College Football Notes – April 14, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, April 14th, 2019
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame has announced the members of the 2019 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 grade point average (4.0 scale) or better throughout their college careers. An all-time high of 1,672 players from a record 429 schools qualified for membership in the Society’s 13th year. For the complete story, please access
Forrest Gregg, an All-America lineman and one of the NFL Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys all-time greats for 15 seasons before he became a pro and college head coach, passed away April 12 in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was a 1977 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, head coach of the Cleveland Browns (1975–1977), CFL Toronto Argonauts (1979), Cincinnati Bengals (1980–1983), Green Bay Packers (1984–1987), SMU (1989–1990, also served as director of athletics), and the CFL Shreveport Pirates (1994–1995).
With the early portion of Major League Baseball season occurring, 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. Some of the Football Hall of Fame notables who also stood out on the diamond are Dutch Clark, Michigan and Colorado College; Josh Cody, Vanderbilt; Carmen Cozza, Miami (Ohio); Mike Ditka, Pittsburgh; Gus Dorais, Notre Dame; Dick Duden, Navy; Bump Elliott, Purdue, Michigan; John Elway, Stanford; Al Exendine, Carlisle; Don Faurot, Missouri; Wes Fesler, Ohio State; Kirk Gibson, Michigan State; George Gipp, Notre Dame; Otto Graham, Northwestern; Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch, Wisconsin; Don Hutson, Alabama; Vic Janowicz, Ohio State; Ralph “Shug” Jordan, Auburn; and Roy Kidd, Eastern Kentucky; among others.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the April 15-21 time period are April 15 (1938) Richie Lucas, Glassport, Pa.; (1947) Ted Kwalick, McKees Rocks, Pa.; April 16 (1970) Steve Emtman, Spokane, Wash.; (1972) Jim Ballard, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; April 17 (1905) Herb Joesting, Little Falls, Minn.; (1941) Bill Redell, Red Bluff, Calif.; (1972) Tony Boselli, Modesto, Calif.; April 18 (1913) Pug Lund, Rice Lake, Wis.; (1931) Harley Sewell, St. Jo, Texas; (1962) Wilber Marshall, Titusville, Fla.; (1970) Willie Roaf, Pine Bluff, Ark.; (1973) Derrick Brooks, Pensacola, Fla.; April 19 (1883) Germany Schulz, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; (1892) Ernie Godfrey, Dover, Ohio; (1907) Jack Cannon, Columbus, Ohio; (1925) Chuck Klausing, Wilmerding, Ohio; (1936) Jack Pardee, Exira, Iowa; (1965) Keith Jackson, Little Rock, Ark.; (1981) Troy Polamalu, Garden Grove, Calif.; April 20 (1893) Murray Shelton, Dunkirk, N.Y.; (1915) Eric Tipton, Petersburg, Va.; (1926) Hub Bechtol, Amarillo, Texas; (1930) Harry Agganis, Lynn, Mass.; (1945) Steve Spurrier, Miami Beach, Fla.; April 21 (1935) Jim Young, Franklin Lakes, N.J.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are April 15 (2002) U.S. Justice Byron “Whizzer” White, Denver, Colo.; April 16 (1981) Lee Tressel, Berea, Ohio; April 19 (2009) Felix “Doc” Blanchard, Bulverde, Texas; April 20 (2018) Earle Bruce, Columbus, Ohio; April 21 (1974) Charles “Chic” Harley, Columbus, Ohio; (2005) Cliff Montgomery, Mineola, N.Y.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Richie Lucas (a spry 81), Ted Kwalick, April 16 Steve Emtman, Jim Ballard, April 17 Bill Redell, Tony Boselli, April 18 Wilber Marshall, Willie Roaf, Derrick Brooks, April 19 Keith Jackson, Troy Polamalu, April 20 Steve Spurrier, April 21 Jim Young (a spry 84)…
Alabama and Oklahoma inked a home-and-home series with in 2032 and ’33…Indiana will face Indiana State (replacing Massachusetts) and Akron (replacing Charlotte) during the 2023 season…East Carolina and Appalachian State will meet in a split-year series in 2021, ’22 and ’24…Syracuse’s first game under the revitalized Carrier Dome roof will be Sept. 18, 2020, with Colgate…Dayton’s just-released 2019 football slate includes early tests against Indiana State and Robert Morris…Texas Tech played its spring game at The Star at the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas, for the third consecutive year last Saturday…Army West Point is coming off a season where the Black Nights held six of their 13 opponents under 100 yards rushing. Through 12 games the Black Knights also led the country with 38:50 time of possession per game and four contests where Army West Point held the football for 40-plus minutes…TCU has played in five games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with the last appearance against Ohio State in September 2018…Nebraska had 85,946 on hand for its annual Red-White intrasquad tussle last Saturday in Lincoln, a and Penn State had 61,000-plus in the stadium for its spring bash. Ohio State drew 61,102 for its annual Scarlet-White spring game while Texas had a 35,000-plus attendance figure for the annual Orange-White contest. NU fans got a chuckle when a wild turkey somehow made it through the Memorial Stadium/Dr. Tom Osborne Field turnstiles before the spring encounter.
The Caliber Collision Dallas Cowboys Military Football Combine at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, April 20 will feature the likes of NFF College Hall of Fame DL Chad Hennings and DB Darren Woodson among event celebrities. The field of 50 participants was culled from an original list of 200-plus military tryouts from nine bases in Texas. Military participants and will compete in NFL Combine-like drills to determine the winners. The event is free and open to the public Saturday…The University of North Texas Alumni Association hosted a mixer meetup in Denton, Texas, on April 11 and will have a Collin County Mixer on Friday, April 19. UNT students, faculty, staff, and some student-athletes will assist in the Frisco (Texas) Clean It and Green It project on Saturday, April 20. This is an event to help clean up untidy areas in the city and plant flowers and trees in the previous unkempt locations.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach Mack Brown said he was in a comfort zone on his return at North Carolina during spring practice after a five-year hiatus from coaching with the ESPN broadcasting team…Georgia head coach Kirby Smart emphasized team discipline and the privilege of playing football at UGa in a recent newspaper account…UCLA head coach Chip Kelly expressed satisfaction with the Bruins’ work this in 2019 spring training…Jessica Stinger has been selected as Nebraska football’s director of on-campus recruiting…Former Air Force assistant coach Matt Weikert has joined the Vanderbilt coaching staff along with fellow VU alumnus Jovan Haye.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Alcorn State: Fred McNair, Mt. Olive, Miss.; Amherst: E.J. Mills, Dayton, Ohio; Appalachian State: Eliah Drinkwitz, Norman, Okla.; Arizona: Kevin Sumlin, Brewton, Ala.; Arizona State: Herm Edwards, Ft. Monmouth, N.J.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach and Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez was queried about the success of UW football and basketball in 2018-19…Former Kansas State associate AD/CFO Scott Garrett has been named director of athletics at Cleveland State… Nebraska director of athletics Bill Moos was saluted for his savvy in several recent head caching hires. NU executive associate AD for external operations Marc Boehm has had a slight change in his job responsibilities and less oversight of the NU basketball operations…Cincinnati AD Mike Bohn spoke of national hiring searches for head coaching positions and the details involved…Illinois AD Josh Whitman spoke of the possible resurgence of Fighting Illini football and men’s hockey teams…Syracuse AD John Wildback spoke to the Syracuse Post-Standard about the ACC Network launch and the Orange’s spring game turnout…Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek outlined some new vision for operation of UA athletics…Buffalo athletics outlined its process for choosing new basketball coach Jim Whitesell and other upcoming hires…Louisville AD Chris Mack underwent recent knee replacement surgery…Minnesota AD Mark Coyle added contract extensions for Golden Gophers head coaches…Florida A&M AD John Eason laid out plans and the current state of FAMU athletics with the Tallahassee, Fla., Democrat…Penn State AD Sandy Barbour gave a tour of her home and hundreds of sports artifacts dating back to the days of her U.S. Navy aviator father…Virginia AD Carla Williams was saluted for her role in the rebuilding of the Cavaliers men’s basketball program to an NCAA power and the 2019 national championship…St. John’s (N.Y.) has launched a national search to replace former men’s basketball head coach Chris Mullin…Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs was interviewed about football program progress, sports betting and future caching moves by the Newark, N.J., Star-Ledger…Texas A&M strength and conditioning coach Darby Rich has left to pursue other professional opportunities…UCLA’s new men’s head basketball coach Mick Cronin agreed to join the Bruins after a lengthy national personnel search…Southern Utah tabbed Sonia Hahn as associate AD for administration and senior women administrator…Miami (Ohio) men’s hockey head coach and administrator Chris Bergeron signed a six-year contract…Some notable men’s basketball head coaching hires this month in NCAA Division I have been Eric Musselman at Arkansas, Jay Young at Fairfield, Mike Young at Virginia Tech, and Mark Fox at California.
The Big 12 Conference and commissioner Bob Bowlsby have signed new telecast and streaming agreements with ESPN+ and additional third-tier telecasts/webcasts. The new pact also will give the conference additional control over telecast and web content and in the selection of games for broadcast…The Big 12 and ESPN also inked a contract to extend ESPN’s telecasts of the Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship through 2024…The Pac-12 Conference is scheduled to make some new hires in coming weeks with some possible new assignments for current staffers. Longtime associate commissioner for television Duane Lindberg is approaching three full decades of service at the conference office after previously working as assistant commissioner in the Southwest Conference.
College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock estimated the base costs for a city and region to host the CFP title game at $16 million with other millions in tourism benefits in and around these annual encounters…ESPN’s Holly Rowe addressed the Football Bowl Association’s annual meetings in Houston, Texas, last week…Former Louisiana Tech, North Carolina and East Tennessee State head coach Carl Torbush had a 2-0 bowl record during seven seasons in the top coaching position.
Eleven Southeastern Conference standouts have received initial invitations to be present at opening night of the 2019 Free Agent Draft later this month in Nashville, Tenn., and they are Alabama OL Jonah Williams, Alabama DL Quinnen Williams, LSU LB Devin White, LSU DB Greedy Williams, Mizzou QB Drew Lock, Georgia DB Deandre Baker, Florida OL Jawaan Taylor, Mississippi State DE-OLB Montez Sweat, Kentucky DE-OLB Josh Allen, and Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf…Some standout performances in recent spring intrasquad skirmishes and game-type scrimmages were recorded by Texas A&M QB Zach Calzada, A&M’s James Foster, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, SMU’s Rodney Clemons and CJ Sanders, Texas Tech QB Alan Bowman, North Texas QB Nolan Fine, Virginia Tech QB Ryan Willis and TE James Mitchell, and Texas Tech …Former Troy DB standout Marcus Jones has transferred to Houston for 2019…TCU is hoping for improved team health and some additional grad transfers after completing spring training with less than 50 scholarshipped student-athletes participating. Head coach Gary Patterson is hoping that nagging injuries to WR Jalen Reagor will be healed by August fall camp. Iowa State has obtained the talents of Rice graduate transfer cornerback Justin Bickham while Bowling Green’s DE Kyle Austin is eligible for the 2019 season as a grad transfer to Oklahoma State…WR Weston Carr of Azusa Pacific has joined Penn State as a graduate transfer…Idaho State’s Gary Chivichyan, Colorado State’s Logan Ryan, Memphis’ Victor Enoh, Utah’s Jayce Johnson, two unnamed Kansas men’s basketball players, and Illinois State’s Isaac Gassman have entered the NCAA transfer while Marshall has gained the services of graduate transfer wide receiver Obi Obialo from Kentucky…Old Dominion welcomed Virginia Tech grad transfer wideout Eric Kumah for 2019…NC State RB Demontay Jaqual Rhen is seeking to be reinstated for 2019 fall football camp…Clemson allowed players appealing a drug test ruling to participate in the 2019 spring tussle…Florida DE Antonneous Clayton will transfer to Georgia Tech…Alabama’s Diane Wood will enter the NCAA transfer portal along with Dayton’s Frankie Policelli…North Carolina RB Jordan Brown is leaving the football program after three years…South Carolina QB Darius Douglas and three women’s basketball players have entered the NCAA transfer portal.
Rutgers’ Board of Governors and athletics’ officials celebrated reaching the fundraising goal of $100 million last week…Iowa head football and men’s/women’s basketball coaches earned both bonuses and 2019 pay raises for their 2018-19 team postseason showings…Pittsburgh athletics has pledged to stay with its traditional script logo and royal blue and gold colors for 2019 football…Texas Tech cancelled all Monday night and Tuesday classes to allow students, faculty and staff to enjoy the Red Raiders first appearance in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship tussle against Virginia…Oregon is changing its priority policies for season tickets and locations… Middle Tennessee and Seattle U. athletics have mounted renewed campaigns for season tickets and extensive marketing strategy for 2019-20 football and additional sports seasons…South Carolina athletics explained why it did not sell malt beverages publicly at a recent NCAA Basketball Regional…North Carolina athletics viewed renderings of a new $4.7 million video board…TCU’s latest expansion of Amon G. Carter Stadium now is scheduled to be completed in October.
Former Dallas Cowboys QB and CBS Sports analyst Tony Romo will join Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys, Todd Gurley, Randy Couture, and others at the inaugural SportsCon Convention in Dallas July 12-14. Romo also has accepted a sponsor’s exemption to compete in the 2019 AY&T Byron Nelson Classic in Dallas…Florence Rice, the late daughter of NFF tri-founder Grantland Rice, was featured on Turner Classic Movies in the 1938 motion picture Fast Company, co-starring Melvyn Douglas…Hannah Wise, a graduate student in the Mayborn School of Journalism at North Texas and audience development editor at the Dallas Morning News, has been named one of the Top 25 Under 35 journalists by Editor and Publisher magazine…Several top PGA golfers and Masters’ contenders continue to support and attend their college alma maters’ football games and other contests. Among the notables are Tiger Woods (Stanford), Viktor Hovland (Oklahoma State, low amateur in the ’19 Masters), Fred Couples (Houston), Brandt Snedeker (Vanderbilt), Adam Scott (UNLV), Bubba Watson (Georgia), Camilo Villegas (Florida), Charles Howell III (Oklahoma State), Luke List (Vanderbilt), Dustin Johnson (Coastal Carolina), Stewart Cink (Georgia Tech), Graeme McDowell (UAB), Ben Crenshaw (Texas – retired – noted course designer), and Keegan Bradley (St. John’s)…The NFL Dallas Cowboys will host several free events and attractions to celebrate the 2019 NFL Free Agent Draft at the Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas – site of the 2018 draft.
Pac-12 Networks president Mark Shuken addressed marketing strategy for the networks with the San Jose, Calif., Mercury News…Texas Tech’s final-second upset of then-No. 1 Texas in 2008 was rated as one the Top 10 moments in Red Raiders athletics by the Dallas Morning News along with the record, 11-win season by Tech in ’08. The top two moments for TTU by that publication were the 1993 women’s NCAA basketball championship (the school’s first NCAA team title) and the 2019 runnerup finish to Virginia in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four®…Associated Press executive editor Sally Buzbee spoke to a group on the Kansas (her alma mater) campus last week before receiving the William Alan White National Journalism Citation in Emporia, Kan…LSU’s website is posting position-by-position profiles after spring workouts, and the Baton Rouge, La., Morning Advocate penned an explanation of how the Tigers approach graduate transfers.
The 2007 speech about playing football by Reggie Williams (Dartmouth, 1973-75) has been reprised on the NFF website as one of the most stirring and passionate talks in the 61-year history of the NFF Awards Dinner…Clark Teuscher of North Central (Ill.), Fran Elia of SUNY Cortland, Stephen Gorchov of Hofstra, Beau White of CoSIDA, Dillon Bender of Manchester, Danny Kambel of Pacific (Ore.), and Patty Constantin of Our Lady of the Lake were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…MIT graduate and college sports fan Katie Bouman was saluted for her role in the discovery of the universe’s black hole some 55 million light years away through eight powerful telescopes on earth…Colorado legislators have been discussing including payment of student-athletes in future state budgets…Michigan State is continuing jurisprudence concerning some of its former administrators and athletics’ officials…Stanford, Arizona, Oklahoma, Brown, Texas, Kansas, Southern California, and NC State athletics are working with local law enforcement and national collegiate compliance authorities on recent apparel, Title IX and admissions’ challenges.
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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