College Football Notes – July 1, 2019

by Dan M | Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019


Ballots are being tallied for the NFF College Hall of Fame Class of 2020 after the voting deadline Friday, June 21. The NFF had 76 players and five coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 101 players and 33 coaches from the divisional ranks on the worksheet. The Class of 2020 will be announced in January on the weekend prior to the College Football Playoff Championship Jan. 13 in New Orleans, La.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the July 1-7 time period are July 1 (1922) Don Whitmire, Giles County, Tenn.; (1953) Michael Haynes, Denison, Texas; (1979) Adrian Peterson (Ga. Southern), Gainesville, Fla.; July 2 (1891) Gus Dorais, Chippewa Falls, Wis.; (1879) Bob Zuppke, Berlin, Germany; (1900) Ernie Vick, Toledo, Ohio; (1937) John Cooper, Knoxville, Tenn.; July 3 (1943) Steve DeLong, Norfolk, Va.; (1959) Frank Hawkins, Las Vegas, Nev.; (1976) Grant Wistrom, Webb City, Mo.; July 4 (1912) Edgar Manske, Nekoosa, Wis.; (1942) Floyd Little, New Haven, Conn.; (1953) Bob Breunig, Inglewood, Calif.; (1962) Willie Totten, Leflore, Miss.; July 5 (1923) John McKay, Everettsville, W.Va.; (1951) Johnny Rodgers, Omaha, Neb.; July 6 (1924) Darrell Royal, Hollis, Okla.; (1946) Fred Dryer, Hawthorne, Calif.; July 7 (1918) Bob Blackman, DeSoto, Iowa.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are July 1 (1971) Jesse Harper, Sitka, Kan.; (1984) Ziggy Czarobski, Aurora, Ill.; (2010) Don Coryell, La Mesa, Calif.; July 5 (1998) Sid Luckman, No. Miami Beach, Fla.; July 7 (1942) Bob Fisher, Newton, Mass.; (1976) Bill Swiacki, Sturbridge, Mass.; (1992) Clint Frank, Evanston, Ill.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members July 1 Michael Haynes, Adrian Peterson (Ga. Southern), July 2 John Cooper (a spry 82), July 3 Steve DeLong, Frank Hawkins, Grant Wistrom, July 4 Floyd Little (a spry 77), Bob Breunig, Willie Totten, July 5 Johnny Rodgers, July 6 Fred Dryer…

Connecticut will host Central Connecticut at Rentschler Field Sept. 3, 2022 and Aug. 30, 2025 while the Huskies also will meet Lafayette in 2022 and ‘25…Brown and Bryant have contracted for a seven-game series from 2021-27…Alabama is looking at its long-range non-conference schedules and possible new matchups, Alabama director of athletics Greg Byrne also explained the two-for-one sites’ agreement for the Crimson Tide’s future series with USF…Colorado and Air Force have had discussion about restoring their series, which was last played in the 1970s…Sports trivia from the Denver Post archives: which two NCAA FBS members have had just two head coaches over the last 35 seasons (since 1984)? Answer – Air Force with NFF College Hall of Fame mentor Fisher DeBerry (1984-2006) and Troy Calhoun (2007-19) and Iowa with NFF College Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry (1979-98) and Kirk Ferentz (1999-2019).

The College of New Rochelle (N.Y.) is continuing its community service with New York Special Olympics and charities such as are medical wellness fairs as it prepares for the 2019 fall semester.

Oklahoma State’s Kasey Dunn is the school’s new associate head coach came with a solid financial package and retention bonus clause.

Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Eastern Michigan: Chris Creighton, Gambier, Ohio; FIU: Butch Davis, Tahlequah, Okla.; Florida: Dan Mullen, Drexel Hill, Pa.; Florida A&M: Willie Simmons, Tallahassee, Fla.; Florida Atlantic: Lane Kiffin, Lincoln, Neb.

William and Mary director of athletics Samantha Huge held a recent town hall meeting to discuss the 2019-20 competitive seasons and last year’s developments…Stanford has captured the Learfield College NACDA Director’s Cup for a record, 25th consecutive year with 1,567.75 overall points for men’s and women’s sports ahead of Michigan (1,272.25), Florida (1,156.75), Texas (1,148.50), and Southern California in the Top Five…New Campbell director of athletics Omar Banks was saluted in a recent Raleigh, N.C., News and Observer article…Old Dominion AD Wood Selig spoke of the football stadium rebuilding efforts and the year ahead for the Monarchs…CoSIDA Hall of Fame member and noted Utah publicist Liz Abel and spoke with the Salt Lake City, Utah, Tribune about the changing face of athletics’ communications…UNLV AD Desiree Reed-Francois spoke of the future of the football program under head coach Tony Sanchez, the school’s structure of apparel contract and helping the Mountain West Conference to climb into a power conference role… Texas A&M’s Katie Repole is joining athletics as a volunteer assistant coach…Georgia AD Greg McGarity spoke of dozens of elements going into the decision of the future of the Florida-Georgia contest annually in Jacksonville, Fla….Alabama tabbed Dimitar Kutrovsky as assistant coach for men’s tennis, and Tennessee granted men’s swimming and diving head coach Matt Kredich a contract extension through June 2024…Arkansas athletics named Anthony Ruta as an operations director…Auburn president Dr. Steven Leath is leaving his position.

Connecticut will return to the Big East Conference in 2020-21 for all sports except football, which now is considering becoming a NCAA FBS independent program. UConn athletics may be assessed as much as $10 million to make the move, according to published reports. BYU and Air Force are among schools mentioned as possible AAC candidates to keep football membership at 12 teams…The Conference USA and NFL Network agreement in 2019 calls for a four-year contract for a 10-game package of C-USA football games each Saturday afternoon throughout the 2019-22 seasons…UAB’s Board of Trustees has authorized Blazers athletics to explore additional conference options for football and other sports…The Southeastern Conference won the Fred Jacoby Memorial Award for top national success in 10 key men’s conference sports for the 2018-19 competitive year with 534 points while the Big 12 (339), Atlantic Coast (317.5), Big Ten (297.5), and Pac-12 Conferences (265.5) rounded out the Top Five. On the women’s side with compilations in 13 widely-contested NCAA and NCEA sports, the Pac-12 Conference (659 points) topped the field while the SEC (643.5), Big Ten (394.5), ACC (357), and Big 12 Conferences (288.5 points) were among the Top Five. It was the 33rd consecutive year for the Jacoby Award compilations…The Dallas Morning News and Hartford, Conn., Courant had opinion pieces noting that Connecticut’s move to the Big East Conference will not signal multiple conference moves before current national television contracts end in 2025…The Ivy League and ESPN revealed the conference’s 2019 football telecast and webstream slates on the network and its affiliates.

The Dec. 30 bowl lineup for NCAA FBS includes the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, Big 12 vs. C-USA, Dallas, SMU’s Ford Stadium, 11:30 p.m. (CST), ESPN; Redbox Bowl, Pac-12 vs. Big Ten, Santa Clara, Calif., 1 p.m. (PST), FOX; Franklin American Music City Bowl, SEC vs. ACC or Big Ten, Nashville, Tenn., 3 p.m. (CST), ESPN; and Capital One Orange Bowl, New Year’s Six Teams, Miami Gardens, Fla., 8 p.m. (EST), ESPN.

Some prominent transfers in recent days via the NCAA graduate transfer portal and other areas are Oklahoma’s Mariah Lopez to Arizona, Miami (Ohio) tight end Mitchell Lewis to Illinois State, Houston’s Angela Harris to Kansas State, George Washington U’s Shandon Brown to Niagara, Auburn’s Taylon Snow to Oklahoma, New Mexico State’s Samaria Diaz to Oregon, South Carolina lineman Jesus Gibbs to Towson, West Virginia’s Trey Doomes to Chattanooga, Central Connecticut State’s Tyrone Batiste to The Citadel, three Citadel student-athletes to the NCAA transfer portal, Oregon State cornerback Jay Irvine Idaho State, Florida senior linebacker Rayshad Jackson to UNL, Marshall defensive lineman graduate transfer Ty Tyler to Louisville, UC Davis’ Brooke Yanez to Oregon, Texas A&M’s Logan Foster to the transfer portal, and Wisconsin outside linebacker Skylar Meyers into the NCAA transfer portal…Former Texas Tech cornerback Jaylon Lane is seeking a new football home for 2019.

BYU’s new football fan experience Cougar Canyon fun areas have drawn some good reviews from parents and children for the ’19 season…AEG Facilities has been contracted to manage Las Vegas Stadium when it opens in 2020…The NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four produced an additional $143 million in tourism for the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., areas…The California State Legislature continues its possible quest to allow college student-athletes to be paid for use of their images and videos. The NCAA and Pac-12 Conference both are bracing for possible legal issues…Tennessee is working to make up a temporary 2019 deficit of $6.5 million through season ticket and priority renewals in football and other marketing measures…UNLV’s football season promotional campaign – A Ticket For Every Wallet – has received ample public interest and support…New Mexico athletics officially ended four varsity sports programs early this week for cost-cutting and Title IX compliance reasons.

NFF College Hall of Fame coach and former Texas A&M interim AD R.C. Slocum spoke of the improvement of his son after a recent health scare and what Slocum will be working on in the future of A&M development groups and athletics…Former Baylor and NFL standout and now U.S. Rep. Colin Allred belted two doubles, scored one run and drove in another to lead the Democrats over the Republicans 14-7 last Thursday in the Senate-House Congressional Baseball Game. NFF Board member Rep. Roger Williams of Fort Worth, Texas and TCU athletics’ fame, has been the manager for the Republican team in this contest since 2017.

40-year veteran of ESPN (he hosted Sports Center on ESPN’s third day of programming Sept. 9, 1979) Bob Ley is retiring. For 29 years he also was emcee of ESPN’s popular Outside the Lines program…North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism major Lizzy Spangler has been awarded the John “Brick” Elliott scholarship by the Headliners Journalism Foundation…The ACC Network is set for its official launch on August 22…The Arizona Republic penned a historic two-part series about Arizona State’s departure from the Western Athletic Conference to the Pac-12 Conference…The Washington Post, New York Times, New Haven Register, and Hartford Courier provided extensive coverage of the Connecticut move from the AAC to the Big East Conference.

The NCAA Executive Committee has made adjustments to previously fairly wide-open transfer rulings. Now additional reasons for transfers and paper work will be required…Jonah Goldberg of UT Rio Grande Valley, Maura Vizza of Moraine Valley College, Luke Reid of Cal State Chico, Clark Teuscher of North Central, Hung Tsai of Cal State Stanislaus, and Ashley Gauer of Northern (Colo.) State were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…The FWAA is accepting its annual dues and preparing its 77th annual membership director for distribution in August. Membership deadlines and information can be found at…Arizona and Clemson are working with NCAA officials on some compliance challenges over recent years.


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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