College Football Notes – May 6, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, May 6th, 2019
 Some rare breed of student-athletes who are in the NFF College Hall of Fame and played both in Major League Baseball and the National Football League are Larry Bettencourt (St. Mary’s, Calif.), 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), and Ernie Vick (Michigan).
NFF Board member and Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones and wife Gene have donated $7.5 million to build a facility for families of cancer patients through the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. The eventual $25 million building will house families of people fighting cancer free of charge. Baylor Scott & White and the Baylor Foundation provided the land on which the facility will be constructed.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the May 6-12 time period are May 6 (1909) Johnny Vaught, Olney, Texas; (1922) Pat Harder, Milwaukee, Wis.; (1957) Tom Cousineau, Fairview Park, Ohio; May 7 (1881) Paul Bunker, Alpena, Mich.; (1896) Belford West, Hamilton, N.Y.; (1905) Henry “Red” Sanders, Asheville, N.C.; (1930) Vito “Babe” Parilli, Rochester, Pa.; (1953) Pat McInally, Villa Park, Calif.; May 8 (1930) Doug Atkins, Humboldt, Tenn.; (1959) Ronnie Lott, Albuquerque, N.M.; May 9 (1958) Brad Budde, Detroit, Mich.; May 10 (1917) Charlie O’Rourke, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; May 11 (1874) Langdon Lea, Germantown, Pa.; (1983) Matt Leinart, Santa Ana, Calif.; May12 (1872) Art Wheeler, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1888) John Wilce, Rochester, N.Y.; (1934) Harold Davis, Youngstown, Ohio; (1948) Joe Cichy, Fargo, N.D.; (1949) Don McCauley, Worcester, Mass.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are May 7 (1960) John Kilpatrick, New York City; (1994) Chuck Taylor, Stanford, Calif.; May 8 (1997) Bob Devaney, Lincoln, Neb.; (2006) John Kimbrough, Haskell, Texas; May 9 (2002) Dan Devine, Tempe, Ariz.; May 10 (2013) Ronnie Caveness, Little Rock, Ark.; May 11 (1986) Fritz Pollard, Silver Spring, Md.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members May 6 Tom Cousineau, May 7 Pat McInally, May 8 Ronnie Lott, May 9 Brad Budde, May 11 Matt Leinart, May 12 Joe Cichy, Don McCauley…
The Arizona-Arizona State Territorial Cup game has been pushed back one day to Nov. 30 this season…Arkansas will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2021 and ’24…Morgan State will meet Sacred Heart (Conn.) in 2021 and ’22 and Towson during the 2021 season…LSU and Rice will play a pair of clashes in 2020 and 2024…USF and WKU have agreed to a two-game series in 2023 and ’24…Georgia Southern and UAB will face off in 2022 and ’23…South Alabama will travel to UCLA for a single contest in 2022…Arkansas State and Memphis will renew their longtime series from 2020-23…Baylor’s 35-24 win over Texas Tech to gain 2018 bowl eligibility is the final meeting between the Big 12 Conference foes for the moment at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The rivalry will move to campus sites in 2019.
The Augusta (Ga.) Sports Commission is putting out feelers for volunteers to assist with the prestigious Ray Guy Punter of the Year Award and other major projects…Mississippi State athletics will host a benefit game for tornado relief May 14 against Louisiana Tech after a severe storm devastated Ruston, La., and obliterated Louisiana Tech’s baseball stadium. Donations will be accepted at Dudy Noble Field/Polk-Dement Stadium to assist the rebuilding projects.
Duke head coach David Cutcliffe received a contract extension through the 2022 season…College Football News ranked all 76 head coaches who took their teams to post-2018 bowl encounters and named South Carolina’s Will Muschamp, Purdue’s Jeff Brohm, Georgia’s Kirby Smart, San Diego State’s Rocky Long, Ohio’s Frank Solich, and North Texas’ Seth Littrell among the more notable coaching returnees for 2019…The Houston Chronicle reported about negotiations between new Houston head coach Dana Holgorsen and the university…Purdue named Kevin Wolthausen special teams coordinator/assistant defensive line coach and Ryan Wallace tight ends/assistant special teams coach…Thiel has chosen Rob Trudo as defensive line coach, Stan Kennedy as running backs coach and Jack Leipheimer as defensive assistant coach…Jay Niemann is the new assistant defensive line coach at Iowa. Niemann recently had accepted a linebackers coach slot at Wyoming…UTSA named Rishaw Johnson running backs coach.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Birmingham-Southern: Tony Joe White, Commerce, Texas; Boise State: Bryan Harsin, Boise, Idaho; Boston College: Steve Addazio, Farmington, Conn.; Bowdoin: B.J. Hammer, Crawfordsville, Ind.; Bowling Green: Scot Loeffler, Barberton, Ohio.
Jared Sumison has been named director of athletics at Utah Valley State…Brad Vanden Boogaard is the new AD at Alverno…Eastern Michigan selected Nicole Sherwin assistant director of compliance…George Mason tabbed Dr. Deborah Beck as deputy AD for internal operations and risk management…Tennessee athletics coaches Kellie Harper and Lacey Goldwire were featured in a recent Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel article.
Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby mentioned the conference’s nine-game round-robin intraleague schedule in football, the renewal of the Big 12 championship, state of the circuit, television rights, and sizes of football trophies after the loop’s annual spring meeting of ADs and head football coaches in Scottsdale, Ariz., last week…The Skyline Conference added New Jersey City University as an affiliate member…Conference USA expressed satisfaction over the reception and attendance at championships conducted in Biloxi, Miss…The Atlantic Coast Conference sported a 44-24 record (.647 winning percentage) against non-league opponents, including bowl games, in 2018. The Big Ten Conference was 34-19 for a .642 victory rate…The Pac-12 Conference is considering an expanded league basketball schedule and is working on additional means to drive revenue and increased media opportunities. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott discussed equity sales for sponsorships, football schedules and other key matters in a recent interview with the San Jose, Calif., Mercury News…Boston’s historic Fenway Park will host an annual American Athletic vs. Atlantic Coast Conferences’ football encounter starting in 2020.
The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Bowl has completed its tickets’ renewal period (on May 3) and will sell any remaining ducats via the GCB official website and related means…The Goodyear Cotton Bowl’s annual College Football Youth Day sponsored by Andrews Institute and Children’s Health Centers will be held on Tuesday, June 18. A special football panel will assist and speak with the youngsters, and registration is available online at….The 2019 Cure Bowl will be contested at Orlando’s new City Stadium…AT&T retired vice president Charlie Fiss celebrated his 31st annual trek to the Kentucky Derby as a communications officer last weekend at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
Las Vegas has set its early probabilities for the 2019 Heisman Trophy recipient, and they include Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa: 5/2 chance; Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence: 7/2 chance; Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez: 8/1; Ohio State QB Justin Fields: 8/1; Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts: 8/1; Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor: 16/1; Texas QB Sam Ehlinger: 20/1; Georgia QB Jake Fromm: 20/1; and Oregon QB Justin Herbert: 25/1…Auburn quarterbacks Joey Gatewood and Bo Nix are expected to be running neck-and-neck for the starting post when August practices begin…Saturdays Down South has rated the Top 10 returning running backs in the Southeastern Conference, and they are Ty Chandler of Tennessee, Rakeem Boyd of Arkansas, Boobee Whitlow of Auburn, Scottie Phillips of Ole Miss, Ke’Shawn Vaughn of Vanderbilt, Lamical Perine of Florida, Kylin Hill of Mississippi State, Larry Rountree III of Missouri, Najee Harris of Alabama, and D’Andre Swift of Georgia…Virginia added graduate transfer Dejon Brissett from Richmond and Terrell Chatman from Arizona State to the 2019 Cavaliers roster…East Carolina QB Reid Herring had one of his top career efforts with 290 passing yards in the Pirates 2018 win over North Carolina of the Atlantic Coast Conference…SMU graduate transfer Shane Buechele via Texas enters his senior campaign with 4,636 career passing yards and 30 touchdown aerials…Middle Tennessee is spending the offseason evaluating replacement candidates for Academic All-Conference USA QB Brent Stockstill who passed for 3,544 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2018…Charlotte RB Benny LeMay is one of the leading returning rushers nationally and in Conference USA (1,243 yards for second-highest individual total in ’18)…UAB RB Spencer Brown returns for the defending Conference USA champion Blazers with a workhorse-like 272 carries in 14 contests to pace the circuit in 2018…Some recent notable graduate and community college transfers have been Purdue’s Jahaad Proctor (from High Point), Dontye Carriere-Williams (to Vanderbilt from Independence, Kan., CC), DT Derek Green (to Vanderbilt from Oklahoma), Florida’s Keith Stone (to Miami, Fla.), QB Riley Neal (to Vandy from Ball State), and OL Rowan Godwin (to Vandy from South Alabama), Valparaiso’s Derrik Smits (to Butler), Ohio State’s Jaedon LeDee (to TCU), Northern Arizona’s Corey Brown (to Canisius), Georgia Tech CB Dameon Williams, Troy’s Traveon Samuel (to Memphis), Minnesota CB Kelvin Clements, Stony Brook’s Akwasi Yeboah (to Rutgers), Troy QB Sawyer Smith, former Notre Dame and Vanderbilt student-athlete Matt Ryan (to Chattanooga), UCLA kicker Andrew Strauch (to Utah), William & Mary’s Justin Pierce (to North Carolina), and West Virginia WR Marcus Simms is debating putting his name in the 2019-20 transfer portal…Texas Tech OT Terrence Steele was rated as one of the most improved players in Texas Tech spring workouts…Former Baylor leading rusher John Lovett was used extensively at safety in spring drills and may start there in 2019. The Bears have beefed up their running back corps after it was depleted by graduation and injuries somewhat in ’18…Colorado safety Hasaam Hypolite is seeking another destination for the 2019 season and beyond…Former TCU wide receiver Kolb Listenbee has settled a personal lawsuit with the school.
Among the Top 25 football facilities “plants” (including stadiums, dressing rooms and training facilities), Clemson, Alabama, Oregon, Kansas, Miami (Fla.), and Georgia drew outstanding raves in an enterprise story by…South Carolina is working to enhance season ticket sales and home attendance packages for the coming campaign…Virginia athletics’ historic University Hall will be imploded on May 25…Wayne State (Mich.) and the NBA Detroit Pistons jointly are going to build a $25 million arena on the WSU campus. The new facility will be used for Wayne State games, Pistons training and a G League team.
Georgia is naming its football field after NFF College Hall of Fame retired coach and former Auburn quarterback Vince Dooley…Gene Keady, an All-Big Eight Conference RB at Kansas State in the late 1950s and member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, was remembered for his prowess as a four-sport standout in high school at Larned, Kan…..Former Purdue standout and Academic All-Big Ten Conference choice QB David Blough has inked a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns. He joins other 2019 standout free agents such as Brandon Watson, CB, Michigan; Bunchy Stallings, OL, Kentucky; Donnell Greene, OL, Minnesota; Zedrick Woods, S, Ole Miss; Dredrick Snelson, WR, UCF; and Tye (not related to Tom) Brady, WR, Marshall on NFL rosters…Former Eastern Washington and SMU standout and 2018 Canadian Football League Most Valuable Player Bo Levi Mitchell of the CFL Calgary Stampeders took some snaps and worked out with the University of Calgary during spring practice last week. UC is coached by Wayne Harris Jr., son of NFF College Hall of Fame lineman the late Wayne Harris…RB Jonathan Stewart of Oregon signed a one-day contract with the Carolina Panthers and retired from football…The NFL Los Angeles Rams exercised their fifth-year option on standout QB Jared Goff of California…Guard R.J. Hampton of Little Elm (Texas) HS will bypass his senior year in high school in 2019-20 to seek a college scholarship…Jennifer Staubach Gates was elected last Saturday to her third term with the Dallas City Council. She is the daughter of NFF College Hall of Fame and Heisman Trophy recipient Roger Staubach and the sister of famed Vanderbilt and SMU Law School grad Stephanie Staubach and brother of former Duke student-athlete and Dallas business person Jeff Staubach…The Denver Post reports that the last active player from the 2000 NFL Draft is a sixth round selection named Tom Brady of Michigan – a multi-time Super Bowl champion…Later NFL Free Agent Draft 2019 factoid: Iowa had six players taken in the ’19 draft while Nebraska had no draftees in the April selections. The Huskers gave the Hawkeyes a solid tussle, though, in Big Ten Conference activity last November before falling 31-28 with a 15-point comeback in the fourth quarter and a game-ending Hawkeyes field goal for the win….John Harvey Slocum, son of Texas A&M interim AD and NFF College Hall of Fame coach R.C. Slocum, was improving in a Midland, Texas, hospital after collapsing on a golf course in that area April 28. John Harvey Slocum had corrective heart surgery in 1999, but the cause of his collapse was not known immediately.
Several recent guests with national football ties on Ron Meyer’s nationally syndicated Blessed2Play sports radio show have been San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers of NC State, NFL coach Jack Del Rio of Southern California, NFF College Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz, ESPN Analyst Chris Spielman of Ohio State, NFL Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly of Boston College, and retired NFL LB Mike Mohamed of California…The New Orleans Times-Picayune is undergoing massive news and sports staff changes after Newhouse Newspaper Group sold the publication to a New Orleans-based group.
The NCAA has sent a list of 24 infractions for Indiana athletics to investigate for a possible appeal from the 2017-18 academic year…Baylor may not know the results of its NCAA investigation until late in the summer, according to sources and published reports…Jessica Poole of Florida Atlantic, Nick McCutcheon of Missouri Western, Ryan Bower of Florida Southern, Matt Bos of Northwestern (Iowa), Fran Elia of SUNY Cortland, Ben Greenberg of Webster, Connor Gilbert of Penn State-Altoona, and Dave Albrecht of Winona State were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Internal investigations over admissions and apparel contracts are ongoing at Arizona, Michigan State, Auburn, Stanford, Yale, Southern California, and UCLA.
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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