College Football Notes – Aug. 19, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, August 19th, 2019

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Rutgers will stage a re-enactment of the famed first football game between the Scarlet Knights and Princeton in 1869 on Friday, Aug. 30, at 6:15 p.m. (EDT) prior to the 2019 season opener against Massachusetts later that evening in New Brunswick, N.J. This game will celebrate the 150th anniversary of college football, and Rutgers Theatre students will add to the moment while dressed in 1800s era costumes.

College football season actually kicks off Saturday with a pair of NCAA FCS contests and two NCAA FBS encounters all regionally or nationally televised. Florida meets Miami (Fla.) at 6 p.m. (CDT) in Orlando, Fla., with an ESPN national telecast to commemorate the 150-year anniversary of that first gridiron clash at Rutgers. The Mountain West and Pac-12 Conferences then play their earliest openers in history when Arizona travels to Hawai’i for a 10:30 p.m. (EDT) telecast on the CBS Sports Network.Earlier in the day, Colgate travels to Villanova for a noon (EDT) lidlifter, and Samford and Youngstown State clash at 3 p.m. (EDT) at historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.

El Paso (Texas) Mayor Dee Margo has been instrumental in the El Paso Strong movement after the recent tragedy in his city. He was a football student-athlete at Vanderbilt from 1970-74 and is married to the Adair Wakefield Strong, fellow Vandy alumna and queen of the 1974 Sun Bowl Festival when Mississippi State faced North Carolina in the ’74 Sun Bowl contest…Veteran college and Special Olympics’ publicist (now retired) Ed McKee has been named to the 2019 George Washington U. Athletics Hall of Fame…The Denver Post penned a feature on former Colorado State standout RB Troy Lindsay and his son Colorado alumnus and NFL Denver Broncos star RB Phillip Lindsay…Huston Street, son of late 1969 national championship quarterback the late James Street and both alumni of Texas, is returning to UT to finish his degree and will serve as a student assistant for the baseball team. The 2002 NCAA World Series Outstanding Player played Major League Baseball for 13 seasons and recorded 324 all-time saves.

The last Southwest Conference playing participant in any sport has retired from football. Kicker Phil Dawson, who starred at Texas from 1994-97 and competed both in the SWC in 1994 and ’95 and later in the Big 12 Conference in 1996 and ’97, completed his NFL career after 21 seasons (1998-2018) by retiring from the Cleveland Browns. Dawson eclipsed all the Browns career kicking records by NFF College Hall of Fame player Lou Groza and also booted three field goals in Texas’ 37-27 upset over Nebraska in the 1996 Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Champion in St. Louis, Mo. Dawson made 441 career field goals in the NFL while playing for five different teams.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Aug. 19-25 time period are Aug. 19 (1946) Bob Johnson, Gary, Ind.; Aug. 20 (1908) Beattie Feathers, Bristol, Va.; (1917) Ed Molinski, Scranton, Pa.; (1927) John Rauch, Philadelphia, Pa.; Aug. 21 (1928) Bud McFadin, Rankin, Texas; (1945) Willie Lanier, Clover, Va.; (1954) Archie Griffin, Columbus, Ohio; (1959) Jim McMahon, Jersey City, N.J.; Aug. 22 (1878) Henry Seibels, Montgomery, Ala.; (1880) Bill Roper, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1899) Don Lourie, Decatur, Ala.; (1909) Mel Hein, Redding, Calif.; (1940) Bill McCartney, Riverview, Mich.; (1956) Wes Chandler, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; Aug. 23 (1874) Bill Hickok, Harrisburg, Pa.; (1885) Howard Jones, Excello, Ohio; Aug. 24 (1887) Albert Benbrook, Chicago, Ill.; (1893) Paul Des Jardien, Coffeyville, Kan.;  (1940) Jim Holder, Wichita Falls, Texas; Aug. 25 (1900) Chuck Carney, Chicago, Ill.; (1953) Doug English, Dallas, Texas.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Aug. 19 (1979) Walter Gilbert, Auburn, Ala.; (1982) Fritz Crisler, Ann Arbor, Mich.; (1985) Bobby Reynolds (Neb.), Lincoln, Neb.; Aug. 20 (1946) Fielding Yost, Ann Arbor, Mich.; (1998) Fred Sington, Birmingham, Ala.; (2010) Johnny Bailey, Houston, Texas; (2016) Harry Gilmer, St. Louis, Mo.; Aug. 24 (1967) Mike McKeever, Montebello, Calif.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Aug. 19 Bob Johnson, Aug. 21 Archie Griffin, Jim McMahon, Aug. 22 Bill McCartney, Wes Chandler, Aug. 24 Jim Holder, Aug. 25 Doug English…

Arkansas and Oklahoma State have added two more games in 2032 and ’33 to a four-game series. The nearby rivals last played in 1980…Florida and Miami (Fla.) are holding negotiations for future contests after opening the season Saturday, Aug. 24 in Orlando, Fla. – the earliest season opener in both teams’ annals and one of the earliest initial NCAA FBS history…Auburn now will host Mercer on Sept. 3, 2022, to start the season after the outing previously had been slated for Nov. 20, 2022…The Vanderbilt-East Tennessee State contest has been moved up to Sept. 14, 2019, from its earlier date of Nov. 23…Michigan and Notre Dame may play some future night games for television, but Wolverines athletics has asked that the traditional UM-Michigan State remain a daytime tilt…Arkansas responded to a recent inquiry about future scheduling with ins-state university Arkansas State of the Sun Belt Conference…Georgia completed arrangements to pay Charlotte a $1.9 million guarantee for a  2025 game in Athens, Ga. – to date the largest payout to a UGA non-conference opponent…UCF director of athletics Danny White has posted possible open dates for a future series with Florida…The new Alabama-Wisconsin series’ agreement has been hailed as one of the top intersectional matchups for both the Southeastern and Big Ten Conferences in recent years…UAB enters the 2019 season as two-time defending attendance champion for Conference USA and guidance from 2018 FWAA Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Bill Clark.

 

North Texas athletics had a special tickets’ promotion for individual $19 seats 19 days before the Mean Green Eagles open the season against Abilene Christian Aug. 31 in Denton, Texas…Mississippi State is starting a course in studying and maneuvering unmanned aircraft such as drones. Several MSU football student-athletes and support personnel have shown an interest in the subject. State also is a nationally recognized Professional Golf Association training university with a major in golf course management and related subjects.

 

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher extolled limiting or not using social media portals because of keeping private lives and matters out of the public eye…Georgia athletics named Angela Kirkpatrick and Logan Reed assistant football recruiting coordinators…Former Tennessee State and NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has joined the TSU football staff…Arizona athletics named former receiver wide receiver Syndric Steptoe as director of football player development…Marshall head coach Doc Holliday joined the chorus nationally by several coaches in seeking changes in the NCAA transfer portal…Alabama head coach Nick Saban confirmed that he had not offered a previous coaching position at UA to former Florida and Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith…Oklahoma State wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn and new offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson from Princeton finalized their 2019-20 contracts and amenities…Penn State football chief of staff Jemal Griffin accepted a position at St. Thomas (Minn.), and Kevin Threlkel will replace Griffin…LSU has offered Bill Johnson a one-year contract as the Tigers defensive line coach to fill in for injured assistant coach Dennis Johnson.

 

Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Jackson State: John Hendrick, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Jacksonville U.: Ian Shields, Oregon City, Ore.; Jacksonville State: John Grass, Ashland, Ala.; Kansas: Les Miles, Elyria, Ohio; Kansas State: Chris Klieman, Waterloo, Iowa.

 

Florida AD and College Football Playoff selection committee member Scott Stricklin spoke of various means to help guarantee Gators football and other sports’ success in 2019-20…Veteran Notre Dame associate AD John Heisler has been named senior associate AD for UCF athletics…New UTRGV AD  Chasse Conque has begun budgeting and personnel updates for the department…Michigan director of athletics Warde Manuel told the media that head coach Jim Harbaugh enters every season with high expectations and national title aspirations…Oklahoma State chose Patsy Armstrong as assistant AD…Temple tabbed Kevin Copp as associate AD for video production…Former Dallas (Texas) Conrad HS head coach M.T. Tyeskir has been named as an assistant AD for the Dallas Independent School District…Former Kansas State director of student-athlete development Shane Southwell has joined the staff at Robert Morris U. athletics…Ohio State athletics is completing personnel evaluations for the 2018-19 academic year…Air Force named Jen Block executive director of athletics…Incarnate Word AD Brian Wickstrom is completing his career assignment at the San Antonio, Texas, university… Notre Dame added Rich Wallace and Scott Wingo as assistant baseball coaches…Montana State tabbed  Emily Danza as assistant Alpine skiing coach…Texas’ Board of Regents approved new contracts for men’s head tennis coach Bruce Berque, women’s head tennis coach Howard Joffe, women’s swimming and diving head coach Carol Capitani, women’s head golf coach Ryan Murphy, and women’s head rowing coach Dave O’Neill…Former Wichita State great and MLB manager Eric Wedge is making new strides at WSU’s new head baseball coach…Memphis president Dr. M. David Ruud has inked a new contract with bonus incentives…North Dakota’s University System has renewed an eight-year agreement with the search firm AGB…Georgia’s Dan Magill Society remains as one of the top donation arms for athletics. It is named in memory of the longtime UGA tennis coach and assistant AD/sports information director who passed away in 2014…St. Anselm named Ian Burgess athletics management, recreation and recreation director…USF AD Michael Kelly has proposed an indoor football facility for the Bulls…Creighton named Judd Cornell men’s golf coach while Hawai’i men’s tennis coach John Nelson has finished his 16-year career in that role…Indiana’s top athletics department administrator salaries for the 2020 fiscal year have been revealed by the Bloomington, Ind., Herald-Times.

 

The ACC Network has partnered with Charter/Spectrum internet and cable services as it gets set for its Aug. 22 launch…Citizens Cable will carry the ACC Network in the Roanoke, Blacksburg and South Virginia region. The network still is negotiating for broadcast rights with Comcast and Dish Networks…There were 222 student-athletes from all sports from St. John’s on the just-released Big East Conference 2018-19 Academic All-Conference squads.

 

With a 99 percent renewal rate from 2018 bowl purchasers, the Chick-Fil-A Bowl College Football semifinals’ outing on Dec. 28 became the first CFP or New Year’s Six postseason special to sell out its non-participating teams’ ticket distribution earlier this month…The Football Bowl Association Hall of Fame remembered the late Hall of Famer Ambrose “Bud” Dudley who brought the now-AutoZone Liberty Bowl to Memphis, Tenn., and Liberty Bowl Stadium in 1965 and was the bowl’s executive director for 35 years.

 

The 42-player Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award to honor the top NCAA FBS player from Texas includes several national standouts. Some of the prime performers are RB Jason Huntley of New Mexico State, OT Walker Little of Stanford, RB Kam Martin of Auburn, QB Steven Montez of Colorado, QB Tanner Mordecai of Oklahoma, and WR Reggie Roberson Jr. of SMU…On the preseason watch list of 46 players for the 34th annual Paycom Jim Thorpe Award (nation’s top defensive back) are the likes of Darreon Jackson of Arkansas State, Jerry Jacobs of Arkansas State, Jaylon Johnson of Utah, Kevin McGill of Eastern Michigan, Xavier McKinney of Alabama, Josh Metellus of Michigan, JR Reed of Georgia, Amik Robertson of Louisiana Tech, and Josiah Scott of Michigan State, among others…Some key transfers in recent weeks to numerous schools via the NCAA undergraduate and graduate portals are Auburn linebacker Richard McBryde to SMU, Hawai’i QB Dru Brown to Oklahoma State, Clemson safety Austin Jackson to Oklahoma, Stetson’s Abayomi Iyiola to Arkansas, Vanderbilt’s Ean Pfeifer, offensive linemen Josh Black and Jackson Gregory and community college linebacker Monty Montgomery to Louisville, Miami (Fla.) DB Nigel Bethel Jr. to a school to be determined, and Louisville RB Trey Smith to Wyoming.…TCU standout WR Jalen Reagor and his father, former Texas Tech All-America DL Montae Reagor were featured in a recent Dallas Morning News edition. Their hometown of Waxahachie, Texas, and its fabled history in athletics also was highlighted…2018 All-Big 12 defensive back Jeff Gladney enters his senior season with 32 career starts for the Horned Frogs…SMU wideout James Proche is shooting for a third consecutive 1,000-yard all-purpose season as a junior after racking up 1,119 overall yards with 12 touchdowns in 2018…One of Texas’ top wideouts verbally committed to Kansas recently as Lawrence Arnold of DeSoto HS outside Dallas announced his intentions…Texas graduate transfer Shane Buechele and sophomore Will Brown appear to have the upper hand in competition for SMU’s starting quarterback slot…Linebackers Buddy Johnson and Anthony Hines III are getting compliments from coaches on their practice work ethic at Texas A&M nears its Aug. 29 season opener against Texas State in College Station, Texas…Texas sophomore DB Caden Sterns paced the Longhorns with four pass interceptions in ’18 as a freshman. RBs Daniel Young and Jordan Whittington are getting ample practice repetitions as UT is a bit short on running backs in August workouts…TCU quarterback Mike Collins has sustained a lower leg injury and is out for an indefinite time. Horned Frogs transfer QB Matthew Baldwin of Ohio State will sit out the 2019 season after losing a NCAA appeal for immediate eligibility, though TCU and Baldwin’s family still are seeking a possible new ruling. The Frogs also are waiting until game week to denote their starting quarterback…Oregon QB Justin Herbert was ranked among the Top Four preseason 2019 Heisman Trophy candidates by Sports Illustrated…Oklahoma State redshirt freshman and 2017 Texas Class 5A Player of the Year Spencer Saunders and senior transfer Dru Brown are vying for the starting quarterback’s post prior to the Cowboys season opener Aug. 30 at Oregon State. OSU center Johnny Wilson also was cited for his preseason work ethic…Texas A&M freshman OL Colten Blanton has been limited in his preseason practice time by carryover injuries from last season. Aggies freshman TE Baylor Cupp has been sidelined with a broken ankle…Texas RB Jaren Watkins is back on the field after a recent injury scare in workouts. Longhorns RB Keaontay Ingram also has been sidelined with a bruised knee…North Texas head coach Seth Littrell singled out freshman QB Jason Bean, QB Austin Aune, CB Cam Johnson and CB Quinn Whitlock for their performances in a recent scrimmage. The Eagles are looking for another wide receiver to offset All-Conference USA wideout Rico Bussey Jr. On a relayed note, Sports Illustrated magazine rated Littrell as one of the top choices nationally to make a move to a Power Five Conference as a future head coach…Wisconsin continues to seek the return of football student-athlete Quintez Cephus to school and full football eligibility…University of Calgary (Canada) will miss the Statz twins – Nick and Aaron – playing together for the first time in three years after Nick Statz finished his eligibility and had a spring tryout with the CFL Calgary Stampeders. Aaron Statz is returning as a mainstay for the Dinos as they seek more postseason play this year….South Carolina tight end Kiel Pollard has finished his college career after a cyst was found near his spinal cord…Mansfield (Texas) Timberview RB Stacy Sneed has made an oral commitment to Colorado for 2020…Frisco (Texas) WR Marvin Mims Jr. extended a 2020 verbal commitment to Stanford.

 

The 10 most profitable colleges in NCAA Division I athletics in 2018-19 through tax revenue records obtained by USA Today are Texas, $219,402,579; Texas A&M, $212,399,426; The Ohio State University, $205,556,663; Michigan, $195,769,104; Alabama, $177,481,937; Georgia, $176,699,893; Oklahoma, $175,325,500; Florida State, $168,177,850; Penn State, $165,373,214; and Florida, $161,183,765…The popular Big Red of the Rockies fan store for all things Nebraska Huskers is re-opening in Estes Park, Colo., after a two-year hiatus. Football items will be accentuated at the re-processed store…Sports Illustrated ranked the Top 10 live and costumed mascots nationally to celebrate the 150-year anniversary of intercollegiate football. They are the Georgia Bulldog, the Oregon Duck, Mike the LSU Tiger, Texas’ Bevo Longhorn, the Stanford Tree, Colorado’s Ralphie the Buffalo, South Carolina’s Cocky the Gamecock, WKU’s Big Red, Syracuse’s Otto the Orange, and Tennessee’s Smokey the Hound…Idaho State president Dr. Kevin Satterlee is working to bring more awareness to the ISU brand and athletics…New Mexico athletics is working to overcome red ink, which has been evident in several recent annual budgets, through marketing, donations and ticket sales…Tennessee athletics’ operating costs and buyouts in 2019 were evaluated by the Knoxville, Tenn., News-Sentinel…UCF has sold out its 2019 football season football tickets…UTEP athletics is preparing an El Paso Strong theme for the 2019 season in light of August events in the city…Rutgers athletics launched a campaign to continue to grow its donor base… The Connecticut Husky Ticket Project will purchase tickets for underserved youngsters in the UConn area…Florida State and Vanderbilt (legally) will serve beer and wine publicly at 2019 home games. For decades, Vandy fans made an art of the football flask for harder beverages and often hurled empty bottles onto the field late in games over several years in Nashville, Tenn….Ohio State and Michigan are having a fun, running tussle over official names for the universities. Ohio State is obtaining a copyright for The Ohio State University while Michigan says it will counter by securing branding rights for the word of in the University of Michigan…UNLV athletics created a loyalty program for season ticket purchasers this summer…Louisiana football student-athletes are now members of the Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Foundation in a directive by head coach Billy Napier…East Carolina athletics has completed renovations of Minges Coliseum and TowneBank Tower…UAB’s updated facilities and upcoming downtown Birmingham, Ala., football stadium evoked memories of the school’s first temporary football office in 1990 – a former dentist’s office – prior to the start of intercollegiate football by the Blazers in 1991… Air Force student-athletes voiced favor for a deferred service time plan as they await a possible military academies’ pro sports policy from US. President Donald Trump…Navy football will change its motto for the 2019 season…Central Michigan and several other schools in that region are working to expand both season and individual game ticket sales as the season approaches…Penn State athletics is working to clarify traffic patterns and parking areas prior to the home opener…Iowa athletics utilized area volunteers to install thousands of Kinnick Stadium seatbacks for the ’19 season over the summer…Missouri football players and area fans have been impressed by the finished areas of the south end zone renovation… Wisconsin athletics appears to be taking a common sense approach to new facilities and renovated older areas as funding dictates…SMU football has placed strategic billboards near the high schools of several of their projected standouts, including DT Demerick Gary from Dallas (Texas) Kimball HS…Kansas State is adding additional Chick-fil-A items, public address music and a new variety of margaritas to its 2019 football concessions’ lists…Michigan Stadium also is adding new dining options for the year…Nike is making provisions to assist pregnant women athletes in its apparel programs…Rutgers is working on a late-month push for season ticket sales…South Carolina has topped its 2018 season tickets’ total…Texas is on the verge of breaking the 2010 school record of 62,750 season tickets with 62,000-plus sold to start the week…. Indiana’s new football facility and locker room are creating preseason excitement for the Hoosiers…Old Dominion’s reconstructed S.B. Ballard Stadium is getting finishing reconstruction touches before the Monarchs home opener Aug. 31 against Norfolk State…Southern California’s $315 million renovation at the Los Angeles Coliseum has more aisles, leg room, improved seating, and new video boards.

 

Associated Press college sports editor Ralph Russo had a splendid enterprise story about the cooperative efforts of college football and the NFL over the last 40-plus years. He also noted that NFF College Hall of Fame QB and 1938 Heisman Trophy recipient Davey O’Brien of TCU was the first Heisman winner to play in the NFL for two seasons from 1938-39. O’Brien went on to a storied career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation…Noted Nashville, Tenn., journalist David Boclair now is covering the NFL Tennessee Titans for Sports Illustrated. He is married to former CoSIDA president and veteran college publicist Tammy Boclair…ESPN’s Statistics and Information Data Division worked over the last two years to put together a Top 50 listing of all-time college football programs to celebrate College Football 150 this autumn. The Top 20 programs via this research are Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Southern California, Michigan, Yale, Nebraska, Texas, North Dakota State, Princeton, Penn State, Harvard, Tennessee, LSU, Mount Union, Miami (Fla.), St. John’s (Minn.), Florida State, and Auburn…Clemson’s football recruiting budget was examined in a series by the Greenville, S.C., News…Longtime UCF football radio broadcaster Jerry O’Neill is retiring…Alabama radio broadcaster Chris Stewart has undergone preseason heart bypass surgery and is resting in good condition…Auburn’s Andy Burcham is replacing the late Rod Bramblett as radio voice of the football and basketball Tigers…Idaho Sports Broadcaster of the Year Bob Behler will be appearing on multiple College Sports Weekly national interviews…The Memphis, Tenn., Commercial Appeal conducted a study on the top salary structure for Group of Five collegiate conferences…Tulane’s new lead broadcaster for football and basketball radio networks is Andrew Allegretta…The new movie “Brian Banks” about the former Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic HS standout is in nationwide release. It chronicles the story of the former LBPHS star and his release from a conviction through evidence obtained by the California Innocence Project…The Buffalo, N.Y., News reported a three-part series on the importance of college sports in the Buffalo area,

 

The FWAA has completed its main directory membership drive but is accepting 2019-20 membership dues and updates online vis the FWAA.com site and links…John Barry of Whitman, Evann Carpenter of Chowan, Jordan Sarnoff of Sacred Heart (Conn.), Chad Jackson of Georgia Southern, and K.C. Culler of Pfeiffer were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter… A U.S. Ninth Circuit Court ruled last week that college football student-athletes are not NCAA employees and are not entitled to minimum wage beyond their grant-in-aid funds…The NCAA also is funding a $75 million settlement for concussion screening for 4 million former student-athletes in a variety of sports…The NCAA is working with Auburn, BYU, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Missouri State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, UC Riverside, Wisconsin, and some other unnamed schools to mend possible compliance issues…The new NCAA Agent Certification Requirement will not require a bachelor’s degree for licensed player agents.

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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