College Football Notes – March 25, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2019
 2018_Dallas_Scholar_AthletesBy Bo Carter
Some of the highlights of the 11th annual Gridiron Club of Dallas’ awards dinner March 24 were scholar-athletes from the Frisco (Texas) Independent School District – Carter Yates of Frisco HS, Trey Taylor of Frisco Lone Star and Adam White of Frisco Wakeland HS. There were 74 high school scholar-athletes honored throughout North Texas along with college scholar-athletes Trey Elliott of TCU, Christian Hosley of North Texas, Donovan Isom of Texas Wesleyan, Patrick Lawrence of Baylor, Kristov Martinez of Texas A&M-Commerce, Layton Rabb of Midwestern State, Steve Sellers of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and Garrett Stotts of SMU.
Drew Pearson of the NFL Dallas Cowboys and Tulsa also received the 12th annual NFF Distinguished Texan Award Contribution to Football chapter award. Veteran football and baseball official Jim Ely won the Steve Storey Texas Football Official of the Year Award while Aledo HS scholar-athlete Zachary Reinert (choosing between Brown and Texas A&M to continue his football and academic exploits) was selected as the 2019 NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas High School Regional Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Denison’s Ryan Riddle (the same high school as legendary pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and hometown of late U.S. President Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower) captured the Army West Point Community Service Award while Dawson Holley of Hurst (Texas) L.D. Bell HS earned the NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Scott Murray Community Service Award. Legendary Mississippi State and NFL Dallas Cowboys linebacker, Pearson teammate and NFF College Hall of Fame member D.D. Lewis was present at the dinner to salute his Dallas compadre.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 25-31 time period are March 25 (1909) Frank Howard, Barlow Bend, Ala.; March 26 (1870) Lee McClung, Knoxville, Tenn.; (1899) Buck Flowers, Sumter, S.C.; (1899) Harry Kipke, Lansing, Mich.; (1906) Rip Engle, Elk Lick, Pa.; (1960) Marcus Allen, San Diego, Calif.; (1966) Wesley Walls, Batesville, Miss.; March 27 (1898) Herb Stein, Warren, Ohio; (1921) Malcolm Kutner, Dallas, Texas; (1922) Alex Agase, Chicago, Ill.; (1963) Randall Cunningham, Santa Barbara, Calif.; March 28 (1899) Buck Shaw, Mitchellville, Iowa; March 29 (1902) Four Horseman Don Miller, Defiance, Ohio; (1906) Jim Bausch, Marion Junction, S.D.; (1955) Earl Campbell, Tyler, Texas; March 30 (1914) Bob Reynolds (Stanford), Morris, Okla.; (1935) Willie Gallimore, St. Augustine, Fla.; March 31 (1938) Bob Anderson (Army), Elizabeth, N.J.; (1950) Ed Marinaro, New York City.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 25 (1983) Edwin “Goat” Hale, Jackson, Miss.; (2013) Hank Lauricella, New Orleans, La.; March 27 (2006) Ron Schipper, Holland, Mich.; March 28 (1962) Gen. Bob Neyland, New Orleans, La.; (1953) Jim Thorpe, Lomita, Calif.; March 31 (1931) Knute Rockne, Bazaar, Kan.; (1952) Bo McMillin, Bloomington, Ind.; (2003) George Connor, Chicago, Ill.; (2013) Dick Duden, Severna Park, Md.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 26 Marcus Allen, Wesley Walls, March 27 Randall Cunningham, March 29 Earl Campbell, March 31 Ed Marinaro…
Clemson and Notre Dame have finalized a two-game series in 2022 and ’23…West Virginia will host UAlbany in 2024…The Texas A&M-Texas State 2019 season opener at College Station, Texas, has been moved up from Aug. 31 to Thursday, Aug. 29, to accommodate a national telecast…Wagner’s just-released 2019 schedule includes key tussles with Connecticut of the American Athletic Conference, East Stroudsburg and Florida Atlantic of Conference USA…Youngstown State will host Dayton and Duquesne in 2022…South Dakota State has added a pair of games with Delaware State in 2019 and ’21…Idaho and Old Dominion have postponed their scheduled 2019 encounter until either 2021 or ’22…Miami (Fla.) and Virginia Tech played for the first time in November 2018 since their 2007 meeting at Miami Gardens, Fla…The NFL Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams will play a preseason contest Aug. 17 at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium – the first non-NFL Pro Bowl contest in Hawai’i since a 1976 exhibition tilt on the island.
South Gwinnett (Ga.) HS football student-athletes and coaches assisted 21 underserved families with food and key home supplies during a recent community service effort…Baldwin-Wallace football has continued its annual assistance program for Cleveland, Ohio, area charities and shut-ins.
Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo was featured in a recent Denver Post personality profile…Idaho State named JB Hall Jr safeties coach and co-special teams coordinator…Alabama had its salaries for each assistant football coach in a recent investigative story…Connecticut linebacker coach Jon Wholley has left the program and replaced for spring practices…LSU head coach Ed Orgeron had details about his contract revealed in a recent print news report…California head coach Justin Wilcox addressed some recent concerns about Cal football operations.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Wisconsin: Paul Chryst, Madison, Wis.; UW-Eau Claire: Wesley Beschorner, Lohrville, Iowa; UW-La Crosse: Mike Schmidt, Menomonie, Wis.; UW-Oshkosh: Pat Cerroni, Derby, Conn.; UW-Platteville: Mike Emendorfer, Lockport, N.Y.; UW-River Falls: Matt Walker, Greencastle, Ind.
Longtime director of athletics, head coach and Greenville (Ill.) College president Dr. Bob “Ish” Smith has been inducted into the Greater St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame… Arizona AD Dave Heeke was saluted for his leadership role in the Pac-12 in an Arizona Daily Star report… UCLA AD Dan Guerrero released a recent statement on the university’s admissions process after recent admissions’ bribery allegations…Ole Miss extended the contract of 2018-19 Southeastern Conference men’s basketball head coach Kermit Davis Jr. Davis’ father Kermit Davis Sr. was SEC Coach of the Year in his first season as head coach at Mississippi State in 1970-71…Minnesota head basketball coach Richard Pitino opposed and downed his father Rick Pitino’s former school Louisville in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship…Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo and former California and NFL head coach Steve Mariucci were hailed as two of the most notable sports personalities from Iron Mountain, Mich., and its sports-rich traditions… Utah AD Mark Harlan told area reporters that UU head coach Kyle Whittingham was more than deserving for a contract extension and pay boost.
The American Athletic Conference and ESPN signed a 12-year media-rights agreement worth $1 billion. The American also is expected to expand its webstream broadcasts in multiple venues under the new agreement in 2019-20…The Sun Belt Conference named Keith Gill as commissioner to replace the retiring Karl Benson. Gill is the first African American commissioner of a NCAA Division I circuit…AT&T Sports Net will air additional Big 12 Conference contests this spring…Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott is working with schools on admissions’ and financial issues. The Pac-12 also revealed details on its plan to sell equity for media rights.
Current NFL Houston Texans head coach and former Penn State football chief Bill O’Brien will address the annual Football Bowl Association membership meetings…The SDDCU Holiday Bowl and other Southern California area postseason games were lauded for large-scale benefits to the local economy.
Southern California AD and NFF College Hall of Fame WR Lynn Swann has pledged to remain at USC for as long as his health and other factors allow him…Utah AD Mark Harlan told area reporters that UU head coach Kyle Whittingham was more than deserving for a contract extension and pay boost.
2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray again impressed scouts along with OU teammates WR Marquise Brown and OL Ben Powers, among others…Miami (Fla.) QB Cade Weldon has entered the NCAA transfer portal…Former Oregon QB Braxton Burmeister has transferred to Virginia Tech for 2019.,, Graduate senior wide receiver Dejon Brissett of Richmond has transferred to Illinois…Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond, Wisconsin RB (and 2018 Doak Walker Award honoree) Jonathan Taylor, Missouri QB Kelly Bryant, Northwestern QB Hunter Johnson, Syracuse QB Tommy DeVito, Southern California stalwarts QB JT Daniels, WR Michael Pittman Jr. WR Tyler Vaughns, and WR Amon-ra St. Brown, and Iowa State QB Brock Purdy were featured in a recent group of projected Top 25 FBS squads for 2019…The 2018 Ray Guy Award celebrated its semifinalists as well as ’18 winning punter Braden Mann of Texas A&M. Others on the semifinalists list were Blake Cusick, Fresno State; Brandon Wright, Georgia State; Cody Grace, Arkansas State; Dominic Panazzolo, Texas Tech; Drue Chrisman, Ohio State; Jack Fox, Rice; James Smith, Cincinnati; Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah; and Tommy Townsend, Florida…Florida Atlantic QB Chris Robison is seeking to appeal a recent suspension and return to the squad as well as Tennessee defensive back Kenneth George Jr. after recent jurisprudence in South Florida…Colorado State men’s basketball forward Zo Tyson will transfer to a school to be determined in 2019.,,UNLV basketball standouts Joel Ntambwe and Jonathan Tchamva Techatchous will be attending new colleges in ’19…Northern Arizona basketball guard Karl Harris and Rhode Island senior hoopster Omar Silverio have entered the 2019 NCAA transfer portal.
The Washington Post and San Diego Union-Tribune weighed in with investigative sequels to the recent college admissions and athletics issues.
The University of California Board of Regents voted against a $762 annual tuition hike for out-of-state students…Clemson civic leaders are working to have more active and retired Clemson University faculty and staff members remain in the Clemson area rather than moving to adjacent cities and town…Louisville and Kentucky recruiting budgets were compared in a recent Louisville Courier-Journal missive…Former Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino was questioned about exceeding his UL football recruiting budget by $1.1 million over his annual Louisville recruiting budget…A Virginia Tech experimental lab has developed new safety ratings for youth football helmets…The NCAA, Rhode Island, Yale, Stanford, San Jose State, UCLA, and USC, among others, have cleared fundraiser Pacific Management Inc. from several college admissions’ irregularities’ allegations…The 2019 Alliance of American Football championship has been moved from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev., to The Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas…NFL Dallas Cowboys director of communications and Southern Miss alumnus Joe Trahan is leading a special tour of The Star and giving career advice to a University of North Texas sports journalism class Wednesday night. Longtime SMU and UT Dallas student media adviser Jay Miller will be a special guest lecturer for that same event.
Zekeya Harrison of Tennessee State, Gavin Nevill of Hawai’i, Thomas Chasanoff of Cumberlands (Ky.), Ashley Bailey of West Virginia, Russell Luna of the Big 12 Conference, John Heisler (retired) of Notre Dame, Hunter Given of Salem (W.Va.), Casey Grogan of Sweet Briar, Megan Hardin of St. Edward’s (Texas), and Stayson Isobe of Northern Arizona were featured subjects and opinion makers in the popular CoSIDA Open Forum discussion link on…The NCAA, Cleveland State, Connecticut, Yale, Stanford, San Jose State, UCLA, and USC, among others, have cleared fundraiser Pacific Management Inc. from several alleged college admissions’ regularities and are continuing internal investigations in these same areas…The NCAA is scheduled to appeal a recent lower court ruling in an antitrust case about student-athletes’ compensation…South Carolina athletics revealed plans about the future of two suspended student-athletes slated to play in the NCAA postseason tournament.
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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