College Football Notes – May 20, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019
College Football Notes
By Bo Carter
Several NCAA FBS universities have added future games or are working on composite schedules around conference worksheets for upcoming campaigns in recent days…Texas and UTSA will play a five-games series starting in 2022…Fresno State and Purdue will meet for the first time in 2023…Florida and Miami (Fla.) continue to hold talks about adding games for their future schedules…New Mexico State and UAB and NMSU have slated a home-and-home series in 2020 and ’23…Michigan and Notre Dame hope to renew their discussions about possible meetings in the coming months…Akron will visit South Carolina for the initial time in 2024… Buffalo and Massachusetts have a six-game rivalry contracted and opening during the 2022 season…South Dakota State has updated future schedules and plans to slate NCAA FBS members when the occasions arise…Cornel and Syracuse have entered scheduling arrangements for multiple sports…UNLV, Kansas State and SMU have been holding discussions about possible scheduling agreements.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the May 20-26 time period are May 20 (1867) Andy Wyant, Chicago, Ill.; (1920) Al Sparlis, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1924) Herman Wedemeyer, Honolulu, Hawai’i; (1960) Tim Krumrie, Menomonie, Wis.; May 21 (1923) Ara Parseghian, Akron, Ohio; (1935) John Majors, Lynchburg, Tenn.; (1940) James Saxton, College Station, Texas; (1943) Johnny Roland, Corpus Christi, Texas; (1943) Glenn Ressler, Dornsife, Pa.; (1958) Jim Ritcher, Berea, Ohio; (1977), Ricky Williams, San Diego, Calif.; May 22 (1907) Paul Schwegler, Raymond, Wash.; (1960) Dave Rimington, Omaha, Neb.; (1977) Dre’ Bly, Chesapeake, Va.; May 23 (1888) Ted Coy, Andover, Mass.; May 24 (1894) Harry Baujan, Beardstown, Ill.; (1945) Clinton Jones, Cleveland, Ohio; (1946) Mel Tjeerdsma, Springfield, S.D.; (1947) Mike Reid, Altoona, Pa.; May 25 (1911) Joe Skladany, Larksville, Pa.; (1927) Calvin Roberts, Hector, Minn.; (1978) Brian Urlacher, Pasco, Wash.; May 26 (1887) Ed Hart, Exeter, N.H.; (1895) Ira Rodgers, Bethany, W.Va.; (1902) Bernie Shively, Oliver, Ill.; (1939) Herb Deromedi, Royal Oak, Mich.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are May 21 (1924) Charley Barrett, Tucson, Ariz.; (2011) Joe Steffy, Newburgh, N.Y.; May 22 (2002) Paul Giel, Minneapolis, Minn.; May 24 (2002) Creighton Miller, Shaker Heights, Ohio; May 26 (1965) Homer Norton, College Station, Texas; (1986) Johnny Kitzmiller, Dallas, Ore.; (1994) Pug Lund, Minneapolis, Minn.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members May 20 Tim Krumrie, May 21 John Majors (a spry 84), Johnny Roland, Glenn Ressler, Jim Ritcher, Ricky Williams, May 22 Dave Rimington, Dre’ Bly, May 24 Clinton Jones, Mel Tjeerdsma, Mike Reid, May 25 Brian Urlacher, May 26 Herb Deromedi (a spry 80)….
UNC Pembroke’s 16 varsity athletic teams combined to post a department record 2.870 grade point average during the 2017-18 athletic year. There were an all-time-high 133 student-athletes recognized on the UNCP institutional honor roll while five teams registered a team GPA of 3.275 or better.
Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorehead spoke at a Grapevine, Texas, alumni event last Thursday – interestingly, at the Gaylord Texan Hotel where the College Football Playoff selection committee meets on a regular basis to determine the four CFP semifinalists…The Texas Board of Regents has recommended a two-year contract extension for Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman…The Citadel named Bobby Ruff offensive tackles and tight ends coach…Georgia head coach Kirby Smart was highlighted in a recent Atlanta (Ga.) Journal-Constitution story…Michigan State’s new MSU offensive coordinator Brad Salem, defensive coordinator Mike Tressel and other coaching staff members have received additional compensation in their new contracts…South Carolina’s Chas Dodd is leaving the Gamecocks to become a strength and conditioning coach at Miami (Fla.)…The Knoxville, Tenn., News-Sentinel reflected on the effect of the new contract for head men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes will have on football head coach Jeremy Pruitt and his staff…Purdue’s assistant football coaches’ salaries have been certified for 2019.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – California: Justin Wilcox, Eugene, Ore.; Central State (Ohio): Cedric Pearl, Tuskegee, Ala.; UCF: Josh Heupel, Aberdeen, S.D.; Central Michigan: Jim McElwain, Missoula, Mont.; Centre: Andy Frye, Westerville, Ohio.
Michigan director of athletics Warde Manuel told media that he hopes head coach Jim Harbaugh eventually retires at the Ann Arbor university…Longwood named former interim AD and cancer survivor Michelle Meadows as permanent AD…Memphis has begun a national search to replace former AD Tom Bowen…Details of the new contract for Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt were released last week.
Oklahoma is seeking another president after the retirement of current president and oil executive Jim Gallogly…Oklahoma AD and NFF Board member Joe Castiglione was mentioned in a Dallas Morning News story about national success and financing for OU athletics…Rod Cardinal retired from Illinois athletics as director of special projects and Fighting Illini broadcaster last week after 46 years with the department… Purdue assistant wrestling coach Tyrel Todd has been named associate head coach for Missouri wrestling…Portland State president Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi is leaving his position…Utah Valley named interim AD Dr. Jared Sumsion as permanent AD, and UVU tabbed longtime women’s basketball coach Cathy Nixon as senior associate AD…Michigan State’s acting president Dr. Satish Udpa is recuperating after a fall during spring commencement ceremonies…Michigan State AD Bill Beekman was questioned and quoted about future MSU innovations in the Detroit Free Press last week and alternate plans in case of any additional changes in the Spartans coaching staff…Ohio State AD and former NFF John L. Toner Award recipient Gene Smith spoke of recent hirings for the OSU football staff from fellow Big Ten schools.
The Big Ten Conference had a national-record payout of $759 million to its 14 members for the 2018-19 academic and athletics year…Big Ten ADs also are seeking some solutions to get conference teams back into the thick of the College Football Playoff race. Ohio State snared the first CFP crown during the 2014 season in the title game played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The ADs also are calling for an expansion to eight or more schools in the final CFP pool rather than the current four semifinalists…Big Ten ADs also spoke of the qualifications of the conference’s retiring commissioner Jim Delany…The Big Ten also is looking into the possible of selling public malt beverages at all home football contests in 2019…Pac-12 Conference teams have added several Power Five conference opponents for non-circuit games in late 2020s and early 2030s long range contracts…Additional conferences may be looking to follow the Colonial Athletic Association’s lead with extensive webstreaning by FloSports in coming months…Kansas athletics has spoken to several administrators at Big 12 Conference schools about allowing 25-plus scholarships for the incoming 2019 class to replenish falling numbers below the NCAA FBS maximum of 85 grants-in-aid…The Southern Conference and Big South Conference are working to slow down the moves of several student-athletes to other conferences with the NCAA transfer portal.
The Independence Bowl is working on possible corporate sponsors for the 2019 contest in Shreveport, La.
Returning first team 2018 All-Conference USA choices RB Spencer Brown, Jr., UAB; OL Levi Brown, Sr., Marshall; TE Harrison Bryant, Sr., Florida Atlantic; WR Rico Bussey, Jr., Sr., North Texas; and WR Quez Watkins, Jr., Southern Miss; have been mentioned on several preseason 2019 All-America squads…Some prominent transfers in recent days via the NCAA graduate transfer portal and other areas are Penn State QB Tommy Stevens to Mississippi State, Troy’s Javan Johnson to Iowa State, Arizona has gained former standout Jemarl Baker, Utah State’s Crew Ainge to Babson, Howard’s RJ Cole to Connecticut, Florida QB Chris Steele to Oregon, Michigan CB Myles Sims to Georgia Tech, Michigan State’s Sidney Cooks Mississippi State, Texas Tech’s and Tulsa’s Shug Dickson to a third school- Missouri, Texas’ Elijah Mitrou-Long to UNLV, UCLA LB Mique Juarez to Utah, Texas’ Elijah Mitrou-Long to UNLV, Arizona State’s Vitaly Shibel to UNLV, and former LSU standout Davin Cotton to cross-town university in Baton Rouge, La., Southern, Texas Tech’s Khavon Moore to Clemson, Tulane’s Connor Crabtree to Richmond, East Tennessee State’s Mladen Armus to Boise State, Ole Miss graduate transfer Dominik Olejniczak to Florida State, Illinois QB M.J. Rivers to a future school to be determined, Michigan QB Brandon Peters entered the NCAA transfer portal as graduate transfer for a future school, Vanderbilt’s Yanni Wetzell to San Diego State, North Carolina CB KJ Sails to USF, former Colorado and Auburn DL Jaunta’vius Johnson has entered the NCAA grad portal for a probable third school, Bowling Green QB Jarret Doege to West Virginia, Ohio State wide receiver Blue Smith of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky’s Chris Vogt to Cincinnati, Old Dominion’s Will Knight to Delaware, USF’s Kitija Laksa to a new school for 2019-20, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s junior Mackenzie Coates to Wyoming, and Western Michigan WR Jayden Reed and RB Chase Brown to the NCAA transfer portal and future schools to be determined… Iowa State junior DL Enyi Uwazurike is seeking 2019 reinstatement…LSU’s Naz Reid was the subject of progress reports in the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Baton Rouge Advocate…Oregon athletics is looking into some possible NCAA allegations involving Bol Bol, the son of late NBA star Manute Bol.
Georgia’s Board of Regents approved the naming of Sanford Stadium field as Dooley Field in honor of NFF College Hall of Fame coach Vince Dooley…Purdue will be adding a new LED video board coming to Ross-Ade Stadium for the 2020 season…UNC Pembroke raised a record-breaking $105,000 at the Sixth Annual Cash Bash presented by Scotland Health toward the Braves Club general scholarship fund. It was the largest single night of fundraising in UNCP history. The annual event has generated more than $420,000 for student-athlete scholarships over the last six years…Wichita State’s new $3 million baseball performance will is slated to be one of the top state-of-the-art facilities in NCAA Division I… Notre Dame athletics is seeking multiple uses for historic Rolfs Hall… Arizona athletics reported updated revenue from its appearance in the WNIT basketball tournament and related postseason ventures….Baylor athletics received a $100 million donation toward its current $150 million fundraising campaign…Morehouse alumnus Robert Smith contributed $40 million to take care of all student loans owed by the class of 2019 and made the announcement during spring commencement exercises in Atlanta, Ga., last weekend…Memphis Tigers student-athletes are participating in a major experiment to assist the process of injury recovery…Michigan football is completing a goodwill mission to South Africa after making a historic trek to Italy in 2018…The Nashville Tennessean wrote an enterprise story on competitive salaries for coaches and administrators at the University of Tennessee.
New XFL commissioner and former NFF National Scholar-Athlete Oliver Luck of West Virginia was featured in Sports Illustrated while explaining the possibilities in 2020 for the new professional league and the reasons for the AAF’s closure in 2019…North Texas and Notre Dame alumnus Jalen Guyton was featured in a story about Allen (Texas) HS football and his connection with No. 1 NFL draft choice QB Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and AHS. That duo helped Allen to win a school-record 43 consecutive contests at one juncture. Murray recently signed his bonus contract with the NFL Arizona Cardinals for $35 million for four years with a fifth-year option. He earlier had been chosen in the first round of the Major League Baseball free agent draft by the Oakland Athletics and inked a $4.66 million signing bonus, which he returned after the NFL selections…Former Denver Broncos standouts TE Temmarick Hemingway of South Carolina State and DL Jaylen Johnson of Washington are seeking new horizons after their releases from the NFL squad…Texas Gov. and Texas and Vanderbilt Law School graduate Greg Abbott sent a Twitter reminder last Thursday that college football season is just 100 days away in August…NFF Collee Hall of Fame members Brian Urlacher (celebrating a birthday May 25) of New Mexico and Deion Sanders of Florida State have been featured in several recent national ads for hair restoration and have shown results from the products…Former Notre Dame and current NFL Dallas Cowboys standout LB Jaylon Smith completed 30 required class hours and earned his undergraduate degree at Notre Dame last week.
Sinclair Broadcasting is planning to purchase Fox Sports Networks from the Disney Corp. in reports from the Wall Street Journal last week…The Salt Lake (Utah) Tribune has expressed a desire to become a community-based, non-profit daily, but authorities have not specified how this will affect staffing and coverage of college football and other sports…Tennessee columnist John Adams penned a story about long-term coaching contracts and possible perils for administrators…Dallas Morning News columnist Tom Cowlishaw is calling for a return to tie games in football after new NCAA FBS overtime rules went into effect with the post-1995 bowl encounters…The Des Moines (Iowa) Register chronicled recent states adopting legal sports betting and how colleges might market these moves to their advantage. The state of Tennessee is close to launching a special, online wagering program for college and pro sports… The New York Times wrote a recent story about continuing financial challenges in athletics at historically black colleges and universities…The New Jersey Star-Ledger opined about how video games and teams are gaining popularity nationwide and how traditional college sports such as football are using new marketing techniques to keep college fans engaged. Scholarships even are available for the top performers in these new video games…The Tulsa World penned a story about the pros and cons of the NCAA graduate transfer and undergraduate transfer portal…Nashville Tennessean sports writer Joe Rexrode reminisced about three years in the Tennessee capital…Columnist Berry Tramel of the Oklahoma City Oklahoman wrote an in-depth feature on the first 25 years of the Big 12 Conference.
There is a new NCAA working group to study student-athletes’ name, image and likeness uses and possible compensation in video games and other areas. NFF John V. Toner Award recipient and Ohio State AD Gene Smith is a prominent member of this committee…Robert Silsbee of Christopher Newport, Ed Cassiere of Xavier (La.), Denise Thompson of the Big Sky Conference, Danny Kambel of Pacific (Ore.), and Maura Vizza of Moraine Valley (Ill.) were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Michigan State has compiled surveys to students and alumni about charting the future of the university and athletics… Missouri athletics received a recent rebuttal from the NCAA Committee on Infractions and is awaiting an update on its appeal of the investigative case.
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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