College Football Notes – March 18, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
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Several post-2018 schools making bowl appearances have excelled in 2018-19 men’s and women’s basketball. Some of the bowl/NCAA basketball qualifiers for March Madness® 2019 are Auburn, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Duke, Houston, Iowa State, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Nevada, Purdue, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin, among others.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 18-24 time period are March 18 (1905) Benny Friedman, Cleveland, Ohio; (1906) Frank Wickhorst, Aurora, Ill.; (1910) Wear Schoonover, Pocahontas, Ark.; (1928) James Williams, Waco, Texas; (1932) Dave Maurer, Duquesne, Pa.; (1938) Joe Kapp, Santa Fe, N.M.; (1961) Curt Warner, Pineville, W.Va.; March 19 (1913) Nello Falaschi, Dos Palos, Calif.; (1914) Jay Berwanger, Dubuque, Iowa; (1931) George Morris, Vicksburg, Miss.; March 20 (1906) Ben Stevenson, Smith Mills, Mo.; (1909) Marchmont “Marchy” Schwartz, New Orleans, La.; March 21 (1884) Jim McCormick, Boston, Mass.; (1889) Jock Sutherland, Coupar Angus, Scotland; (1951) John Hicks, Cleveland, Ohio; (1967) Clarkston Hines, Chapel Hill, N.C.; March 22 (1879) Art Poe, Baltimore, Md.; (1931) Billy Vessels, Cleveland, Okla.; (1954) Ross Browner, Warren, Ohio; (1960) Jimbo Covert, Conway, Pa.; (1969) Russell Maryland, Chicago, Ill.; March 23 (1886) Dr. Nathan Dougherty, Hales Mill, Va.; (1927) Wayne Hardin, Smackover, Ark.; March 24 (1976) Peyton Manning, New Orleans, La.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 18 (1975) Biggie Munn, Lansing, Mich.; (2000) Bob Blackman, Hilton Head, S.C.; March 21 (1971) Gomer Jones, New York City; (2015) Chuck Bednarik, Coopersburg, Pa.; March 24 (1930) Walter Eckersall, Chicago, Ill.; (1947) Dr. John Outland, Laguna Beach, Calif.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 18 Joe Kapp (a spry 81), Curt Warner, March 21 John Hicks, Clarkston Hines, March 22 Ross Browner, Jimbo Covert, Russell Maryland, March 24 Peyton Manning…
Washington State has slated home games with Idaho in 2022 and Northern Colorado in ’23…With the expanded 2019 college football scheduling calendar and a new 12-game maximum for NCAA FCS members, Stetson will play Louisiana College, Western New England and North Carolina Wesleyan this autumn…Georgetown (D.C.) has scheduled longtime academic and Olympic sports rival Catholic U. for a 2019 football opponent…Merrimack and Long Island have joined NCAA FCS for ’19 and added Franklin Pierce (for Merrimack). Long Island is looking for one or two possible new opponents for the 2019 worksheet…The Kentucky State Thorobreds will meet Robert Morris on Sept. 7 in Pittsburgh, Pa., for the first time in the coming campaign…Alabama A&M and Morehouse will open the season Sept. 1 at Canton, Ohio, the site of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in the inaugural Black College Hall of Fame Classic at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium…UAB will open the ‘19season on Thursday, Aug. 29, against cross-state rival Alabama State of the Southwestern Athletic Conference…Murray State will host Bethel (Tenn.) in 2020 and then travel to Kentucky for those schools’ third meeting in history in 2024…Pittsburgh will host Rhode Island in 2022…William & Mary will visit Conference USA member Charlotte in 2022…Northwestern State will travel to Tulane in 2020 and to North Texas in ’21…Nevada and Purdue have moved their 2019 season opener to Friday, Aug. 30, to accommodate a national telecast on a network to be determined…Northern Illinois and Wake Forest have moved back their scheduled 2021 clash until the 2026 season…Portland State has slated future games with Washington State and North Dakota.
U.S. Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina is introducing legislation to require the NCAA to allow student-athletes to receive compensation for name and image rights…Former Columbus (Neb.) HS and Nebraska-Kearney grid standout Myron Placek was featured for his artwork as a high school student and later in life with ample sports themes…Toyota North American has reached the $50 million plateau in its Family Literacy Program. The project helps underserved families with tutelage for possible college preparation and has assisted hundreds of middle school and high school level student-athletes.
New Kansas head coach Les Miles helped lead a pep rally for KU fans before the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference men’s basketball tourney in Kansas City…North Alabama head coach Chris Willis reports additional spring practice as the now-FCS Lions move into their second year in the subdivision. UNA closed 8-2 as a FBS provisional independent in 2018…Illinois’ assistant coaching staff has received pay raises for 2019…Former Kansas head coach David Beatty and his legal staff are seeking restitution for Beatty’s final year of his coaching contract…Old Dominion named former Louisville assistant coach Grady Brown co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach…Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli is returning to Penn State as football team physician and director of athletic medicine…Youngstown State head coach Bo Pelini and his staff have passed the halfway portion of 2019 spring drills and will play the annual intrasquad tilt on Saturday, March 30…Auburn has denoted details on defensive assistant coach Wesley McGriff’s one-year, $300,000 contract…Former Chicago Bears defensive backs coach Roy Anderson is joining the LSU staff as a defensive analyst…Former Virginia Tech co-defensive coordinator Galen Scott is the new linebackers coach at North Texas…Ohio State head coach Ryan Day procured new contracts for his 2019 assistant coaching staff with some healthy compensation packages…Former Texas defensive back great Nathan Vasher is returning to the Longhorns as a volunteer coach…Knoxville, Tenn., News-Sentinel columnist John Adams spoke of the Volunteers recent resurgence in various sports and the potential for football’s return to 1970s-2000s greatness with the help of several new assistant football coaches and key staff members…Former Northern Arizona assistant coach Jimmy Beal is moving to South Dakota State with his coaching assignments to be determined…Kansas City Chiefs assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Dave Toub spoke of the continued changes in NFL kickoff rules and how they will affect players’ safety and the speed of the contest…Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards has undergone knee replacement in the offseason…Former Boise State outside linebackers coach Jeff Schmedding now will serve as defensive coordinator. BSU defensive line coach Spencer Danielson is the new co-defensive coordinator, and Zac Alley is the Broncos new outside linebackers coach…Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo spoke to the Denver Post about his 2018 hospital stay and why he felt he was letting people down among student-athletes and coaches with his health-related absences…Miami (Fla.) head coach Manny Diaz and his staff spoke at a large and enthusiastic rally in Orlando, Fla., last week. Diaz also denoted several coaching and staff changes and additions with Dan Enos (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks), Blake Baker (defensive coordinator), Ephraim Banda (co-defensive coordinator and safeties), Jess Simpson (associate head coach and defensive line), Jonathan Patke (special teams coordinator and outside linebackers), Butch Barry (offensive line), Stephen Field (tight ends), Erick Hickson (running backs), Mike Rumph (cornerbacks), and Taylor Stubblefield (wide receivers).
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – WKU: Tyson Helton, Gainesville, Fla.; Western Michigan: Tim Lester, Wheaton, Ill.; Western (Colo.) State: Jas Bains, Fresno, Calif.; William & Mary: Mike London, West Point, N.Y.; Williams: Mark Raymond, Buffalo, N.Y.
Idaho State named Pauline Semons Thiros as its new director of athletics…Nebraska AD Bill Moos has been evaluating postseason possibilities for its men’s basketball program and possible staff changes in that sport…Texas A&M AD Scott Woodward has begun a national search for a new men’s basketball head coach, and Tulane is seeking a replacement for head men’s basketball mentor Mike Dunleavy Sr….UNLV AD Desiree Reed-Francois was lauded for following university procedures and ethics in the dismissal of head men’s basketball coach Marvin Menzies and is undertaking a national search for his successor…Memphis director of athletics Tom Bowen agreed to six-month contract extension as the university prepares an eventual new multi-year pact for the department head…Washington State AD Pat Chun told the Seattle, Wash., Times he foresees department-wide success in the Pac-12 Conference for the Cougars…Virginia Tech AD Whit Babcock sees some quick and ethical solutions for the college admissions’ network and college apparel and marketing contracts…LSU AD Joe Alleva has been working with campus authorities on several renovation projects and external investigations…Wake Forest’s incoming AD John Currie has made it a point to connect with all sports’ head coaches and office staff as he begins his transition to the new post…Old Dominion head basketball coach Jeff Jones spoke of personal health challenges (return of prostate cancer and treatment) and his joy over ODU’s team work ethic after the Monarchs won the Conference USA men’s postseason crown to match their regular-season trophy…Nebraska women’s tennis coach Scott Jacobson is hoping to return from recent suspension to coach the current squad.
The Big 12 Conference certified its post-2019 bowl contracts after the CFP and New Year’s Six bowl pacts with the Valero Alamo, Camping World, Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas, AutoZone Liberty, Cheez-it, and
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowls.
Big Ten Conference retiring commissioner Jim Delany was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune about football issues, conference championships in the Chicago area and the Big Ten’s 20-game conference basketball schedule and its national impact. Delany also spoke of how he has been able to stand up to his principles under heavy criticism in some cases…The Pac-12 Conference set up shop in some sterling Las Vegas hotel rooms for the recent league basketball tournament…Pac-12 ADs also have a greater role in dictating conference policy under new circuit guidelines…Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby commented on the recent college admissions’ entrance bribery allegations and the long-range impact on college athletics. He said proper compliance and new enforcement means will be use to counteract these recent measures.
LSU freshman tight end Zach Sheffer, outside linebacker/tight end Dantrieze Scott and cornerback Mannie Netherly have entered the NCAA transfer portal for 2019…Penn State footballer Mac Hippenhammer is starring for the Nittany Lions 2019 baseball edition…Washington and Washington State are making concerted efforts to utilize the 2019 NCAA graduate transfer portal for key positions…BYU men’s basketball junior guard Jahshire Hardnert will receive his degree in May and enter the NCAA transfer portal…Missouri has received Netherlands native and former Florida Tech women’s golf standout Noelle Beijer as a transfer for the 2019-20 campaign…Oklahoma women’s basketball student-athlete Shaina Pellington will transfer after spring semester ends…San Diego State has gained the services of former Nebraska running back Greg Bell as a 2019 transfer.
NFF College Hall of Fame LB Jerry Robinson of UCLA will be honored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club in conjunction with the FWAA as the recipient of the 2019 Bronko Nagurski Legends Award presented by Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery to recognize outstanding defensive football players from the past 40 years…NFF College Hall of Fame head coach (now retired again) Bill Snyder of Kansas State continued his 23-year tradition of attending the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference basketball tournaments…Former Mississippi State starting QB Bruce Threadgill continues to be one of the longest-tenured pilots for American Airlines…Former Vanderbilt career rushing recordholder Jamie O’Rourke continues his position with international construction and business development, toy manufacturing, the The Rick Foundation to assist promising students with school tuition…
ESPN has added 10 spring football intrasquad games to the upcoming docket with Friday, March 22, Kennesaw State; Friday, April 5, Duke, time TBD; Saturday, April 6 – Boston College, NC State, Clemson, and Florida State; Saturday, April 13 – North Carolina; Thursday, April 18 – Missouri State; Friday, April 26 – Georgia Tech; and Saturday, April 27 – Virginia. Please check local listings for game times and extras…FOX Sports will utilize former Ohio State, Utah, Florida, and Cincinnati head coach Urban Meyer as a lead college football analyst…CBS has decided to air live two Alliance of American Football encounters…The ACC Network already has scheduled some football and pre-ACC round robin basketball telecast dates after it launches in August…Longtime NFL game and college basketball official Gene Steratore will serve as a rules analyst for CBS and TBS Sports broadcasts of NCAA Basketball March Madness®…Bradley athletics is working to resolve some coverage challenges with its local newspaper the Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star.
Memphis athletics reports rises in 2019 men’s basketball attendance and other sports…Oklahoma president Dr. Jim Gallogly told the OU Board of Regents that university finances are coming together after the oil boom economy faltered slightly in recent years…Western Michigan feted an anonymous donor who paid for all student tickets at a recent hockey match on campus…Gonzaga athletics is constructing a 12,000-square foot rowing facility near Silver Lake in the Spokane, Wash., area…BYU’s university Honor Code has been studied and critiqued by various athletics and religion groups…The New Mexico State Senate appropriations committee has removed language from a 2019 budget bill requiring New Mexico athletics to restore four sports to get receive additional 2019 state budget allocations…Winston Salem State is dropping its baseball program and adding men’s golf as a varsity sport…Louisiana is naming its softball field in honor of Yvette Girouard…Illinois’ new Champ mascot proposal to replace Chief Illiniwek is on the list of recommendations for the UI Broad of Trustees’ next meeting…Indiana is working to market season and individual football tickets as well as possible postseason ducats for various winter and spring sports…North Carolina state legislators have proposals to allow beer and wine sales at all public colleges and universities athletics events…Pittsburgh athletics has employed JMI Sports as the official marketing firm for Pitt’s 19 sports…Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, will sell beer and wine during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament games for the first time this month…Idaho athletics’ plans for a new arena and related facilities will receive a $18 million boost from student fees…Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium will have a new, high-definition ribbon board circling the mezzanine area between the upper and lower levels.
Several members of the FWAA and USBWA have been participating in All-District and All-America basketball balloting as well as the annual USBWA awards’ ceremonies during the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Final Four competition…Michael Smoose of Johnson & Wales, Danny Kambel of Pacific (Ore.), Patty Constantin of Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), Marshall Faye of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and Kyle Chilton of BYU were featured subjects and opinion makers in the popular CoSIDA Open Forum discussion link on…Auburn, California, Cincinnati, Clemson, Louisville, Penn State, Rhode Island, USC, Stanford, Texas, Washington, Pennsylvania, Georgetown (D.C.), Michigan State, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Yale, and other universities are conducting internal investigations on admissions’ irregularities and possible NCAA challenges. Included in investigations at USC were a 145-pound deep snapper for the football squad and two women’s rowers with no previous experience in that sport…LSU also is working to reinstate staff members and coaches alleged to have been involved in shoe contract investigations…Virginia Tech athletics reported 10 secondary violations reported to the NCAA Infractions Committee…Oregon State athletics is dropping women’s swimming and diving for 2019-20 and hoping to reinstate funding for that sport in future years.
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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