College Football Notes – By Bo Carter

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, May 12th, 2019
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 Nominations now are being accepted for the 2019 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America. Coordinated by the staff at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA was created in June 2012 to honor an individual and/or a group with a military background and/or involvement that has an impact within the realm of college football. The 2019 recipient will be announced Monday, Nov. 11, and the 2018 recipient was inaugural NFF William V. Campbell Award recipient Dr. Chris Howard of Air Force and current president of Robert Morris University.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the May 13-19 time period are May 14
(1907) Howard Harpster, Salem Ore.; (1924) John Ferraro, Cudahy, Calif.; May 15 (1958) Ron Simmons, Perry, Ga.; (1966) Thurman Thomas, Houston, Texas; (1969) Emmitt Smith, Pensacola. Fla.; (1970) Desmond Howard, Cleveland, Ohio; (1970) Rod Smith, Texarkana, Ark.; May 17 (1912) Ace Parker, Portsmouth, Va.; May 18 (1916) Paul Hoernemann, Lima, Ohio; (1924) Charlie “Choo” Justice, Asheville, N.C.; (1983) Vince Young, Houston, Texas; May 19 (1893) Tuss McLaughry, Chicago, lll.; (1949) Archie Manning, Cleveland, Miss.; (1967) John Friesz, Missoula, Mont.; (1975) London Fletcher, Cleveland, Ohio.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are May 13 (1985) Morley Jennings, Lubbock, Texas; May 14 (1995) Tommy Prothro, Memphis, Tenn.; May 15 (1970) Clark Shaughnessy, Santa Monica, Calif.; (1991) Ed Weir, Lincoln, Neb.; (1999) Bobby Wilson, Brenham, Texas; May 18 (1963) Ernie Davis, Cleveland, Ohio; (1977) Nathan Dougherty, Knoxville, Tenn.; (2018) Dr. Billy Cannon, St. Francisville, La.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members May 15 Ron Simmons, Thurman Thomas, Emmitt Smith, Desmond Howard, Rod Smith, May 18 Vince Young, May 19 Archie Manning, John Friesz, London Fletcher…
Georgia and Oklahoma are adding scheduling agreements in various sports beginning in 2023. The Sooners and Bulldogs will meet in football in 2023 and 2031…Army West Point and UNLV have slated a 2024 and ’28 series…LSU has added future scheduling contracts in various sports with the University of New Orleans, Northwestern State and Liberty…Colorado and Missouri have set a home-and-home series in 2025 and ’30. CU and Florida will tangle in 2028 and ’29…Colgate and Villanova have moved their 2019 opener to Saturday, Aug. 24, with a possible telecast or national webstream…Fordham’s 2019 schedule is highlighted by matches with NCAA FBS contender Ball State of the Mid-American Conference and Yale of the Ivy League…FIU is working ahead on several future schedules after pairing up with Indiana in 2024…Texas announced dates and contracts for 14 future contests from 2020-30…Georgia Tech athletics has solid estimates of its future, five-game series at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta…Arizona State and Southern Utah will meet in 2021…New Mexico State and Nevada will open the 2022 campaign in Reno, Nev.
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State paid for the funeral of standout RB Jayon McKenzie, a Venice, Ill., youth football player who perished after getting caught in a crossfire near his St. Louis suburban hometown. McKenzie was 14…Texas A&M reached 500,000 graduates all-time after last week’s commencement ceremonies…St. John’s (N.Y.) 73rd annual Athletics Awards Celebration last Monday featured the university motto “Win. Graduate. Serve.” Director of athletics Mike Cragg presented the prestigious Herbert V. Hess Award, which is presented to a coach who during the year demonstrates honesty, integrity and concern for his student-athletes, to Red Storm track & field head coach Jim Hurt – a 30-year veteran at SJU. The Frank C. Haggerty Memorial Award (Men’s Athlete of the Year) and the John W. Kaiser Award (Women’s Athlete of the Year) were won by men’s tennis player Andrei Crapcenco and women’s fencing NCAA champion Karolina Cieslar. The Red Storm shifted to club football in 2003 after playing intercollegiate football for the larger part of the 1884-2002 era… Rice athletics and the Athlete Network have partnered to launch the Rice Owls SOAR Network, a technology platform to organize, promote, and track the programs and services offered to all current and former student-athletes and to engage former and current members of Rice athletics squads. The Owls join Marshall as the first two Conference USA members to use the Athlete Network to locate previous athletics alumni.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is calling for more transparency for the NCAA transfer portal…Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason posted a podcast about his evaluation of spring practice and the impact of some nine graduate transfers for the 2019 Commodores…Former Arkansas-Pine Bluff defensive coordinator Alonzo Hampton is becoming the defensive analyst at Arkansas…There appears to be a clause allowing Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney an opportunity to return to Alabama in a published report by the Columbia, S.C., State…Dayton made coaching staff updates with Tee Overman as defensive coordinator, Brian Steiner as special teams coordinator and defensive ends coach, James Daniels as flyers coach, Christian Bryan as wide receivers coach, and Scott Horcher as cornerbacks coach…Brown named Heather Marini (the first woman assistant coach in Brown football annals) offensive quality control coach, Isaac Whitley defensive quality control coach, Andrew Goodman director of football operations, and Paul Frizone co-director of football operations and player development.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Brown: James Perry, Andover, Mass.; Bucknell: Dave Cecchini, Bethlehem, Pa.; Buffalo: Lance Leipold, Whitewater, Wis.; Butler: Jeff Voris, Aurora, Ill.; BYU: Kalani Sitake, Nukuʻalofa, Tonga.
Kirby Hocutt, director of athletics at Texas Tech, signed a contract extension through 2017…UT Rio Grande Valley AD Chris King is leaving to become vice president/AD at Robert Morris…Columbia (Mo.) tabbed James Arnold as director of athletics…Oklahoma director of athletics Joe Castiglione, his staff and student-athletes celebrated the OU women’s softball team’s NCAA-record, 39-game winning streak. The Sooners football team holds the NCAA FBS all-time mark for consecutive victories with 47 from 1953-57 under NFF College Hall of Fame coach Bud Wilkinson…LSU AD Scott Woodward emailed alumni and supporters about the excitement of his first day at LSU…The Nashville Tennessean chronicled where several Tennessee athletics administrators have landed after leaving Knoxville, Tenn….Former Tennessee and Kansas State AD John Currie spoke of integrity promised integrity amidst changes in his new role as AD at Wake Forest…Auburn coaches and AD Allen Greene have received bonus from NCAA Academic Progress Rate success and increased scores in 2018-19…Former Colorado State publicist Paul Kirk is headed for Utah athletics as assistant AD for communications…Siena tabbed Greg Fahey as director of operations…UCLA named Chris Waller head coach for women’s gymnastics…Wharton County (Texas) in the Houston area is getting closer to hiring a new AD…Pennsylvania athletics has need for a Chief Financial Officer and has advertised for that position.
Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford spoke recently to media about the new ACC Network ACC football success, the NCAA transfer portal, and the perils of legalized college sports betting…The ACC also named Eric Seninocencio associate commissioner for strategic digital media…The New Jersey Athletic Conference added affiliate members for the 2019-20 academic and competitive year SUNY Oneonta, Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Wisconsin-La Crosse, and Wisconsin-Whitewater…Conference Carolinas named Christopher Colvin commissioner…Big 12 Conference schools are making concerted efforts to schedule top-notch NCAA FBS non-conference opponents as part of their three non-circuit contests each year…FloSports has been contracted to steam Colonial Athletic Association events live via the web in 2019-20.
The new Globe Life Field (set to open in 2020 in Arlington, Texas) may be the location for a proposed future bowl game. The facility has a retractable roof and capacity for football of 35-40,000…The website researched and compared Southeastern Conference success to similar circuits in the College Football Playoff and Bowl Championship Series over the last 10 years…Air Force (12-13-1 in 26 bowl games), Alabama (41-26-3 in a record 70 bowls), Texas (29-24-2 in 55 postseason encounters), Tennessee (28-24 in 52 bowls), and Ohio State (24-25 in 49 bowls) assessed their postseason chances for 2019 in a recent series of online blogs…The Goodyear Cotton Bowl is making avenues available for purchase of tickets to the NHL’s Winter Classic at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on Jan. 1, 2020, when the Dallas Stars host the Nashville Predators.
Harvard biomedical engineering soon-to-be graduate Larry Allen Jr. reported to rookie camp last week with the NFL Dallas Cowboys. He is the first alumnus of Carrollton (Texas) Christian Academy to sign with an NFL team and the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame OL Larry Allen Sr. of Sonoma State…Michigan State punter Jake Hartberger and WR Brandon Sowards have been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA Hardship Committee…2019 Oklahoma signee OL Marcus Alexander was featured as one of the top football-powerlift competitors in Texas at Sunnyvale HS…Florida signee Kendall Paul of Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne HS recorded the fastest clocking in the 200 meters in high school this year with a 20.52 seconds’ performance in the TAPPS state championships last week…Several graduate, undergrad and junior college transfers let their intentions be known in recent days, and some of the prominent names have been Ohio State QB Matthew Baldwin to TCU, Virginia Tech’s Emanuel Miller to Texas A&M, Seventh Woods (leaving North Carolina), Mikayla Cooms (Georgia from Connecticut), Destiny Littleton (South Carolina from Texas), Tulsa’s Curran Scott to Clemson, Cincinnati standout Nysier Brooks to Miami (Fla.), Louisiana-Monroe’s Arsula Clark to Tulane, Chris Steele (Florida), Arkansas WR La’Michael Pettiway to Iowa State, UNLV’s Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua and Presbyterian’s Adam Flagler to Baylor, Troy’s Tron Folsom to Colorado State, Georgia Tech’s Curtis Haywood to Tulsa, Southern California QB Matt Fink to Illinois, UALR’s Terrion Moore transfers to Illinois State, Oakland’s Branden Norris to Loyola-Chicago, Louisiana-Monroe WR RJ Turner to Texas Tech, Wofford’s Keve Aluma transfers to Virginia Tech, Western Michigan WR Keishawn Watson to Appalachian State, Alabama’s Daniel Giddens (to Vermont), Bowling Green QB Jarret Doege to a school to be determined, two Utah Valley State student-athletes to BYU, three Colorado football players to schools TBD, Dayton’s Frankie Policelli to Stony Brook, Northeastern’s Donnell Gresham to Georgia, North Carolina RB graduate transfer running back Jordan Brown to Kansas State football, Oregon State WR Tino Allen to a school TBD, Eastern Illinois freshman Ben Harvey to Southern Ilinois (with a mandatory redshirt season), Clemson’s Kelly Bryant to Missouri, Clemson’s Hunter Johnson to Northwestern, California’s Kawanai Noa to Nebraska, Washington’s Jason Eason to Georgia, Notre Dame’s Danielle Patterson to another university TBD)…Florida CB Brian Edwards is hoping for reinstatement before the 2019 season starts.
Syracuse’s football season-ticket sales have increased 6,000-plus for 2019, and the SU-Clemson contest is a hard sellout…Baylor athletics has received initial private funding for a 7,000-7,500-seat arena to house men’s and women’s basketball programs and multiple events. A gift of $75 million through Baylor’s Give Light campaign will cover most of the facility’s anticipated $105 million construction costs…New Jersey City University is adding men’s and women’s wrestling programs. Intercollegiate women’s wrestling will be a sponsored championship among NAIA members for the first time in 2019-20…Fans United has several discounts and preseason specials on college football gear for 2019 at…Oklahoma detailed expenditures to area law firms for recent personnel investigations and additional jurisprudence…Arizona State athletics is closing its famed Karsten Golf Course…The new Illinois soccer/track complex is valued at $20 million…Louisiana-Monroe unveiled its new $800,000 campus golf facility…USF has raised almost half the $40 million goal for its new football practice facility…Michigan may have a football ticket tax added to its pricing by the city of Ann Arbor, Mich….New Mexico athletics is working to relieve a possible $1 million shortfall in funding due to reduction in state funding and other matters…Purdue athletics and the city of West Lafayette, Ind., expect a major economic plus with the need Saab fighter jet plant valued at $1 billion and part of the Boilermakers west campus plan…Boise State’s new blue artificial turf at Albertson Stadium is near final installation, and the BSU official website has progress reports…Notre Dame dedicated Rolf’s Athletics Hall – its new, state-of-the-art practice facility…Help Desk 4 US, LLC, a friend of the NFF and Irving, Texas-based software business, recently captured the 2019 Irving Good Neighbor Award for community service.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach at Ouachita Baptist and Baylor Morley Jennings was remembered by family members and friends for his 1974 on-campus salute and plaque at his football alma mater Mississippi State after his induction into the hall. Jennings’ 92-year-old son and former U.S. Congressional aide Richard Jennings recently passed away in Corinth, Texas, at the age of 92…Longtime college assistant coach and former Texas Tech undergraduate standout Marc Dove is celebrating his 16-year anniversary with Advance Your Game group, which emphasizes team building, motivation and goal planning for businesses and individuals. Dove coached at seven different NCAA FBS schools from 1973-2003 before entering private business…The Los Angeles Rams inked LB Bryce Hager of Baylor to a one-year contract…Former Georgia State CB Chandon Sullivan has signed with the Green Bay Packers after playing as a rookie defender in 2018 for the Philadelphia Eagles…Veteran kicker Justin Tucker of Texas extended his contract four years with the Baltimore Ravens. He has made 90 percent of his field goal attempts since coming into the NFL in 2012…Former two-sport star Chris Young of Highland Park (Texas) HS and Princeton before beginning a long career in Major League Baseball, has been selected as vice president for strategic development with MLB…The NFL Washington Redskins named Kyshon Jarrett defensive quality control coach.
Saturdays Down South questioned if Southeastern Conference teams could duplicate last year’s 13-1 opening week start against non-conference opponents and did not rule out that possibility or a 14-0 beginning…The Austin American-Statesman penned a cogent story about high school coaches and their effects on where student-athletes attend colleges…Virginia Tech has prepped successfully for the ACC Network with a recent live over-the-air special telecast.
U.S. President Donald Trump suggested that there should be some alternative programs to allow service academy student-athletes to enter he pro ranks after their final years of collegiate eligibility…Tim Simmons (retired) of Colorado and Southern Colorado, Brian Ogden of Mississippi State, Leah Rado of St. Benedict (Minn.), Jason Bryden of Washington (Mo.), Joe Venniro of RIT, Matt Holmes of the NCAA, and Patrick Walsh of Indiana State were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Tennessee, Indiana and Ohio are undergoing intensive debates about the legalization of sports gambling…Maine athletics is working on financial considerations for hockey baseball and future regional host’s roles…NACDA has a position opening for a senior staff accountant, and applications are being accepted at…Arizona, Auburn, Arizona State, Yale, Wake Forest, Stanford, and other schools are conducting addition inquiries on recent admissions’ and apparel company allegations.
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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