College Football Notes – March 11, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2019
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Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 11-17 time period are March 11 (1893) Ellery Huntington, Nashville, Tenn.; (1894) Bernie Bierman, Springfield, Minn.; (1941) Rex Mirich, Florence, Ariz.; March 12 (1880) Bobby Marshall, Milwaukee, Wis.; March 13 (1918) George McAfee, Ironton, Ohio; (1938) Joe Bellino, Winchester, Mass.; (1969) Chris Zorich, Chicago, Ill.; (1977) Joe Hamilton, Alvin, S.C.; March 14 (1903) Ed Weir, Superior, Neb.; (1936) Dr. Jim Swink, Sacul, Texas; (1943) Charlie Green, Dayton, Ohio; (1978) Ron Dayne, Berlin Township, N.J.; March 15 (1898) Clarence Swanson, Wakefield, Neb.; (1926) Norm Van Brocklin, Eagle Butte, S.D.; (1937) Randy Duncan, Osage, Iowa; (1956) Ozzie Newsome, Muscle Shoals, Ala.; March 16 (1872) Phillip King, Washington, D.C.; (1920) Buster Ramsey, Townsend, Tenn.; March 17 (1871) John Outland, Hesper, Kan.; (1876) Bill Morley, Cimarron, N.M.; (1905) Joe Donchess, Youngstown, Ohio; (1912) Joe Styhahar, Kaylor, Pa.; (1914) Sam Baugh, Temple, Texas; (1915) Bill Hartman, Thomaston, Ga,; (1916) Bob Suffridge, Fountain City, Tenn.; (1931) Ray Beck, Bowden, Ga.; (1967) Johnny Bailey, Houston, Texas.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 11 (1979) Beattie Feathers, Winston-Salem, N.C.; March 12 (1983) Ki Aldrich, Coffeyville, Kan.; (1987) Woody Hayes, Upper Arlington, Ohio; March 14 (1925) Walter Camp, New York City; March 15 (1990) Tom Harmon, Los Angeles, Calif.; March 16 (1943) Paul Bunker, POW Camp in Japan; (2006) Bill Hartman, Athens, Ga.; March 17 (1965) Amos Alonzo Stagg, Stockton, Calif.; (1992) Frank Carideo, Ocean Springs, Miss.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 11 Rex Mirich, March 12 Bobby Marshall, March 13 Joe Bellino (a spry 81), Chris Zorich, Joe Hamilton, March 14 Charlie Green, Ron Dayne, March 15 Randy Duncan, Ozzie Newsome…
Marshall will travel to Notre Dame in 2022…Tennessee and Oklahoma still are scheduled to meet in a one-game arrangement in 2020…Memphis director of athletics Tim Bowen told reporters the Tigers are available for future two-for-one contract dates with Power Five conference members…The Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes and Florida Gators officially have moved their 2019 season opener to Saturday, Aug, 24, to accommodate a national telecast…Southern California football is seeking to balance the number of outgoing undergraduate and grad transfers with an incoming group of such transfers.
Actor, Texas alumnus and Longhorns all-sports fanatic Matthew McConaughey spoke to area student-athletes at the Dallas- and Arlington-based Just Keep Livin’ Foundation and MLB Youth Academy last week.
Utah signed head coach Kyle Whittingham to another contract extension…Rice named associated head coach and offensive coordinator Jerry Mack running backs coach, Drew Svoboda special teams coordinator and Mike Kershaw wide receivers coach…Oklahoma State chose Kasey Dunn as associate head coach…Former Akron offensive coordinator A.J. Milwee is slated to become an offensive analyst at Alabama. Former Alabama defensive analyst Garrett Cox is joining the Tennessee staff as an analyst…Ole Miss lured former North Texas linebackers coach Jeff Koonz to take the same position at UM… Auburn’s director of football player personnel Stefan Schmidt is leaving AU to pursue other interests…Miami (Fla.) is in the process of re-organizing positions on its football staff and on the operations’ side of the ledger…Penn State’s assistant recruiting coordinator Justin King is leaving to become manager of football operations for the new XFL…Legendary Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa City West HS head and assistant football coach Reese Morgan will retire later this year…Longtime New Mexico defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove was named lead defensive analyst for the LSU Tigers.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Western Carolina: Mark Speir, Kannapolis, N.C.; West Texas A&M: Hunter Hughes, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; West Virginia: Neal Brown, Danville, Ky.; West Virginia State: John Pennington, Charleston, W.Va.; West Virginia Wesleyan: Tony Testa, Parkersburg, W. Va.
Maryland director of athletics Damon Evans was highlighted for his work to assist with player safety and injury prevention…Wake Forest’s popular and retiring AD Ron Wellman was saluted for his rare “double” as one-time chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and the NCAA DI Baseball selection Committee…Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard has been named to the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee…Kansas State deputy AD/SWA Jill Shields will serve on the 2019-20 NCAA Division I women’s basketball committee…Penn State named Ryan Snyder assistant director of strategic communications…Chuck Cecil, Arizona’s senior defensive analyst, will work as a television analyst for home broadcasts of Tucson’s new indoor football team…The University of Texas System Board of Regents chose Dr. Heather Wilson as new president at UTEP…The University of Colorado presidential search was narrowed to 10 candidates last week….Vanderbilt AD Malcolm Turner has been busy addressing challenges in VU’s basketball programs and how to work with Vanderbilt Stadium or look at a possible new gridiron facility…Former North Texas head basketball coach Tony Benford has replaced Will Wade as interim head basketball coach at LSU…Former NC State head coach Mark Gottfried is seeking to be cleared of possible NCAA violations in basketball recruiting…Veteran Kent State men’s head coach golf Herb Page is retiring after 41 years and will be replaced by associate head coach Jon Mills…Arizona head men’s basketball coach Sean Miller was credited with keeping a cool head during recent shoe contract investigations at the university…Portland State president Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi has been part of an ongoing series in the Portland Oregonian about campus leadership and employee relations…Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork expressed concern for postgame behavior after the Rebels recent loss to Tennessee in Oxford, Miss…Former Oklahoma president David Boren is scheduled to be interviewed by an area law firm.
Arkansas State’s appearance in the 2018 Arizona Bowl was its first ever in Arizona and leaves just one state west of the Mississippi River where the Red Wolves never have competed. That state is North Dakota.
Big Ten Conference commissioner Jim Delany is retiring in 2020 after a 31-year career with the circuit. The former North Carolina student-athlete is the longest-tenured commissioner in Big Ten annals. The retiring Delany was feted by the Chicago Tribune for his legacy and national leadership…Northwestern AD Jim Phillips and Big Ten senior associate commissioner Mark Rudner have been mentioned as possible replacements for Delany in ’20…The Kansas men’s basketball team has ended a historic, Big 12 Conference streak of 14 consecutive regular-season crowns. That is the second-longest team dominance in Big 12 history behind the Texas men’s swimming and diving team with 23 in succession from 1997-2019…A recent survey of schools winning the most league football championships among the Power Five conferences shows Michigan (42 Big Ten crowns), Ohio State 937 Big Ten crowns), Oklahoma (12 Big 12 crowns plus 34 in the defunct Bug Eight), Nebraska (41 in Big Eight), Clemson (19 ACC titles), and Alabama (27 SEC outright or shared crowns)…Former Washington tennis star and benefactor Patricia Bostrum will be inducted into the Pac-12 Conference Hall of Honor…Oregon AD and College Football Playoff committee chair Rob Mullens spoke of Pac-12 Conference members working on marketing programs and promotions for key areas league-wide. The Pac-12’s new bowl contracts coming out of last week’s winter meetings could include some addition Pac-12 vs. SEC and Big Ten Conference matchups along with additional revenues from the historic Las Vegas Bowl. The Pac-12 also has explained the possibilities of private equity funding for future budgeting…The Charleston, S.C., Post and Courier noted how a $1 million marketing investment assisted Southern Conference basketball, football and other sports to gain name and national recognition…SEC commissioner Greg Sankey spoke about athletics’ crisis management, school and conference leadership and the loop’s longtime football dominance. Later in the week he presented Mississippi State with its first SEC women’s postseason championship trophy in the school’s fifth visit to the finals under head coach Vic Schaefer…The SEC also spoke of contracting future championships in Nashville, Tenn.
Former Wisconsin three-year starting QB Alex Hornibrook confirmed last Sunday that he is transferring to Florida State…Auburn LB Richard McBryde has entered the NCAA transfer portal…Former UCLA LB Mique Juarez has left Westwood and hopes to gain a new school assignment for the coming autumn…Buffalo tight end Tyler Mabry is transferring to Maryland…Former Arizona defensive back Isaiah Hayes will graduate in May and transfer to another school with two years of eligibility left. ASU also welcomed Rice graduate transfer DL Roe Wilkins…Texas added former Georgia Tech All-ACC offensive lineman grad transfer Park Braun for the ’19 season…Florida State had a waiver for possible returnee David Kelly denied by the NCAA…Georgia backup DB Latavious Brini hopes to gain reinstatement for spring football workouts after a recent violation of team rules.
The 2019 Dallas Independent School District Athletics Hall of Fame includes NFF College Hall of Fame member Doug English of Texas and Bryan Adams HS, Harvey Martin of East Texas State and South Oak Cliff HS, Stephen F. Austin, Arkansas and Texas A&M (also Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member) Gary Blair of Texas Tech and Bryan Adams HS, longtime coach and administrator J.D. Mayo, and DISD football public announcer John Pritchett, among others…The Irving (Texas) 2018 Small Businessperson of the Year is Mary E Caldwell of Suburban Parent Magazines. The NFF and 100-plus small businesses in the Irving area offered congratulations to the ’18 winner…Oklahoma softball has sold out every home game for ’19…Vanderbilt athletics joins such regional institutions as ETSU and others in emphasizing National Giving Day for scholarships and other key needs on April 4.
Writer Brice Cherry of the Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald penned a humorous story on humility for student –athletes…Virginia athletics expressed encouragement after rehearsals for the liftoff of the ACC Network later this summer.
Akron will bring back baseball in 2020 with the help of a $1 million private donation…Almost 52 percent of the Nebraska student body voted to keep the football game day balloon release tradition alive…The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics has released a new data method to release 13 years of financial details for college athletics through tax records and other means…Washington athletics saluted the reliable Dawg Pack sections at UW home events…BYU athletics and Nike have extended their lengthy apparel and marketing contract through 2026 – a seven year update…Fresno State athletics is working on new marketing techniques to increase football and basketball attendance…Illinois’ student body voted in a referendum not to endorse Alma Otter as the school’s new athletics’ mascot…NC State’s proposed PNC Arena renovations in downtown Raleigh may include a price tag in excess of $200 million…Wyoming athletics’ marketing department has received an award for its The World Needs More Cowboys advertising campaign…Arkansas athletics had a recommendation to name its Walton Arena court after head coaching legend Nolan Richardson…New Mexico State athletics targeted eight specific athletics/facilities areas for its 2019 capital outlay funding request…The New Mexico’s Lobos current debate about sports funding is expected to include academic success and Title IX compliance…The San Jose Mercury News reported on the salary pool used to remunerate Oregon athletics administrators…Nevada and Utah State athletics officials are assessing some postgame tapes and cellphone videos after a recent USU-UNR contest to seek to detect any improprieties…Georgia athletics praised campus and Athens, Ga., officials for the quick extinguishing of an isolated fire at historic Stegeman Coliseum…Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is converting to a cashless operation…Past Baylor yearbook images may evoke some soul-searching and apologies about the university’s past belief system…East Carolina is hosting limited beer sales at its home 2019 baseball games…Purdue athletics has urged Boilermakers fans to stop using profanities when Purdue faces arch-rival Indiana…Tulsa fans and coaches are hoping for a future indoor football practice facility.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day will be the keynote speaker for the FWAA Touchdown Club of Charlote Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year on Dec. 9 in Charlotte, N.C…Aaron Leavitt of Valparaiso, Doug Link of Boise State, Jeremy Rosenthal of Indiana, Ethan Hulsey of Millersville, Mary Ann Mitchell of UMSL, Akilah Laster of California, and Danielle Perciville of Piedmont were featured subjects and opinion makers in the popular CoSIDA Open Forum discussion link on…Minnesota Board of Regents member Michael Hsu has questioned some recent NCAA enforcement procedures and policies.
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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