College Football Notes – June 18, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
Ballots for the Class of 2020 NFF College Hall of Fame were distributed via an email to members on Monday, June 3. The membership voting deadline is Friday, June 21. The NFF has 76 players and five coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 101 players and 33 coaches from the divisional ranks.
The ballot was emailed today to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Courts, which will deliberate and select the class. The FBS Honors Court, chaired by NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin from Ohio State, and the Divisional Honors Court, chaired by former Marshall head coach, longtime athletics director and NFF Board Member Jack Lengyel, include an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletic administrators, Hall of Famers and members of the media. Voting is open to all National Football Foundation members, and potential members can access and click on the membership link to join and vote or email membership director Ron Dilatush at
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the June 17-23 time period are June 17 (1886) Walter Eckersall, Chicago, Ill.; (1891) Harvey Ketcham, Englewood, N.J.; (1923) Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, Wausau, Wis.; (1940) Bobby Bell, Shelby, N.C.; June 18 (1893) John McEwan, Alexandria, Minn.; (1912) Harrison Stafford, Wharton, Texas; (1921) Angelo Bertelli, West Springfield, Mass.; (1937) Bob Reifsnyder, Brooklyn, N.Y.; (1963) Bruce Smith (Va. Tech), Norfolk, Va.; June 19 (1906) Merle Gulick, Jackson, Mich.; (1919) Bob Westfall, Detroit, Mich.; June 20 (1890) John Maulbetsch, Ann Arbor, Mich.; (1892) Doug Bomeisler, Brooklyn, N.Y.; (1899) Herb McCracken, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1949) Dave Elmendorf, San Antonio, Texas; June 21 (1905) Bill Edwards, Massillon, Ohio; (1929) Bob Gain, Akron, Ohio; (1965) Jeff Bentrim, St. Paul, Minn.; June 22 (1917) Davey O’Brien, Dallas, Texas; (1962) Gordon Hudson, Everett, Wash.; June 23 (1883) Hunter Carpenter, Louisa County, Va.; (1902) Don Faurot, Mountain Grove, Mo.; (1934) Marino Casem, Memphis, Tenn.; (1950) Dave Butz, Lafayette, Ala.; (1971) Sean Brewer, Pascagoula, Miss.; (1979) LaDanian Tomlinson, Rosebud, Texas.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are June 17 (1961) Josh Cody, Mt. Laurel, N.J.; (2015) John David Crow, College Station, Texas; June 20 (1964) Andy Wyant, Chicago, Ill.; June 21 (1973) Frank Leahy, Portland, Ore.; (1982) Cotton Warburton, Culver City, Calif.; (1988) Bobby Dodd, Atlanta, Ga.; June 22 (2017) Frank Kush, Phoenix, Ariz.; June 23 (1985) Cecil Isbell, Hammond, Ind.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members June 17 Bobby Bell (a spry 79), June 18 Bob Reifsnyder (a spry 82), Bruce Smith, June 20 Dave Elmendorf, June 21 Jeff Bentrim, June 22 Gordon Hudson, June 23 Dave Butz, Sean Brewer, LaDanian Tomlinson…
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is working to schedule at least a two-game football series between Texas A&M and Texas. The two rivals have not played in football since November 2011 – the year before A&M joined the Southeastern Conference…Arkansas and Memphis formalized their 2025, ’26 and ’28 series in Memphis, Tenn., and Fayetteville, Ark. (two contests at UA)…Gonzaga and North Carolina are working on future schedules for multiple sports…SMU and Vanderbilt will renew their series in 2024, ’28 and ’29. NFF College Hall of Fame coach the late Ray Morrison guided both schools to solid success in the 1920s and ‘30s…Southern (Baton Rouge) will travel to Troy in 2021…Dixie State will meet South Dakota (2020), Illinois State (2021), New Mexico State (2021), and South Dakota State (2020 and 2021) as it continues the transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA FCS in coming months.
Notre Dame football is hosting an informational session on the NCAA transfer portal and a special Kelly Cares Football 101 for area fans with head coach…Dickinson football student-athlete Malcolm Davis participated in the 2019 NCAA Division III Immersion Program for future leaders…Colorado trainers and physicians have been feted for being among the collegiate leaders in student-athlete health and wellness updates.
Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall had his new contract extension details revealed publicly last week…Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley was highlighted for his new office, updated financial compensation arrangements and several verbal commitments for the 2020 recruiting season…Arkansas head coach Chad Morris has placed special emphasis on summer football camps and recruiting in June…Veteran college head coach Terry Bowden has gone to Clemson as a 2019 graduate assistant coach…Texas head coach Tom Herman aims to better his 39-14 head coaching mark at Houston at UT over four seasons and a solid, 3-0 mark in bowl games…Dayton head coach Rick Chamberlin enters the 2019 season with a 85-38 mark in 11 seasons with the Flyers and .691 winning percentage…Purdue president Dr. Mitch Daniels told of a handwritten letter he inked to help keep head coach Jeff Brohm with the Boilermakers…Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury acknowledged monitoring players social media accounts throughout the year when he was in Lubbock, Texas…Colorado’s Board of Regents gave a strong pre-2019 vote of confidence to head coach Mel Tucker…Georgia Tech added Kyle Seger and Edward Thompson to its strength and conditioning staff…Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz told the Des Moines, Iowa, Register he is feeling fit and ready for the grind of the season while he is in his mid-60s…Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and legendary Florida State head baseball coach Mike Martin spoke of their sons’ solid impact on their programs as assistant coaches during Father’s Day weekend discussions.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Cumberlands (Ky.): Matt Rhymer, Harlan, Ky.; Dartmouth: Buddy Teevens, Pembroke, Mass.; Davidson: Scott Abell, Crozet, Va.; Dayton: Rick Chamberlin, Springfield, Ohio; Dickinson: Brad Fordyce, Springfield, Mass.
Colorado director of athletics Rick George received a contract extension through June 30, 2024…South Carolina director of athletics and 2019 NCAA Division I Baseball Committee chair Ray Tanner spoke at a NCAA news conference about possible changing of the dates for the Major League Baseball Draft until after all collegiate championships have been completed…Nebraska director athletics Bill Moos continues to seek a head coach to replace former NU head baseball coach, undergraduate football and baseball standout Darin Erstad…Virginia Tech AD Whit Babcock spoke about the ACC Network launch in August and had a formal introduction of new men’s basketball head coach Mike Young to the VT Board of Visitors…Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt was highlighted for his hiring of new head coaches and Tech’s national success across the board during the 2018-19 academic years…Seton Hall AD Patrick Lyons has been chosen as executive vice president and chief of staff for the university’s president…Former USF senior associate AD Josh Bullock has been named president of Tampa Bay XFL team…Former St. Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli has joined Juwan Howard’s staff at Michigan basketball…Former New Mexico State head baseball coach Brian Green has been named head baseball coach at Washington State…Michigan State athletics executive secretary Lori Soderberg is completing her 43rd year at MSU…Kansas State director of student-athlete development Ebony Haliburton will be moved into a coaching role while Sadie Murren was chosen as KSU director of student-athlete development. K-State also tabbed Staci Gregorio as director of video operations…Oregon State senior associate AD Pat Casey helped the Beavers locate a new head baseball coach for 2020 after he guided OSU to the 2019 NCAA baseball crown…Minnesota-Duluth head men’s hockey coach Scott Sandelin was scheduled to interview for the NHL Anaheim Ducks top position…Shasha Brown is a new operations director for Vanderbilt athletics…Luke Yaklich is the new defensive coordinator for Texas men’s basketball…New Haven AD Chris Palmer is returning to retirement on June 30 after serving as New Haven’s interim AD…Tennessee senior associate AD/senior women administrator Donna Thomas is retiring on July 15 after 30 years with UT athletics…Troy’s former deputy AD Brent Jones is the school’s new director of athletics…Eight Wisconsin head coaches have received one-year contract extensions for 2019-20…Miami (Fla.) head women’s basketball coach Katie Meier has agreed to a contract extension through the 2020s.
Conference USA is making final preparations for its 25th annual football media days July 17-18 at Baylor Scott & White Performance Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas… New Big Ten Conference commissioner Kevin Warren was featured in a Chicago Tribune report…The Big Ten also will host its 48th annual football media days on July 17-18 with the annual Big Ten Football Luncheon July 18 at the Hilton Chicago Hoetl. All 14 head coaches and primary student-athletes for ’19 will be on hand for interviews…The Atlantic Coast Conference is taking an internal glance at numerous NCAA transfer portal entries – particularly in football and basketball…The Atlantic 10 Conference is analyzing transfers in men’s basketball and other sports…Cumberlands (Ky.) AD Chris Kraftick is the 2018-19 Mid-South Conference Athletics Director of the Year…Conference USA head football coaches expressed a desire to have more of an advisory voice in conference legislation and budgeting issues…The Southwestern Athletic Conference will continue its eight-game intraconference schedule and a postseason championship game for the 2019 campaign.
The Dec. 27 postseason bowl lineup for NCAA FBS includes the Military Bowl presented By Northrop Grumman (Atlantic Coast Conference vs. American Athletic), Annapolis, Md., Navy-Marine Stadium, noon (EST), ESPN telecast; the New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Big Ten vs. ACC), Bronx, N.Y., Yankee Stadium, airtime TBD EST, ESPN; Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Big 12 vs. SEC), Houston, Texas, NRG Stadium, 6:45 p.m. (EST), ESPN; SDCCU Holiday Bowl (Pac-12/Big Ten), San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm Stadium, 8 p.m. (EST), FS1; and Cheez-It Bowl (Big 12 vs. Pac-12), Phoenix, Ariz., Chase Field, 10:15 p.m. (EST), ESPN.
Kansas State received a verbal commitment for 2020 from standout TE-DE Cody Stufflebean…Some prominent transfers in recent days via the NCAA graduate transfer portal and other areas are Villanova’s Jahvon Quinerly to Alabama, Clemson LB Rashaun Smith to Maryland, Virginia Tech kicker Jordan Stout to Penn State, American U’s Sam Iorio to South Alabama, Tennessee’s Kaylan Arnold into the NCAA transfer portal, Southern (Baton Rouge) wide receiver Kendall Catalon will join his younger brother safety Jalen Catalon at Arkansas, Auburn’s Taylon Snow will enter the NCAA transfer portal, Buffalo wide receiver Charlie Jones to Iowa , Alabama’s Tevin Mack to Clemson, Iowa’s Isaiah Moss to Kansas, Brown’s Drew Powell to Duke, Florida Atlantic defensive back Rahsaan Lewis, son of Miami (Fla.) and NFL standout Ray Lewis will transfer to UCF, LSU’s Brock Mathis and Will Ripoll will enter the transfer portal, Rutgers’ tight end Travis Vokolek to Nebraska, Oklahoma State’s Curtis Jones to Penn State, Rutgers tight end Travis Vokolek to Nebraska, Harvard’s Tommy McCarthy to Rice, TCU’s Kendric Davis to SMU, Maryland deep snapper Matt Oliviera to South Carolina, Southern Illinois’ Sam Schafer to Albany, Oklahoma State’s Stephanie Astrup to Texas A&M, Utah’s Donnie Tillman into the NCAA transfer portal, three Wyoming football players into the NCAA transfer portal, Alabama’s Gene Wood into the transfer portal, Colorado State’s Grace Colaivalu to New Mexico State, Bradley’s Ronnie Suggs to Southern Illinois, Texas Tech RB Da’Leon Ward to Stephen F. Austin, Virginia’s Marco Anthony to Utah State, Utah’s David Collette had his appeal upheld for the NCAA transfer portal, Utah State added three graduate transfers – BYU running back Riley Bert, Utah running back Siaosi Mariner and Utah tight end Caleb Repp, West Virginia Teddy Allen to Wichita State pending recent jurisprudence allegations, BYU Riley Burt to Utah State, William & Mary DL Darius Fullwood to Virginia Tech, Ole Miss DB Cam Ordway to Tennessee-Martin, Arizona DB Antonio Parks to UTSA, Virginia DL Dominic Sheppard to UTSA, Stanford OL Brian Chaffin to Rice, Duquesne deep snapper Trey Harper to Michigan, Auburn QB Richard Jibunoir to the transfer portal, and Texas’ Nico O’Donnell into the NCAA transfer portal…Texas Wesleyan QB Avery Childs is scheduled for additional duty under center this autumn after having a solid round of spring workouts…UTEP defensive tackle Tiano Tialevea is seeking reinstatement for the ’19 season…Several mid-major schools and conferences are working to stem the influx of NCAA FCS and similar levels of transfers to the Power Five conference members in football and additional sports.
Florida State’s Doak Campbell Stadium has added AT&T WiFi updates for the 2019 season…Iowa football recently hosted its annual Football Networking Night to help student-athletes network with potential employers and community leaders…AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, hosted the recent international men’s soccer exhibition between Ecuador and Mexico…Arizona athletics has launched a new and improved phone application for updates…Former California QB and NFL Green Bay Packers standout Aaron Rodgers made a large donation to the Golden Bears football program…Florida athletics had a 3.9 budget increase approved for $140.9 million in 2019-20…Florida State is working on a possible plan to privatize athletics in coming years…Georgia athletics will not vend alcoholic beverages in general seating areas for its 2019 football and other home sports venues…Middle Tennessee State athletics will open a Blue Raider Beer Garden for 2019 home football games…Missouri athletics will utilize procedures from West Virginia athletics in the Tigers 2019-20 sale of beer and wine at home events…Texas A&M athletics formally approved the sale of beer and wine to the general public at Kyle Field for the coming season…Nebraska already has sold out its student tickets’ allotment for the 2019-20 men’s basketball season…Syracuse increased its football season ticket base by 6,800-plus and has a 90 percent renewal rate through mid-June…Auburn president Dr. Steven Leath has organized a committee to research a possible new football workout and training facility…Georgia athletics is looking at possible renovations for historic Foley Field in baseball…Syracuse has signed a new contract for uniforms, apparel and marketing with Nike…Wake Forest athletics is distributing free yard signs to promote season ticket sales and Deacon Club membership…Connecticut is working with a non-profit organization to increase youth groups’ attendance at 2019 football…Clemson and South Carolina are working to finalize season ticket sales and complete the ticket renewal process…Minnesota’s Board of Regents approved the expansion of public sales of alcohol at all 2019-20 athletics’ events…UTEP is offering reduced tickets for all its 2019 home contests…Alabama is working to complete season ticket sales after a slight lag in average attendance from 2017 to ’18…Oklahoma is completing a second round of university personnel layoffs with the department of athletics hoping to remain intact…The 2021 World Track and Field Championships are scheduled to be held at Oregon’s Hayward Field, and fans are awaiting additional information and event schedules.
The NFF College Hall of Fame is a goal for first-year ballot member Julius Peppers of North Carolina. The All-America defender hopes to become the seventh Tar Hall to enter the Hall…Michigan head baseball coach Erik Bakich (the 2019 NCBWA Division I National Coach of the Year) spoke of the impact that NFF College Hall of Fame coach Bo Schembechler of Michigan and late East Carolina head baseball coach Keith LeClair (who passed away after a long bout with ALS) had on his coaching philosophy and career.
Longtime Dallas Cowboys talent scout Walter Juliff has retired after 31 years with the organization…Veteran BYU and Hawai’i assistant coach Norm Chow will be the new offensive coordinator for XFL Los Angeles team.
The Dallas Morning News penned a story about how the admission of Texas A&M into the SEC has increased SEC recruiting presence in Texas and the Southwest region. Some key early commitments for 2020 to SEC schools from the Texas high school ranks are Denton Ryan’s Drew Sanders to Alabama, Mansfield Timberview HS’ Jalen Kimber to Georgia and Lancaster HS’ Lorando Johnson to LSU…The Columbia, S.C., State spoke of the possibility of allowing active college student-athletes to endorse products and services if NCAA bans are lifted…The Tallahassee, Fla., Democrat wrote an in-depth piece about the upcoming launch of the ACC Network…The Omaha, Neb., World Herald featured how integration in the 1950s propelled Nebraska high schools and nearby colleges (especially the University of Nebraska) to new national heights in football in the early 1960s…Mississippi State’s award-winning broadcaster Jim Ellis is celebrating his 41st year in the MSU baseball network (he first worked the NCAA Baseball World Series in 1979 – his initial season at mikeside for the Bulldogs) after holding down analyst’s and play-by-play duties with the late Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame broadcaster and NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient Jack Cristil for three decades…Illinois sports writer and broadcaster Jeff Huth just finished his 39th season of covering Fighting Illini athletics.
The NCAA is working with Arizona, Baylor, Clemson, Idaho, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss. North Carolina, South Carolina, Stanford, and Washington for some clarifications and updates on alleged NCAA infractions’ and related issues…Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA, Kurt Svoboda of Michigan, Mike Montoro of West Virginia, Joe Dier (retired) of Mississippi State, Malcolm Gray of East Carolina, and Russell Luna of the Big 12 Conference were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…The 63rd annual CoSIDA National Workshop in Orlando, Fla., featured an appointment to the 2019-20 Board of Directors of noted publicist Danny Kambel.
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, noon
Monday, Dec. 30
Capital One Orange Bowl, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m.
Allstate Sugar Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., 8:45 p.m.

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