College Football Notes – Aug. 5, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
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NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Aug. 5-11 time period are Aug. 5
(1940) Roman Gabriel, Wilmington, N.C.; (1946) Gary Beban, San Francisco, Calif.; (1952) Freddie Scott, Grady, Ark.; Aug. 6 (1902) Harry Wilson, Mingo Junction, Ohio; (1906) Ken Strong, West Haven, Conn.; (1907) Jerry Dalrymple, Arkadelphia, Ark.; (1920) Steve Lach, Altoona, Pa.; Aug. 7 (1928) Ron Schipper, Zeeland, Mich.; (1945) Alan Page, Canton, Ohio; Aug. 8 (1970) Trev Alberts, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Aug. 9 (1899) Ed McGinley, Chester, Pa.; (1955) Doug Williams, Zachary, La.; (1967) Deion Sanders, Ft. Myers, Fla.; Aug. 10 (1961) Billy Ray Smith, Fayetteville, Ark.; (1970) Gino Torretta, Pinole, Calif.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Aug. 5 (1978) Dutch Clark, Canon City, Colo.; (1986) Les Lautenschlaeger, New Orleans, La.; Aug. 8 (1988) Alan Ameche, Houston, Texas; (2017) Dick MacPherson, Syracuse, N.Y.; Aug. 9 (1972) Joe Skladany, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1990) Max Starcevich, Silverdale, Wash.; (1999) Riley Smith, Mobile, Ala.; (2015) Frank Gifford, Riverside, Conn.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Aug. 5 Roman Gabriel, Gary Beban, Freddie Scott, Aug. 7 Alan Page, Aug. 8 Trev Alberts, Aug. 9 Doug Williams, Deion Sanders, Aug. 10 Billy Ray Smith, Gino Torretta…
Note: No NFF College Hall of Famers were born or passed away on the Aug. 11 date.
The 70th annual edition (started in 1950 as the United Press International Coaches Poll) of the Amway USA Today NCAA FBS Coaches Poll completed its preseason survey with defending College Football Playoff champ Clemson No. 1, 2018 runnerup Alabama No. 2, and Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State rounding out the Top Five. Holding down the Nos. 21-25 positions among the Top 25 are Washington State, Syracuse, Stanford, Iowa State, and Northwestern. The Southeastern Conference leads all leagues with six Top 25 selections and five other SEC members receiving votes in the initial survey.
Arkansas and Utah have added a home-and-home series with for the 2026 and 2028 seasons. The Razorbacks will become the first Southeastern Conference unit ever to trek to Rice-Eccles Stadium on the Utah campus…UC Davis will travel to Oregon State in 2023 and Washington in ’25…Arkansas and Texas Southern also are working on some possible dates and future scheduling opportunities in multiple sports…Southern California and Villanova are set to meet in men’s basketball and may look at football possibilities. The Pac-12 is urging its members to stay with NCAA FBS opponents for all non-conference worksheets, though…Texas and Texas A&M will play a regular-season game in men’s basketball in 2019-20. The last time the two rivals met in football was in 2011, and UT leads the 118-game series 76-37-5. The Lone Star State universities first played in 1894…The Dallas Morning News rated the Top Three intersectional matchups outside the league for the Big 12 Conference this fall as LSU at Texas, Houston at Oklahoma and Iowa at Iowa State. The Missouri-West Virginia SEC-Big 12 tussle finished just out of the running among the top outside tests…Texas A&M will face four different schools among the Top Six in the Amway USA Today Coaches Poll – No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia, and No. 6 LSU. The Aggies are No. 11 nationally in that same preseason tally.
North Texas athletics is offering a special Alumni Fly-Away travel package for the Mean Green’s trek to play the California Golden Bears Sept. 14. Please access the UNT athletics website for additional details…Mississippi State will renew its Baseball Reunion Weekend Sept. 13-15 when the Bulldog football squad hosts Kansas State. College Baseball Hall of Fame coach Ron Polk and many football-baseball notables in MSU annals are expected to be on hand.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson is hoping the school’s recent trend of following up non-10-win campaigns with a 10-victory total the next year holds true. The Horned Frogs closed 7-6 in 2018 after a 10-7 nailbiter over California in the Cheez-It Bowl…Illinois Wesleyan head coach Norm Eash begins his 33rd season at the helm of the Titans in 2019 and has 200 victories there from 1987-2018…Former Middle Tennessee quarterback and NFF Scholar-Athlete Brent Stockstill was named offensive player personnel assistant at Florida Atlantic. He is the son of veteran Middle Tennessee head coach and former Florida State star QB Rock Stockstill…Famed Virginia Tech associate head coach/defensive coordinator Bud Foster will retire at the end of the 2019 season after 33 years at the Blacksburg, Va., university… Hawai’i assistant coach Eric Okasaki is retiring after 46 seasons with Rainbow Warriors…USF’s career tackles’ recordholder Auggie Sanchez is returning to the Bulls as a defensive quality control assistant…West Virginia defensive coordinator Vic Koenning was featured in a major column last week.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Idaho State: Rob Phenicie, Lincoln, Neb.; Illinois: Lovie Smith, Gladewater, Texas; Illinois State: Brock Spack, Rockford, Ill.; Illinois Wesleyan: Norm Eash, Chenoa, Ill.; Indiana: Tom Allen, New Castle, Ind.
Mike Vaught is stepping down as director of athletics at Grand Canyon and will go into private business…UTRGV named Chasse Conque vice president and director of athletics…Chicago State AD and NFF College Hall of Fame member Chris Zorich of Notre Dame is finishing his tenure at CSU…Missouri chose Austin Collard as assistant AD and director of the Tiger Scholarship Fund…Presbyterian named Robert Acunto AD as he came over from being associate AD at UTEP…Legendary Penn State assistant AD for communications, CoSIDA Hall of Fame member and CoSIDA Bill Esposito Backbone Award recipient Jeff Nelson retired from PSU last week…Rutgers athletics pegged Mike Larkin as special assistant to the head coach and Ben Asher director of operations and recruiting…Chowan athletics named Hayley Nalman head coach for acrobatics and tumbling…The College of Charleston athletics tabbed Yousef Nattar as assistant for communications…Lander named Jordan Jacobs head strength and conditioning coach…Wake Forest named Murphy Grant senior associate AD and athletics health care administrator…Wyoming continues its national search for a new president…Guilford tabbed Nicolle Holcome as assistant sports information director…Longtime Tennessee Tech coach and administrator Bonnie Graham is retiring…Former Michigan State president Dr. Lou Anna Simon has received her separation remuneration from the university…North Dakota University System chancellor Dr. Mark Hagerott outlined the search process to replace Mark Kennedy as president at the University of North Dakota. Kennedy accepted a position as president of the University of Colorado system…Shenandoah named Jessica Porter assistant AD for marketing and promotions and Scott Muse associate AD.
The Missouri Valley Football Conference renewed its commitment to NCAA FCS football under commissioner Patty Viverito…Big Ten Conference ADs have not proposed a possible realignment of football divisions despite some unconfirmed reports…Conference Carolinas selected Claude Alewine as associate commissioner, Jill Weston as assistant commissioner, Shannon Corbett as a conference officer and Brian Hand as assistant commissioner for external relations…The Connecticut State Senate voted to have the UConn Foundation pay Connecticut’s exit fee to the American Athletic Conference rather than using student fees or taxpayers’ dollars…The Pac-12 Conference continues to examine the possible ramifications for attendance and fans’ convenience of 9:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) kickoffs this autumn…The Ohio Valley Conference named Trevor Reeves director of compliance and institutional services…Media relations assistant Greg Barlow has left the American Athletic Conference and is working in public communications at UMass.
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Some of the top candidates for the Chuck Bednarik Award (Defensive Player of the Year) pre-2019 watch list are LB Gabe Sewell of Nevada; LB Isaiah Simmons of Clemson; S Caden Sterns of Texas; DE Darrell Taylor of Tennessee; LB Kyahva Tezino of San Diego State; DE Xavier Thomas of Clemson; LB Erroll Thompson of Mississippi State; and DT Jay Tufele of Southern California…Among the leading candidates on the ’19 summer watch list for the Fred Biletnikoff Award are D’Wayne Eskridge of Western Michigan; Aaron Fuller of Washington; Antonio Gandy-Golden of Liberty; KJ Hamler of Penn State; Adrian Hardy of Louisiana Tech; Damon Hazelton of Virginia Tech; Tee Higgins of Clemson; K.J. Hill of , Ohio State; and Isaiah Hodgins of Oregon State…The Dick Butkus Award has a 51-player watch list for the national linebacker of the year, and several notable standouts on the list are Joe Bachie of Michigan State; Markus Bailey of Purdue; Mohamed Barry of Nebraska; Zack Baun of Wisconsin; Tuf Borland of Ohio State; Jordyn Brooks of Texas Tech; Cameron Brown of Penn State; T.J. Brunson of South Carolina; and Calvin Bundage of Oklahoma State…Among the 71 players on the 2019 Doak Walker Award preseason watch list are Reggie Corbin of Illinois, AJ Dillon of Boston College, J.K. Dobbins of Ohio State, Travis Dye of Oregon, Travis Etienne of Clemson, Darrynton Evans of Appalachian State, Dayton Furuta of Hawai’i, Tre Harbison of NIU, Najee Harris of Alabama, Kylin Hill of Mississippi State, Jerry Howard Jr. of Georgia Tech, Chuba Hubbard of Oklahoma State, and Mohamed Ibrahim of Minnesota…TCU has gone to Germany to land four-star international QB prospect Alexander Honig (not related to famed longtime Big Ten Conference official and equipment distributor Dick Honig) for a 2021 verbal signing commitment…Some prominent transfers in recent days via the NCAA graduate transfer portal and other areas are BYU RB Riley Burt to Utah State; Virginia Tech DL Darius Fullwood to William & Mary; 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 Stanford; Georgia Southern’s Tyshaun Crawford to Augusta; and Duquesne deep snapper Trey Harper to Michigan…SMU is awaiting 2019 NCAA eligibility rulings on football transfers Nebraska safety Cam’ron Jones and Arkansas CB Chevin Calloway…Baylor DE James Lockhart has been looming large on the stop side in early workouts and has All-Big 12 Conference potential while Bears WR R.J. Sneed has shown promise in initial drills…Rutgers top spring quarterbacks Art Sitkowski and Texas Tech grad transfer McLane Carter appear to be the prime candidates for the starting position in preseason drills. Boston College transfer QB Johnny Langan has been ruled ineligible for 2019 by the NCAA but has filed an appeal…TCU also has filed an appeal for the immediate eligibility of Ohio State QB transfer Matthew Baldwin…Connecticut LB Eli Thomas will not return to football after suffering a stroke last October…One of Texas’ top high school prospects for 2020 has committed verbally to the Texas Longhorns. His is multi-position player Billy Bowman Jr. of Denton Ryan HS. The Longhorns also received a verbal commitment from five-star RB Bijan Robinson of Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic HS for 2020…Wide receiver Shadrach Banks of Galena Park (Texas) North Shore HS is a verbal commitment for Texas A&M’s 2021 recruiting class…TCU kicker Cole Bunce was injured in a scooter accident and will be out indefinitely…Central Arkansas All-America DE Chris Terrell is looking for a new school for the 2019 or ’20 season after leaving UCA…Former Penn State LB Manny Bowen has decided not to play during his final season of eligibility after being a graduate transfer at Utah in ’19…BYU’s Neil Pau’u hopes to begin workouts shortly after a recent session of jurisprudence…Syracuse’s Conrad Mainwaring is seeking a return to playing status after he was suspended from team activities.
Tulane’s new 2019 football helmets have a ferocious Green Wave logo featured on the left side of the mostly-white-color headwear…Minnesota athletics is working to equalize pay for coaches and staff among men’s and women’s programs…Illinois’ Memorial Stadium’s new student deck patio is set for the season opener Aug. 31 and has been anticipated by numerous members of the 2019-20 student body…North Carolina’s new and renovated football facilities have drawn rave reviews from returning head coach and NFF College Hall of Fame mentor Mack Brown…LSU is expecting to sell malt beverages publicly at 2019 home games per the SEC spring meeting directives…Michigan State single-game tickets have been going for reduced prices via several online agencies…Tennessee athletics tested its new beer sales’ advantages at an Alice Cooper rock concert in Knoxville, Tenn… LSU’s new football facility reminded Bengals fans that LSU basketball facilities are in need of immediate upgrades…Ross-Ade Stadium project’s next phase of renovation and south end zone video boards are near the top of the Purdue Board of Trustees’ upcoming agenda…TCU will wear special Nike vapor untouchable uniforms in its season opener Aug. 31 vs. UAPB. Fans selected that uniform during online voting this summer.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach Dr. Tom Osborne and former Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts talked about the renaissance of NU football under second-year head coach and Osborne quarterback protégé Scott Frost…Former LSU football player Brandon Surtain was featured in the Baton Rouge, La., Advocate for his artwork and recent painting exhibitions…Former Texas Tech and NFL standout WR Michael Crabtree has donated the Michael Crabtree Endowed Scholarship to Texas Tech’s football program…NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Contribution to Football Award recipient Gil Brandt of the NFL Network and Pro Football Hall of Fame spoke of perilous conditions for 1960s preseason games when he was director of scouting and personnel for the NFL Dallas Cowboys. Brandt and his wife Sarah also had a scare in Billings, Mont., when someone shot a bullet into their automobile. Thankfully, neither was injured…Former Harvard standout OG and the first player from Carrollton (Texas) Christian Academy to sign a NFL contract Larry Allen Jr. was released by the Dallas Cowboys but is seeking a new NFL free agent’s pact. He is the son of former Sonoma State standout and Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman Larry Allen Sr.
NBC broadcaster Savannah Guthrie spoke at 2019 commencement ceremonies for George Washington U…Associated Press penned a solid, historic piece on the site of the first NFL game in 1919 at Triangle Park in Dayton, Ohio, when the Dayton Triangles hosted the Columbus (Ohio) Panhandles. The story also recounted the first-ever, regular-season game at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., when the AFL New York Jets met the then-Boston Patriots on Sept. 22, 1968, to capitalize on the popularity of Jets QB standout and Alabama great Joe Namath…The Tulsa, Okla., World offered 10 suggestions to help boost college football attendance in 2019…The Lexington Ky., Herald Leader wrote a comparison of recent football training centers and their value to recruiting…UCF’s future scheduling of nationally ranked opponents drew the attention and praise of the Orlando, Fla., Sentinel. has posted all the College Football Awards Association pre-2019 watch lists on its site…Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA, Ian Gilliam of Golf Coaches Association of America, Peter Long of Virginia Tech, Scottie Rodgers of the Sun Belt Conference, Joe Dier (retired) of Mississippi State, and Malcolm Gray of East Carolina were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Arkansas administrator Thomas Mars has been named to the NCAA’s new Complex Case Unit…There is a new California law on the books to limit times youth football practices can occur…The NCAA also has developed a new Independent Accountability Process committee, which will work with the Complex Case Unit to conduct hearings and process compliance issues…Arizona, Auburn and Michigan State continue to cooperate with NCAA investigators during internal probes for athletics’ compliance.
The Aug. 14-17 third annual Campbell Trophy® Summit at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., is sponsored by Intuit Inc., and all 179 nominees for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy® were invited to the event, which will provide a powerful opportunity for the recent graduates to interact and learn from many of the nation’s top entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley CEOs about the lessons that have guided them to highest levels of success. Nominees and recipients from past years will also be in attendance. Organized as a tribute to the late Bill Campbell, the award’s namesake, the event serves as a vehicle for the many leaders impacted by Campbell to pass on his insights for leadership and personal growth to the next generation. Each college in the country is allowed one nomination per year for the Campbell Trophy®, and the requirements include a 3.2 grade point average or better (4.0 scale) and for the student-athlete to be a significant contributor on the team in their final year of eligibility. Covering every college and university from all divisions of play, the nomination process effectively creates a pool of the best student-athletes from each school in the nation who are then invited to attend the Summit.
Max Falkenstien, 1998 NFF Chris Schenkel Award winner, passed away July 29 in Lawrence, Kan. He was 95 and worked Kansas football and basketball games from 1946-2006 while capturing the 1998 NFF Chris Schenkel Award for contributions to broadcasting.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)
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. 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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