College Football Notes – June 25, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
As part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of college football, the NFF & College Hall of Fame has acquired through the Anbang Insurance Group, the owner of Waldorf=Astoria New York, the desk on temporary loan of Gen. Douglas MacArthur for a display at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga. On display beginning July 3, the desk showcases the famous military leader’s ties to the NFF, the game of football and the historic property.
“General Douglas MacArthur ranks among our nation’s greatest leaders,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “His deep appreciation for the game of football and the values it instills in our nation’s young people led him to take on a leadership role with the National Football Foundation in the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibit at the Hall in Atlanta will allow visitors an opportunity to learn more about the iconic general and his role in helping the NFF fulfill its mission of protecting the game for future generations.”
Gen. MacArthur, who after returning from World War II, the reconstruction of Japan and serving in Korea, lived with his wife Jean at Waldorf Astoria New York from April 20, 1951, until his passing on April 5, 1964. The desk became a fixture in the MacArthur Suite after their residency as a favorite artifact for VIP guests to see and admire. The hotel was purchased by Anbang in 2014 from Hilton but will continue to be operated by Hilton as part of a 100-year management agreement. The property is currently undergoing a complete renovation and restoration with plans to reopen in 2021.
Following the Football Hall of Fame showcase, the vintage desk will return to Waldorf Astoria New York, where it will be housed alongside a variety of other notable artifacts, including the famed Cole Porter Steinway piano, President John F. Kennedy’s rocking chair and the World’s Fair Clock Tower. Waldorf Astoria New York will feature approximately 350 hotel rooms and 375 luxury residences when it reopens in 2021.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the June 24-30 time period are June 24 (1895) Gaylord Stinchcomb, Sycamore, Ohio; (1905) Bill Kelly, Denver, Colo.; (1928) Hollie Donan, Montclair, N.J.; (1932) Doug Dickey, Vermillion, S.D.; (1935) Ron Kramer, Girard, Kan.; (1944) Terry Donahue, Los Angeles, Calif.; June 25 (1928) Tank Younger, Grambling, La.; (1964) Mike Ruth, Norristown, Pa.; June 26 (1905) Jack McDowall, Micapony, Fla.; (1916) Alvin Wistert, Chicago, Ill.; (1933) Ralph Guglielmi, Columbus, Ohio; June 27 (1931) Bobby Reynolds (Neb.), Grand Island, Neb.; (1932) Kurt Burris, Nowata, Okla.; (1966) Mike Favor, Athens, Ga.; June 28 (1902) Ralph Baker, Rockford, Ill.; (1911) Jimmy Hitchcock, Inverness, Ala.; (1937) Charlie Flowers, Marianna, Ark.; (1960) John Elway, Port Angeles, Wash.; June 29 (1898) Dan McMillan, USC/Cal, Springfield, Mo.; (1908) Wes Fesler, Youngstown, Ohio; (1949) Dan Dierdorf, Canton, Ohio; June 30 (1930) W.C. Gorden, Nashville, Tenn.;
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are (1971) Kenny Washington, Los Angeles, Calif.; June 26 (1986) Ed Molinski, Memphis, Tenn.; (1997) Don Hutson, Rancho Mirage, Calif.; (1999) Angelo Bertelli, Clifton, N.J.; June 27 (2000) Larry Kelley, Highstown, N.J.; (2002) Jay Berwanger, Downer’s Grove, Ill.; June 28 (1968) Paddy Driscoll, Chicago, Ill.; June 29 (1960) Bob McWhorter, Athens, Ga.; (1983) Joe Delaney, Monroe, La.; (2015) Forrest Behm, Corning, N.Y.; June 30 (1949) Dave Campbell, Cambridge, Mass.; (1973) Elmer Layden, Chicago, Ill.; (1983) Matty Bell, Dallas, Texas; (1984) Marty Below, Evanston, Ill.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members June 24 Ron Kramer, Terry Donahue, June 25 Mike Ruth, June 27 Mike Favor, June 28 John Elway, June 29 Dan Dierdorf…
Louisiana will host Nicholls State in 2021…USF has added Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman to its future slates…Massachusetts and Miami (Ohio) will play in 2023 and ’24…Morgan State has completed its 2019 schedule by adding a contest with Virginia-Lynchburg…Boise State and BYU are working on future home-and-home series in multiple sports…Michigan, Presbyterian and UMass Lowell are updating their schedules with several future contests…Albion and Michigan State will play a November 2020 exhibition men’s basketball contest…Texas is 3-3 all-time in Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championships after upsetting Nebraska 37-27 in the inaugural 1996 contest in St. Louis, Mo. It was the first of two Big 12 football title tilts played in what is now the Edward Jones Dome. Texas A&M upset Kansas State 36-33 in overtime in the 1998 Dr Pepper Big 12 matchup there.
Iowa State director of athletics Jamie Pollard and a central Iowa physician mingled with and assisted families visiting Lake Panorama in Iowa last week.
Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has had additional areas of his renewed contract added to public domain…Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is speaking about adjusting his retirement deadline…Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin was highlighted for winning the Conference USA title in 2017 and for his turnaround of the FAU program over his first two seasons at the helm…New Mexico tabbed Dillon Sanders, formerly quality control assistant at Kentucky, as an assistant coach with responsibilities to be determined… Illinois AD Josh Whitman expressed confidence that head coach Lovie Smith cam complete a quick turnaround in Fighting Illini athletics.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Drake: Todd Stepsis, Shelby, Ohio; Duke: David Cutcliffe, Birmingham, Ala.; Duquesne: Jerry Schmitt, Pittsburgh, Pa.; East Carolina: Mike Houston, Mars Hill, N.C.; East Tennessee State: Randy Sanders, Morristown, Tenn.
Southern Illinois director of athletics Jerry Kill was credited with a major makeover and fundraising work nationwide by the Carbondale, Ill., Southern Illinoisian…La Salle’s new director of athletics Brian Baptiste was featured in the Philadelphia, Pa., Inquirer…Scott McDonald is the interim AD at Louisiana-Monroe, which continues its national search for applicants…Yale named former athletics employee relations support specialist Marissa Pearson as assistant AD for administration…Several departments of athletics are bringing back famed alumni to work with various teams as assistant coaches and quality control analysts. Notable cases in points are Colorado State’s Adianna Culbert for women’s volleyball and Nebraska’s Lisa Johnson as head coach for women’s golf…Logan Johnson is the new operations director for Middle Tennessee athletics…Amanda Casale has been named to the same operational post in St. Joseph’s (Pa.) athletics…Tennessee extended the contract of head baseball coach Tony Vitello to 2024…Albany (N.Y.) athletics named Kaitlin Lewis as a director of operations…Idaho interim AD Pete Isakson has begun a national search for a new men’s basketball head coach…Florida State tabbed 22-year assistant coach Mike Martin Jr. as replacement for legendary, retiring head baseball coach Mike Martin Sr. Martin Sr. set NCAA records with 40 consecutive 40-win seasons and 17 coaching appearances in the NCAA Baseball World Series. Both Martins also have been active in Florida Panhandle fundraising efforts for the United Way…Norfolk State extended head men’s basketball coach Robert Jones contract for three years through the 2022-23 season…UNLV AD Desiree Reed-Francois was highlighted in the Las Vegas, Nev., Sun for her 2018-19 leadership and coaching hires…Wyoming athletics named Mattison Maisel director of operations…Ole Miss athletics tabbed Georgia Russell as a coordinator of operations…Iowa athletics is hurrying to find a new volleyball coach as July workout beckon at the Iowa City university…New NC State AD Boo Corrigan has worked quickly to tighten the reins in certain areas and to hold internal discussion about possible NCAA allegations at the Raleigh N.C., university.
The Southwestern Athletic Conference and ESPN have denoted early SWAC games this year with Aug. 31, Prairie View A&M at Texas Southern on ESPN3; Sunday, Sept. 1, Bethune-Cookman vs. Jackson State, ESPN2; Saturday, Sept. 21, Prairie View A&M at Alcorn State, ESPN3; and Saturday, Sept. 28, Southern (Baton Rouge) at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, ESPN3… noted that some additional changes may be coming in NCAA Division I conference alignments…Indiana athletics addressed both the exposure and additional revenue offered to IU through the Big Ten Network…Bleacher Report has predicted winners for several major football circuits in 2019 with Memphis projected to take the American Athletic Conference crown, Clemson the Atlantic Coast Conference, Ohio State the Big Ten, Oklahoma the Big 12, and North Texas winning Conference USA, among others.
The Dec. 28 postseason bowl lineup for NCAA FBS includes the Camping World Bowl (ACC vs. Big 12 Conference), Orlando, Fla., noon, ABC telecast; Goodyear Cotton Bowl, New Year’s Six Teams, Arlington, Texas, noon, ESPN; Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, CFP Semifinal, Atlanta, Ga., 4 or 8 p.m., ESPN; PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, CFP Semifinal, Glendale, Ariz., 4 or 8 p.m., ESPN.
Oklahoma LB Amani Bledsoe hopes to continue to live up to his 2017 Big 12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year laurels as he prepares for the ’19 campaign…Some prominent transfers in recent days via the NCAA graduate transfer portal and other areas are Loyola (Md.)’s Pat Spencer to Northwestern, Texas Tech’s Malik Ondigo to Rice, Cincinnat’s LaQuill Hardnett to the NCAA transfer portal, Idaho State’s Kelvin Jones to Creighton, LSU’s Daryl Edwards to Fresno State, Colorado safety Hasaam Hypolite to Houston, Indiana and Gardner-Webb DB Elijah Rodgers to South Carolina, South Carolina DB South Carolina DB Nick Harvey to North Texas, Gonzaga’s Greg Foster Jr. to St. Joseph’s (Pa.), North Carolina QB graduate transfer Manny Miles will be joining his father and head coach Les Miles at Kansas, Kansas State WR Hunter Rison to the NCAA transfer portal, Villanova’s Jahvon Quinerly to Alabama, and Oregon’s Alexis Mack to Alabama, Southern California graduate transfer Derryck Turner to Boston College, Michigan graduate transfer QB Brandon Peters to Illinois, Wichita State’s Ricky Torres to Illinois State, West Virginia DB Derrek Pitts to Marshall, and Texas A&M’s Baylee Klinger to Washington, and VCU’s P.J. Byrd to Colorado State…Georgia WR Jeremiah Holloman is seeking a new home for 2019 football…Auburn noted that at least five of its student-athletes have entered the 2019-20 NCAA transfer portal…Clemson’s Zach Giella will be playing for another college program during the 2019 fall outing, and Texas LB Demarco Boyd will move into a new program this fall.
Pittsburgh’s sparkling new Aaron Donald Football Performance Center was dedicated last week…Rutgers alumni Ron and Joanna Garutti have made a substantial donation to RU athletics…Western Michigan’s Waldo Stadium has flooded for the second time in 20 months…BYU’s upcoming contractual agreement with ESPN is being tweaked a bit and hopefully ready for a BYU football media day denotation…The field for the 2020 Houston Shriners Hospital for Children Baseball Classic at Minute Maid Park in February will be LSU, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, and Baylor… Illinois is exploring the possibility of adding men’s hockey as a varsity sport…North Carolina’s legislature passed a resolution to allow beer and wine sales at public colleges’ home events in 2019-20. The bill is awaiting the state’s governor’s signature…Purdue football has experienced a continued uptick in summer season football ticket sales…A recent financial study indicates that West Virginia athletics added $302.7 million to the state economy and tourism during the 2018-19 academic year.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach Dan McGugin (1904-17, 19-34) of Vanderbilt had a strong connection with the two finalists in this week’s NCAA Baseball Championship in Omaha, Neb. McGugin starred as a lineman at Drake and Michigan as an undergrad before coming the all-time winningest head football coach at VU. NFF College Hall of Fame coach and All-Southern Conference standout Jess Neely also was captain of Vandy’s inaugural contest at Dudley Field/Vanderbilt Stadium when the Commodores battled Michigan to a 0-0 tie in 1922 on the gridiron. Neely later was head football coach at Southwestern (Rhodes), Clemson and Rice (where he also coached baseball), and he was head baseball coach at Alabama and Clemson as well…New XFL Dallas head coach Bob Stoops notched a 121-29 record in Big 12 Conference play from 1998-2016.
The East Bay, Calif., Times delved into the Pac-12 Conference’s potential equity sale…
Noted basketball power Bellarmine (Ky.) is hoping to make a speedy transition from NCAA Division II up to NCAA Division I in coming months…Patrick Walsh of Indiana State, Dan Sand of Augustana, Gene McIvern of St. Thomas (Minn.), Drew Wilson of Averett, and Danielle Percival of Piedmont were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Arizona, Baylor, California, Kansas, Minnesota, Stanford, Wichita State, and Yale are taking more careful glances at admission requirements and numbers of student-athletes competing in certain athletics’ venues…UTEP athletics may have to hire as many as 3-4 assistant women’s basketball coaches in coming days…The NCAA has handed out sanctions to Maryland athletics.
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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