus on NCAA transfer for the 2019 season… North Carolina head coach and NFF College Hall of Fame member Mack Brown has discussed converting UNC’s Kenan Stadium from a grass field to artificial turf…Alabama running backs coach Joe Pannunzio appears to be going to the NFL Philadelphia Eagles…Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton will not return in 2019 and is seeking other career opportunities…Florida Atlantic named Lance Thompson defensive line coach…Georgia head coach Kirby Smart opined about the future of college football on ESPN’s Paul Finebaum Show…Illinois head coach Lovie Smith will be the Fighting Illini defensive coordinator in 2019 while his son Miles Smith will serve as linebackers coach…Morgan State named former NFL and Michigan running back star Tyrone Wheatley head coach…Ohio State head coach Ryan Day addressed his hiring of several former Michigan assistant coaches for his new staff…Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson decided not to add former Houston and Baylor head coach Art Briles to the Golden Eagles staff…Texas tabbed safeties coach Craig Nairvar as its new co-defensive coordinator, and UT tight ends coach Derek Wareham will become special teams coordinator as well. Longhorns head coach Tom Herman believes these will be the final staff updates before 2019 spring workouts…Former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops will join Alabama as an as off-field defensive analyst…Colorado State wide receivers coach Alvis Whitted is joining the NFL Green Bay Packers with that same assignment…Georgia Tech’s former A-backs coach Lamar Owens is the new wide receivers coach at Georgia Southern…Houston added four new staff assistants in Tyler Hancock (special teams analyst), Will Weaver (defensive analyst), Morgan Tadlock (on-campus recruiting coordinator), and Chris Scott (recruiting coordinator/defense)…San Diego State defensive line coach Ernie Lawson will not return for the 2019 season…Wyoming named Jake Dickert defensive coordinator and Shannon Moore tight ends/fullbacks coach…Nick Grimes will be the 2019 offensive coordinator at Campbell…Washington State signed defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys to a three-year contract…Auburn football tabbed Levorn Harbin as director of recruiting…North Carolina chose Maurice Sims as assistant strength and conditioning coach…Austin Peay tabbed Tim Zetts as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach while Mark Powell is now defensive coordinator and linebackers coach…Clemson co-offensive coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott have received their bowl bonuses for helping to guide the Tigers to the 2018 CFP title… Former Clemson assistant coach Xavier Dye was named wide receiver coach at West Virginia…Marshall has made three recent updates to its football coaching staff…Mississippi State football is in line for possible payouts to compensate for assistant coaches with guaranteed contracts…North Texas named Patrick Cobbs running backs coach and Clay Jennings cornerbacks coach…Former Rutgers assistant coach Henry Baker is leaving to become an assistant coach with the NFL New York Giants…Fresno State named former Oregon offensive analyst Danny Lansford, who also served as Oregon State’s offensive coordinator under head coach Mike Riley, quarterback coach…Tennessee public records indicated the end-of-term conditions and compensation for former Volunteers head coach Butch Jones and his staff…Former UAB linebackers coach Brian Williams has moved to the Maryland coaching staff…The USF Bulls have made an offer to NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant defensive line coach Paul Spicer for a 2019 to similar position…Alabama now has placed analyst Steve Sarkisian and other new assistant coaches on the official payroll…Appalachian State has lost 2018 assistant coaching hire Ken Dorsey who has become the quarterbacks coach for the NFL Buffalo Bills…Arizona selected former Ball State assistant coach Kyle DeVan as its 2019 offensive line coach…Former Georgia Tech quarterback and backfield assistant coach Craig Candeto has joined Austin Peay as running backs coach…Kansas State defensive ends coach Blake Seiler is headed to become linebackers coach at West Virginia…Minnesota offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca is close to signing a contract extension after turning down an offer from West Virginia.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Troy: Chip Lindsey, Madison, Ala.; Tufts: Jay Civetti, Belmont, Mass.; Tulane: Willie Fritz, Warrensburg, Mo.; Tulsa: Phillip Montgomery, Dallas, Texas; UCLA: Chip Kelly, Dover, N.H.
Brad Hurlbut is the new director of athletics at Fairleigh Dickinson and husband of 1993-99 Patriot League executive director Connie Hurlbut…Iowa AD Gary Barta has replaced NFF John Toner Award recipient Gene Smith of Ohio State as a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee…South Carolina AD Ray Tanner and head coach Will Muschamp provided a tour of the school’s new $50 million football operations building last week in Columbia, S.C….Georgia director of athletics Greg McGarity denoted a $42 million surplus for the department during the 2018 fiscal year and provided backing for head men’s basketball coach Tom Crean after a recent contest…Syracuse AD John Wildhack spoke recently about school attendance records, possible television blackouts and the school’s new contract with Nike…Nebraska AD Bill Moos updated alumni about goings-on in football recruiting and other areas. He also appeared with head coach Scott Frost at a highly-attended alumni function in Denver, Colo…New Vanderbilt AD Malcolm Turner hit the road running with the convergence of several winter and spring sports occurring in his fist week on the job…Kansas named Nicole Corcoran executive associate AD and acquired Ohio University’s Ryan White as senior associate AD for development…Longtime Columbia coach and administrator Bid Goswami announced his retirement upcoming in June…Temple athletics named Richie Raspa video production manager and Russ Troeller live production coordinator.
Several post-2018 college bowl games are celebrating milestone years with the 104th Rise Bow presented by Northwestern Mutual, the 84th annual Allstate Sugar and Capital One Orange Bowls, the 82nd annual Goodyear Cotton Bowl, and the 51st annual Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.
From the archives of the Denver Post, numbers of student-athletes by conference invited to the NFL Combine later this month in Indianapolis are SEC, 90 (West Division 52, East Division 38), Big Ten, 53; ACC, 46; Pac-12, 39; and Big 12, 33…Alex Hirschfield, son of Conference USA multimedia and creative services consultant Erika Amstadt Hirschfield, has signed to play linebacker at Dayton in 2019…Football recruiting within the Pac-12 Conference is taking a turn for the better with retention of some of the top high school football players in Arizona, California, Colorado Utah, and Washington. The Pac-12 also appointed the Raine Group as national media advisers in coming months…American Athletic Conference commsssioner Mike Aresco was highlighted in an Orlando Sentinel about overall conference success and the upcoming AAC television network…The Atlantic 10 Conference will hold several major events in Washington, D.C., in coming years with the league basketball tourney set to return there in 2022.
Air Force 2019 tight end signee Kyle Patterson chose the Falcons over such powers as Alabama and Washington and helped AFA have one of its top recruiting classes in history with 21 newcomers rated 3-Star prospects or higher nationally. Patterson is the son of former NFL standout Shawn Patterson…Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor was honored for a second time after the ESPN Home Depot Awards Show as winner of the 29th annual Doak Walker Award. NFF National Contribution of Football Award recipient Verne Lundquist was emcee for the gala banquet last week at the Dallas Hilton Anatole hotel… Top 20 schools’ recruiting classes for ’19 included Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, LSU, Michigan, Oregon, Clemson, Penn State, Florida, Auburn, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Florida State, Washington, Southern California, Nebraska, Stanford, South Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Purdue, and Ole Miss…Florida Atlantic released its entire signing class for the upcoming season after the opening day (Feb. 6) for later gridiron inkings…Southern Miss nabbed one of its top transfers in recent annals with the addition of former Penn State LB Torrence Brown…Former Texas QB Shane Buechele has confirmed he will play at SMU in 2019 as a graduate transfer near his hometown of Arlington, Texas…Oklahoma WR Jaylon Robinson has requested a transfer in the upcoming season…Florida State QB Deondre Francois has been added to the 2019 NCAA database portal…DeSoto (Texas) HS star receiver La’Vontae Shenault has joined his brother Laviska Shenault as a Colorado signee for 2019…Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, a standout defensive back from Waco, Texas, and nephew of NFF College Hall of Fame and TCU Board of Trust member Ladanian Tomlinson, has signed with TCU…Appalachian State has at least two possible early graduates and a third player pursuing graduate transfer possibilities…BYU running back Riley Burt is going to Utah State as graduate transfer…Maryland QB Kasim Hill has entered the 2019 NCAA transfer portal…The NCAA Eligibility Committee granted a waiver for immediate eligibility of Georgia transfer QB Justin Fields at Ohio State…Tennessee tight end Eli Wolf has left the program as a graduate transfer for Georgia…Southern California signee WR Bru McCoy has asked for a transfer to Texas…North Carolina QB Manny Miles, son of Kansas head coach Les Miles, has entered the NCAA transfer portal and will seek a new school in ’19…Texas QB Caneron Rising formally entered the NCAA transfer portal while backup signal caller Casey Thompson of the Longhorns also expects to be moving to a new school by autumn 2019…Arlington (Texas) HS offensive lineman Dakota Shirley signed a letter-of-intent to play football at Hardin-Simmons with a heavy heart after the passing of his mother Shirley last September in an auto accident…Duncanville (Texas) DL De’Braylon Carroll utilized his outstanding academic record and on-field talents to sign with Rice after receiving offers from Air Force and other leading FBS schools.
NFF College Hall of Fame Coach and Akron president Jim Tressel attended last week’s U.S. State of the Union address as a guest of freshman U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzales, a former Ohio State receiver…Former Stanford, NFL great and NFF College Hall of Fame QB Jim Plunket was honored with the Davey O’Brien Foundation Legends Award. Former Vanderbilt football student-athlete and mayor of El Paso, Texas, Dee Margo has been featured in several national news stories about border cities and immigration…NFF College Hall of Fame…Longtime Texas Tech coach and administrator Marsha Sharp will be enshrined in the Tech Ring of Honor March 4 in Lubbock, Texas…Popular Dallas-Fort Worth area head coach Mike Overton of Mesquite Horn HS announced his retirement last week.
The Krystkowiak family will match funds to honor Jon M. Huntsman and Huntsman Center renovations on the Utah campus…A bill in the California legislature would allow college athletes get sponsorship deals and other compensation outside of stipends from individual schools…Kansas State athletics was complimented for improved postgame crowd control measures after a major upset over Kansas last week in men’s basketball…Michigan’s NCAA-record $5.28 billion fundraising campaign continues to have several major contributors…Nebraska had sold out its annual Red-White spring game for the second season in succession…Delaware’s Phase I of its $60 million stadium project had reduced seating capacity slightly from 22,000 to 21,000. Phase II of construction of the 90,000-square-foot DU athletics center will be completed before the 2020 season…Oklahoma State’s $60 million O’Brate Stadium is proceeding at near-record pace to open for the 2020 campaign…Wake Forest athletics has met with officials of BB&T and Sun Trust Bank on how their $66 billion merger will affect stadium sponsorship at the current BB&T Stadium at WFU…Auburn athletics posted a fiscal year 2018 operating budget surplus of $7.8 million…The Dallas Morning News revealed large recruiting budgets for FBS schools within the state of Texas…Georgia athletics noted updates about sellout crowds at Sanford Stadium the last two seasons… The Arkansas Board of Trustees is voting on a proposal to change name for the Razorbacks Baum Stadium…LSU athletics is adding large video screens and extra WiFi at several of its venues…Purdue athletics opened a survey for input about renovations and improvements at Ross-Ade Stadium…Texas Tech has begun construction on the Womble Center practice facility…New Mexico athletics’ Lobo Club has been subject of some financial challenges in recent days…The NHL Nashville Predators will be the Dallas Stars opponent in the first NHL Winter Classic played at Dallas’ Cotton Bowl Stadium Jan. 1, 2020.
Dallas Morning News columnist and NFL draft expert Rick Gosselin has retired after a 46-year career as a sports writer. He also worked with United Press International and the Kansas City Star during his illustrious era as a sports writer…Illinois athletics will cede the rights for football and men’s basketball broadcasts moving to WLS-AM 890 in Chicago…Florida columnist Pat Dooley wrote about the impact of 2019 transfer portals on how 2019 recruiting classes eventually are judged in the Gainesville, Fla., Sun…NC State and North Carolina budgets and 2018 revenues were studied by the Durham, N.C., Herald-Sun…The Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times reports that as many as 1,300-1,400 student-athletes may be in the 2018-19 NCAA transfer data portal base. The national news and sports website and data gathering site gained several new contracts and added hundreds of followers in January…The Tulsa World examined the compensation packages for Oklahoma head football coaches since 1994.
Among the young head and assistant coaches participating in the AFA 35 under 35 (Years Old) conference at San Antonio, Texas, were Ola Adams, Villanova; Shawn Bell, Baylor; Tyler Bowen, Penn State; Bryan Brown, Appalachian State; Shane Fidler, Waccamaw (S.C.) HS head coach; and Joe Jon Finley, then at Missouri…The Arena Football League is expanding with new teams in Columbus, Ohio, and Atlantic City, N.J….The NCAA has placed Missouri on bowl and postseason probation for academic inaccuracy in football, men’s and women’s basketball and softball. MU administrators have appealed the order…Nick Buth of Morningside, Jeff Weiss of Watne State (Mich.), Dennis Jezek of Barry, Ken Sweeten of Southern Connecticut State, and retired CoSIDA Hall of Fame member Gary Anderson of Omaha 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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