College Football Notes – Aug. 11, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, August 11th, 2019

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NFF College Hall of Fame member Dave Parks of Texas Tech passed away Aug. 8 in Austin, Texas. The second consensus All-America selection in Tech history, the native of Muenster, Texas, brought national acclaim to the university as the first Red Raider to ever make the Associated Press All-America first team and to receive All-Southwest Conference honors twice. Parks during his 1961-63 career established nearly every Texas Tech receiving record, including receiving yards in a game (132), season reception yardage (499), career receptions (80) and career receiving yardage (1,090). He also started on defense and recorded the longest pass interception in school history (98 yards), a record that still stands, and served as the Red Raiders punter.

The Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 14-17, third annual NFF 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.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Aug. 12-18 time period are Aug. 12 (1915) Alex Wojciechowicz, South River, N.J.; (1930) Jack Scarbath, Baltimore, Md.; (1935) John Brodie, Menlo Park, Calif.; Aug. 15 (1929) Doug Porter, Memphis, Tenn.; (1950) Sam Cunningham, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Aug. 16 (1862) Amos Alonzo Stagg, West Orange, N.J.; (1913) Bobby Wilson, Nacogdoches, Texas; (1921) Dick Wildung,Scotland, S.D.; (1924) Art Weiner, Newark, N.J.; (1930) Frank Gifford, Santa Monica, Calif.; (1935) Bill Glass, Texarkana, Texas; (1946) Ron Yary, Chicago, Ill.; Aug. 17 (1884) Lone Star Dietz, Rice Lake, Wis.; (1905) Raymond “Rags” Matthews, Ft. Worth, Texas; Aug. 18 (1890) Everett Bacon, Westbrook, Conn.; (1943) Cosmo Iacavazzi, Scranton, Pa.; (1951) Greg Pruitt, Houston, Texas.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Aug. 14 (1958) Henry “Red” Sanders, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1966) Duke Slater, Chicago, Ill.; (2002) Kyle Rote, Baltimore, Md.; (2017) Frank Broyles, Fayetteville, Ark.; Aug. 15 (1981) Lynn “Pappy” Waldorf, Berkeley, Calif.; Aug. 16 (2011) Pete Pihos, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Aug. 18 (1977) John Cain, Memphis, Tenn.; (2010) Steve DeLong, Knoxville, Tenn.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Aug. 12 John Brodie (a spry 84), Aug. 15 Sam Cunningham, Aug. 16 Bill Glass (a spry 84), Ron Yary, Aug. 18 Cosmo Iacavazzi, Greg Pruitt…

Arkansas already has slated Utah for a two-game series and is looking to the Far West for some additional contests. The Razorbacks also will host Rice in 2021 and have moved back their scheduled encounter with Missouri State from 2021 to ’22 to accommodate that single game…Northwestern will face Indiana State in 2021…South Carolina and Wofford will tangle in 2020…The Southeastern Conference’s just-released 2020 intra-circuit slates include Auburn and Georgia meeting for the first time earlier than November (Oct. 10) since the 1936 season…Ball-control aces Central Michigan and Texas were the only two NCAA FBS teams in 2018 without a play from scrimmage of 50 yards or more. The Longhorns added zest to the attack in spring training. and it appears to be carrying over into fall workouts…Memphis is seeking a school-record sixth consecutive bowl appearance in post-2019…College Trivia: Missouri’s first player ever chosen in the NFL Draft was back Jack Frye in the fifth round of the 1937 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

North Texas athletics held an open practice and has been awarding free tickets for 2019 games to fans answering an online survey…Vanderbilt hosted its popular, annual Dore Jam to introduce fans and followers to the 2019 team and coaching staff, enjoy fun and games, watch the workout, and meet and greet players afterward last Saturday.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban spoke of hiring practices and turnover on coaching staffs at UA’s annual football media day on Aug. 4…Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren will be featured Wednesday night at the Owls Houston Coaches Caravan series…Nebraska head coach Scott Frost said a 4×100-meter relay would be a great way to decide close games because the Huskers have one of their fastest groups of quarterbacks in school history… Kansas State will allow public beer sales at home football games and is awaiting the tussle of first-year coaches at their respective schools Chris Klieman at KSU from North Dakota State and Bowling Green’s Scott Loeffler who last assignment was the famed no-contest (violent weather) between Boston College (he was BC’s offensive coordinator) and Boise State in the First Responders Dallas Bowl last December. Klieman will make his K-State debut a week earlier on Aug. 31 against Nicholls in Manhattan, Kan….Former Ball State, Michigan, San Diego State, and Tennessee head coach Brady Hoke has been reunited with longtime friend and ADSU head coach Rocky Long as defensive line coach for the 2019 Aztecs…Florida head coach Dan Mullen stressed the need for careful interaction between football student-athletes and the public during a recent media session…Former Mount Union head coach Larry Kehres will coach the team’s quarterbacks this season…Nebraska outside linebackers coach Devon Dewitt lost 102 pounds as he battled cancer but has returned to fulltime duties this month…Former New Mexico director of football operations Brian DeSpahn has accepted a new position on the Arizona coaching staff…Xavier (Ohio) named Matthew Graves special assistant to the head coach…Oregon State is retaining Joey Wong as an undergraduate assistant coach for ’19…Kansas head coach Les Miles spoke of his fond memories as a player for late Michigan head coach and NFF College Hall of Fame member Bo SchemblechlerRon Zook, who once hired Maryland head coach Mike Locksley as an assistant coach, has been named as a senior analyst for the Terrapins…Old Dominion head coach Bobby Wilder has guided the Monarchs to two NCAA playoff appearances in FCS and the 2016 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl in his 10 years as head coach there. He is 76-45 overall with a .628 winning percentage…Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell called for the NCAA to make immediate changes to the NCAA transfer waiver and graduate transfer processes.

Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Indiana State: Curt Mallory, Oxford, Ohio; Indiana Wesleyan: Jordan Langs, Wheaton, Ill.; Iowa: Kirk Ferentz, Royal Oak, Mich.; Iowa State: Matt Campbell, Massillon, Ohio; Iowa Wesleyan: Michael Richtman, Winona, Minn.

Former Wisconsin senior associate AD/senior women administrator Terry Gawlik is the new director of athletics at Idaho…Former Kansas State football standout and Florida associated AD Laird Veatch was named AD at Memphis…Iowa AD Gary Barta received a three-year contract extension through June 30, 2024…Arkansas named former Buffalo, Kansas and Liberty head coach Turner Gill executive director of student-athlete and staff development…Oregon State AD Scott Barnes was featured in a recent edition of the Portland Oregonian…Johns Hopkins named Jennifer Baker director of athletics…TCU AD Jeremiah Donati addressed new beer and wine sales’ policies as well as in-and-out access at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas…Dayton tabbed Andy Farrell as assistant to the head coach and recruiting coordinator, Brett Comer as director of player development and Casey Cathrall as strength and conditioning coach…Hampton named Rashad Devoe head men’s lacrosse coach…Glen Gardner is retiring as Rutgers’ director of operations and assistant baseball coach…St. Anselm chose Codi Fitzgerald as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

North Alabama will play its historic first game as a member of the Big South Conference in football (the Lions are in the Atlantic Sun Conference in all other sports) against Presbyterian in Florence, Ala., Sept. 28. It also will serve as the 2019 Homecoming tilt…Butler and St. John’s tied for the most teams on the BIG EAST Conference 2018-19 Teams Academic Excellence Awards with four each. These teams had the highest composite grade point average for BIG EAST schools in their respective sports…The ACC Network will be available on YouTube TV when the network launches later this month and is hoping to make arrangements with Dish Network/Comcast/Xfinity and Charter-Spectrum media outlets in coming day before the network’s Aug. 22 official launch. The Thursday, Aug. 29, Clemson-Georgia Tech football encounter will be one of the network’s first major live events…Conference USA is celebrating participation by 28 different universities over 25 years of its existence in a commemorative 2019-20 remembrance.

The Football Bowl Association and governmental authorities have calculated that there is a composite $1.5 billion tourism impact on the 31 communities and metro areas where bowls are held…The Independence Bowl will complete its sponsorship with the Walk-On’s Co. at the conclusion of 2019…For the first time in history since moving the postseason contest to Arlington, Texas, the Goodyear Cotton Bowl has a limited number of ticket upgrades after the 2019 renewals’ period ended. Those wishing to upgrade or purchase can contact the ticket office via cottonbowl.com…Presale tickets for the Sept. 28 Southwest Classic between Arkansas and Texas A&M in Southeastern Conference activity at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, also began distribution last week online…Clemson (13-0) and Notre Dame (12-0) had the most combined victories (25) of two teams ever playing in the 2018 Goodyear Cotton Bowl.

On the preseason watch list of 80 players for the 83rdannual Maxwell Award for NCAA FBS Player of the Year are such stalwarts as RB Cam Akers of Florida State, RB LeVante Bellamy of Western Michigan, RB Eno Benjamin of Arizona State, QB Jake Bentley of South Carolina, QB Ian Book of Notre Dame, QB Alan Bowman of Texas Tech, QB Charlie Brewer of Baylor, RB Spencer Brown of UAB, and QB Kelly Bryant of  Missouri…Among the 30 preseason watch candidates for the Lou Groza National Place Kicker Award are Brandon Ruiz of Arizona State, Nick Sciba of Wake Forest, Seth Small of Texas A&M, Evan Staley of West Virginia, Tyler Sumpter of Troy, Andre Szmyt of Syracuse, Ryan Tice of Central Michigan, Jet Toner of Stanford, Jake Verity of East Carolina, Coby Weiss of USF, and Louie Zervos of Ohio…Clemson athletics has been projected to win the 2019 College Football Playoff championship by the David White blog behind All-ACC quarterback Trevor Lawrence and standout running back Tee Higgins(59 carries, 936 rushing yards, 12 TD’s) and wideout Justyn Ross (46 catches, 1,000 yards, 6 TDs) – both All-America choices in 2018…Oklahoma WR Charleston Rambo is counted upon to be a key secondary target to All-Big 12 wideout CeeDee Lamb. The Sooners also return their leading in pass deflections in DB Tre Brown who had 12 after taking over as a starter in 2018 at midseason…Texas WR-SB Devin Duvernay is hoping to make a big-play difference in the 2019 Longhorns offense from multiple positions. Longhorns RB Kirk Johnson is nursing collarbone and shoulder injuries during early autumn practice sessions…Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst and Badgers players have come out in support of the return of Quintez Cephus to the ’19 football squad…Baylor RB Trestan Ebner and LB Blake Lynch (who has started at five different positions for the Bears) are being counted upon to deliver key runs and big hits for the ’19 squad…Alabama freshman RB Trey Sanders has been ruled out indefinitely after a foot injury…Some key transfers in recent weeks to numerous schools via the NCAA undergraduate and graduate portals are LSU punter Josh Growden to West Virginia, Navy lineman Alema Kapoi to Hawai’i, California wide receiver Kanawai Noa to Nebraska, Utah TE Caleb Repp to Utah State, and Cornell wide receiver Jack Combs to Iowa…Texas Tech QB Alan Bowman has been at full strength in 2019 preseason drills after enduring a collapsed lung that sidelined him for most of the midseason portion of 2018…Huntsville (Texas) HS linebacker Jordan Brown has committed verbally to North Texas for 2020…Former Florida DB John Hugginswill be seeing a new non-FBS school to play in 2019 or another FBS locale in 2020 after leaving the Gators this month…West Virginia TE Jovani Haskinshopes to return to the squad before the ’19 season opener. WVU’s OL Colton McKivitz, WR T.J. Simmons and CB Keith Washington have been impressive in early drills for coach Neal Brown’s Mountaineers.

Georgia’s projected indoor football practice facility and office complex is estimated to cost around $80 million…Idaho State’s $4 million renovation projects for track and field and soccer facilities has been delayed until 2020…Syracuse’s Carrier Dome remodeling crane has been a soaring addition to the Syracuse, N.Y., skyline…Penn State will open its Seats For Service Members’ applications Aug. 22 to salute those who have served in the armed forces…Toledo has opened its new campus soccer stadium…Buffalo will add to its sale of beer and wine availability and locations at 2019 football contests…Northern Illinois athletics has placed a major focus on the mental health of student-athletes for the 2019-20 academic year…Penn State athletics has a new application and policies for sales and distribution of digital tickets…New Mexico State athletics received a $900,000 donation from Mike and Judy Johnson…Arizona State’s five-year renovation of Sun Devil Stadium has been completed in time for the team’s Aug. 29 opener against Kent State…There are a projected 81,000-plus student-athletes competing on all levels of college football in the coming campaign.

Former Harvard standout Larry Allen Jr. has been claimed by the NFL San Diego Chargers after earlier being signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys. Allen is the first player ever from Carrollton (Texas) Christian Academy to sign with a NFL squad…Former Colorado head coach and college football analyst Gary Barnett is anticipating great feelings of rivalry and enthusiasm when former Big Six/Seven/Eight/12 Conference opponent Nebraska plays at Boulder, Colo., in September…Australian National Rugby League all-star Valentine Holmes is in training camp with the NFL New York Jets as a possible running back, wide receiver and kick returner…The Dallas Cowboys signed well-traveled tight end Marcus Lewis of Missouri last week…2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and WR Christian Kirk now are reunited from their college days with the NFL Arizona Cardinals. Kirk was one of Murray’s favorite receivers when they both started their careers at Texas A&M…Longtime NFL quarterback and Michigan State standout Jim Ninowski turned 83 this year and is living in the Troy, Mich., area.

The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune’s Mike Bennett covered Notre Dame athletics for 40 years and is retiring from the newspaper…Washington Huskies radio analyst and quarterbacking great Damon Huard will finish his broadcasting duties after the 2019 season…The Denver Post researched a story about a proposed indoor arena for Boston area teams (primarily the MLB Boston Red Sox and AFL Boston Patriots) in 1965, but it never was funded. The indoor facility would have seated 53,000 for football and 45,000 for baseball…ColumnistKevin Sherrington of the Dallas Morning News scripted a column about former Houston and Baylor head coach Art Briles being back in high school football as head coach at Mt. Vernon (Texas) HS – the alma mater of NFF College Hall of Fame QB Don Meredith of SMU…Lexington (Neb.) High School celebrated its first varsity football game on Thanksgiving Day in 1897 – a 4-0 setback to Cozad (Neb.)…The New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox will play a regular-season game on the site of the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa, in 2020…The Oklahoma City Oklahoman had to rescind some recent job offers, including in the sports department, due to a hiring freeze by newspaper’s parent company Gatehouse Media…Retiring Illinois play-by-play radio announcer Dave Loane will be replaced by three different commentators in their respective sports…The Sports Tech World Series for Esports and technical innovations for sports on all levels will be held in seven cities with a projected 5,000-plus participants in seven cities worldwide.

The FWAA continues extensive pre-2019 coverage of college football drills with emphasis on dozens of preseason watch list candidates…Award-winning sports journalist Malcolm Moran of the Sports Capital Journalism Honors Program at IUPUI, Romanda Noble-Watson of Claflin, Danielle Percival of Piedmont, Donnie Smith of Southeastern, and Adam Fornwalt of Harford (Md.) were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…The NCAA placed Utah athletics on probation for two years. Auburn, Clemson, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan State, and Oklahoma also are cooperating with NCAA compliance officials on various internal investigations…The American Football Coaches Association preseason NAIA Top 25 survey includes 2018 champion Morningside at No. 1 with the following teams rounding out the Top 10:  2. Benedictine (Kan.); 3. Saint Francis (Ind.); 4. Kansas Wesleyan; 5. St. Xavier (Ill.); 6. Concordia (Mich.); 7. Marian (Ind.); 8. Baker (Kan.); 9. Dickinson State (N.D.); and 10. Reinhardt (Ga.)… Former Memphis football player Ernest Suttles has settled a lawsuit with the university…The NCAA Executive Council voted not to implement nationwide football injury reports for 2019.

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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