College Football Notes – April 2, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, April 1st, 2019
Award-winning broadcaster Craig Way of Fox Sports Southwest and the Texas Longhorns IMG Radio Network was named NFF 11th annual Gridiron Club of Dallas Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient. Greg Tepper of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and the Fox Sports Southwest Scoreboard Show was chosen as the group’s 2019 Media Member of the Year while five-decade (420 all-time victories, second in Texas high school football annals) high school football head coach G.A. Moore accepted the Gridiron Club’s Coaching Legends Award. NCAA Division III championship head coach Pete Fredenburg of Mary Hardin-Baylor was selected as the organization’s Texas College Coach of the Year…High school assistant coaches Eric Mach of Hebron and John Towels of Duncanville received 2018 High School Assistant Coach of the Year Awards.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the April 1-7 time period are April 1 (1889) John Dalton, Town Unknown, Neb.; (1884) Hugo Bezdek, Prague, Bohemia; (1898) Joe Alexander, Silver Creek, N.Y.; (1929) Bo Schembechler, Barberton, Ohio; April 2 (1871) Marshall Newell, Clifton, N.J.; (1880) Harold Weekes, Oyster Bay, N.Y.; (1917) Hugh Gallameau, Detroit, Mich.; (1930) Bill McColl, San Diego, Calif.; (1948) Danny Ford, Gadsden, Ala.; (1965) Don McPherson, Brooklyn, N.Y.; April 3 (1903) Andy Gustafson, Aurora, Ill.; (1926) Joe Steffy, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1934) Jim Parker, Macon, Ga.; April
4 (1891) Bob Butler, Glen Ridge, N.J.; (1907) Bill Banker, Lake Charles, La.; (1917) Chet Gladchuk, Bridgeport, Conn.; (1947) Ed White, San Diego, Calif.; (1951) John Hannah, Canton, Ga.; (1965) Jessie Tuggle, Spalding County, Ga.; April 5 (1871) Pop Warner, Springville, N.Y.; (1951) Brad Van Pelt, Owosso, Mich.; April 6 (1901) Pooley Hubert, Meridian, Miss.; (1934) Aurealius Thomas, Muskogee, Okla.; (1944) John Huarte, Anaheim, Calif.; (1965) Sterling Sharpe, Chicago, Ill.; April 7 (1859) Walter Camp, New Britain, Conn.; (1900) Edgar Garbisch, Washington, Pa.; (1954) Tony Dorsett, Aliquippa, Pa.; (1961) Gabe Rivera, Crystal City, Texas.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are April 1 (1965) Frank Wickhorst, Oakland, Calif.; (2013) Jack Pardee, Centennial, Colo.; (2015) Eddie LeBaron, Stockton, Calif.; April 3 (1994) Tom Hamilton, Chula Vista, Calif.; (2006) Marshall Goldberg, Chicago, Ill.; (2007) Eddie Robinson, Ruston, La.; April 4 (1989) Harvey Jablonsky, San Antonio, Texas; April 7 (1986) Bert Metzger, Hinsdale, Ill.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 2 Danny Ford, Don McPherson, April 4 Ed White, John Hannah, Jessie Tuggle, April 6 John Huarte, Sterling Sharpe, April 7 Tony Dorsett…
Memphis will host Nicholls State to open the 2021 season after dropping a tussle with Northern Colorado…WKU will host Central Arkansas Thursday, Aug. 29, in a game moved up two days to accommodate a telecast…Southeastern Louisiana will visit Louisiana Tech for a 2021 clash…Texas Wesleyan released its 2019 football slate (the third since the Rams renewed varsity football in 2017( with a special scrimmage Aug. 24 against Southwestern (Texas), a first-ever meeting with NCAA Division I Houston Baptist of the Southland Conference at HBU Sept. 7 and four home encounters.
The University of North Texas and UNT Alumni Association have been hosting a series of alumni mixers in Dallas and Roanoke, Texas (April 11 at the Craft and Vine restaurant) with numerous updates and reports from coaches and administrators on spring practice and additional developments…The Dallas area Vanderbilt Alumni chapter will host a Vanderbilt & You event Monday, April 15, from 5-8 p.m. (CDT) at the Magnolia Hotel Dallas Park Cities…AT&T Stadium’s inaugural and the trend-setting KAABOO indoor and outdoor concerts and related events in May have a limited number of single-day passes on sale through the stadium box office and
NC State head coach Dave Doeren has been granted a new, five-year contract…Wesley Beschorner has been selected as head coach at UW-Eau Claire…Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Pete Golding had their 2019 contracts ratified…Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko received a contract renewal and substantial salary upgrade for 2019… Middle Tennessee’s Kenneth Gilstrap has been chosen as defensive backs coach for the Blue Raiders…Florida assistant coaches have been granted raises for the 2019 season and beyond in the cases of some coordinators.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – UW-Whitewater: Kevin Bullis, Morris, Minn.; Wofford: Josh Conklin, Gillette, Wyo.; Worcester Tech: Chris Robertson, Deposit, N.Y.; Wyoming: Craig Bohl, Lincoln, Neb.; Yale: Tony Reno, Oxford, Mass.
New Vanderbilt director of athletics Malcolm Turner has instituted a national search to replace head men’s basketball coach Bryce Drew and was highlighted in the Nashville Tennessean newspaper for his efforts and plans…Hawai’i director of athletics David Matlin has received a three-year contract extension…Texas A&M’s 73-year old head coach and administrator Gary Blair expressed intentions of remaining with the Aggies for additional seasons…Rutgers head wrestling coach and administrator Scott Goodale has been lauded for a solid night of NCAA national individual showings…Longtime BYU head coach and administrator Dave Rose and former Arkansas head coach and administrator Mike Anderson have completed their tenures at the two universities…Nebraska hired former Iowa State and NBA Chicago Bulls head coach Fred “The Mayor” Hoiberg as head men’s basketball coach.
The American Athletic Conference and ESPN are working on some specifics regarding ESPN and Connecticut second-tier and additional telecasts…Conference USA has extended its men’s and women’s basketball postseason tournaments at The Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas, through 2021, with several other media and related events planned at that facility through the NFL Dallas Cowboys Football Club…Several C-USA schools also are nearing the end of spring workouts with Charlotte’s spring intrasquad tilt on Saturday, April 13; FIU on Thursday, April 10, Florida Atlantic and Louisiana Tech on April 13, and Marshall (team scrimmage on April 27) and Middle Tennessee (scrimmage on April 13) forgoing the traditional split squad formats to end these drills…The Pac-12 Conference and ESPN have ended negotiations over ESPN taking over distribution of the Pac-12 Networks.
Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey will address the Football Bowl Association annual meetings on April 9 in Houston, Texas.
NFL Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor member and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Michael Irvin of Miami (Fla.) has been declared cancer-free after undergoing a battery of tests for throat cancer at a Los Angeles hospital…North Alabama’s trip to the White House and recognition by U.S. President Bill Clinton after the Lions won the 1995 NCAA Division II title under then-head coach Bobby Wallace were recalled in a recent media posting…The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees approved the naming of UA’s basketball court after Nolan Richardson of UTEP basketball fame.
Colorado senior QB Steven Montez explained to the Denver Post why he did not seek a graduate transfer…Florida State quarterbacks James Blackman and Nolan McDonald, Florida QBs Feleipe Franks and Emory Jones, and Louisville QB Jawon Pass were noted in a recent Bleacher Report personnel feature…Vanderbilt OT Justin Skule has been receiving inquiries from NFL squads after earning Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week after Vandy’s SEC wins over Arkansas and Tennessee late in the 2018 season…Boise State cornerback Robert Lewis is seeking reinstatement for spring football and fall camp…Idaho basketball student-athletes Cameron Tyson and Geno West entered the 2019-20 NCAA transfer portal last week along with Canisius guard Takal Molson… Alabama wideout Xavian Marks has entered the NCAA transfer portal as a graduate student…Butler center Joey Brunk, Charleston Southern guard Christian Keeling, Providence guard Makai Ashton-Longford, Florida guard Deaundrae Ballard, Iowa guard Maishe Dailey, Notre Dame wing D.J. Harvey, South Carolina forward Jason Cudd, Ohio State forward Jaedon LeDee, Rhode Island center Michael Tertsea, Indiana forward Clifton Moore, South Alabama guard Jordan Andrews, and West Virginia’s Lamont West and Andrew Gordon all have entered the 2019-20 NCAA transfer portal…Texas A&M DL Ondario Robinson is working to restore his 2019 eligibility…Kansas RB Pooka Williams continues to work to help lift his current football activities’ suspension.
The San Jose, Calif., Mercury News ran an enterprise series about the costs of application and tuition for a typical high school senior or community college transfer.
Illinois athletics is working on re-branding some of its particular sports and marketing programs…Colorado State’s new Canvas Stadium turf is being installed at no cost to CSU athletics…San Diego athletics has reinstated some student-athletes who were alleged to have been gambling…North Texas athletics has begun an extensive email and social media campaign to encourage season ticket purchases for football…Nebraska’s popular spirit squads have reinstated stunts and tumbling banned by the university some 17 years ago…Southern California athletics and United Airlines have been continuing discussions on a possible $69 million naming rights’ agreement for UA at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA, Joe Dier (retired) of Mississippi State, Herman Hudson of SMU, Brandie Davidson of TCU, Mex Carey of Michigan State, Chevonne Mansfield of LEAD1, and John Lewandowski of Louisiana-Monroe were featured subjects and opinion makers in the popular CoSIDA Open Forum discussion link on…Michael Avenatti, attorney for Stormy Daniels and other high-profile clients, has been charged with attempting to extort Nike over college athletics’ contracts…The Connecticut State Board of Ethics dropped its appeal of nepotism by UConn head coach Randy Edsall…Two Georgia football student-athletes hope to gain reinstatement after a recent suspension…Yale has rescinded a student’s admission after the recent bribery challenges…Inside Higher Education penned a research piece about the causes and effects of bribing colleges and universities to admit overserved families needing admission favors…The San Diego Union Tribune revealed a possible college admissions’ donation of $6.5 million for a student to gain admission to a major university…Missouri athletics is in the process of appealing its NCAA sanctions. Missouri AD Jim Sterk wrote an editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about facets of the NCAA investigation of Tigers athletics…Baylor athletics and area attorneys are discussing particuars for a new Title IX challenge and results of the Pepper Hamilton Advisers report…The University of Oklahoma is working with its legal department to help solve a possible Title IX issue…Stanford athletics and university admissions’ record-keeping is under additional scrutiny after recent college entry bribery allegations were discovered at several universities…Former NC State football student-athlete Eric Leak has answered to bribery allegations…Oregon’s Bol Bol also is answering questions about his relationship with adidas apparel and other manufacturers…Southern California athletics is working to complete an investigation into possible admissions’ irregularities.
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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