College Football Notes – April 29, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, April 29th, 2019
The 84th annual NFL Free Agent Draft last week in Nashville featured No. 1 draft choice and 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Murray followed a trend over the last 16 years of six No. 1 selections after players captured the Heisman Trophy. These have included three OU Heisman winners and QBs in Murray, Baker Mayfield in 2018 and Sam Bradford in 2010. Prior to that Florida State’s Jameis Winston (2015), Auburn’s Cam Newton (2010) and Southern California’s Carson Palmer (2003) followed Heisman honors with the top spot in the NFL Draft. Incidentally, the initial pick in that first 1936 NFL Draft was Heisman Trophy RB Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago. Murray and Mayfield also became the first two players chosen from the same school in back-to-back drafts.
2018 NFF William V. Campbell Award ® recipient Christian Wilkins of Clemson was the 13th selection of the Miami Dolphins and is projected as a possible 2019 starter in the Miami defensive line.
For updates about additional student-athletes who were semifinalists or finalists for the Campbell Trophy and others who were members of the Hampshire Honor Society, please access
As Major League Baseball continues it move into May, 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 Paddy Driscoll (Northwestern), Bo Jackson (Auburn), Vic Janowicz (Ohio State), Earle “Greasy” Neale (West Virginia Wesleyan), Ernie Nevers (Stanford), Ace Parker (Duke), Deion Sanders (Florida State), Jim Thorpe (Carlisle), Ernie Vick (Michigan), Bob Peck (Pittsburgh), Tommy Prothro (Duke), Tubby Raymond (Michigan), Pat Richter (Wisconsin), Ira Rodgers (West Virginia), Red Sanders (Vanderbilt), Tom Scott (Virginia), Amos Alonzo Stagg (Yale, Chicago), Roger Staubach (Navy), Frank Thomas (Western State, Notre Dame), Dr. John Tigert (Vanderbilt, also the first Rhodes Scholar in state of Tennessee history and president of Kentucky Wesleyan and Florida), Charlie Trippi (Georgia), Doak Walker (SMU), and Kenny Washington (UCLA), among others. NFF tri-founder Grantland Rice also played football and baseball at Vanderbilt and coached the Vandy baseball team while he was sports editor of the Nashville Tennessean.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the April 29-May 5 time period are April 29 (1914) Darrell Lester, Jacksboro, Texas; (1920) David Nelson, Detroit, Mich.; April 30 (1871) Fielding Yost, Fairview, W.Va.; (1887) Doc Fenton, Scranton, Pa.; (1895) Bernie Moore, Jonesboro, Tenn.; (1918) Augie Lio, East Boston, Mass.; (1935) Jon Arnett, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1941) Jerry Stovall, West Monroe, La.; May 1 (1900) Stan Barnes, Baraboo, Wis.; (1905) Chris Cagle, DeRidder, La.; (1907) Erby Pinckert, Medford, Wis.; (1910) Cliff Battles, Akron, Ohio; (1925) Chuck Bednarik, Bethlehem, Pa.; (1930) Ollie Matson, Trinity, Texas; (1937) Roger Brown, Surry County, Va.; (1950) Carlos Alvarez, Havana, Cuba; May 2 (1887) Joe Utay, St. Louis, Mo.; (1955) Richard Ritchie, Mineral Wells, Texas; May 3 (1919) Gil Steinke, Brenham, Texas; (1927) Bobby Davis, Columbus, Ga.; (1941) Dave Robinson, Mt. Holly, N.J.; May 4 (1903) Elmer Layden, Davenport, Iowa; (1910) Barry Wood, Milton, Mass.; (1928) Don Coleman, Ponca City, Okla.; 4 (1938) Wayne Harris, Hampton, Ark.; May 5 (1921) Eddie Talboom, Delphos, Ohio; (1927) Al DeRogatis, Newark, N.J.; (1941) Terry Baker, Pine River, Minn.; (1947) Bob Babich, Youngstown, Ohio.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are April 30 (2005) Bob Ward, Annapolis, Md.; April 30 (2012) Billy Neighbors, Huntsville, Ala.; May 2 (1983) Norm Van Brocklin, Social Circle, Ga.; May 3 (1971) Scrappy Moore, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1976) Ernie Nevers, San Rafael, Calif.; (2007) Alex Agase, Tarpon Springs, Fla.; May 4 (1991) Don Whitmire, Annandale, Va.; May 5 (1989) Earl “Red” Blaik, Colorado Springs, Colo.; (2005) Skip Minisi, Paoli, Pa.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 30 Jerry Stovall, May 1 Carlos Alvarez, May 2 Richard Ritchie, May 3 Dave Robinson, May 4 Terry Baker, Bob Babich…
Boise State and USF will meet in 2025 and 2027…Iowa and Nevada have scheduled a single game in 2022…Clemson will hold only online and audited classes on Thursday, Aug. 29, because of the team’s home opener on ESPN against Georgia Tech to open Atlantic Coast Conference activity…Marshall and Western Michigan are set for 2024 and 2025 contests. WMU also will play a home-and-home series with San Jose State in 2021 and ’22…Cincinnati will meet Notre Dame in 2021 to complete the Fighting Irish’s 12-game regular-season slate…ABC will air the Houston at Oklahoma game, now moved to Sunday, Sept. 1, at 6:30 p.m. (CDT)…North Dakota will play its first Missouri Valley Football Conference against Youngstown State on Sept. 26, 2020 and will meet MVFC road opponents Western Illinois (Oct. 17), Illinois State (Nov. 7) and North Dakota State (Nov. 14) on the road in that opening campaign…Ohio has booked home games with North Carolina Central in 2020 and Gardner-Webb in 2021.
Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorehead will speak at the Gaylord Texan hotel in Grapevine, Texas, May 16 as part of the 2019 Road Dawgs Alumni Tour…Baylor’s women’s NCAA championship basketball team will visit U.S. Pres. Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, D.C. Previous BU title teams were honored by Presidents George W. Bush in 2005 and Barack Obama in 2012…Hundreds of football offices celebrated National Administrative Professionals Day on April 24 with key members of the football support and recruiting staffs…Rice athletics recently hosted a Margaritaville Night promotion to salute college sports fans Jimmy Buffett and Parrot Head music group national-award-winning lead guitarist Mac McAnally from football-famous Sheffield, Ala.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has signed a 10-year contract extension for $93 million plus incentives. Swinney’s humble beginnings (his mother moved from Birmingham, Ala., to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to work as a nurse and help defray college expenses for the walkon student-athlete) and frequent community service to the underserved in the Clemson area have brought national popularity to the fun-loving mentor. CU director of athletics Dan Radakovich voiced his approval for Swinney’s success and rewarding pact…Alabama head coach Nick Saban underwent successful hip replacement surgery on April 22 and is expected to make a speedy recovery. Crimson Tide assistant coaches and administrators also monitored several UA selections in last week’s NFL Draft… New Beloit head coach Tim Schmiechen just completed his first spring training as BC’s 29th all-time head gridiron mentor…Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy warned of possible difficulties with continued implementation of the NCAA graduate transfer portal…Florida’s assistant director of player personnel Otis Yelverton has been placed on administrative leave…Dayton coach Darren Hertz is filling an interim role while permanent staff members are being hired…Michigan athletics video analyst Bryan Smothers has accepted a similar position with Niagara athletics…LSU added former Southern California defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze for the coaching staff of current Tigers head coach and former USC gridiron leader Ed Orgeron as a defensive analyst…Purdue named Kevin Wolthausen special teams coordinator and Ryan Wallace tight ends and assistant for special teams.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Auburn: Gus Malzahn, Irving, Texas; Ball State: Mike Neu, Indianapolis, Ind.; Bates: Malik Hall, Detroit, Mich.; Baylor: Matt Rhule, New York City; Beloit: Tim Schmiechen, Lake Forest, Ill.
LSU’s director of athletics Scott Woodward signed a six-year contract with his alma mater…NFF Board member and Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione savored the Sooners NCAA women’s volleyball team crown with photos and jubilation at the recent championships hosted by Texas Woman’s University in Fort Worth, Texas…Weber State AD Jerry Bovee has been named AD at Utah State. He also told the Ogden, Utah, Standard-Examiner that is a “big time” opportunity for his career in athletics…Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek was highlighted in a recent Arkansas Democrat-Gazette column…Louisville AD Vince Tyra spoke of helping refine Cardinals budgeting and expenses…Michigan State executive AD Jim Pignataro is in need of a bone marrow transplant to battle cancer…Alabama AD Greg Byrne told media members and fans he does not plan to follow in his father’s footsteps as AD at Texas A&M…Interim Texas A&M and NFF College Hall of Fame coach R.C. Slocum will be a voting member of the College Football Playoff selection committee if A&M names a permanent AD before the 2019 season. Otherwise, the committee will consist of 12 voting members because the Southeastern Conference already is represented by Florida AD Scott Stricklin…Nevada AD Doug Knuth has received a contract extension through the 2022-23 season…Oregon State AD Scott Barnes was questioned about possible renovations to Reser Stadium and the Portland NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship OSU will host…Oklahoma head women’s basketball head coach Sherri Coale had added names fellow Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member Jackie Stiles of Missouri State to the OU coaching staff…Veteran North Dakota women’s volleyball coach head coach Mark Pryor is retiring from that position…Colorado athletics staffers met with the university’s medical community about cooperative efforts in injury treatment and prevention last week along with CU’s sole finalist for the president’s position Dr. Mark Kennedy…Connecticut retiring President Susan Herbst was featured in a story in the New Haven, Conn., Register…LSU women’s gymnastics coach D-D Breaux has received bonus measures for several years of success…Utah women’s gymnastics head coach Megan Marsden has retired after 35 years… NC State and former NFF Board member Debbie Yow reflected on her career in a Greensboro, N.C., News and Record report…Northwestern State athletics publicist Doug Ireland is retiring after 30-plus years at NSU and with the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches, La….Vanderbilt head men’s basketball coach Jerry Stackhouse added two female ex-coaches to his 2019-20 staff with the hirings of Nicki Gross as special assistant to the head coach and Adell Harris as men’s basketball chief of staff,.
Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey spoke to regional Associated Press sports editors in Birmingham, Ala., about NCAA graduate transfer rules and confusion about student-athletes who might not necessarily receive “automatic” eligibility waivers to compete at another university…A record 10 SEC standouts were taken in Round 5 of the recent NFL Draft…Power Five conference commissioners and Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick held meetings in Irving, Texas, last week to discuss a variety of football- and sports-related topics and consensus action items…The SEC and American Athletic Conference will have a basketball scheduling agreement and possible acts for other sports’ challenge series.
College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock acknowledged discussion about CFP teams’ expansion but noted the consensus remains four teams and three bowls on a rotating basis for the duration of the original, 10-year contract for the playoff…The CFP will have six sets of rankings in 2019…Four schools – three from the Southeastern Conference – have held down the No. 1 position in CFP surveys since October 2014. They are Alabama (18 times), Clemson (eight times), Mississippi State (three occasions), and Georgia (two times). Alabama was No. 1 in all six rankings from Oct. 30-Dec. 2 in 2018.
Utah transfer Arnand Shyne and former California LB Evin Rambo will complete their careers at Texas Tech…Texas Wesleyan QB and NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Regional Scholar-Athlete Donovan Isom has been stellar in TWU spring workouts after completing 126-of-266 passes for 1,769 yards with 13 TD tosses and six interceptions as a junior in 2018…Kevin Easley is moving from Chattanooga to TCU and will sit out the 2020-21 season as a NCAA DI undergraduate transfer…SMU is gaining 2020-21 transfers Isiah Jasey, Tyson Jolly and Darius McNeill for the upcoming season…Kansas State WR Hunter Rison is seeking reinstatement before 2019 workouts start in August…Notre Dame’s Danielle Patterson, Arizona State’s Uros Plavsic, Clemson RB Tavien Feaster, Nebraska LBs Quayshon Alexander and Breon Dixon, Joseph’s (Pa.) Jared Bynum, Lipscomb’s Kenny Cooper (moving to WKU), Air Force QB Beau English (to Richmond), the Citadel’s DB Khafari Buffalo (Boise State), Cincinnati’s Nysier Brooks, DePaul’s Charlie Moore (Kansas), Butler’s Joey Brunk (Indiana), Kentucky QB Gunnar Hoak, Maryland’s Trace Ramsey, Miami (Fla.)’s Keith Stone, San Jose State’s Michael Steadman (Montana), Lehigh’s Pat Andree (NC State), Oklahoma State QB Keondre Wudtee (Northern Arizona), Ohio State QB Matthew Baldwin, Rutgers; TE Travis Vokolek, Southern California QB Matt Fink, Wisconsin’s Tai Strickland (Temple), Tulane’s Moses Wood (UNLV), Virginia’s Marco Anthony, Memphis’ Antwann Jones (Creighton), Montana State’s three women’s basketball, Seattle graduate transfer Matej Kavas (Nebraska), Charleston Southern’s Christian Keeling (North Carolina), Iona’s Jahaad Proctor (Purdue), Rutgers RB Charles Snorweah, Arizona’s Trent Brown (Southern Illinois), Tennessee lineman Drew Richmond (Southern California), Georgia LB Jaden Hunter, Illinois’ Luke Ford (awaiting an appeal of a NCAA denial of eligibility waiver), and Virginia Tech kicker Jordan Stout have entered the NCAA transfer portal for the 2019-20 academic year…Kansas State WR Hunter Rison hopes to be reinstated from a suspension before August workouts begin…Texas Tech freshman DL John Scott III is recovering from a gunshot wound last weekend in a Lubbock, Texas, hospital.
The City of Champaign (Ill.) is debating a $35 million contribution over 18 years to the $250 million The Yards project with Illinois athletics…Louisville’s L&N Federal Credit Union granted $2 million to the UL athletics “Next Step Fund”… Florida State celebrated its 50-year anniversary of varsity women’s athletics with $7,204,931 in fundraising for the 2018-19 academic year…Purdue is seeking private funding for updating Ross-Ade Stadium…San Diego State and the city of San Diego have selected the architect for the $25 million, 35,000 seat multi-purpose Soccer City Stadium in the suburban Mission Valley area…Kansas athletics and adidas extended their apparel and marketing contract through 2031…Connecticut’s new baseball stadium will be named after alumnus Doug Elliot…Minnesota has reduced football ticket prices and added group packages for the 2019 campaign…New Mexico football will utilize new helmets in 2019 to help improve injury safety…South Carolina athletics is working to reduce concession lines at football games and to enhance fan experiences…UNLV is changing its policy on student basketball seating areas for basketball…Iowa’s state legislature has passed a bill and sent to the governor to seek to become the ninth state in the U.S. to legalize sports wagering…Michigan State athletics explained its travel party list for a 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four® team charter…Wisconsin’s athletics board approved one-year contract extensions for six head and assistant coaches…Connecticut athletics still working on some jurisprudence challenges with former men’s basketball head coach Kevin Ollie…North Carolina athletics medical team addressed care for student-athletes in recent seasons…Larry Stevens Jr. has continued his strategic investment advisory services for professional football players after working as a NFL career financial planner for several years. His new venture deals with private equity, individual financing and global deal flow for investors.
Tennessee AD and NFF College Hall of Fame coach Phillip Fulmer spoke with the Knoxville, Tenn., News-Sentinel about the changing culture of college athletics…Former Mississippi State standout QB Dak Prescott and Ohio State star Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State were avid spectators at the recent NHL playoffs between the Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues. Prescott also ranks second nationally in personalized NFL merchandise purchased in 2019…Former Dallas Baptist AD Wayne Poage and Texas Collegiate League co-founder (also former Nebraska and Nebraska Wesleyan student-athlete) Steve Pratt addressed the North Texas Sports Journalism 4210 class last Wednesday in Frisco, Texas…The PGA of America also laid out plans for a 600-acre complex in Frisco with completion set in 2021 with North Texas students, faculty and staff assisting with internships, research and volunteer projects for the new headquarters, which are moving from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla…Former California standout QB Aaron Rodgers was remembered for his comeback triumph over the NFL Dallas Cowboys after a recent story concerning the Cowboys-Green Bay Packers rivalry…Former Louisville and current NFL New York Jets RB Bilal Powell was remembered as the first Cardinals rusher to have back-to-back 200-yard rushing contests in 2010.
Former Georgia and Miami (Fla.) head coach Mark Richt will serve as an analyst on the new ACC Network…The New York Times wrote a solid research piece on youth sports in Norway…The Fairmont, W.Va., Times West Virginian examined possible payments for student-athletes in coming years.
New 2019 collegiate rules approved by the NCAA Football Oversight Committee include, among others, teams going for two-point conversions (rather than placing the ball on alternating 25-yard lines) starting with the fifth overtime in an extra-period game and continued emphasis on targeting fouls…June Courteau, longtime NCAA coordinator of women’s basketball officials, is retiring…Herb Vincent of the Southeastern Conference, Scott Selheimer of Delaware, Mike Finn of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Langston Rogers (retired) of Ole Miss and Delta State, Shelly Poe of Auburn, Joe Browning of UNCW, and Andy Seeley of UCF were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Notre Dame, Texas, Southern California, Northwestern, UNLV, TCU, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Duke, Arizona, Creighton, LSU, Auburn, Kansas, and several other schools are continuing internal investigations about possible money exchanges for apparel agreements and admissions’ challenges…The NCAA Executive Council abed a proposal to add a fulltime assistant’s position for Division I baseball and softball.
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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