College Football Notes – July 28, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, July 28th, 2019

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The NFF & College Hall of Fame also denoted that venerable University of Alabama broadcaster Eli Gold will be the recipient of the 2019 NFF Chris Schenkel Award. He officially will be honored Dec. 10 during the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown. Presented annually since 1996, the award recognizes individuals who have had long, distinguished careers broadcasting college football with direct ties to a specific university. The award is named in honor of its inaugural recipient Chris Schenkel, the longtime ABC Sports broadcaster who emceed the NFF Annual Awards Dinner for 28 consecutive years from 1968 to 1995. Gold’s famed “Touchdown Alabama!” calls have been rerun hundreds of times on national broadcasts, and he has been recognized for his solid radio delivery and objectivity. He will enter his 31st season as the “Voice of the Crimson Tide” in 2019 after having started his time calling Alabama football games in 1989. He also serves as the play-by-play commentator for Alabama basketball and hosts “Hey, Coach, & The Nick Saban Show” on the Crimson Tide Sports Network Thursdays during the football season.

According to NFF research, a record 775 colleges and universities in all NCAA and NAIA divisions will field intercollegiate football teams in 2019. Four colleges will take the field for the first time this season with seven other colleges and universities that will take the field in the coming years. There have been 73 colleges and universities, which have added or resumed their varsity programs from 2008-2019. Since 1978 when the NCAA changed its method for tracking attendance figures, the number of schools playing NCAA football (FBS, FCS, DII and DIII) has steadily increased by 188 schools from 484 in 1978 to 669 in 2018. Adding NAIA and independent schools playing football and schools launching programs in the coming years, and the 775 colleges and universities offering students an opportunity to play college football now are in the fold.

In the past six seasons alone (2013-18), 37 football programs have been added by NCAA or NAIA institutions. Only 14 football programs have been dropped during the same span, including two at schools that closed, three at schools that ended all or most of their athletics programs, and UAB, which returned to the gridiron in 2017 after a two-year layoff and won the 2018 Conference USA gridiron championship. All 775 schools that offer football will be represented on the three-story helmet wall at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. In all, the 73 programs that have added football since 2008 have combined for two national championships, 46 conference titles and 65 postseason appearances.

The NFF & College Hall of Fame announced will join with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl as hosts for the 15th Annual National Hall of Fame Salute on Saturday, Dec. 28. The event, which will take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and just steps from the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in the heart of Atlanta, Ga., will utilize the Bowl to showcase members of the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame Class. This year’s game will serve as a College Football Playoff semifinal contest and feature two of the top four teams in the country. Prior to the game, a multi-day celebration for the inductees will take place in Atlanta, including several unique events and a special public ceremony at the College Football Hall of Fame where the inductees will see their legendary accomplishments permanently immortalized for the first time.


NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the July 29-Aug. 4 time period are July 29  (1879) Dan McGugin, Ringgold County, Iowa; (1902) Herbert Sturhahn, Far Rockaway, N.Y.; July 30 (1894) Carl Snavely, Omaha, Neb.; (1903) Vic Hanson, Sacramento, Calif.; (1924) Dr. George Savitsky, New York City; (1945) Lloyd Carr, Hawkins Co., Tenn.; (1948) Jim Mandich, Cleveland, Ohio; July 31 (1918) Gene Goodreault, Haverhill, Mass.; (1919) Forrest Behm, Lincoln, Neb.; (1968) Andre Ware, Galveston, Texas; (1974) Jonathan Ogden, Washington, D.C.; Aug. 1 (1929) Joe Palumbo, Beaver, Pa.; Aug. 2 (1901) Charley Caldwell, Bristol, Va.; (1905) Billy Nicks, Griffin, Ga.; (1933) Matt Hazeltine, Ross, Calif.; (1937) Dr. Billy Cannon, Philadelphia, Miss.; Aug. 3 (1898) Gordon Locke, Denison, Iowa; (1932) Jackie Parker, Knoxville Tenn.; (1934) Don Holleder, Rochester, N.Y.; (1938) Maxie Baughan, Forkland, Ala.; Aug. 4 (1908) Frank Carideo, Mt. Vernon, N.Y.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are July 29 (1986) Nello Falaschi, Oakland, Calif.; July 30 (1993) Darrell Lester, Temple, Texas; (2011) Dave Maurer, Springfield, Ohio; Aug. 1 (2013) Dick Kazmaier, Boston, Mass.; Aug. 2 (1992) Jim Weatherall, Oklahoma City, Okla.; (2017) Ara Parseghian, Granger, Ind.; Aug. 3 (2011) Bubba Smith, Los Angeles, Calif.; Aug. 4 (1981) Jack Green, Nashville, Tenn.; (2010) Gary Johnson, Shreveport, La.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members July 30 Lloyd Carr, July 31 Andre Ware, Jonathan Ogden…

The Nevada Wolf Pack will open the 2023 season at Southern California…Penn State and Temple are set for a 2026 and ’27 series…Louisiana Tech and SMU will play rematches of the 2017 DXL Frisco Bowl when they meet during the 2021 and ’23 regular seasons…Ole Miss and Tulane will renew their 117-year-old rivalry with three counters in 2021, ’23 and ’25…Vanderbilt will host Elon in 2022 and Charleston Southern in 2023…Villanova at Colgate on Saturday, Aug. 24, at noon (EDT) with a national telecast via CBS Sports opens the historic, 150th season of intercollegiate football…Since the 2010 Oklahoma State has posted six seasons with 10 victories under head coach Mike Gundy and has appeared in the Associated Press national Top 10 in seven of those seasons…Idaho State’s games at Utah and BYU had their contracts ratified with solid road team payouts…Phil Steele magazine rated South Carolina’s 2019 schedule as the toughest in NCAA FBS…Connecticut will play the 2020 season as a NCAA FBS independent.

Nebraska athletics and the NU Alumni Association are planning several Blur Parties and tailgate events in and around the Colorado-Nebraska contest Sept. 7 at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo., at 1:30 p.m. (MDT) with a FOX national telecast. Please consult official websites for both groups for registration, time and location details…Mississippi State is expanding its Compass Scholarships program for the general student fund with national capitalization efforts and will place ceremonial bricks along a prominent campus walk to recognize donors…At the World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., Citadel band director Tim Smith was among the Top 10 finishers nationally…The Athlete Network had a web series about being a team player in football and other sports for athletes of all ages…New Mexico State’s players’ code of conduct has been utilized for some offseason challenges among football student-athletes.

Harvard head coach Tim Murphy is seeking a school-record 10th Ivy League championship this season as top mentor for the Crimson (since 1997). He became head coach at Harvard in 1994….New West Virginia head coach Neal Brown was offensive coordinator for 2010-12 Texas Tech teams that were among the elite nationally in total offense and passing statistics under then-head coach Tommy Tuberville…Washington State head coach Mike Leach was profiled in a Bruce Feldman story about Leach’s tenure as sports information director (among three other jobs in athletics) at Iowa Wesleyan. Leach was able to get IWU mentions three times during the 1989 football season in USA Today…Former Temple assistant coach Ed Foley has joined former Temple head coach Matt Rhule on the Baylor staff…Arkansas assistant coaches Barry Lunney Jr. and Justin Stepp have received new contracts and pay raises, and the remuneration pool for UA assistant coaches has increased significantly over the 2018 season…South Dakota head coach Bob Nielson has signed his new, five-year contract…Utah State added  Mike Favero to the football staff as an offensive analyst…Wake Forest named Jim Hofher defensive analyst…Arizona will name its practice fields in memory of legendary Wildcats head coach Dick Tomey who passed away in May.

Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Harvard: Tim Murphy, Kingston, Mass.; Hawai’i: Nick Rolovich, Daly City, Calif.; Holy Cross: Bob Chesney, Ashland, Pa.; Houston: Dana Holgorsen, Davenport, Iowa; Idaho: Paul Petrino, Butte, Mont.

LSU director of athletics Scott Woodward has added deputy AD Stephanie Rempe from Texas A&M, associate AD for facility management Dan Gaston from Washington and chief of staff Brandy Douglass from Texas A&M to his Baton Rouge, La., executive staff…New Mexico AD Eddie Nunez was highlighted in an extensive interview with Albuquerque’s KOB-TV…Marshall AD Mike Hamrick lauded Conference USA’s new agreement for telecasts on the NFL Network and how those will help league recruiting nationally…Texas Tech director of athletics Kirby Hocutt was credited with helping produce one of the most nationally significant academic years in school history in 2018-19 with a NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four edition, NCAA baseball World Series and a 2019 NCAA men’s outdoor track and field individual crown…Campbell athletics named Chris Long director of operations and Kevin Grek director of player personnelTennessee Tech athletics tabbed Emily Hatfield as director of operations…Tusculum named Jenna Restivo as assistant AD for compliance and student-athlete development…Wagner selected Ian Jones as assistant AD for sports performance…Yale added John Miller as director of player development… New Minnesota president Joan Gabel is the first woman chief executive officer among 17 all-time presidents at the Minneapolis University. Minnesota AD Mark Coyle addressed Olympic sports programs at UM and the importance of regional rivalries within Big Ten Conference areas in a recent interview…Arkansas Razorback Foundation director Scott Varady was praised for his talents as member of a popular country music band…Liberty AD Ian McCaw was highlighted in a two-part series by the Lynchburg, Va., News and Advance for his academic and athletics’ success since taking over the program in 2016…Purdue’s interim associate AD Tim House is the new executive director the John Purdue Club…Louisiana AD Dr. Bryan Maggard was saluted for his handling of several crisis situations and expanding the national vision of ULL…McNeese State’s Will Fox has been named as a director of player personnel and video coordinator at Texas A&M athletics…Louisiana athletics added former Major League Baseball pitcher B.J. Ryan to the 2019-20 coaching staff…Georgia senior associate men’s swimming and diving coach Harvey Humphries is retiring after 37 years as a coach with the Bulldogs and 44 total years of involvement with the UGa program…Purdue assistant women’s basketball coach Nadine Morgan is leaving after 13 years with the Boilers…Cleveland State men’s basketball head coach Dennis Felton will not be retained for the 2019-20 season…Auburn’s Board of Trustees have approved a separation agreement for former president Dr. Steven Leath who came to the Plains university from the same post at Iowa State.


The American Athletic Conference renewed its commitment to the 11 remaining football teams for 2020 and will not add a 12th member. The AAC also is accepting $17 million from Connecticut for the conference exit fee in 2020…Michigan State and Ohio State each placed two players on the Big Ten Conference pre-2019 East Division team as Buckeyes running back J.K. Dobbins was first team All-Big Ten in consecutive years. Teammate All-East Division choice defensive end Chase Young, MSU seniors linebacker Joe Bachie and defensive end Kenny Willekes and Penn State defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos also highlighted East Division choices. Five different schools had standouts on the Big Ten West Division preseason list with repeat stars Northwestern junior linebacker Paddy Fisher and Wisconsin junior running back Jonathan Taylor heading that group. Iowa junior defensive end A.J. Epenesa, Nebraska sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez and Purdue sophomore wide receiver/return specialist Rondale Moore also were judged among the top players in the Big Ten West…Media from the Pac-12 Conference selected Utah to win the outright Pac-12 title this season while UU and Oregon were tabbed as divisional favorites…Wofford is the pre-2019 media choice to capture the Southern Conference title…The Pac-12 also is moving its 2020 and ’21 football championship contests to the new football facility at Las Vegas, Nev. Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., has been the host facility for that clash from 2014-19…The Pac-12 expects to limit Colorado’s home telecasts for 9 a.m. (Mountain Time) clashes unless the Buffaloes grant full permission. The Pac-12 also will keep its nine-game conference schedule for football…The Sooner Athletic Conference hosted its second football media days in Oklahoma City, Okla., July 18 at the Petroleum Club Events Center. All nine SAC head coaches and selected student-athletes were featured, and the Champion Sports Network streamed all the interviews. Fans can access the festivities and make comments using the hashtag #SACFBpreview…Boise State has been voted as preseason Mountain West Conference Mountain Division champ while Fresno State is the West Division choice. Last December Fresno State edged Boise State 19-16 for the MWC crown at Boise, Idaho…Defending CFP champ Clemson (Atlantic Division) and Virginia (Coastal Division) are the preseason media picks for top spots in the 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference football race…The Ivy League will hold its annual media day in Bristol, Conn., on Aug. 15…The Pac-12 Conference will not schedule early morning games for cable or network television without getting permission from the projected teams…The Big 12 Conference’s new streaming channel will add dozens of live broadcast events for 2019-20 sports. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby spoke about possible national conference realignment, the new digital network, the College Football Playoff with its current format, and possible tweaks to the NCAA transfer portal…Mid-American Conference commissioner Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher has been elected as vice chair of the NCAA Division I Council for 2019-20…The Big South Conference will feature 45 live ESPN3 and ESPN+ telecasts.


The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is continuing its longstanding relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., with visits by teams and coaches and will have a popular game-day flyover by a FedEx jet plane…The NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl has contracted with the Mid-American and Mountain West Conferences to provide teams for its 2020-25 matchups…The 2020-25 Las Vegas Bowls will feature six Pac-12 Conference opponents against three members each from the SEC and Big Ten Conferences. The Pac-12 and SEC last were matched in contracted bowl play during the 1989 Freedom Bowl…The 2020-25 TaxSlayer Gator Bowls will match Southeastern and Atlantic Coast Conference teams over a six-year span.

Some of the standouts mentioned on the pre-2019 FWAA Outland Trophy watch list of 83 offensive linemen are OT Trey Adams, Washington; OT Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas; OL Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson; OG Jack Anderson, Texas Tech; OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville; C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin; DT Ross Blacklock, TCU; DT Quinton Bohanna, Kentucky; OG Parker Braun, Texas; OG Ben Bredeson, Michigan; DT Derrick Brown, Auburn…Among the 92 stars on the preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list are DT Khyiris Tonga, BYU; DE Jay Tufele, Southern California; LB Mykal Walker, Fresno State; DE Curtis Weaver, Boise State; LB Evan Weaver, California; DB James Wiggins, Cincinnati; DE Kenny Willekes, Michigan State; DT Marvin Wilson, Florida State; DT Robert Windsor, Penn State; LB David Woodward, Utah State; DE Chase Young, Ohio State; and DE Jabari Zuniga, Florida…West Virginia WR T.J. Simmons and Baylor RB JaMycal Hasty were among the 42 standout student-athletes participating in Big 12 Conference media days…Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond was highlighted in the Dallas Morning News for his potential to lead the Aggies to another possible, 10-victory season…Big 12 Conference tight ends Ben Johnson of Kansas and Grant Calcaterra of Oklahoma were noted as two-time members of the John Mackey Award watch lists…Baylor DT James Lynch has been tasked with helping the Bears reduce the number of 39 explosive plays that led to eventual touchdowns…Some prominent transfers in recent days via the NCAA graduate transfer portal and other areas are BYU’s Nick Emery to another school to be determined, LSU defensive back Kelvin Joseph moved back into transfer portal, Cincinnati defensive back Noah Hamlin has entered he portal, Cleveland State’s Tyree Appleby to Florida, Charlotte running back Robert Washington to Liberty, and Virginia Tech DT Xavier Burke is transferring to a school TBD…Texas received a 2020 verbal commitment from 4-Star high school prospect OL Hayden Conner of Katy (Texas) Taylor HS…Nebraska’s Marquel Dismuke and Jeramiah Stovall are looking for reinstatement to the team as the Huskers get set for August workouts.


Arkansas student-athletes and coaches have applauded the Razorbacks move back to natural grass after installing artificial turf from 2009-18 at the former Razorback (now Reynolds) Stadium…LSU’s renovated locker room includes sleeping space and individual privacy pods…Legal sports gambling has started in the state of New York, and college administrators are looking at the possible repercussions… Georgia Tech’s belt-tightening for the 2019-20 budget is expected to be followed by increased future revenues…UTEP athletics made public some changes for 2019 season tailgating rules…Kansas State athletics has placed several strategic billboards along the Kansas Turnpike to promote K-State football…TCU announced that complete renovations to the east side of historic Amon Carter Stadium probably will not be completed for the 2019 season due to weather and construction delays. The Frogs will be able to play in the current facility…SOTA (State of the Art) Nutrition Programs have been adopted by the NFL Dallas Cowboys and NBA Dallas Mavericks as the teams’ official weight management and nutrition providers…BYU’s football stadium renovation is almost complete and will be finished before the Cougars host Utah Aug. 29 on national television…Florida unveiled its renovated football locker rooms last week…Illinois’ new $80 million football performance compares favorably with ones constructed in recent months at Northwestern and other Big Ten members…Tennessee still has not finalized public beer and wine sales for 2019 in accordance with new SEC policies for beverages…San Diego State athletics has added promotional ticket packages for football and basketball programs in 2019-20…Baylor and TCU officials spoke of similarities in styles and fans’ excitement about scoreboards they have added or are adding in football over recent months…North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill to allow legal sports gambling at North Carolina Native American casinos…Louisville football is hoping to keep its popular red cabooses, which highlight the city’s railroad heritage, at Cardinal Stadium this season.


NFF College Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder spoke about retirement as Kansas State prepares for several on-campus celebrations of his career at Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan….NFF College Hall of Fame player and Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald spoke of the influx of social media and how it might be impacting college football and postseason attendance…NFF tri-founder the late Grantland Rice was featured in a showing of the final scene of “Follow the Sun” – the movie about the miracle comeback of late Golfing Hall of Fame great and TCU athletics’ enthusiast Ben Hogan. Hogan and late NFF historian Dan Jenkins also were great friends in their hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, for decades…Jackson State’s 75-0 win over Omaha with NFF College Hall of Fame RB Walter Payton scoring six touchdowns was recalled in a news brief last week. Payton, who passed away in 1999, would have turned 65 on July 25…Former Arizona and NFL New England Patriots standout Tedy Bruschi was featured on an ESPN podcast for his courage after suffering two strokes and recovering to become a commentator on ESPN NFL coverage in 2019.


ESPN has added former Washington State QB standout Ryan Leaf as a college football analyst…A recent Grand Island (Neb.) Independent story recalled Nebraska’s three Heisman Trophy winners – Johnny Rodgers in 1972, Mike Rozier in 1983 and Eric Crouch in 2001…ESPN+ and the Big 12 Conference now feature an extensive fan’s guide to Big 12 athletics with numerous video and print features…Writer David Ubben of The Athletic penned an extensive profile on TCU head coach Gary Patterson and how TCU entertained thoughts of possibly dropping varsity football after the 1997 season when the Horned Frogs closed 1-10. Thankfully, those options were not taken, and TCU has gone 11-6 in 17 bowls under Patterson (160-57 overall record) since 2000. Patterson also dismissed area discussions that he may be considering retiring in coming months…The ACC Network is working to gain ESPN/Disney, AT&T U-Verse, Comcast, Charter-Spectrum, and Dish customers for the new outlet’s 7/24 cable coverage. The Central New York broadband supplier New Visions announces will carry the ACC Network…The Oklahoma City Oklahoman spoke of some of the new perks built into college football coaching contracts…BYU and Utah were lauded for their football success since leaving the Mountain West Conference by the Salt Lake City, Utah, Deseret News…FloSports will provide delayed, game-day/night broadcasts of New Mexico State football contests.


Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association have compiled the list of nominees for the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, an annual award given to college football players for the impact they make off the field. A total of 137 student-athletes with inspiring stories of community service was nominated by the schools’ athletics’ media relations directors, and some of the key nominees are Ray Lima, Iowa State; Denzel Goolsby, Kansas State; Matt Bahr, Kent State; Blake Ferguson, LSU; Brenden Knox, Marshall; Jack Sorenson, Miami (Ohio); Joe Bachie, Michigan State; Crews Holt, Middle Tennessee; Kobe Jones, Mississippi State; Mike Korcek, SID Emeritus, Northern Illinois; and James Smith-Williams, NC State…Among previous Good Works Team winners (started in 1992) are 2011 NFF William V. Campbell Award® and 2009 Heisman Trophy recipient Tim Tebow of Florida…Stephen Gorchov of Hofstra, Gregory Ruff of Trevecca Nazarene, Isaac Comelli of CSU Bakersfield, Doug Vance of CoSIDA, Mex Carey of Michigan State, and Katoe Gwinn Hewitt of Michigan  were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…The USA Sports Tech Forum and Conference is set for Oct. 4 at Toyota Stadium and the International Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas, for industry professionals and executives interested in the role of technology, analytics and digital in global sports industry. There will be 400-plus global sports, technology and business leaders/innovators as well as more than 30 leading industry speakers at the one-day of intensive learning and networking sessions…The NFHS indicates that 15,486 high schools nationwide have football as a varsity sport…The NCAA Basketball Academy was held for high school prospects last week on the Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana…The NCAA levied a probationary period for DePaul men’s basketball and has closed the book except for appeals on Missouri’s compliance investigation. Southern California athletics is seeking to provide an internal investigation to avoid any future sanctions. Arizona, Memphis, Oklahoma, San Jose State, and Ole Miss are working with NCAA officials on updated investigations and compliance.

2019-20 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST) CFP

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) Saturday, 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. 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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