College Football Notes – March 3, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, March 4th, 2019
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 The Feb. 25 date was recognized as a sports milestone for several schools, conferences and professional teams – particularly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Big 12 Conference was announced formally on that date in 1994 and just celebrated its 25-year anniversary. SMU received its latest NCAA sanctions on Feb. 25, 1987, and that also was the calendar date in 1989 when NFF Board member Jerry Jones purchased the NFL Dallas Cowboys for $180 million. The Cowboys now are estimated to be the highest-priced franchise in professional sports history with a fair market value of $4.8 billion.
The famed Dallas Athletic Club is hosting a series of celebrations and observances to celebrate its Centennial (founded in 1919) this year. The Gold Course at the DAC was designed by Golf Hall of Fame member and former Ohio State student-athlete Jack Nicklaus.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 4-10 time period are March 4 (1888) Knute Rockne, Voss, Norway; (1964) Shane Conlan, Frewsburg, N.Y.; (1971) Jeff Wittman, Rochester, N.Y.; March 5 (1875) Frank O’Neill, Syracuse, N.Y.; (1918) Paul Christman, St. Louis, Mo.; (1921) Dave Schreiner, Lancaster, Wis.; (1922) Bob Odell, Corning, Iowa; (1970) Michael Payton, Harrisburg, Pa.; March 6 (1892) Clark Shaughnessy, St. Cloud, Minn.; (1927) Jim Owens, Oklahoma City, Okla.; (1942) Jerry Rhome, Dallas, Texas; (1943) Ronnie Caveness, Houston, Texas; (1950) Johnny Musso, Birmingham, Ala.; March 7 (1943) Rick Redman, Portland, Ore.; (1950) Thom Gatewood, Baltimore, Md.; (1952) Lynn Swann, Alcoa, Tenn.; (1955) Tommy Kramer, San Antonio, Texas; March 8 (1873) Charley Brewer, Honolulu, Hawai’i; (1893) Harry Young, Charleston, W.Va.; (1917) Dan Hill, Asheville, N.C.; (1931) Earle Bruce, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1938) Pete Dawkins, Royal Oak, Mich.; (1962) William Fuller, Norfolk, Va.; (1965) Kenny Gamble, Holyoke, Mass.; (1877) Art Hillebrand, Freeport, Ill.; March 9 (1927) Jackie Jensen, San Francisco, Calif.; (1944) John Huard, Waterville, Maine; (1965) Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma City, Okla.; March 10 (1927) Bill Fischer, Chicago, Ill.; (1949) Chip Kell, Atlanta, Ga.; (1960) Bill Stromberg, Baltimore, Md.; (1965) Rod Woodson, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 4 (1962) Pat O’Dea, San Francisco, Calif.; (2009) George McAfee, Durham, N.C.; March 5 (2016) Albert Wistert, Grant’s Pass, Ore.; March 7 (1977) Bernie Bierman, Laguna Hills, Calif.; (1983) Rip Engle, Bellefonte, Pa.; March 9 (2005) Glenn Davis, La Quinta, Calif.; March 10 (1954) Frank Thomas, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; (1945) Ed “Robbie” Robinson, Boston, Mass.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 4 Shane Conlan, Jeff Wittman, March 5 Michael Payton, March 6 Jerry Rhome, Johnny Musso, March 7 Rick Redman, Thom Gatewood, Lynn Swann, Tommy Kramer, March 8 Pete Dawkins, William Fuller, Kenny Gamble, March 9 John Huard, Brian Bosworth, March 10 Chip Kell, Bill Stromberg, Rod Woodson…
Georgia Tech will play five home games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium beginning with Notre Dame in 2020 (and later in 2024) and Clemson in 2022 along with two other home games with Atlantic Coast Conference opponents to be determined in 2021 and ’23…The Tulsa Hurricane signed its contract to play at Washington for a guaranteed $1.6 million…ESPN is working with Florida and Miami (Fla.) administrators and the NCAA to move up that contest to Aug. 24 for a national telecast to commemorate the 150-year anniversary of college football…The Georgia Tech-Clemson Chick-fil-A Kickoff contest in August 2022 at Mercedes-Benz had its origins and culmination explained in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution…Virginia Tech is set for spring practice with 42 returning letter winners and its top five leading tacklers back in the fold for ’19…Charlotte’s four non-Conference USA opponents have been settled for 2019, and they are Gardner Webb on Aug. 31, at Appalachian State on Sept. 7, Massachusetts on Sept. 14, and at defending national champion Clemson on Sept. 21…Marshall’s solid intersectional worksheet for ’19 non-conference contests is VMI on Aug. 31, at Boise State on Sept. 7, Ohio on Sept. 14 in the 48-year anniversary of MU’s return to football after the fatal plane crash in 1970, and Cincinnati on Sept. 28.
Oklahoma athletics has had several observances for Black History Month. Included in the salutes were a remembrance of the late Dr. Prentice Gautt, the first African American football student-athlete in OU history (and NFF 2005 Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award winner) and memorialized in the Dr. Prentice Gautt Big 12 Conference Graduate Scholarships, and 2018 Heisman Trophy winner QB Kyler Murray. Murray received an extended standing ovation during halftime of the OU-Texas men’s basketball game and displayed the trophy for the enthusiastic crowd at that event…The ECHL Allen Americans hockey team was named a Purple Heart Hockey Team by the Military Order of the Purple Heart Texas Division.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is scheduled to address the South Carolina legislature for the second time in three years after winning the College Football Playoff title…Illinois coaches and players welcomed the return of former strength and conditioning coach Lou Hernandez…Former Oklahoma star Malcolm Kelly is slated to be named wide receivers coach at TCU…Nebraska head coach Scott Frost has continued an active offseason of speaking at area Big Red chapters and Chamber of Commerce functions…Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente has the most wins – 25 – of any Hokies mentor in his first three seasons at the helm…Media members unveiled details on Jim Chaney’s new contract at Tennessee and buyout terms before he departed from Georgia’s coaching staff as a coordinator with UGA before he left for UT…Michigan named Mike McCray defensive analyst…Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck detailed promotions for three of his 2018 assistant coaches and added three off-field staff analysts….North Dakota State’s 38-year assistant coach Randy Hedberg cherished the Bison’s recent trek to the White House…Oregon defensive coordinator Andy Avalos inked a three-year, $2.445 million contract…Nebraska named Tony Tuioti defensive line coach…Wagner selected Del Smith as associate head coach and defensive coordinator…Washington State named Rex Bellantoni linebackers coach and Dennis Slutak director of football operations…Eastern Washington tabbed former Northern Iowa assistant coach Pat McCann as wide receivers coach…Former William and Mary offensive coordinator DJ Mangas has gone to LSU as an offensive analyst…Navy added assistant coaches Jerrick Hall (defensive line) and Jason MacDonald (fullbacks) added to its 2019 staff…Nebraska outside linebackers coach Jevon Dewitt has begun treatment for a form of throat cancer. NU athletics also has completed the settlement payout for former Huskers and current Youngstown State head coach Bo Pelini…Rice named Drew Svoboda is special teams coordinator…Former Toledo receivers coach Mike Bellamy is moving to the Illinois coaching staff…USF named Bryan Hill was named safeties coach, and Sean Cronin will move from defensive tackles coach to outside linebackers coach…Washington’s co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake has turned down multiple job offers to remain with the Huskies…Former Illinois standout Mike Bellamy is returning to Champaign-Urbana as running backs coach…Colorado added Bryan Cook (defense), William Peagler (offense) and Reed Heim (special teams) as quality control coaches…Eastern Washington named Ian Shoemaker offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach…Oregon tabbed former Boise State assistant coach Andy Avalos as defensive coordinator…Vanderbilt is working to determine if new offensive coordinator Gerry Gdowski will call plays this autumn…Former Iowa recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson is leaving the restaurant business to go to Wisconsin as executive director of football administration.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Washington: Chris Petersen, Yuba City, Calif.; Washington & Jefferson: Mike Sirianni, Alliance, Ohio; Washington (St. Louis): Larry Kindbom, Lancaster, Pa.; Washington State: Mike Leach, Susanville, Calif.; Wesleyan (Conn.): Dan DiCenzo, Williamstown, Mass.
Former Kansas State and Tennessee director of athletics John Currie was named AD at Wake Forest…Florida director of athletics Scott Stricklin and Mississippi State AD John Cohen were highlighted for their schools’ 2018-19 successes and energetic building programs at their respective campuses…Jeremy Sharpe is the new director of communications and branding for North Carolina athletics… Northern Arizona AD Mike Marlow discussed facilities and his first year at NAU in the Arizona Daily Sun…Former Baylor, Texas A&M and Mississippi State baseball coaching legend Steve “Hoot” Johnigan has joined the BU softball staff as interim hitting coach after another assistant coach had to undergo hip surgery…Rice women’s soccer coach Nicky Adams is leaving the university after 16 years with the Owls to take over the Syracuse post…Former Tulane publicist Richie Weaver is now a veterans service representative at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in New Orleans, La.
The Valero Alamo Bowl helped the San Antonio, Texas, economy gain an additional $53 million in tourism benefits over a seven-day span.
Big Ten Conference members noted a sharp increase in expenditures in the 2017-19 era. This was partially due to increased revenues from the conference office…The Pac-12 Conference continues to look at its long-term football officiating training procedures and performance upgrades…Colorado officials looked at team records, especially in men’s basketball, and noticed improvement from the Buffaloes’ final year in the Big 12 Conference prior to joining the Pac-12 Conference in 2011. CU’s veteran publicist Dave Plati will have his formal induction into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame later this year. He was announced as a new HoF member in 2018…The Southeastern Conference has issued an edict about game officials wearing SEC teams’ apparel on social media…The Pac-12 Conference will be conducting possible independent reviews of officiating in coming weeks. The Pac-12 also is utilizing popular former Kansas State president Dr. Jon Wefald for a strategic football scheduling alliance between the Pac-12 and Big 12 Conferences…
Clemson senior running back Tavien Feaster acknowledged he remains “all in” with the Tigers for 2019 despite several earlier possible graduate transfer possibilities…Wisconsin 2018 starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook will go to another school as a graduate transfer. The Badgers have been seeking immediate assistance to fill his No. 1 slot…TCU part-time regular QB and Pennsylvania grad transfer Michael Collins is one of four possible players vying for No. 1 on the Horned Frogs offensive depth chart…Several Conference USA standouts had solid showings at last week’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., and among the notables were Azeez Al-Shaair, LB, Florida Atlantic; Tyre Brady, WR, Marshall; Nate Davis, OL, Charlotte; Jovon Durante, WR, Florida Atlantic; Jack Fox, P, Rice; Travis Fulgham, WR, Old Dominion; Malik Gant, S, Marshall; Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic; and Oshane Ximines, DE/LB, Old Dominion…Former Michigan State and Mississippi State DL Montez Sweat Montez Sweat ran the fastest 40-yard dash for a defensive lineman in NFL Combine annals (since 2003) at 4.41 seconds on March 3, and that was faster than any other running back in the competition besides Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill…Two Buffalo underclassmen are expected to enter the NCAA transfer portal…Louisville has welcomed graduate transfer linebacker T.J. Holl from Colgate. He was the Patriot League’s defensive Player of the Year…Minnesota freshman OL Jack York has entered NCAA transfer portal… Florida State has acquired QB Wayne Rector from Western Michigan as a graduate transfer…Mississippi State kicker Jace Christman is seeking reinstatement to the team for spring practice after a recent off-field challenge…Rutgers graduate transfer tight end Nakia Griffin-Stewart will take his talents to Pittsburgh. Ohio State has added graduate transfer OL Jonah Jackson from Rutgers…
NFF College Hall of Fame RB LaDanian Tomlinson of TCU is making final plans for his summer football camp for underserved youngsters in the Fort Worth-Dallas area.
San Diego State has let a $250 million contract for its new Mission Valley Stadium outside the city. The Aztecs are seeking ways to facilitate an increase in 2019 football season and individual ticket sales and hope to have the new stadium under construction in 2020 and completed by 2022…New turf is being installed at Cliff Harris Stadium on the campus of Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia, Ark….Oklahoma’s Board of Regents has employed a law firm to investigate allegations of possible individual misconduct…East Tennessee State athletics is working with multiple departments to purport the success of ETSU Day of Giving April 17…Southern Illinois has acquired a new athletics logo for the first time since 2001…The NCAA is seeking additional information from schools and FBI and Justice Department contacts about apparel manufacturers’ NCAA infractions…Michigan State has established an interim fund to assist counseling and restitution for assault victims of the university…Iowa State athletics has proposed renovations to offices and facilities in and around ISU’s Hilton Coliseum…Montana State athletics received an anonymous gift of $1 million and will name the MSU track and field facility in honor of longtime coach Dale Kennedy…Kentucky fans are excited about the school’s new $49 million Kentucky Proud Park baseball stadium and may witness a new tennis complex on the location of the former baseball facility – Cliff Hagan Stadium…New Mexico State athletics officials have discussed a campus monument for the school’s Pistol Pete mascot…Arizona State has added an agility field facility near Sun Devil Stadium added as a football practice field option…East Carolina athletics $60 million Southside Renovation Project continues to take shape this spring…Georgia athletics is making a March-April fundraising push for the school’s new indoor football facility…Vanderbilt hosted a 2019 Alumni Reunion Leadership Weekend recently in Nashville, Tenn., to plan for the October Reunion. Some of the five-year class celebratory members are the late Edwin M. Porter (Law ’59 the first African American State Senator in Oklahoma history), Skip Bayless (BA ’74 – noted national sports commentator), Mary Elson (BA ’74 – longtime administrator and editor with the Chicago Sun-Times), Dee Margo (BA ’74 – current mayor of El Paso, Texas, and a football student-athlete), and Fred J. Hall (BA ’74 – former U.S. Undersecretary of the Navy and a member of the newly-formed VU Athletics Board of Trustees).
Connecticut’s Rentschler Field was profiled on the 15-year anniversary of its opening by the Hartford, Conn., Courant… Sports KC announcer Nate Bukaty has gone viral on social media with a recent call in the KU-Kansas State basketball contest…Iowa broadcaster Gary Dolphin is hoping to return to fulltime football broadcast duties after being suspended for the remainder of the 2018-19 basketball season…Former Sherman (Texas) Democrat sports editor Todd Hutchinson is the new North Texas correspondent for the website…The North Texas student newspaper North Texas Daily recently conducted survey on students’ favorite college football categories.
Registration for the 2019 CoSIDA National Workshop in Orlando, Fla., is now available online via…CoSIDA also is honoring ESPN College Game Day Built by Home Depot with the 2019 Keith Jackson Eternal Flame Award for service to college athletics…The annual FWAA Writing Contest is accepting entries via Entry categories are posted at…Jamie Bustos of Nicholls State, Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA, Jessica Poole of Florida Atlantic, Scottie Rodgers of the Sun Belt Conference, and Marshall Fey of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi were featured subjects and opinion makers in the popular CoSIDA Open Forum discussion link on…Former USA Track and Field president Vin Lananna has asked to be reinstated.
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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