College Football Notes – June 3, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2019
Ballots for the Class of 2020 NFF College Hall of Fame were distributed via an email to members on Monday, June 3. Voting is open to all National Football Foundation members, and potential members can access and click on the membership link to join and vote.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the June 3-9 time period are June 3 (1959) Sam Mills, Neptune, N.J.; (1977) Matt Stinchcomb, Atlanta, Ga.; June 4 (1870) George Sanford, Ashland, N.Y.; (1876) Mike Donahue, County Kerry, Ireland; (1891) Bob McWhorter, Athens, Ga.; (1908) Skip McCain, Enville, Okla.; June 5 (1976) Torry Holt, Gibsonville, N.C.; June 6 (1879) Jimmy Johnson (Carlisle, Northeastern), Edgerton, Wis.; (1901) Walter Koppisch, Pendleton, N.Y.; (1919) Darold Jenkins, Pettis County, Mo.; (1963) Rueben Mayes, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada; June 7 (1932) Bob Reade, Monticello, Iowa; (1971) Terrell Buckley, Pascagoula, Miss.; June 8 (1895) Ike Armstrong, Fort Madison, Iowa; (1917) Byron White, Ft. Collins, Colo.; (1928) Clayton Tonnemaker, Ogilvie, Minn.; June 9 (1928) Al Brosky, Cincinnati, Ohio; (1938) Fisher DeBerry, Cheraw, S.C.; (1952) John Cappelletti, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1954) Woodrow Lowe, Columbus, Ga.; (1973) Tedy Bruschi, San Francisco, Calif.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are June 3 (1930) Sam Thorne, New York City; June 4 (2005) Banks McFadden, Ormond Beach, Fla.; (2015) Wayne Harris, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Canada; June 6 (2000) Sandy Stephens, Minneapolis, Minn.; (2009) Jim Owens, Bigfork, Mont.; June 9 (2005) Slade Cutter, Annapolis, Md.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members June 3 Matt Stinchcomb, June 4 Torry Holt, June 6 Rueben Mayes, June 7 Terrell Buckley, June 9 Fisher DeBerry (a spry 81), John Cappelletti, Woodrow Lowe, Tedy Bruschi…
Akron will host Morgan State in 2023…Purdue added three opponents to future schedules with Florida Atlantic in 2022, Ball State in 2025 and Miami (Ohio) in 2027. All three tussles will be played at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind….Texas State and Texas A&M completed contract signings for their Aug. 31 opener to be moved to Thursday, Aug. 29, for a SEC Network telecast…Arizona will travel to Hawai’i for a single game in 2025…Minnesota and Mississippi State will meet in 2026 and ’27…Fresno State will trek to Southern California for contests in 2022 and ’25…Army West Point and Ball State are contracted to play in 2023 and ’24…The Northwestern at Stanford intersectional bash on Aug. 31 will feature a national telecast on FOX Sports…Florida and Georgia athletics’ officials confirmed there is no move afoot to move the site of the annual UF-Georgia game played in Jacksonville, Fla., since 1933. Georgia hosted the teams’ last campus appearance in 1932…Northern Illinois football has received game guarantees in excess of $1 million each for future games at Notre Dame and Kentucky…Purdue has stepped up to the table in paying ample guarantees to Power Five conference and other non-league opponents in football…Tennessee is holding off on scheduling neutral-site games in the near future. For several seasons in the 1970s and 1980s the Volunteers played contests at Memphis’ Liberty Bowl Stadium in the same city as the university’s noted medical school…UCF is working with American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco about meeting more nationally-renowned non-AAC foes in upcoming campaigns and balancing the AAC intra-conference worksheets…The Top 10 NCAA FBS teams in terms of 2018 strength of schedule were Clemson (120-57 opponents’ composite records), Texas A&M (106-50), Georgia (109-59), Alabama (114-65), Florida State (91-51), Pittsburgh (108-58), Louisville (91-51), South Carolina (96-57), LSU (97-58), and UCLA (92-53). The Top 10 NCAA FCS strength of schedule schools in ’18 were Cornell (60-35), North Dakota State (94-59), Harvard (55-38), Eastern Washington (98-56), Yale (56-40), Dartmouth (53-40), Brown (52-41), South Dakota State (83-54), Northern Iowa (79-52), and Columbia (51-41). Figures were obtained from the website….From 2005-17 TCU had the most wins of any FBS program in Texas with 128 (128-40 in 168 contests).
The College Football 150th Anniversary celebration will be featured as part of the 2019 Tailgate Tour, a national college football fan experience. Through a partnership with NFuse 360 Marketing, the Tailgate Tour will highlight the 150th anniversary of college football and assist in the celebration of “The Good in the Game” during its 2019 tour stops. The Tailgate Tour is celebrating its 20th anniversary in ’19 and will begin at the Camping World Kickoff game in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 24, featuring as the Florida Gators tangle with the Miami Hurricanes…Mississippi State’s Traveling Bulldogs alumni groups will have special ticket and hotel packages available for the season opener against Louisiana Aug. 31 at the Mercedes Benz Super Dome in New Orleans, La., and the MSU-Tennessee contest in Knoxville Oct. 12…The American Western Sports Show and contests will return to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, March 7-8, 2020. General public tickets were placed on sale last Saturday, June 1…The Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram penned a story about three of the five surviving World War II veterans who also played Major League Baseball. The three living in the Fort Worth area are Baseball Hall of Fame member Eddie Robinson, former American League president Dr. Bobby Brown and veteran player and coach Wayne Terwilliger.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day had his five-year, $4.5 million annual contract approved by OSU Board of Trustees…Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall received two-year contract extension…Former Cincinnati, Ohio State and Florida head coach Urban Meyer was featured in a Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch column update last week as well as a Chicago Tribune story about his relaxation many days while playing golf…Nebraska defensive line coach Tony Tuioti was featured in a recent Huskers online news feed for his savvy and recruiting possibilities in Hawai’i and on the West Coast.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Colgate: Dan Hunt, Canajoharie, New York; Colorado: Mel Tucker, Cleveland, Ohio; Colorado School of Mines: Gregg Brandon, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Colorado State: Mike Bobo, Augusta, Ga.; Colorado State-Pueblo: John Wristen, Pueblo, Colo.
Keith Carter has been named interim director of athletics at Ole Miss…Memphis tabbed former Tigers baseball pitcher and longtime Southeastern Conference and Conference USA men’s basketball official Allie Prescott as its interim AD. The famed Memphis, Tenn., attorney also is a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame…Former New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers pitcher and college administrator Mike Buddie has replaced Boo Corrigan as AD at Army West Point. Corrigan began his tenure as AD at NC State in May…Texas A&M A&M AD Ross Bjork was flanked by interim A&M AD and NFF College Hall of Fame coach R.C. Slocum and Ole Miss’ Keith Carter throughout the Southeastern Conference spring meetings last week. Bjork also has made potential improvements in facilities and new allocations of resources to teams as 2019-20 priorities…Colorado chancellor Dr. Phil DeStefano was interviewed about being part of the Pac-12 Conference and the Buffaloes general outlook for success in the circuit…Wisconsin basketball assistant coach Howard Moore and his son continue to recuperate from a tragic auto accident that took the lives of his wife and daughter…Michigan State named former Stony Brook president Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr. as its new president and has revamped the university and athletics’ medical staff…Navy AD Chet Gladchuk commented on the process of hiring head coaches and 2019-20 academic year expectations for the Midshipmen…UTSA head baseball coach and former Texas A&M standout Jason Marshall will not return in 2020 after seven seasons with the Roadrunners…New Nebraska men’s basketball head coach Fred Hoiberg was a personality feature study in the Chicago Tribune…Several other basketball-related contract updates and financial raises went to new Kansas State graduate assistant coach Mason Schoen, Sr. John’s (N.Y.) special assistants Paul Pressey and Steve DeMeo, Texas assistant coach Luke Yaklich, Tulsa assistant n coach Jerry Wainwright, UCF head coaches Johnny Dawkins and Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, and Xavier (Ohio) head coach Travis Steele…Former Hawai’i assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Elliot Ptasnik will replace former head swimming and diving coach Dan Schemmel who became Stanford’s head swimming and diving coach…William and Mary’s longtime coach and administrator Matt Crispino has accepted a position with Princeton…Yale veteran coach and administrator Henry Harutunian is leaving after 49 years in athletics at the age of 85…Longstanding Wooster coach and administrator Tim Pettorini is retiring after 38 years at the Ohio college…Florida State AD David Colbrun is trying to finalize his 2019-20 budget as well as looking for a successor to 40-year ABCA Hall of Fame head baseball coach Mike Martin…Utah AD Mark Harlan evaluated his first year as athletics’ leader at the Salt Lake City university in an interview with the Salt Lake Deseret News…Utah State coach and administrator Brad Rock spoke of probable longevity and his satisfaction with USU programs…Popular Tulane head coach Travis Jewett is remaining with the Green Wave despite several innovations from other schools.
The American Athletic Conference is seeking office space in an ear near the National Football Foundation, College Football Playoff, College Football 150, Conference USA, and Big 12 Conference in the Las Colinas urban area of Irving, Texas, when it moves from Providence, R.I., in summer 2020. AAC commissioner Mike Aresco is working with conference administrators on the relocation and office staffing…The Southeastern Conference has hired Deloitte to conduct a review and survey of SEC football officiating…The Mountain West Conference has designated San Diego, Calif., for 2019-20 league championship sites…Conference USA will feature several games in its first year of national telecasts with the NFL Network. Some of the highlighted broadcasts will be Sept. 7 Grambling at Louisiana Tech, Sept. 14 Army West Point at UTSA, Sept. 21 South Alabama at UAB, and Sept. 28 Florida Atlantic at Charlotte, among others. For the complete C-USA listing of telecasts, please access…The Big 12 and Southeastern Conference have determined telecasts and airtimes for its first three weekends of 2019 with such key matchups as Baylor at Rice on the CBS Sports Network Sept. 21, Houston at Oklahoma Sunday, Sept. 1, on ABC, TCU at Purdue Sept. 14 on BTN, Texas A&M at Clemson Sept. 7 on ABC, LSU at Texas Sept. 7 on ABC, and Texas Tech at Arizona Sept. 14 on ESPN…West Virginia president Dr. Gordon Gee is completing his tenure as president of the Big 12 board of directors this month. The new board was elected at last week’s Big 12 spring meetings in Irving, Texas…The Big 12 also distributed a record $38.8 million to each of its 10 members for the 2018-19 academic year. That was an increase of just over $2 million per school from 2017-18…The Big 12 has formed a working group to discuss future intra-conference transfer rules for all sports…The SEC has revised its stance on alcoholic beverage sales to allow public vending at all SEC home tilts in 2019-20. Arkansas, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt are making immediate plans to make beer and wine available at multiple concession stands for home events…The Missouri Valley Conference has utilized video messages from Sister Jean Schmidt, the noted chaplain for Loyola (Ill.) athletics, in awarding its annual MVC Sportsmanship Trophy…The Pac-12 Conference also revealed new basketball scheduling nuances and proposed updates in other sports. Football slating procedures will remain the same for the 2019 Pac-12 season…The SEC later rejected a proposal to increase gymnastics scholarships from 12 to 14 and before 2019 spring meetings ended, it created working group to study scholarship limits for all SEC sports…The Big Ten Conference has published revenues per school of a record $54 million while the SEC paid out $43.7 million per school (another high-water mark) for 2018-19…Conference USA and VICIS have extended their partnership for access to the VICIS ZERO1 model conference-wide and to educate football players on the latest safety advancements in sports equipment. The VICIS ZERO1 ranked first for the third consecutive year in the National Football League and the NFL Players Association’s Helmet Performance Testing…The Big 12 will hold its 24th annual Football Media Days July 15-16 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas – the first time the conference has utilized this massive venue and the seventh different city to serve as host for the Big 12 preseason football festivities.
The 2019-20 bowl schedule includes a record-tying 41 bowls and the Friday, Dec. 20, Makers Wanted Bahamas (Mid-American vs. Conference USA) and Frisco (Texas) (American Athletic Conference vs. at-large opponent) Bowls to begin the festivities. The initial weekend features the Dec. 20 postseason clashes plus the six Dec. 21 bowls – the Celebration (MEAC vs. SWAC) in Atlanta, Ga., the New Mexico (MWC vs. C-USA) in Albuquerque, N.M., the Cure (AAC vs. Sun Belt Conference) in Orlando, Fla., the Cheribundi Boca Raton (AAC vs. C-USA or MAC) in Boca Raton, Fla., the Camellia (MAC vs. Sun Belt) in Montgomery, Ala., the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas (MWC vs. Pac-12) in Las Vegas, Nev., and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowls (Sun Belt vs. C-USA) in New Orleans, La….TCU’s opening round game of the 2019 NCAA Baseball Regionals was a rematch of the 2018 Cheez-It Bowl when the Horned Frogs met California. Notably, the baseball contest produced almost as much scoring as TCU’s 10-7 football win over Cal as the Horned Frogs diamond squad topped the Golden Bears 13-2…A similar occurrence was the NCAA Morgantown (W.Va.) Regional first day matchup of Duke and Texas A&M (Duke edged the Aggies 8-5) in a rematch of the 2013 Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, Ga., and a 52-48 Aggies edge over the Blue Devils. The Ags and Duke played in the Morgantown Regional title test with the Blue Devils prevailing 8-5 to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals.
North Texas QB Mason Fine threw out the ceremonial first pitch last week when the MLB Texas Rangers hosted North Texas Mean Green Night at Globe Life Stadium in Arlington, Texas…Kansas State QB Skylar Thompson enters 2019 summer workouts atop the Wildcats depth chart at that position. K-State’s run game also is expected to be bolstered by Ball State graduate transfer James Gilbert who rushed for 2,806 yards in three seasons with the Cardinals…Some prominent transfers in recent days via the NCAA graduate transfer portal and other areas are Arizona’s Devonaire Doutrive to a university to be determined, Alabama State’s Branden Johnson to Virginia Tech, USC wideout Bru McCoy back to Southern California from Texas, Arkansas CB Chevin Calloway to SMU, George Mason’s Jaire Grayer to TCU, Finley Prep’s Taryn Todd to TCU, North Dakota State’s Deng Geu to North Texas, Northwest Florida College’s Javion Hamlet to North Texas, Odessa (Texas) College’s James Reese to North Texas, Kasaskia College’s Thomas Bell III to North Texas, Penn State’s Rasir Bolton to Iowa State, UNLV’s Joel Ntambwe to Texas Tech, Wisconsin’s Sam Hauser to Virginia, Wisconsin’s Joey Hauser to Michigan State, Kansas’ Quentin Grimes to a school TBD, SMU’s Jimmy Whitt to the NCAA transfer portal, Oregon’s Victor Bailey Jr. to Tennessee , Columbia DE Mike Hinton to Tulane football, SMU safety Mikial Onu to Colorado, Texas’ Nico O’Connell to another college TBD, Texas A&M’s Baylee Klinger to a university TBD, Villanova’s Nate Oats to Alabama, and Rutgers’ Eugene Omoruyi to a university TBD…Baylor has gained a 2020 oral commitment from DE Mitchell Tyler of McKinney (Texas) HS.
Rice athletics is hosting a giving challenge to encourage participation to the Owl Club among former student-athletes. RU athletics also is awarding $5,000 (to be used at the head coach’s discretion in the winning sport) to the program whose letterwinners give back at the highest rate by June 30…Northwestern athletics has requested university permission to hold professional sports events at revamped Welsh-Ryan Arena…Arizona athletics chronicled the success of beer and wine sales at home games and fans’ good behavior under the new circumstances in 2018-19…Football Reference indicates that National Football League teams have played in 166 stadiums since the NFL originated in 1919. One that has outlasted several in its design and covered playing service is the Mercedes Benz Super Dome in New Orleans. It was opened in 1975 and has survived the leveling of seven other football domed facilities over the last 44 years… Kentucky football reported a sizeable increase in 2019 season ticket sales while Nebraska football is placing a limited number of season tickets going on sale publicly this week…Omaha athletics is scheduled to construct new baseball and softball facilities on its campus, which is located three blocks from the home of billionaire Warren Buffett.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach Fisher DeBerry of Air Force will celebrate a historic 81st birthday this week. DeBerry collaborated with noted author Mike Burrows (now of the Denver Post) on DeBerry’s biography For God and Country in 2000…University of Calgary Canadian collegiate national championship quarterback and longtime contributor to Dino athletics Greg Vavra is being honored with the 2019 Order of the University of Calgary for his support of UC and community service in Calgary, Canada. Vavra’s No. 17 jersey was retired, and he is a member of the inaugural class of Calgary’s Athletics Hall of Fame…The Southwest Conference collection in Lubbock, Texas, spoke of comparisons in leadership and results in late quarterbacks Don Meredith (All-SWC) of SMU and Alabama’s Bart Starr, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Auburn athletics and family friends have set up a scholarship fund for the children of late AU broadcaster Rod Bramblett and his wife after they perished in a recent auto mishap…Jaydon Hart celebrated his one-year anniversary as sports anchor at KSAN-TV in San Angelo, Texas, last month…The Austin (Texas) American-Statesman highlighted a Kirk Bohls’ column on the future of college student-athletes’ images and possible compensation in video games or in advertising…The Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald is asking for an additional 10 voluntary cuts in its smaller staff this week and is receiving status reports for the Omaha Newspaper Guild.
The NCAA Postseason Committee formally approved a record-tying-high 41 bowl encounters for post-2019…Malcolm Gray of East Carolina, Chris Mitchell of Washington (St. Louis), Brandon Hodnett of Swarthmore, Jenna Willhoit of Dayton, Mary Kate Curran of St. Lawrence, Jeremy Rosenthal of Indiana, Lauren Simpson of Illinois State, John Lewandowski of Louisiana-Monroe, Jeff Hodges of North Alabama, Mike Ballweg of Virginia State, Joe Browning of UNC Wilmington, Charlie Haley of West Virginia, Victoria Mills of Fort Wayne, John Martin of Colorado State, Dave Walters of Guilford, and Krystal Warren of Dayton were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Ohio State president Dr. Michael V. Drake has appointed a sexual abuse prevention task force for 2019…UCLA, San Diego State and Southern California are working with NCAA officials to determine the extent of possible admissions’ 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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