College Football Notes – Jan. 21, 2020

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

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The College Football 150 Greatest Players Team for the century and a half was honored last week in New Orleans, La., at halftime of the College Football Playoff championship encounter and consisted of 11 members of the NFF Colleeg Hall of Fame. The all-time squad included

Jim Brown (RB, Syracuse, 1954-56); Herschel Walker (RB, Georgia, 1980-82); Bo Jackson (RB, Auburn, 1982-85); Archie Griffin (RB, Ohio State, 1972-75); Jim Thorpe (RB, Carlisle, 1907-12); Red Grange (RB, Illinois, 1923-25); Earl Campbell (RB, Texas, 1974-77); Dick Butkus (LB, Illinois, 1962-64); Barry Sanders (RB, Oklahoma State, 1986-88); Gale Sayers (RB, Kansas, 1962-64); and Roger Staubach (QB, Navy, 1962-64).

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Jan. 20-26 time period are Jan. 20

(1929) Frank Kush, Windber, Pa.; (1960) Ronnie Mallett, Pine Bluff, Ark.; Jan. 21 (1879) Gil Dobie, Hastings, Minn.; (1901) Lynn Bomar, Gallatin, Tenn.; (1925) George Connor, Chicago, Ill.; (1952) Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Boothwyn, Pa.; (1967) Jacob Green, Pasadena, Texas; (1975) Aaron Taylor, Wichita Falls, Texas; (1958) Charles White, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1964) Joe Dudek, Boston, Mass.; Jan. 23 (1890) Morley Jennings, Holland, Mich.; (1935) Jerry Tubbs, Throckmorton, Texas; (1952) Shelby Jordan, E. St. Louis, Ill.; Jan. 24 (1881) Bill Warner, Springville, N.Y.; (1920) Chuck Taylor, Portland, Ore.; (1936) Don Bosseler, Weathersfield, N.Y.; (1985) Patrick Willis, Bruceton, Tenn.; Jan. 26 (1899) Marty Below, Oshkosh, Wis.; (1905) Allyn McKeen, Fulton, Ky.; (1906) Fred Miller, Milwaukee, Wis.; (1926) John Merritt, Falmouth, Ky.; (1948) Mike Kelly, Troy, Ohio; (1950) Jack Youngblood, Jacksonville, Fla.; 6 (1960) Jeff Davis, Greensboro, N.C.


Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Jan. 20 (1951) Stan Keck, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Jan. 21 (1969) Bowden Wyatt, Kingston, Tenn.; Jan. 23 (1976) Paul Robeson, Philadelphia, Pa.; (2011) Dr. Ed Dyas, Mobile, Ala.; (2017) Ralph Guglielmi, Wallace, N.C.; Jan. 25 (1999) Herman Wedemeyer, Honolulu, Hawai’i; (2007) Ken Kavanaugh, Sarasota, Fla.; Jan. 26 (1965) Four Horseman Harry Stuhldreher, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1983) Paul “Bear” Bryant, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; (1996) Frank Howard, Clemson, S.C.


Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Jan. 20 Ronnie Mallett, Jan. 21 (1879) Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Jacob Green, Aaron Taylor, Charles White, Joe Dudek, Jan. 23 35) Jerry Tubbs, Throckmorton, Texas; (1952) – Shelby Jordan, Jan. 24 Patrick Willis, Jan. 26 Mike Kelly, Jack Youngblood, Jeff Davis…

Alabama has signed for a home-and-home series with longtime rival Georgia Tech in 2030 and 2031…Arizona State will open its 2020 season at home against Northern Arizona…Chattanooga will travel to Conference USA power WKU on Sept. 5, 2020, and then to James Madison on Sept. 12 before opening home play on Sept. 19 against Big South Conference opponent and former NCAA Division II champion North Alabama…Connecticut has scheduled home-and-home series with Utah State (2022 and 2023) and Buffalo (2024-25, 28-29)…Army West Point and Buffalo will meet in 2026 and ’27…Minnesota has added games with Buffalo, Nevada and Rhode Island to complete its 2024 and ’25 non-conference slates…The complete 2020 Pac-12 Conference schedule was announced last week…Washington State will open its ’20 non-conference worksheet from Sept. 5-19 against Utah State of the Mountain West Conference at Logan, Utah, Houston of the American Athletic Conference on Sept. 12 and independent squad Idaho on Sept. 19 with the latter two tussles at Pullman, Wash.


Rice athletics continues to work with several area agricultural groups in the Houston area to host the Rice Farmers Market in the parking lot of Rice Stadium Thursday afternoons throughout the calendar year.


Nick Rolovich will replace Mike Leach as head coach at Washington State…Arizona State extended the contract of head coach Herm Edwards through the 2024 season…Dave Aranda, 2016-19 defensive coordinator at LSU, has been named head coach at Baylor…Bobby Petrino has been chosen as head coach at Missouri State…Former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule received a $16 million annual salary as head coach of the NFL Carolina Panthers by team owner David Tepper. Rhule has hired former Baylor assistant coach Phil Snow and LSU offensive mastermind Joe Brady for his 2020 Panthers staff…Eric Kiesau is the new offensive coordinator at Boise State…Rutgers tabbed Bob Fraser as linebackers coach…Kasey Dunn was named offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State…UNC Wilmington head coach C.B. McGrath will not return for 2020…Appalachian State has added Dale Jones as defensive coordinator…Cincinnati defensive line coach Chad Wilt has accepted a similar coaching position at Minnesota…New Colorado State head coach Steve Addazio is close to completing his Rams coaching staff…Montana State offensive coordinator Matt Miller is heading to Boise State to coach wide receivers…Nebraska hired Mike Dawson as outside linebackers coach, and new annual salaries were confirmed for secondary coach Travis Fisher ($400,000) and running backs coach Ryan Held ($450,000)…Celebrated Kansas State assistant coach and son of NFF College Hall of Fame coach and K-State legend Bill Snyder has been considered to assist 2020 Huskers special teams…Ohio State named Corey Dennis as quarterbacks coach…Rutgers Jay Butler is returning to the university as strength and conditioning coach…Garrett Riley, brother of Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley, was tabbed as new offensive coordinator at SMU…Former NFL Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is the incoming offensive coordinator for the 2020 NFL New York Giants staff…Syracuse selected Sterlin Gilbert as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach…TCU head coach Gary Patterson has been elected president of the American Football Coaches Association for 2020 and also added former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill as an assistant coach…Utah State added former North Texas and Eastern Washington offensive coordinator Bodie Reeder as its new offensive coordinator. USU’s Stacy Collins and Frank Maile will serve as co-defensive coordinators for the Aggies in ’20…Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente is remaining at Tech despite some collegiate and NFL coaching possibilities…Former Maryland interim head coach Matt Canada has become the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach…Former Michigan linebackers coach Anthony Campanile has joined the NFL Miami Dolphins coaching staff. The Michigan coaching staff will receive almost $200,000 in bowl bonuses for its Vrbo Citrus Bowl appearance…Auburn named Jack Bicknell Jr. offensive line coach…Colorado State named former Ball State offensive coordinator Joey Lynch as OC for the Rams and added longtime Boston College assistant coach Brian White as associate head coach…Houston tabbed Mark Scott as special teams coordinator…Indiana has selected Nick Sheridan as offensive coordinator and Kevin Wright as tight ends coach…Former Pittsburgh strength coach Dave Andrews was named football strength and conditioning director at Iowa State…Michigan linebackers coach Anthony Campanile appear to be staying in Ann Arbor, Mich., for the 2020 season…Former Mississippi State assistant coach Marcus Johnson is joining Missouri staff as an offensive assistant coach…Penn State wide receivers coach Gerad Parker is leaving PSU to take over as offensive coordinator at West Virginia…South Carolina director of player development Marcus Lattimore is leaving the program and has been replaced by Connor Shaw in the position…South Carolina special teams/linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler is going to Texas as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach…Former Kansas State offensive coordinator Andre Coleman who served as a Texas football analyst in 2019, will be the 2020 Longhorns receivers coach while former Wisconsin standout Jay Valai will coach UT cornerbacks…Former Texas A&M cornerbacks coach Maurice Linguist will be a defensive coach for the 2020 NFL Dallas Cowboys…Former Arkansas offensive coordinator Joe Craddock is the new tight ends coach at UAB…Former Ole Miss assistant coach Jeff Koonz has become the special teams coordinator/inside linebackers coach at West Virginia…Former Texas student-athlete Jay Boulware is returning to the 40 Acres as associate head coach for special teams and tight ends. He had spent the last seven seasons as an assistant coach at Oklahoma…Air Force athletics is completing a six-year contract extension for head coach Troy Calhoun…Former Rutgers and Maryland defensive assistant coach Andy Buh was named Arizona linebackers coach and  also brings experience as a previous collegiate defensive coordinator…Baylor looked at Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente and Louisiana head coach Billy Napier before settling on new head coach Dave Aranda…Kansas wide receivers coach Emmett Jones had his contract re-structured with new buyout clauses to help him stay on the KU staff…Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio just received a $4.3 million longevity performance bonus… Former Mississippi State and Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead is the new defensive coordinator at Oregon…Former South Alabama strength and conditioning coach Lance Ancar is joining Ole Miss football in the same capacity…Former James Madison assistant coach Ryan Smith has been secured by Virginia Tech as cornerbacks coach…SMU offensive line coach A.J. Ricker is now the team’s co-offensive coordinator…Rusty Wright is starting his second season as head coach at Chattanooga after succeeding Tom Arth when Arth accepted the Akron head coaching post. Wright was 6-6 in his first year with the Moccasins.


Alabama administrative football staff member Burton Burns is slated to leave the UA football office for the  running backs coach position with the NFL New York Giants…Former Southwest Conference baseball home run champion and head coach at Abilene Christian Chris Thomsen is the new deputy head coach at Florida State…Former Miami (Fla.) receivers coach Tyler Stubblefield accepted an appointment on the Penn State coaching staff…Former Mississippi State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop will coach Michigan’s safeties in 2020 while former USF assistant head coach/defensive coordinator/linebacker coach Brian Jean-Mary is taking over as Wolverines linebackers coach…Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin will retain 2019 defensive line coach Freddie Roach and Derrick Nix as wide receivers coach while NFF College Hall of Fame player  Terrell Buckley of Florida State will become cornerbacks coach…Mississippi State has made inroads to hire current Navy defensive coordinator Brian Newberry…Penn State chose Tyler Stubblefield as receivers coach…Appalachian State has added defensive assistant coaches Mark Bastiani and Cortney Braswell…Arkansas’ new strength and conditioning coach is Jamil Walker…Delaware head coach Bill Cubit has resigned after one year in that position…Illinois defensive passing game coordinator/safeties coach Gill Byrd will not return for the 2020 season while Keynodo Hudson will UI coach defensive backs, Alfred Davis will guide defensive tackles coach, and Jimmy Lindsey will coach defensive ends…Kansas  safeties coach Jordan Peterson agreed to a six-year contract…Former UTSA head coach Frank Wilson will take over the McNeese head coaching reins…Michigan State is in the midst of some possible football staff changes but does not have a definite timeline…Missouri has completed contract negotiations for most of its assistant football coaches and support staff members. Head baseball coach at MU Steve Bieser has a new, three-year contract extension with added salary.


Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Temple: Rod Carey, Madison, Wis.; Tennessee: Jeremy Pruitt, Rainsville, Ala.; Chattanooga: Rusty Wright, Aiken, S.C.; Tennessee-Martin: Jason Simpson, Ellisville, Miss.; Tennessee State: Rod Reed, Marshall, Texas.


Norfolk State director of athletics Marty Miller is taking on a new administrative role to assist the university president’s office…Former LSU senior associate AD (2001-06) Dan Radakovich was on the other side of the equation in the College Football Playoff as AD at Clemson… Southern California AD Mike Bohn denoted plans for a general overhaul of planning, staffing and facilities on the USC campus…Hawai’i AD David Matlin met with the Rainbows football team and promised an “expeditious” search for the team’s new head coach…Seton Hall named Tatum Colitz senior associate AD for compliance, student services and senior woman administrator….Ray Skjold has been selected as head baseball coach at Post (Conn.)…Hannah Vadakin is the new head volleyball coach at Cumberland (Tenn.)…California women’s swimming and diving coach Teri McKeever had her contract lengthened through the 2023-24 season…Hawai’i women’s basketball head coach Laura Beeman’s contract has been extended through the 2023-24 season…New Rutgers president Dr. Jonathan Holloway is a former Stanford football student-athletes and the first African-American president in Rutgers history.


The Missouri Valley Football Conference established another NCAA Division I football championship record with nine consecutive appearances by MVFC schools. North Dakota State has been in eight DI title tussles since 2011 while Illinois State faced winning James Madison in the 2016 season FCS championship…The Mountain West Conference signed a six-year, $270 million television and media rights’ agreement with CBS Sports and FOX…The Pac-12 Network is working to economize its production budget for spring football games and Pac-12 Conference winter and spring sports…Hockey East is seeking a new commissioner search underway through a nationwide search.


College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock had his current, three-year contract extended, but the CFP Board of Managers did not disclose terms. Hancock has served as an administrator for both the Bowl Championship Series and CFP since 2009…Conference USA alumni starred in the 95th annual East-West Shrine Bowl last Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla., at Tropicana Field. FIU quarterback James Morgan led a pair of East team scoring drives early while Charlotte RB Benny LeMay scored on two touchdown runs in the East’s 31-27 win. North Texas AB Nolan Fine tossed a 36-yard TD pass to Ohio State WR Binjimon Victor to highlight the West squad’s offense.


Ohio State RB JK Dobbins has won the coveted Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award as the top collegiate player from Texas or playing for a Texas collegiate program. Dobbins hails from La Grange, Texas, also the hometown of NFF College Hall of Fame member Johnnie Johnson of Texas…Rice defensive standouts Austin Trammell, Brad Rozner, Blaze Alldredge, and Treshawn Chamberlain are gearng up for an exciting spring training for the improving Owls…Oklahoma State All-American RB Chuba Hubbard will be returning for the 2020 season along with LSU standout defensive back Kary Vincent Jr.…Northwestern QB T.J. Green has received a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA Hardship Committee after working through injuries earlier in his career…Former UCLA wideout Theo Howard is transferring to Oklahoma…Clemson WR Tee Higgins and LSU WR Juston Jefferson, OL Saahdiq Charles, IL Jordan Cushenberry, LB Patrick Queen, and LB Jacob Phillips have declared for the 2020 NFL Draft…SMU granted full scholarships to former walkon standouts DT Will Jones, deep snapper Cole Voyles and RB Tyler Lavine…Alabama 2020 freshman LB Drew Sanders led Denton (Texas) Ryan HS to the Texas UIL 5A, Division I, football championship contest at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.


The Pro Football Hall of Fame denoted 14 other entrants on Jan. 15 as part of a 20-person class to celebrate the NFL’s 1919-2019 Centennial season and four newcomers on Saturday, Feb 1. Previously NFF College Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson (Arkansas alumnus) of Oklahoma State and Miami (Fla.) was announced as one of the class of 2020 for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and there are now 200-plus joint members of both the NFF College and Pro Football Hall of Fame. The new members of the 2020 Centennial Commemoration Hall of Fame class are (Contributors) Steve Sabol, Administrator/President – 1964-2012 NFL Films, Colorado College; Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 NFL, Georgetown (D.C.), NYU; George Young, Contributor/General Manager – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 NFL, Bucknell; Harold Carmichael, WR – 1971-1983 Philadelphia Eagles, 1984 Dallas Cowboys, Southern U. (Baton Rouge); Jimbo Covert, T – 1983-1990 Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh; Bobby Dillon, S – 1952-59 Green Bay Packers, Texas; Cliff Harris, S – 1970-79 Dallas Cowboys, Ouachita Baptist; Winston Hill, T – 1963-1976 New York Jets, 1977 Los Angeles Rams, Texas Southern; Alex Karras, DT – 1958-1962, 1964-1970 Detroit Lions, Iowa; Donnie Shell, S – 1974-1987 Pittsburgh Steelers, South Carolina State; Duke Slater, T – 1922 Milwaukee Badgers, 1922-25 Rock Island, Independents,1926-1931 Chicago Cardinals, Iowa; Mac Speedie, E – 1946-1952 Cleveland Browns, Utah; Ed Sprinkle, DE/LB/E – 1944-1955 Chicago Bears, Navy…Former LSU standout WR D.J. Chark Jr. has become the fourth member of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars to be chosen for the NFL Pro Bowl…NFL Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt received the 2019 American Football Conference Lamar Hunt championship trophy, which memorializes his late father and Super Bowl originator Lamar Hunt, last Sunday after the Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans for the AFC title…NFL San Francisco 49ers standout QB Jimmy Garropolo of Eastern Illinois and former free agent running back Raheem Mostert of Purdue have proven that college football performance is critical to NFL success as members of the 49ers Super Bowl LIV squad…State Farm Insurance almost had its “dream” Super Bowl matchup with company dual commercial stars quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech and the NFL Kansas City Chiefs and Aaron Rodgers of California and the NFL Green Bay Packers.


Connecticut athletics is working to make up for lost revenue for 2019 ticket sales with season ticket campaigns in 2020…UCLA athletics has launched a promotional effort for 2020 season and individual game tickets…Penn State athletics is accepting increases in Nittany Lion Club donations to help offset possible ticket price updates…Tennessee athletics reported a $790,000 surplus in its 2019 fiscal year…Oklahoma State has received a $50 million donation to transform its agricultural college and facilities…Arkansas’ new Little Rock Memorial Stadium command center has gotten rave media and public reviews…The Kentucky Convention Center attached to to Kentucky’s Rupp Arena gets has a new name – the Central Bank Center…Portland State football continues to undergo discussions about funding and facilities’ improvement…Florida  football attendance posted large home gains from 2018 to ’19…South Carolina athletics continues to enjoy solid profits from public beer and wine sales at football and basketball contests…Fresno State athletics is working with the Mountain West Conference to lessen the number of late night and early morning football start times for telecasts…Tennessee football is revamping its locker room area at Neyland Stadium in the offseason…The Citadel is installing new playing field turf at its football stadium and is working to update football coaches; contracts…Pittsburgh athletics new Victory Heights plans include a new arena, athletics performance, indoor track, and new football facilities…Oklahoma State held a campus pep rally last week to launch a goal of 51,000 season ticket sales…Louisiana Tech athletics is working to establish a timeline for the start of athletics’ facilities renovations.


Dan Patrick, Michael Wilbon and Tom Verducci have been elected to the 2020 National Sports Media Hall of Fame along with deceased members Skip Caray, Cawood Ledford, and Dick Young. The 2019 NMSA Sportscaster of the year is Kansas graduate Kevin Harlan while the Sportswriter of the Year is Adrian Wojnarowski of and St. Bonaventure. They will honored with 110 state sportscasters and sportswriters of the year from 49 states plus the District of Columbia on June 29 at the 61st NMSA awards banquet in Winston-Salem, N.C…The Quality Point Rating System recently published its 100-season version with national champions deducted by editor Clyde R. Berryman…Longtime NFF member Loran Smith penned a column about college football creating a culture meant for the NFL in the Athens, Ga., Banner-Herald…FOX Sports is celebrating the 50-year anniversary of Kansas City’s most recent Super Bowl victory in January 1970 23-7 over the Minnesota Vikings at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, La. The late Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck was on the call for CBS Sports in the ’70 clash while his son Joe Buck will be the lead broadcaster for FOX in the 2020 renewal at Miami, Fla…Award-winning announcer Bill Hazen is initiating some telecasts and webstreamed events with Louisiana Tech and UL Monroe…Corporate downsizing in area sports media may affect statewide and regional coverage of Kentucky athletics.


The AFCA presented the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy presented by Amway during last week’s CFP championship celebration and parade in Baton Rouge, La. This Waterford crystal trophy has been awarded to the national champion and/or No. 1 team in the Amway Coaches Poll since 1986.  It was LSU’s fourth national football title (1958, 2003, 2007, and 2019) and the third AFCA Coaches’ Trophy presented by Amway since 2003…Sahar Abdur-Rashid of NCAA Communications, Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA, Doug Kelly of the Football Bowl Association, Michael Konradi of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, and Mike Fragale of West Virginia were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Arizona, Hawai’i, Kansas, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Rhode Island, SMU, Southern California, TCU, and USF are working with NCAA enforcement and compliance officials concerning possible issues and reports at their respective schools.

2020-21 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s Six Games(All Games Televised by ESPN, Eastern Airtimes) CFP

Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 (CFP Semifinals)Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., 4 or 8 p.m.

Allstate Sugar Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, New Orleans, La., 4 or 8 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 11 – CFP Championship, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Fla., 8 p.m.

Wedneday, Dec. 30-Jan. 2 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)Wednesday, Dec. 30 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, TBD; Friday, Jan. 1 – Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.; Saturday, Jan. 2 – PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., TBD Jan. 2 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Fla., TBD



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