College Football Notes – April 8, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2019

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NFF chairman Archie Manning of Ole Miss and fellow NFF College Hall of Famer Dr. Tom Osborne will receive the annual Football Bowl Association Champions Awards at the group’s annual dinner April 11 at Houston, Texas. The dinner is considered the signature event of the FBA’s annual meeting. The Champions Award is presented annually to a coach or administrator who over a long career furthers the cause of the college football bowl industry, with special emphasis on the student-athlete experience.

With the start of Major League Baseball season in recent days, it is noteworthy to point out just a few of the dozens of NFF College Hall of Fame members who starred in both college football and baseball. NFF chairman Archie Manning was an All-Southeastern Conference quarterback in football and shortstop in baseball for Ole Miss from 1968-71 prior to starting his to the 1972 SEC diamond title prior to beginning his 14-season career in the National Football League. Some of the other notable college football-baseball stalwarts from the NFF College Hall of Fame ranks are Donny Anderson, Texas Tech; Steve Bartkowski, California; Sam Baugh, TCU; Joe Bellino, Navy; Hugo Bezdek, U. of Chicago; Lloyd Carr, Missouri/Northern Michigan; Jess Neely, Vanderbilt; and Dutch Clark, Michigan, Colorado College, among others.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the April 8-14 time period are April 8 (1924) Jim Martin, Cleveland, Ohio; (1955) Ricky Bell, Houston, Texas; (1967) Anthony Thompson, Terre Haute, Ind.; April 9 (1871) John Minds, Clearfield County, Pa.; (1898) Paul Robeson, Princeton, N.J.; (1921) Vince Banonis, Detroit, Mich.; (1947) Ron Pritchard, Chicago, Ill.; (1966) Tracy Rocker, Atlanta, Ga.; April 10 (1909) Clarke Hinkle, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; (1918) Jim Daniell, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1938) Don Meredith, Mt. Vernon, Texas; April 11 (1903) Jake Gaither, Dayton, Tenn.; (1916) Sam Chapman, Tiburon, Calif.; (1916) Danny Fortmann, Pearl River, N.Y.; (1941) Joe Romig, Salt Lake City, Utah; (1962) Terry Hoage, Ames, Iowa; April 12 (1870) Winchester Osgood, Port Bananas, Fla.; (1944) Mike Garrett, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1966) Lorenzo White, Hollywood, Fla.; April 13 (1897) Jimmy Leech, Collierville, Va.; (1915) Bob Devaney, Saginaw, Mich.; April 14 (1876) Eddie Rogers, Libby, Minn.; (1901) Mal Stevens, Stockton, Kan.; (1926) Harry Gilmer, Birmingham, Ala.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are April 9 (1980) Howard Harpster, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1983) Jess Neely, Weslaco, Texas; April 10 (2015) Ray Graves, Tampa, Fla.; April 11 (1948) Jock Sutherland, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (2008) Bob Pellegrini, Marmora, N.J.; (2017) Wayne Hardin, Oreland, Pa.;
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 8 Anthony Thompson, April 9 Ron Pritchard, Tracy Rocker, April 11 Terry Hoage, April 12 Mike Garrett, Lorenzo White…
Georgia and Florida State revealed details about their 2027 and ’28 home-and-home series…Two of Missouri State’s key 2019 contests are the Thursday, Aug. 29 at Northern Arizona and a first-ever trip to New Orleans, La., Sept. 14, to face Tulane of the American Athletic Conference…Robert Morris opens the upcoming season with NCAA FBS opponent Buffalo o Aug. 29 before hosting Kentucky State on Sept. 7 and Dayton on Sept. 14…Wisconsin entered 2019 spring practice with a school-record, 10 consecutive seasons with six wins or more and composite record of 102-33 from 2009-18…Arkansas held its annual spring football contest April 6 with a pregame crawfish broil and meet-and-greet during warmups and after the timed game…The Denver Post sports desk discovered a 2000 photo of a Nebraska at Notre Dame contest where almost 50 percent of the turnout is decked out in Huskers red…Several spring football contests are upcoming with dozens of ESPN family of network telecasts (please check local listings). Some of the more notable intrasquad encounters are (all times EDT) Friday, April 12: Kentucky, 6 p.m.; Saturday, April 13: Ohio State (noon); Notre Dame (12:30 p.m.); Florida (1 p.m.); Alabama (2 p.m.); Mississippi State (2 p.m.); Texas A&M (2 p.m.); Penn State (3 p.m.); Auburn (4 p.m.); Missouri (4 p.m.); Oklahoma (4 p.m.); Michigan (5 p.m.); Tennessee (6 p.m.); Texas (7:30 p.m.); Saturday, April 20: Miami, Fla. (noon); Georgia (2 p.m.); Washington State (4 p.m.); Oregon (5 p.m.); Saturday, April 27: Washington (3 p.m.).
The Mississippi State North Texas alumni group held a charity event to assist Minnie’s Pantry serve food to underserved families in the Plano, Texas, area…Rice’s popular Classroom Connect program, which features many athletically-oriented programs, has Ed Emmett (Class of ’71), former Harris County Judge and current professor in the practice at Rice, set to speak at its Saturday, April 13, event. The Association of Rice Alumni and the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies host these sessions.
Gettysburg named 1990 alumnus David Burke as its head coach…Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn spoke of spring practice progress and his support of head men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl and Auburn’s first NCAA men’s basketball Final Four® appearance…Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst, Illinois head coach Lovie Smith, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers, Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher, and LSU head coach Ed Orgeron were some of the most nationally well known mentors mentioned in a spring gridiron report…UTSA tabbed David Rosen director of football player personnel…Pennsylvania named Cory Walts director of strength and conditioning.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Air Force: Troy Calhoun, McMinnville, Ore.; Akron: Tom Arth, Westlake, Ohio; Alabama: Nick Saban, Fairmont, W.Va.; UAB: Bill Clark, Bill Clark, Anniston, Ala.; Alabama State: Donald Hill-Eley, Richmond, Va.
Butler director of athletics Barry Collier had his contract extended through 2024…Connecticut deputy AD Vic Cegles is retiring…Nebraska AD Bill Moos wa highlighted for his hirings of both 2018 football head coach Scott Frost and basketball’s Fred Hoiberg for their solid Midwest recruiting ties…SIU Edwardsville AD Brad Hewitt will retire in June…Southern Miss has tabbed Jeremy McClain as its new AD, and Troy is in the process of naming an interim replacement for McClain…Former Auburn AD David Housel wore Toomer’s Corner celebratory toilet paper on his shoulders in a recent Facebook post to salute AU’s trip to the NCAA basketball Final Four®…Syracuse AD John Wildhack spoke about the department’s new contract with Nike deal and the potential for new football uniforms in 2019 and beyond…Former assistant commissioner of the Big 12 Conference and Baylor and Maryland senior woman administrator Lori Ebihara was mentioned in a recent Baltimore Sun story…Belmont head basketball coach and administrator Rick Byrd retired last week to end a 33-year tenure with the Bruins…Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos is retiring in August after 11 years in that post… providence President Rev. Brian J. Stanley will retire June 30, 2020 after 15 years as president of the college…New Texas A&M and Vanderbilt head men’s basketball coaches Buzz Williams and Jerry Stackhouse, respectively, met with much popular approval after their hirings last week… Iowa State has added Willie Miklus to its 2019 wrestling coaching staff.
The Big Sky Conference named Jon Kasper and Jaynee Nadolski promoted to senior associate commissioners…The Big 12 Conference and CoSIDA are saluting Big 12 communications administrator Joni James Lehmann on her 25-year anniversary award from CoSIDA after she started in the profession in 1994 following a student assistantship in Oklahoma athletics.
The Football Bowl Association is completing four days of productive meetings with its annual awards’ dinners and ceremonies Monday and Tuesday in Houston, Texas.
NFF College Hall of Fame wideout and USC director of athletics Lynn Swann clarified details about a recent autograph session and his dedication to USC student-athletes and the overall program…NFF College Football Hall of Famers Larry Csonka and Floyd Little expressed excitement about their reunion Saturday at Spring Football Saturday festivities…Former USF and Notre Dame LB standout Aaron Lynch signed a one-year contract with the NFL Chicago Bears…Star NFL quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs and Texas Tech alumnus Patrick Mahomes has been in Minneapolis, Minn., to cheer on the Red Raiders men’s basketball team in the Final Four®…Kyler Edwards, son of former Liberty and NFL wideout Kelvin Edwards, is one of the youthful standouts for Tech as a freshman…Former Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech, and Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville is expected to make run as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama for the 2020 elections…Nebraska archives produced a contract letter for Jerry Bush, the grandfather of new Nebraska men’s basketball head coach, to guide the 1954-55 Huskers hoops program for an annual salary of $8,200.
Clemson freshmen wideouts Frank Ladson (102 receiving yards) and Joseph Ngata (127) had breakthrough performances in last week’s Clemson spring game, which was attended by an estimated 60,000-plus spectators…North Texas freshman RB Oscar Adaway III has been rated as a possible starter or top-line reserve with returning regulars Loren Easley (injured and will miss 2019 spring workouts) and Deandre Torrey for the coming campaign. Record-breaking senior QB Nolan Fine also has been showing midseason form in controlled spring scrimmages as the Mean Green Eagles prepare for their Aug. 31 opener against Abilene Christian…Georgia outside linebackers Brenton Cox and Robert Beal are working to be reinstated for spring drills after a violation of team rules…Idaho football student-athletes Christian Ellis and Dalton Cash will sit out the Vandals season opener against Penn State…Alabama guard John Petty withdrew from the NCAA transfer portal while Butler wing Jerald Gillens-Butler is the second Bulldog to enter the 2019-20 transfer portal…Michigan standout Deja Church is leaving the Wolverines and opting for the portal…Northern Arizona basketball expects at least two 2018-19 men’s squad members to enter the NCAA portal…Kansas guard/forward K.J. Lawson will be a graduate NCAA transfer with two years of eligibility remaining…Bucknell transfer portal member Nate Sestina will take his talents to Kentucky…Nevada’s Jalen Townsend has been listed on the 2019-20 NCAA transfer portal along with at least two Tulane men’s basketball players…Mississippi State’s second game-type scrimmage of spring workouts featured a 29-yard pass completion from QB Keytaon Thompson to wide receiver Deddrick Thomas in a workout dominated by the MSU defense.
Alabama athletics has introduced a program to keep students in their sections at historic Bryant-Denny Stadium…Florida is working to maximize its season ticket and remaining individual game sales…Illinois athletics will introduce public malt beverage sales at home games this autumn…The Louisiana-Lafayette: Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Foundation has begin a new investment model with additional opportunities to recognize donors…Nebraska will have public beer sales at Memorial Stadium/Dr. Tom Osborne Field for the first time in 2019… There also is a legislative bill to allow alcohol sales at University of North Carolina System athletics events, and it has advanced out of the State Legislature committee stage…The Vanderbilt Alumni Association and VU Foundation raised $8,375,642.99 from 7,878 donors over a 24-hour span on April 4. A sizeable amount will assist with scholarships for Vandy athletics. This event also came on the heels of just under 33,000 regular decision applicants for some 800 positions in the Class of 2023 at the Nashville university…Southern California athletics continues to seek possible naming rights for the revamped Los Angeles Coliseum…UNLV and UCLA are among dozens of schools utilizing search firms for key coaching hires this year…Nebraska athletics has proven to be one of the top-flight universities nationally in head and assistant coaches compensation. New NU head basketball coach Fred Hoiberg inked a seven-year, $25 million contact for one of the largest pacts in college basketball…Maryland athletics has formed an independent medical review board to study training and coaching procedures…Michigan State has launched a campaign to regulate use and rights for the Spartans logo and similar apparel marks…Nebraska athletics is focusing on funding for a new training facility for spring sports…NC State’s renovation of PNC Arena will include the installation of a $4.7 million Daktronics HDR scoreboard…Texas A&M athletics hope that a new $39.8 million outdoor track and field facility will raise the recruiting and sports awareness bars…Colorado is working to maximize its season ticket sales to reduce the number of tickets available for visiting teams particularly neighboring Nebraska, for the coming season.
The Cleveland (Ohio) Plain-Dealer is eliminating approximately 33 percent of its new and sports staff to help the publication stay within its 2019 budget.
Tim Simmons (retired) of Colorado and the NBA Denver Nuggets, John Kean of Missouri S&T, Steve Shaff of St. Francis (Calif.), Mary Howard of Florida, and Josh Deer of Concordia (Minn.) were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Texas A&M athletics is among defendants dropped in the national 12th Man registration and branding lawsuit…U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ Title IX lawsuit was dismissed by the court system…The California State Legislature has taken no definitive action but is studying college admissions’ irregularities at Golden Gate State public and private institutions of higher learning…The San Diego, Calif., Union-Tribune denoted the parent in Southern California who helped launch the investigation into Operation Varsity Blues…To date, 15 sets of parents charged in the college admissions irregularities have appeared in courts at Boston and Los Angeles… NCAA president Mark Emmert addressed recruiting, athletics funding and scholarship issues at a men’s basketball Final Four® news conference in Minneapolis. He included some remarks about one student-athlete posting a wedding registry on social media to obtain additional gifts from UVa fans…LSU and North Carolina basketball coaching staffs are seeking legal recourse to work against recent suspensions.
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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