College Football Notes – April 21, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, April 21st, 2019
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As Major League Baseball moves toward the one-month mark of the season’s start, 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 Bobby Layne, Texas; Eddie LeBaron, Pacific; Eddie Mahan, Harvard; Archie Manning, Ole Miss; Rags Matthews, TCU; Bob McWhorter, Georgia; Ray Morrison, Vanderbilt; Harold “Brick” Muller, California; Jess Neely, Vanderbilt; Gen. Robert Neyland, Army/Texas A&M; Elmer Oliphant, Army; Bennie Oosterbaan, Michigan; Dr. Tom Osborne, Hastings (Neb.); Bennie Owen, Kansas; Clarence “Ace” Parker, Duke; Bob Peck, Pittsburgh; Tommy Prothro, Duke; Tubby Raymond, Michigan; Pat Richter, Wisconsin; and Ira Rodgers, West Virginia; among others.
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the April 22-28 time period are April 22 (1902) Eddie Cameron, Manor, Pa.; (1907) Barton “Botchy” Koch, Temple, Texas; April 23 (1916) Bud Wilkinson, Minneapolis, Minn.; April 24 (1915) Ed Franco, Jersey City, N.J.; (1921) Weldon Humble, Nixon, Texas; (1938) Carroll Dale, Wise, Va.; April 25 (1953) Rod Shoate, Spiro, Okla.; (1954) Randy Cross, Brooklyn, N.Y.; April 26 (1927) John Ralston, Oakland, Calif.; April 27 (1887) Bishop Frank Juhan, Macon, Ga.; (1941) Lee Roy Jordan, Excel, Ala.; April 28 (1876) Frank Cavanaugh, Worcester, Mass.; (1947) Bill Enyart, Pawhuska, Okla.; (1955) Wilson Whitley, Brenham, Texas.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are April 23 (1950) Bill Alexander, Atlanta, Ga.; April 24 (1978) Hunk Anderson, West Palm Beach, Fla.; April 25 (1973) Bud Sprague, New York City; April 26 (1974) Eddie Anderson, Clearwater, Fla.; (2011) Jim Mandich, Miami, Fla.; April 28 (1962) Arnett “Ace” Mumford, Baton Rouge, La.; (1981) Cliff Battles, Clearwater, Fla.; (1993) Ben Schwartzwalder, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 25 Rod Shoate, Randy Cross, April 27 Lee Roy Jordan, April 28 Bill Enyart…
Western Michigan will travel to Wisconsin in 2022. WMU also will face Marshall in 2024 and ’25. Syracuse and Western Michigan also have inked a 2020 and ’23 series contract…Valparaiso’s 2019 football slate now will begin Thursday, Aug. 29, at Eastern Kentucky…Duke and Northwestern will play three times from 2021-23…East Carolina and Appalachian State have a three-contest set scheduled for 2021, ’23 and ’24…Texas Wesleyan’s third spring intrasquad tilt since the revitalization of the football program in 2017 is set for 1 p.m. on April 27 at historic Farrington Field in Fort Worth, Texas….Tulane is hoping for more showings such as its season-high six sacks against Conference USA champ UAB last September…Baylor and Texas Tech will play the Texas Farm Bureau Shootout outside the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the first time since 2008 when they meet Oct. 12 in Waco, Texas…Baylor and Texas A&M are tied for the most victories by college teams at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with six over the 66 contests played at the stadium during 10 seasons. The Bears and Texas Tech now are 38-38-1 in 77 all-time series games, and BU leads that rivalry 6-4 at neutral sites…The Top Five NCAA FBS teams with the most difficult strength of schedules in 2018 were
Clemson (.678 opponents’ winning percentage, composite 120-57 record by 15 foes), Texas A&M (106-50), Georgia (109-59), Alabama (114-65), and Florida State (91-51)…Numerous spring intrasquad games wrap up 2019 offseason workouts with upcoming tilts such as: Friday (all times EDT) – Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. . – ACCNExtra broadcast; North Dakota State, 7:30 p.m. (NBC ND); Northern Arizona, 9 p.m. (Your Phoenix CW Local Telecast); Saturday – Maine, noon; Maryland, noon (BTN2Go/BTN, tape delay); Valparaiso, 12:30 p.m.; Elon, 1 p.m.; Indiana State, 1 p.m.; Virginia, 1 p.m. (ACCNExtra); Marshall, 2 p.m.; Stony Brook, 2 p.m.; Colorado, 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Network); Eastern Washington, 3 p.m. (SWX); Washington, 3 p.m. (Pac-12);
Wyoming, 3 p.m.; Cal Poly, 4 p.m.; Nevada, 4 p.m.; UAlbany, 4 p.m.; Marist, 6 p.m.; Stephen F. Austin, 6 p.m.; Hawai’i, 10 p.m.; Merrimack, kickoff TBD; Rhode Island, TBD; Saturday, May 4 – New Hampshire, noon; Dartmouth TBD.
Rice athletics hosted a Fans/Parents Weekend Tailgate Party near Moody Art Center prior to the Owls spring football game…Washburn president Dr. Jerry Farley and several university officials will host a special alumni event for the Dallas-Fort Worth area with a strong emphasis on athletics’ progress at WU. The meeting will be May 16 at La Cima Club in Irving, Texas…The Dallas Area Vanderbilt Alumni Association will host for Commodore Classroom Anjali Forber- Pratt, assistant professor in the department of human and organization development Sunday, April 28, in Coppell, Texas, with the topic of “Dream. Drive. Do.: My Story & Research About Disability Identity and Sport”…Adviser Adrienne Copeland of he North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism has been denoted as a finalist for UNT’s 2019 Student Advisor of the Year.
Kansas head coach Les Miles joined rapper Rick Ross for some catchy tunes prior to the annual Kansas Red-Blue game in Lawrence…Alabama head coach Nick Saban turned the tables on area media for the annual A-Day spring contest in Tuscaloosa. He let media members pick the teams and then asked them questions about making adjustments and squad strategy in an entertaining postgame news conference…Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells was featured in a Dallas Morning News column by Kevin Sherrington last week…Penn State football recruiter Andrew Goodman has left for a position on the Brown staff…Rutgers president Robert Barchi anticipates improvement from head coach Chris Ash and the Scarlet Knights program…Oregon has granted four assistant coaches contract extensions and monetary updates…Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm continues his commitment to remain with the Boilermakers in spite of several outside offers and received a new signing bonus with his recent contract extension…Baylor head coach Matt Rhule was commended by the Waco, Texas, Tribune-Herald for bringing discipline and consistency back into the Bears football program…Nebraska was lauded for another spring game sellout and the highest attendance for a 2019 intrasquad skirmish thanks to the influence of native son head coach Scott Frost and his able staff…Fordham named Evan Durand tight ends coach and co-recruiting coordinator…Longtime Alabama Crimson Tide coach and administrator Tommy Ford is retiring Aug. 1 after 37 years in the department…Don Clayton is retiring from coaching after 20 years at Katy (Texas) Cinco Ranch HS and 38 total years in the profession.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Arkansas: Chad Morris, Edgewood, Texas; Arkansas State: Blake Anderson, Jonesboro, Ark.; Arkansas Monticello: Hud Jackson, Thibodaux, La.; Arkansas Tech: Kyle Shipp, Morrilton, Ark.; Army West Point: Jeff Monken, Peoria, Ill.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach R.C. Slocum has been named interim director of athletics at Texas A&M…Former LSU director of athletics Joe Alleva has been moved to special assistant to the president at LSU and will be replaced by former Texas A&M and Washington AD Scott Woodward. Woodward also met with Tigers head men’s basketball coach Will Wade for the first time last week…William and Mary AD Samantha Huge and the school’s 2018-19 success were featured in the Richmond, Va., Times-Dispatch…Former Texas men’s tennis coach Michael Center is awaiting possible jurisprudence sanctions for his role in the college admissions’ allegations…Longtime Central Michigan coach and administrator Jerry Reighard will not return to his position in 2019-20.
Conference USA is holding more league championships in the Houston, Texas, area in the near future and hopes to have Rice back in the football title contest in coming years. The Owls captured the 2013 C-USA gridiron crown…Charlene Curtis is retiring as coordinator of women’s basketball officials for the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The NCAA Football Oversight Committee is getting closer to certifying bowl games for post-2019. Over the past five seasons there have been 39 bowls in post-2018, 40 bowls in post-2017, a record 41 postseason outings in both post-2015 and ’16, and 39 bowl tussles in post-2014…Research by Cody Kellner of the Kellner Report indicates that Southeastern Conference teams now are a composite 20-6 in games played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This includes a heady, 6-0 mark by SEC squads since the Goodyear Cotton Bowl moved to the Arlington facility from historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas in 2010.
Alabama QB Layne Hatcher anticipates a transfer to Arkansas State…Texas quarterbacks Bru McCoy and Jordan Whittington were credited with solid spring performances along with Texas Tech projected starting QB Alan Bowman…New West Virginia head coach Neal Brown is looking to quarterbacks Jack Allison, Trey Lowe and Trent Jackson as potential starters for the ’19 season…Tennessee RB Jeremy Banks and DE Matthew Butler emerged from spring practice as two of the Vols top leaders for the ’19 campaign…Joey Gatewood of Auburn had a solid showing in the Tigers annual spring Orange-Blue extravaganza…USF quarterback Blake Barnett had one of his top passing games last year in a come-from-behind win over Illinois with 411 aerial yards…Notre Dame RB Jafar Armstrong had a game-high 85 yards on nine rushing tries in the annual Blue-Gold Game…Texas Wesleyan RB Desmond Nisby has been mentioned by Football Gameplan as a possible late-round selection in the NFL Free Agent Draft April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn….South Carolina graduate transfer RB Ty’son Williams is moving to the BYU program… Lipscomb’s Kenny Cooper, Marquette brothers Sam and Joey Hauser, San Diego State’s Ed Chang, Clemson’s Malik Williams, Providence’s Alpha Diallo, Colorado State’s Anthony Masinton-Bonner, Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver, West Virginia’s Beetle Bolden, Louisiana Tech’s Anthony Duruji, Georgia’s JoJo Toppin, and Wake Forest’s Lindsey Jarosinski, Duquesne’s Dylan Swingle, Georgia Tech’s Elizabeth Balogun and Elizabeth Dixon, Xavier’s Keonte Kennedy, and Tennessee’s Evina Westbrook plan to enter the 2019-20 NCAA transfer portal. Grad transfer Pat Andree will compete at NC State in 2019…Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, has joined Tua at Alabama for the spring semester and team workouts after finishing his career at Alabama (Ala.) Thompson HS in fall 2018…High school All-State LB Josh White has given a verbal commitment to LSU for the 2020 signing period…In one of the lowest-scoring spring tilts in UCLA history the Blue crept past the White squad 3-0 behind a 22-yard field goal by J.J. Molson. QB Austin Burton had a 53-yard pass completion while LB Je’Vari Anderson intercepted a QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson pass attempt in the end zone to preserve a touchdown-less gem by the Bruins defensive units.
Arizona athletics is looking at a possible revamping of Arizona Stadium for fan comforts and recruiting purposes… TCU’s $100 million football stadium expansion at Amon Carter Stadium is scheduled to be finished by mid-October Arizona athletics and the Board of Regents discussed the men’s basketball program and football updates during a campus meeting last week. Wildcats athletics also settled a long-term lawsuit with a former student-athlete…Penn State athletics is looking into some possible relationship irregularities in the Lasch Building…Boise State athletics is searching possible options for usage of the Boise Hawks proposed stadium…The Champaign-Urbana (Ill.) Mass Transit District Board has approved $25 million for The Yard development near the Illinois campus…Rutgers broke ground last week on its $65 million Center for Academic Success…Utah athletics received a record $17.5 million gift from the Garff family toward Rice-Eccles Stadium expansion, renovation…Arkansas athletics and the school administration explained policies and procedures for hiring new coaches in football and other sports…East Carolina athletics is enjoying a notable increase in 2019 season ticket sales…Houston athletics is selling bobble head dolls with the likeness of All-America defensive lineman Ed Oliver…East Carolina is working on some challenges with its football training table and team nutrition… Virginia athletics continues to bask in the school’s first-ever men’s basketball NCAA crown in 2019 and the interest is has added in student applications and other Cavaliers sports…Longtime Baylor head coach and current Auburn volunteer assistant coach Steve Smith was highlighted for his proposals for basic changes in athletics overall and college baseball specifically. TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle also addressed Big 12 Conference issues with regards to sizes of coaching staffs and other regulations.
The Alabama Football History website ( indicates that Birmingham Vestavia Hills High School head coach Buddy Anderson (still active in his 42nd season at the school in 2019) has a state-record 335 victories (335-150-0, interestingly no tie games in 485 career contests) since taking over the program in 1978…Baylor had coach Scott Drew has won the Fellowship of Christian Athletes 2019 John Lotz Award…There is a new “Dak” on the Major League Baseball scene with Mississippi State as his alma mater along with NFL Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott of MSU. St. Louis Cardinals righthander Dakota “Dak” Hudson picked up his first pitching win of 2019 and advanced to 5-2 over two seasons with the Redbirds after downing the New York Mets last Sunday. Hudson was drafted by the Cards out of M-State in 2016. On that same date former Texas All-State punter and diamond star Shelby Miller of Brownwood, Texas, earned his first victory with the MLB Texas Rangers over the intrastate rival Houston Astros.
The Denver Post reports these schools have had the most running backs taken in the NFL Drafts from 1987-2018: 41 – Nebraska; 40 – USC; 38 – Oklahoma; 37 – Penn State; 35 – Ohio State; 33 – Auburn; 33 – Arizona State; 33 – Miami (Fla.); 33 – Michigan; and 32 – Alabama…The Jacksonville (Fla.) Times Union opined about the continued rash of graduate transfers in football with the spring semesters nearing their final weeks…Another FYI from professional golf files and the Denver Post – the new Augusta National Golf Club shop did $50 million-plus in business during 2019 Masters week and averaged $550-plus each transaction.
The NCAA Executive Council voted last Friday that graduate transfers will not count toward a NCAA FBS school’s limit of 85 total football scholarships. The Council also passed legislation to limit early recruitment and verbal commitments as early as junior high school student-athletes with verbal pledges. The group also had extensive discussions on other college football and basketball matters and finances…CoSIDA president Rob Knox of Towson, Lamar Carter of NJIT, Larry Leathers of Vanderbilt, Alan Cannon and Brad Marquardt of Texas A&M, Ryan Bomberger of Liberty, and Malcolm Gray of East Carolina were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Deadline for submitting Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District nominations for 2019 all-division forms is Tuesday, April 23…The NCAA is working with several sports to provide reasonable ticket pricing in light of recent attendance at the men’s hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y….
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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