College Football Notes – July 22, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, July 22nd, 2019

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NFF president/CEO Steve Hatchell and NFF COO Matthew Sign addressed media at four different conference preseason media sessions last week…Dallas-Fort Worth area coaches weighed in on the possibility of payments for college football student-athletes on all levels.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the July 22-28 time period are July 22 (1913) Jim Tatum, McColl, S.C.; (1966) Tim Brown, Dallas, Texas; July 23 (1935) John Robinson, Chicago, Ill.; July 24 (1875) Bennie Owen, Chicago, Ill.; (1876) Clarence “Bert” Herschberger, Peoria, Ill.; (1894) Clarence Spears, DeWitt, Ark.; (1962) Kevin Butler, Savannah, Ga.; July 25 (1900) Ed Tryon, Medford, Mass.; (1936) Ron Burton, Springfield, Ohio; (1954) Walter Payton, Columbia, Miss.; July 26 (1869) Henry Williams, Hartford, Conn.; (1896) Everett Strupper, Columbus, Ga.; (1934) Tommy McDonald, Roy, N.M.; (1939) Bob Lilly, Olney, Texas; July 27 (1910) Fred Crawford, Waynesville, N.C.; (1950) Reggie McKenzie, Detroit, Mich.; (1959) Hugh Green, Natchez, Miss.; July 28 (1893) John “Jack” O’Hearn, Brookline, Mass.; (1943) Larry Elkins, Brownwood, Texas; (1957) Charles Alexander, Galveston, Texas.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are July 22 (1975) Eddie Mahan, Natick, Mass.; (2010) Dennis Byrd, Charlotte, N.C.; July 23 (1959) Jim Tatum, Chapel Hill, N.C.; July 24 (2002) Gaynell “Gus” Tinsley, Baton Rouge, La.; July 27 (1941) Howard Jones, Toluca Lake, Calif.; July 27 (1964) Willie Gallimore, Rensselaer, Ind.; (2010) Jack Tatum, Pittsburg, Calif.; July 28 (1979) Don Miller, Cleveland, Ohio; (2010) Bob Fenimore. Stillwater, Okla.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members July 22 Tim Brown, July 23 John Robinson (a spry 84), July 24 Kevin Butler, July 26 Bob Lilly (a spry 80), July 27 Reggie McKenzie, Hugh Green, July 28 Larry Elkins, Charles Alexander

Southern California is slating some future games with NCAA FCS foes while UCLA and Washington State football may be looking for similar opponents…Michigan is moving closer to playing a regular-season game abroad… Colorado athletics is working with Nebraska to decide a plan for remaining single-game ticket sales for the traditional Big Eight/12Conference non-league encounter…Clemson’s 2018 graduating football class posted the best four-year mark at 55-4 in NCAA FBS annals with two College Football Playoff titles in the last three years…Boise State’s 56-20 win at Troy to open ’18 was one of the most decisive triumphs by a Mountain West Conference team over a Sun Belt Conference foe (in this case, league champ) last season…The 2018 Oklahoma-Texas rematch in the Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship was just the third time in Sooners history that OU faced a team it lost to earlier for a second time in the same season…LSU has won eight games each season and has been to 19 consecutive bowl outings since the 2000 season…Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and TCU were the only schools to rank among the Top 10 nationally in at least three seasons over four years from 2014-17…East Tennessee State and Vanderbilt will play for the first time in the combined 219 seasons of football since 1890 between the programs. The encounter is set for Nov. 23 in Nashville, Tenn….From 2012-18 Ohio State has captured 38 wins at road or neutral sites, is 38-6 in those tests for a .864 winning percentage and is 6-2 in bowl bouts – all among the top team figures over seven seasons in NCAA FBS. The Buckeyes also hold a four-game winning streak in their seven-contest history with TCU.


Rice athletics joined in the 50-year celebration of the first landing on the moon by NASA July 20, 1969, and saluted several Rice professors and administrators who aided the research and development of the Saturn 5 rocket and lunar modules…Vanderbilt’s alumni office has produced a special guide to bequeathing wills and trusts for the university of athletics’ enhancement.


Nebraska head coach Scott Frost gave rationale for a possible new football practice and training facility. Other structures also may be considered for renovations by athletics…New West Virginia head coach Neal Brown spoke at Big 12 Conference media days about being the son of local educators in Danville, Ky. – home of the historic Centre College football program. He also noted it is a five-hour drive from his new employer in Morgantown, W.Va….Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz opens the 2019 season as the fifth-winningest overall Big Ten Conference chieftain with 152 wins in 20 seasons at UI. He began his head coaching career at Maine from 1990-92…Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell now is the third-longest tenured taskmaster in the Big 12 as he starts his fourth year of workouts in August…Washington State head coach Mike Leach again emphasized his desire for WSU football student-athletes to complete their degrees before they leave the Pullman, Wash., campus…Former Alabama offensive coordinator and Maryland head coach Mike Locksley spoke about how former UA assistants are disbursed nationwide in the head coaching ranks…Former Indiana defensive coordinator Tom Allen now will focus his talents on specific position areas…Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is looking forward to retirement but has not given a date…UNLV offensive coordinator Barney Cotton is taking a leave of absence to fight heart health issues… Alabama head coach Nick Saban spoke about six former assistant coaches moving on to new positions in 2019…Former Miami (Fla.) and Georgia head coach Mark Richt is moving his primary residence to Destin, Fla., and will be an analyst on the ACC Network…Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown and offensive line coach Ed Warinner are among football staff members with extended contracts and new monetary updates for ’19…Texas Tech defensive coordinator Keith Patterson was singled out for his role in boosting the Red Raiders possible performance level prior to fall camp…Baylor head coach Matt Rhule reported that his truck was stolen from a Dallas-Fort Worth area hotel during Big 12 Conference football media days…Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh called for more clarity about the NCAA transfer portal and approval process for transfers. He also noted the Wolverines are close to making arrangement to play outside the U.S. for the first time since 1890 when UM competed in the second of its all-time football encounters in Ontario, Canada…Former Colorado State assistant coach Steve Fairchild has started an innovative quarterback school for signal callers from Pop Warner Football to NFL levels…Thirteen of LSU’s first 16 wins under third-full-season head coach Ed Orgeron were by double-digit margins.


Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Georgia Southern: Chad Lunsford, Elberton, Ga.; Grambling: Broderick Fobbs, Monroe, La.; Grinnell: Jeff Pedersen, Grinnell, Iowa; Hampden-Sydney: Marty Favret, Washington, D.C.; Hardin-Simmons: Jesse Burleson, Clyde, Texas.


Nebraska director of athletics Bill Moos is completing an internal investigation of the softball program…New Mexico State chancellor Dr. Dan Avizu spoke of handling outside criticism and keeping the football and other programs in national focus… West Virginia AD and chair of the NCAA Oversight Committee (taking over that post from Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby) Shane Lyons had a recent Q&A session with Mountaineers alumni, fans and supporters…Illinois AD Josh Whitman’s offseason optimism about football has been contagious with some alumni groups…Louisville AD Vince Tyra just received a pair of ample bonuses from the school’s Board of Regents…UIC AD Garrett Klassy is leaving UIC for a new position at Nebraska…Longtime Virginia director of track and cross country operations Mark Fetzer is retiring…Dayton athletics selected James Haring as director of operations…Arkansas coach and administrator Nate Thompson signed a two-year contract extension…Missouri named husband and wife co-coaches Joshua and Molly Taylor to head its women’s volleyball program. It is a coaching arrangement to retired Texas A&M co-coaches Nate+++ and Laura Corbelli, who took the Aggies to numerous NCAA berths over three decades…Wisconsin named former Badgers student-athlete Nick Pasquarello as new executive director of W Club and Adam Barnes as associate AD for business operations…Georgia Tech athletics chose longtime Tennessee coach and administrator Mickie DeMoss as chief of staff.


The New Orleans, La., Advocate explained arrangements for the new American Athletic Conference agreement with ESPN. The AAC also named Joran Reid assistant director of sport administration and championships and Francesca Spinella coordinator for compliance and sport administration…The Mountain West Conference signed agreements to keep several of that league’s championships in Las Vegas, Nev., through 2023…Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey spoke of the NCAA transfer portal, new alcohol policies, TV contracts, student-athletes’ mental health issues, and the tradition of the Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville, Fla., at his recent State of the SEC address in Hoover, Ala….Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany outlined his concerns about strength of schedule in decisions about College Football Playoff semifinalists. Big Ten head coaches also mentioned their thoughts on possible divisional football realignment…Tickets for the Big Ten Conference football championship game presented by Discover went on sale Saturday, July 20 – interesting, 50 years to the day that Purdue graduate astronaut Neal Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon July 20, 1969…Tulsa’s 68-yard punt against Cincinnati in 2018 was one of the longest by American Athletic Conference specialists a year ago…Since the Big 12 Conference moved to complete round-robin play (nine loop games) in 2011, Oklahoma’s 9-0 mark in 2016 is the only undefeated record within the circuit…The Big East and AAC are working on future men’s basketball scheduling agreements as well as possible contracts and challenge series in other sports…Former Big 12 Conference commissioner and Big Ten and Pac-12 associate commissioner Kevin Weiberg has been promoting college football’s 150th anniversary in his role as executive director and hopes to attend the commemorative Aug. 24 clash in Orlando, Fla., between Florida and Miami (Fla.). The College Football 150 project’s main office is housed within the NFF offices in Irving, Texas…Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott was interviewed by prior to last week’s Pac-12 football media days in Los Angeles…The Women’s Collegiate Hockey Association has pinpointed Northern Michigan and St. Thomas (Minn.) as candidates for Division I women’s hockey.


More Notes from 2019 Conference Media Days:

UAB offensive tackle Lee Dufour returned from a broken arm to help the Blazers down Middle Tennessee and Northern Illinois in the final two tilts of ’18. Dufour transferred to South Alabama to continue his studies in 2015-16 but returned for the 2017 season when UAB resumed football and played in the Makers Bahamas Bowl…Marshall OL Levi Brown starred in doubles for the Franklin (Ga.) Heard County High School tennis team as a 6-4, 280-pound presence across the net. Marshall also has one of the toughest non-conference slates in the circuit this autumn against Boise State, Ohio and Cincinnati…Old Dominion plays its first five games within Virginia (including road games at Power Five conference foes Virginia and Virginia Tech) before trekking to nearby West Virginia to meet Marshall Oct. 12…Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson inherited a squad with 59 scholarship players when he arrived in 2016 with 66 upperclass student-athletes playing on the 2015 squad due to numerous transfers and other reasons. The Golden Eagles are just returning to the 85-player scholarship limit because of the 25-signee annual cap imposed by the NCAA in recent years. USM pre-All-C-USA tight end Jordan Mitchell starred in football and baseball for hometown Hattiesburg (Miss.) Oak Grove High School, which has produced dozens of college and professional baseball standouts over the last three decades. He was the leadoff hitter and a centerfielder as Oak Grove won both the 2013 Mississippi high school football crown and the 2014 baseball title…WKU’s Lucky Jackson is hoping that his fortunate first name is a good omen for the ’19 Hilltoppers. He was a part of the 2015 and ’16 WKU conference title squads as a wideout and caught 50 passes for 552 yards last fall. WKU teammate DB Devon Key, a freshman on that 2016 C-USA-winning crew, noted that the team has dedicated itself to play as a unit and improve defensively this year. He said he is looking forward to the challenges of meeting Southeastern Conference member Arkansas and Atlantic Coast Conference competitor Louisville in ’19. The Toppers completed their current contract with 2018 SEC bowl participant and nearby rival (65 miles) Vanderbilt last year.


The Jan. 2-6 bowl lineup for NCAA FBS includes Thursday, Jan. 2, Birmingham Bowl, SEC/AAC, Birmingham, Ala., 2 p.m. (CST), ESPN; Tax Slayer Gator Bowl, SEC/ACC/Big Ten, Jacksonville, Fla., 7 p.m. (EST), ESPN; Fri., Jan. 3, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, MAC/MWC, Boise, Idaho, 1:30 p.m. (MST), ESPN; Sat., Jan. 4, Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, MWC/Big 10, Fort Worth, Texas,10:30 a.m. (CST), ESPN; Mon., Jan. 6, Mobile Alabama Bowl, Sun Belt/MAC, Mobile, Ala., 6:30 p.m. (CST), ESPN…The Goodyear Cotton Bowl ticket office opened a special presale for 2019 Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship tickets as the game is set for AT&T Stadium Dec. 7 with an ESPN national telecast from Arlington, Texas.

Several key players denoted for the 2019 preseason Dave Rimington Award (top center in NCAA FBS) are, among others, Cincinnati’s Jakari Robinson, Memphis’ Dustin Woodward, Navy’s Ford Higgins, SMU’s Hayden Howerton, Boston College’s Alec Lindstrom, Clemson’s Sean Pollard, Duke’s Jack Wohlabaugh, Georgia Tech’s Kenny Cooper, and Syracuse’s Airon                Servais…Texas Tech OT Terrence Steele was cited by Red Raiders coaches for a solid spring showing. He enters 2019 with 37 consecutive starts at that position…Oklahoma State center Johnny Wilson and All-Big 12 wideout Tylan Wallace had prominent roles in last week’s Big 12 media days…LSU linebacker Jacob Phillips holds the second-longest interception return for a touchdown in AdvoCare College Classic history with a 45-yard runback against Miami (Fla.) in 2018…Oklahoma’s Adrian Ealy, Erik Swenson, Marquis Hayes, and Tyrese Robinson are some of the most solid possibilities to jump into starting roles for the Sooners offensive interior line, which had four players drafted by NFL teams in 2019…Some prominent transfers in recent days via the NCAA graduate transfer portal and other areas are George Mason’s Jaire Grayer to TCU, Northern Colorado cornerback Marshuan Cameron to Colorado State, Florida Atlantic QB Deondre Francois revoked his possible transfer to Hampton, some possible late transfers to Kentucky from schools to be determined, Penn State QB Tommy Stevens to Mississippi State, Texas A&M QB Nick Starkel to Arkansas, Charleston’s Megan Stauffer, Monmouth’s Haleigh Christopher and Georgia Tech’s Saige Pye – all to Marshall, Clemson cornerback Kyler McMichael entered the NCAA transfer portal with a future destination to be determined, Texas A&M defensive tackle Mohamed Diallo has entered the transfer portal but has not identified his future location, Utah’s Charles Jones Jr. to Portland State, and Drake kicking specialist Danny Donley to Tulsa…North Texas QB Mason Fine opened the 2018 campaign with a career-high 444 yards passing and three touchdowns against Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex rival SMU…Ohio State transfer QB Matthew Baldwin is awaiting NCAA clearance to begin practicing with TCU and may miss part of early fall workouts with an injury… TCU’s quarterback situation is one of the more interesting nationally with Kansas State transfer Alex Delton, freshman Juston Rogers, Max Duggan, Georgia transfer Matthew Downing, and Michael Collins joining OSU’s Baldwin in the possible mix for the opening night start…James Madison wide receiver Riley Stapleton will miss the first three games of 2019 on suspension…Washington defensive lineman Mosiah Nasili-Kite will be seeking a new school foe the 2019-20 academic year…DT Vernon Broughton of Houston Cypress Ridge HS has committed verbally to Texas for 2020.


Former Illinois defensive lineman Corey Liuget has donated $250,000 for a players’ lounge in the school’s new football center…Iowa new turf at Kinnick Stadium is expected to provide a solution to recent drainage challenges…Illinois State will allow malt beverage sales at all football and basketball events in 2019-20…Texas football’s national popularity, resources and some opponents’ fans’ disdain were pointed out by the Houston, Texas, Chronicle…Texas A&M is making final preparations for alcoholic beverage sales at football’s Kyle Field…Naming rights were detailed last Friday for Rutgers’ newly-annotated SHI International Stadium…North Texas football commemorated the hottest day of the year in Denton, Texas, July 17 by giving away 102 tickets to the UNT-Abilene Christian game on Aug. 31 as the local thermometer reached 102 degrees (F) that afternoon…Kansas will add malt beverage and win public sales as 2019 concessions…Rice athletics continues summer entertainment with feature-length films, including several sports-oriented, at Reckling Park on campus with a drove-in movies’ outdoor look…Stockton (Calif.) is adding women’s golf as an intercollegiate sport in 2019-20…Nevada athletics is working to resolve legal issues with architect for Mackay Stadium renovations and designs…BYU is making some changes to its student Honor Code for 2019-20…Nevada will house some student-athletes in the Reno Circus Circus hotel after a July 5 accident damaged UNR’s Argenta and Nye Residence Halls…The University of North Carolina System is replacing some key leaders and local chancellors…Penn State football continues its new and extensive fundraising efforts this summer, and Penn State AD Sandy Barbour anticipates renovations to Beaver Stadium renovation in coming months after design work is submitted. The Nittany Lions also are working on fans’ parking solutions for football game weekends…American Airlines will add college football-related flights in and out of the Birmingham, Ala., Municipal Airport for numerous 2019 games…Clemson athletics had a breakdown of how football generated $50 million-plus in revenues in fiscal 2018-19.


Former NFF Distinguished American Award winners Roy Kramer (Central Michigan head coach, Vanderbilt AD, Southeastern Conference commissioner) from 1998 and Dr. Archie Roberts (Columbia) from 2011 were recalled in a recent reference to the 61st annual NFF Awards Dinner program…NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Mack Brown of North Carolina re-appeared at Atlantic Coast Conference media days for the first time since the 1997 season at UNC, which he left afterward to become head coach at Texas…Don English, younger brother of NFF College Hall of Fame player Doug English of Texas, is leaving on-field coaching after 37 seasons to become director of athletics at Addison (Texas) Trinity Christian Academy. TCA is home of Tom Landy Stadium – made possible by donations of many friends of the late Texas, NFL standout and 30-year NFL Dallas Cowboys head coach…Former Oklahoma State football signee and multi-time MLB All- Star selection Matt Holliday has joined the baseball coaching staff at OSU under his brother head coach Josh Holliday…Kansas head men’s basketball coach Bill Self was named Kansan of the Year by the Kansas Society of Washington, D.C…Former Washington State, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, and Mississippi State head coach Jackie Sherrill and the NCAA reached a confidential settlement on July 17 in Jackson, Miss., in a lawsuit the coach filed against the NCAA in 2004…Bubba Starling, a former quarterback signee in football with Nebraska and later 2011 draft choice for the MLB Kansas City Royals, made his Major League debut with the Royals with a 1-for-6 showing and one run-batted-in.


The Norman, Okla., Transcript and Chattanooga, Tenn., Times Free Press re-examined causes and effects of the NCAA transfer portal on 2019 football…The ACC Network is closing on several 11th hour agreements with regional cable companies to carry the new network’s programming. The ACC Network was also a major topic at the annual ACC Football Kickoff last week. ACC commissioner John Swofford made a popular appeal for fans to contact their local providers to acquire ACC Network programming…The Big Ten Network is bringing back former Penn State legend Matt Millen as a 2019 analyst…The Washington Post sports desk opined about a possible mandatory retirement age for football coaches and administrators. One gentleman who just keeps on going past possible retirement is Florida Atlantic assistant coach Monte Kiffin, the father of FAU head coach Lane Kiffin. Monte Kiffin turned 79 this year and is preparing for his 54th season as a head or assistant football coach this fall…The Provo, Utah, daily Herald translated the BYU fight song into Japanese via social media for World Emoji Day…The Dallas Morning News had a recent piece on how college coaches and administrators are utilizing limited liability corporations for retirement and liability protection…The Baton Rouge, La., Morning Advocate and Oklahoma City Oklahoman examined how the NCAA transfer portal and 2019 transfers have had major impacts on college football…Sally Jenkins, daughter of late NFF historian Dan Jenkins and nationally-award-winning columnist in her own right, wrote about ESPN banning most political discussions in its broadcasts and on ESPN websites in her Washington Post column…The Detroit Free Press discussed possible Big Ten Conference geographic realignment for football division and scheduling challenges.


The FWAA is in the process of compiling its 79th annual membership directory. Officials of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl and for many years before its closing in 1996 – Southwest Conference – have assisted in assembly, proofing and distribution of the hallowed directory…David Worlock of the NCAA, Chloe Smith of Northern Kentucky, Brian Laubscher of Washington & Lee, Mickey Smith of Saint Louis U., Andrew Mindeman of Covenant (Ga.), and Nate Lake of MSU Denver were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter… The NCAA Appeals Committee heard Missouri’s case to overturn recent NCAA punishment rulings for football, baseball and softball…Arizona, Auburn, the College of Charleston, NC State, and UT Arlington have joined MU Tigers athletics at looking at possible NCAA issues within their departments…Payments from a $208 million NCAA settlement involving scholarship grant differentials begin in August after a court ruling

2019-20 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST) CFPSaturday, 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)Saturday, Dec. 28 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, noonMonday, Dec. 30 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., 8 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 1Rose 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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