College Football Notes – Jan. 28, 2020

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

 

Gene Corrigan, who headed the NFF Honors Court or College Hall of Fame selections, was commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference, president of the NCAA, and director of athletics at Virginia and Notre Dame, passed away Jan. 25 in Charlottesville, Va. He was 91. Corrigan became one of the most influential people in college athletics during a career that began after his graduation from Duke in 1952 and spanned more than 60 years. In addition to his 10-year stint as the commissioner of the ACC and the other duties, he also served as AD at Washington and Lee University (Va.). Corrigan joined the NFF Honors Court in 1982, which is responsible for selecting the College Football Hall of Fame inductees, and he served for 33 years, including 24 years as chairman from 1992-2015. In 1989, he accepted a position as member of the NFF Board of Directors, and served until 2015 before assuming emeritus status, which he maintained until his passing. He was the father of Boo Corrigan, current director of athletics at Army West Point and May 1 incoming AD at NC State.

Super Bowl LIV is on the horizon Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:20 p.m. (EST) from Miami, Fla., and there are dozens of NFF connections and honorees competing.

Several NFF National Scholar-Athletes and NFF Hampshire Honor Society academic and NFL standouts will be playing for both teams, and for a complete listing, please access www.FootballFoundation.com.

Incidentally, NFF College Hall of Fame member Chris Burford of Stanford was a first-round draft selection for the American Football League Dallas Texans in 1960 after he led the NCAA in pass receptions with 61 in 1959. He moved with the Texans to Kansas City in 1963 and has been among the all-time AFL pass receivers for several years with 391 career catches – the Chiefs record when he retired in 1967. Burford also will celebrate his 82nd birthday Jan. 31 – two days before his beloved Chiefs seek their second Super Bowl title (first was 50 years ago in 1970 in Super Bowl IV over the Minnesota Vikings) on Feb. 2 in Miami against the San Francisco 49ers.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Jan. 27-Feb. 2 time period are Jan. 27 (1894) Fritz Pollard, Chicago, Ill.; (1907) Peter Pund, Augusta, Ga.; (1920) Frankie Albert, Chicago, Ill.; Jan. 28 (1937) Charlie Krueger, Caldwell, Texas; Jan. 29 (1896) Edwin “Goat” Hale, Jackson, Miss.; (1927) Arnold Galiffa, Donora, Pa.; (1945) Jim Donnan, Laurens, S.C.; Jan. 30 (1925) Bump Elliott, Detroit, Mich.; (1923) Frank “Muddy” Waters, Chico, Ga.; Jan. 31 (1909) Bert Metzger, Chicago, Ill.; (1913) Don Hutson, Pine Bluff, Ark.; (1913) Wayne Millner, Roxbury, Mass.; (1938) Chris Burford, Oakland, Calif.; (1953) Roosevelt Leaks, Brenham, Texas; Feb. 1 (1908) Albie Booth, New Haven. Conn.; (1915) Gaynell “Gus” Tinsley, Ruple, La.; Feb. 2 (1945) Loyd Phillips, Ft. Worth, Texas.

 

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Jan. 27 (2002) Edgar Manske, Los Angeles, Calif.; (2008) Mike Holovak, Ruskin, Fla.; (2011) Vaughn Mancha, Tallahassee, Fla.; Jan. 28 (1991) Red “The Galloping Ghost” Grange, Lake Wales, Fla.; (2004) Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch, Madison, Wis.; (2013) Doug Kenna, No. Palm Beach, Fla.; Jan. 30 (2018) Clyde “Smackover” Scott, Little Rock, Ark.; Jan. 31 (1945) Al Blozis, Vosges Mountains, France; Feb. 2 (1956) Truxton Hare, Radnor, Pa.

 

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Jan. 28 Charlie Krueger (a spry 83), Jan. 29 Jim Donnan (a spry 75), Jan. 31 Chris Burford (a spry 82), Oakland, Calif.; (1953) Roosevelt Leaks, Brenham, Texas; Feb. 1 (1908) Albie Booth, New Haven. Conn.; (1915) Gaynell “Gus” Tinsley, Ruple, La.; Feb. 2 (1945) Loyd Phillips, Ft. Worth, Texas.

Buffalo is adding a 2025 game at Minnesota in 2025 schedule and a home-and-home series with Army in 2026 and ’27…Appalachian State and Liberty have added a two-game series in 2024 and ’25…Minnesota also will host Rhode Island and Nevada in 2024…Louisville will host Ball State in a single-game contract in 2025…Texas will meet UL Monroe in 2022, Wyoming in 2023 and Texas State in ’24 single contests…Fresno State will receive ample guarantees for future games at Michigan and Southern California…Ohio State and Texas will swap locations for the their 2025 and ’26 skirmishes…Only Alabama, Nebraska and Notre Dame have won three national championships over four years in the Associated Press national polls (since 1936), BCS or CFP. Clemson was seeking to become a fourth member of that group during the 2019 season before falling to LSU on Jan. 13…BYU’s record over the last three decades against Top 25-ranked opponents seems to speak well of the program’s success…Nebraska has targeted the state of Iowa as a chief football recruiting area outside the Cornhusker State…West Virginia football, No. 15 all-time in NCAA FBS programs’ victories, 106 All-America players, 194 NFL draft choices, and 37 bowl appearances, is continuing its 2020 offseason strength and conditioning programs at full pace.

 

Several college campuses and athletics events on Monday, Jan. 20, commemorated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and his worldwide impact during the annual Martin Luther King national holiday…The Souper Bowl of Caring is accepting donations at hundreds of grocery stores and markets leading up to Super Bowl Sunday to help alleviate hunger throughout the United States. For additional information and donation locations, please access the website www.souperbowl.org…Several Rice officials, alumni and former student-athletes competed in half and full marathons at the recent Houston Chevron Marathon…Northern State (S.D.) men’s basketball head coach Saul Phillips helped an area woman delivery a baby after she was caught in a recent snowstorm. The woman made it Nebraska where she gave birth.

 

The six-year contract of new Baylor head coach Dave Aranda was formalized last week…Bob Diaco is the new defensive coordinator at Purdue…Hawai’i named longtime college head coach Todd Graham as the Rainbows new top mentor…East Carolina renewed the contract of defensive coordinator and safeties coach Bob Trott… Vince Kehres is moving to Toledo as a defensive assistant coach after serving as head coach at Mt. Union for seven years with two NCAA DIII titles. His father Larry Kehres (winner of 11 NCAA Division III titles from 1985-2012 as the school’s head coach) also is retiring as AD at Mr. Union at the end of the academic year…Memphis tabbed Kyle Pope as defensive line coach…Syracuse named Sterlin Gilbert offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach…Georgia selected Todd Monken as offensive coordinator…Defensive passing game coordinator Gil Byrd of Illinois will be searching for a new coaching assignment in 2020 as will former Nebraska offensive coordinator Troy Walters…Duke named Greg Frey offensive line coach…Georgia tabbed former Southern Miss offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner as offensive quality control assistant…Iowa State selected former Northwestern offensive coordinator Mick McCall as running backs…LSU reportedly interviewed Youngstown State head coach Bo Pelini for its vacant defensive coordinator’s post. Tigers defensive backs coach Corey Raymond has been offered a three-year contract extension…Maryland has added former Colorado State safeties coach George Helow as special teams coordinator/linebackers coach…Michigan is working with head coach Jim Harbaugh on possible contract restructuring. Harbaugh also is planning another 2020 overseas’ spring trip for the Wolverines but has not revealed the destination…Ohio State named Kerry Coombs defensive coordinator in his return to the OSU coaching staff…Auburn defensive coordinator and former Baylor head coach Kevin Steele has received a three-year contract extension…Texas A&M has named former Memphis assistant TJ Rushing as cornerbacks coach…Former Texas and Texas Tech assistant coach and defensive coordinator Todd Orlando accepted a position on the Southern California coaching staff…Former LSU defensive analyst Kenechi Udeze is the new linebackers coach at Vanderbilt…West Virginia head coach Nel Brown visited with All-Big 12 Conference lineman and NFL prospect Colton McKivitz at last week’s Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala….Former Alabama defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski was named to the Toledo staff as co-defensive coordinator/outside linebackers coach…Alabama defensive line coach Brian Baker is expected to move into an advisory role as Ole Miss assistant coach Freddie Roach has been interviewed for that post…Indiana added safeties coach Jason Jones and tight ends coach Kevin Wright to its 2020 staff while Grant Heard is the Hoosiers new offensive co-coordinator…Penn State head coach James Franklin has completed his ’20 Penn State coaching staff…New Washington State head coach Nick Rolovich is bringing Wyoming defensive coordinator Jake Dickert and at least four 2019 Hawai’i Rainbows assistant coaches onto his new defensive staff. Wyoming’s defensive  run game coordinator AJ Cooper and cornerbacks coach John Richardson will join Dickert on the newly-formed staff…Nebraska has added Matt Lubick as offensive coordinator/receivers coach and has made other coaching changes on the offensive side…New Northern Colorado head coach Ed McCaffrey denoted his 2020 coaching staff in an imaginative Twitter feed…Former Ohio State quality control coach Matt Thurin is Boston College’s new special teams coordinator…Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy was credited with keeping potential NFL draft departures Kasey Dunn, Chuba Hubbard and Tylan Wallace at OSU for the 2020 season…Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith officially received his revised contract and upgraded compensation for the 2020-25 seasons…Purdue special teams/defensive line coach Kevin Wolthausen and defensive line coach Reggie Johnson will not return for ’20, and North Texas assistant coach Marty Blagi is slated to become the Boilermakers special teams coordinator…Retired San Diego State head coach Rocky Long may become a special consultant or quality control coach at another 2020 destination…South Carolina’s Kyle Krantz is the new Gamecocks special teams coordinator and assistant defensive backs coach…Southern California offensive coordinator Graham Harrell has interviewed for the NFL Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator’s slot…Former Syracuse defensive coordinator Brian Ward is moving to the Nevada coaching staff…UCLA officially hired Navy’s Brian Norwood as defensive backs coach…Boise State has added school-record-setting wide receiver Matt Miller as wide receivers coach…East Carolina defensive coordinator Bob Trott will not return for the upcoming season…Houston has completed some re-shuffling of its assistant coaching staff prior to spring drills…Illinois assistant coaches are in the process of receiving new contracts and salary raises…Indiana added former Florida Atlantic assistant coach Jason Jones as safeties coach….Former Miami (Fla.) great Alonzo Highsmith will not be returning to Miami athletics as he inked a new contract as vice president of the NFL Cleveland Browns…Michigan named former Mississippi State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop to its staff as one of the replacement coaches for former Wolverines defensive assistants Chris Partridge and Anthony Campanile…Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio was featured in a recent Lansing, Mich., State Journal newspaper article…Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach added former Washington State strength and conditioning coach Tyson Brown and senior associate AD for football Dave Emrick off the 2019 Cougars staff…LSU assistant coach Mickey Joseph was interviewed for a recent coaching staff position at Nebraska but is staying with the Tigers…New Mexico tabbed as its incoming linebacker coach David Howes…Two Pittsburgh assistant strength and conditioning coaches will be joining former Pitt senior S&C coach Dave Andrews at Iowa State…Rutgers returning head coach Greg Schiano was highlighted for his recent assistant coaching and football staff hirings along with their compensation packages by the New Jersey Star-Ledger newspaper…SMU offensive coordinator Garrett Riley has gained official appointment for his 2020 position with the Mustangs…Former Wake Forest linebackers coach Tyler Santucci will coach the same position at Texas A&M…Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente spoke of recent head coaching offers with the Roanoke, Va.,Times newspaper…Veteran college coach Tim Beck has been named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at NC State…Memphis added Jim Bridge as offensive line coach…John Donovan is the new offensive coordinator at Washington…UNM also named Derek Warehime offensive coordinator, Troy Reffert safeties coach and Brandon Blackmon cornerbacks coach…California selected Marcel Yates as defensive backs…Former Tennessee inside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer is leaving for a post with the NFL New York Giants…Former Louisiana defensive coordinator Ron Roberts will become the new DC at Baylor…Florida Atlantic head coach Willie Tagggart finished his coaching staff hires by naming Lance Guidry as its safeties coach…Florida State tabbed Marcus Woodson as defensive backs coach…Missouri head coach Eliah Drinkwitz will serve as his own offensive coordinator for ’20 Tigers…Former Montana State running backs coach DeNarius McGhee is headed for a new position with the Houston Texans…Former New Mexico assistant coach Saga Tuitele has accepted an assistant’s slot at Army West Point…Former Oregon State player personnel director Vincent Guinta is moving to Baylor football in a similar role…Marty Biagi is joining the Purdue coaching staff as special teams coordinator…Rutgers’ pay scale for 2020 assistant coaches has reached proportions similar to Power Five conference standbys Georgia and Oklahoma…Former East Carolina assistant coach Tony Petersen has been named offensive coordinator at Appalachian State…Ryan Smith is the latest addition to the 2020 Virginia Tech assistant coaching staff as cornerbacks coach.

 

Hometowns of more 2020 college head coaches – TCU: Gary Patterson, Rozel, Kan.; Texas: Tom Herman, Cincinnati, Ohio; Texas A&M: Jimbo Fisher, Clarksburg, W. Va.; Texas Southern: Clarence McKinney, Houston, Texas; Texas State: Jake Spavital, Tulsa, Okla.

 

Montana director of athletics Kent Haslam was featured for his accomplishments in the Missoula, Mont., Missoulian newspaper…Georgia Tech AD Todd Stansbury presented capital project and operating budget reports at the Yellow Jackets quarterly athletics association board meeting…UCF AD Danny White is looking at possible stadium expansion after observing ticket sales in recent seasons…West Virginia named Dan Stratford men’s soccer coach…Southern Illinois athletics designated Kerri Blaylock as senior woman administrator…Wake Forest senior associate AD Bill Oakes is leaving his dual position as tournament director for the PGA Winston-Salem (N.C.) Open…South Carolina men’s soccer coach Mark Berson is retiring after 42 seasons. He started the Gamecocks varsity men’s soccer program in 1978 after serving as head coach at The Citadel in 1976 and ’77… New Rutgers president Dr. Jonathan Holloway was saluted for his offers vision for athletics and with sports as a “a great connector” by the New Jersey Star-Ledger newspaper…Joe Guthrie was added as associate head softball coach at UAB.

 

The Pac-12 Conference is reaping the financial benefits afforded to the Power Five conferences in the 2019 season College Football Playoff…Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott spoke about early morning and late evening on Pacific Time kickoffs in the conference, needs for Pac-12 football to perform better on the national stage and 2020 possibilities at a recent news conference…Since 1985 the Missouri Valley Football Conference is 115-72 with 10 NCAA FCS team championships and a whopping, 67-28 in the decade of the 2010s with eight NCAA football crowns.

 

Iowa AD Gary Barta has replaced Oregon AD Rob Mullens as chair of College Football Playoff Selection Committee. New committee members for 2020-21 are Colorado AD Rick George, Wyoming AD Tom Burman and former Penn State player John Urschel…The 1978 Orange Bowl featuring Arkansas’ 31-6 upset over Oklahoma and future NFF College Hall of Fame coaches Lou Holtz of Arkansas and Barry Switzer of Oklahoma was remembered in a recent national photo essay.

 

Graduate transfer kicker Grayson Atkins will play for North Carolina in 2020…D.J. Williams is moving from DePaul to Indiana as a grad transfer…Grad transfer kicker Jose Borregaeles is moving from FIU to Miami (Fla.) as a senior in eligibility in ’20…Texas Tech WR Seth Collins has received a sixth year of eligibility via a NCAA hardship ruling…Illinois DE Oluwole Betikuu Jr., Washington RB Salvon Ahmed, Missouri OT Trystan Colon-Castillo, Mississippi State DB Cameron Dantzler, Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy, CB Jeff Odukah of Ohio State, WR Laviska Shenault of Colorado, and safety Antioine Winfield Jr. of Minnesota, among others, are some of the leading candidates declaring among 99 early entrants for the 2020 NFL Draft…There are 16 other stalwarts who have completed their degree requirements and have college eligibility remaining but have requested 2020 selection. Among these graduates are Arizona State RB Eno Benjamin, WR Quartney Davis of Texas A&M, CB Darney Holmes of UCLA, RB Tony Jones Jr. of Notre Dame, and DE Elorm Lumer of Rutgers…Several standouts on the 2019 FWAA Freshman All-America team included RB Javian Hawkins of Louisville, RB Sincere McCormick of UTSA, WR David Bell of Purdue, WR C.J. Johnson of East Carolina, WR Dante Wright of Colorado State, OL Ikem Ekwonu, of NC State, and OL Travis Glover of Georgia State…East Carolina offensive lineman Cortez Herrin is hoping to return for spring workouts after a recent suspension.

 

2003 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Eli Manning of Ole Miss has retired after 16 seasons as a NFL quarterback with the New York Giants. His career has included two Super Bowl victories over the New England Patriots, a 8-4 postseason record, 4,895 career completions on 8,119 passing attempts for 57,023 yards, 366 touchdowns, and a 60.3 percent completion rate…Among the 25 members of the inaugural Platte County (Neb.) Sports Hall of Fame are former high school and collegiate stars Lindsay Ball, Columbus High School; Joe Blahak, Columbus Scotus; Charley Brock, Columbus High; Fred Carnahan, Platte College; Mike Cielocha, Columbus Scotus; Alyssa Frauendorfer, Humphrey HS; Rudy Glur, Columbus High; Tom Heiser, Columbus High; Jack Johnson, coach, Columbus High; Dusty Jura, Columbus Lakeview; and Neil Klutman, Columbus High School…Tennessee athletics legend Gus Manning was featured on the 70-year anniversary of his appointment as sports information director at UT in 1950 as he replaced the legendary Lindsey Nelson. Manning is living in retirement in Knoxville, Tenn., after being associated with Tennessee athletics in dozens of roles for eight decades…German football standouts Niklas Liesen and Sven Breidenbach are headed to the 2020 Canadian Football League Combine.

 

LSU athletics made $157 million in 2019 even before the Tigers received their payout for the College Football Playoff contest against Clemson…Indiana athletics had a $13 million surplus over the $127.8 million the department netted in 2019…Texas athletics generated a NCAA-record $223.9 million for fiscal year 2019…Auburn athletics had $154 million in 2019 revenue and closed $13 million over its projected budget…UCF’s construction projects on the Roth Athletic Center, McNamara Cove are on schedule to be completed prior to the 2020 football season…North Texas athletics is opening registration for one of its top annual fundraisers – the Don January Classic – to honor the Plano, Texas, resident, longtime Professional Golf Association and Legends Tour standout and UNT golf standout via the official UNT athletics website…Vanderbilt’s 2019 class reunions and Homecoming celebrated netted $40 million-plus in donations and more than 5,000 registered alumni for the annual event…Alabama football issued thanks to UCF for letting the Crimson Tide utilize its practice fields and other areas prior to the Alabama-Michigan Vrbo Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1…Cathy and George P. Huber recently made a $5 million donation to Vanderbilt athletics. Vandy athletics also is working with the university physical plant to reach a goal of being carbon-free environmentally by 2030…The Washburn University marching band was featured on the most recent issue of the Ichabod Alumni magazine…Former Miami (Fla.) baseball student-athlete Tommy Adams donated $1 million toward the UM Athletics Enhancement Campaign…Penn State finished second nationally in average home attendance for NCAA FBS schools…Kentucky’s football season ticket prices are being lowered for some locations at Kroger Field…Arizona’s legislature is considering bills to allow student-athletes to be paid for their likenesses and usage in football video games and advertising…Boise State athletics is seeking to work with the Mountain West Conference to negotiate television rights for home games…LSU has added protective netting and new auxiliary scoreboards to its athletics’ facilities…The NFL Las Vegas Raiders are hoping to work with UNLV athletics to move games to new Allegiant Stadium in September when the Rebels meet Louisiana Tech and Arizona State…BYU athletics had a recent unique halftime basketball contest that featured brides throwing bouquets into basketball hoops…UNLV softball and baseball facilities are completing preseason upgrades, and the Rebels new Allegiant Stadium is set to open in 2020 despite some recent minor construction delays…Syracuse athletics is working with the university to eliminate occasional campus discrimination and scattered hate speech incidents at the formerly United Methodist-related university…Penguin Random House Publishers has a discount of 20 percent for athletics personnel and general public completing an online readership survey.

 

Denver Post archives showed an artist’s rendition of Nebraska filling in the open end of Memorial Stadium due to cost concerns in 1922. The stadium was expanded into a complete bowl in 1965…The prestigious University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism is hosting the annual 2020 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, July 17-19 in Grapevine, Texas. Registration is available online with a nationally known group of nonfiction authors…Famed Texas journalist and key editor of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football David Barron celebrated his 30-year anniversary with the Houston Chronicle Jan. 22. He previously worked at the Dallas office of Unitied Press International…The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association is beginning to email renewal notices, and NCBWA, FWAA and USBWA memberships have been grouped together for discounts by the nationally famous I-30 East media website…The USBWA Tipoff magazine is available electronically this moth to USBWA members…The San Diego Union-Tribune wrote about the importance of quality athletics’ webcasts – especially in situations requiring advance payments for football and other sporting events…Marlins Park baseball stadium was headquarters for the Super Bowl LIV national news conferences Monday…The Salt Lake, Utah, Deseret News purported new efforts to increase attendance at post-2020 bowl encounters…Dallas sports broadcasting legend Dave Michaels has started a new position in customer relations with State Farm Insurance…North Forney (Texas) High School head coach Randy Jackson has published his second book entitled Culture Defeats Strategy II.

 

The AFCA named Ed Orgeron of LSU as its 86th annual National Coach of the Year for NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. He follows such NFF College Hall of Fame coaches to earn this honor as Lynn “Pappy” Waldorf of Northwestern in 1935, Michigan State’s Biggie Munn in 1952, UCLA’s Red Sanders in 1954, and Joe Paterno of Penn State in 1968, among others…The AFCA also named is 2019 divisional National Coaches of the Year as North Dakota State’s Matt Entz (NCAA FCS), Minnesota State’s Todd Hoffner (NCAA Division II), Muhlenberg’s Nate Milne (Division III), and Morningside’s (Iowa) Steve Ryan…The AFCA also chose Minnetonka (Minn.) High School head coach Dave Nelson as the 2019 AFCA®/AFCF® Power of Influence Award presented annually by the AFCA and the American Football Coaches Foundation®, to a deserving high school head coach…The AFCA named Buffalo head coach Lance Leipold and Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz to the 2020 AFCA Board of Trustees…Tyler Stevenson of Indiana Tech, Kyle Allen of Cumberland (Tenn.), Tim Tessalone of Southern California, K.C. Culler of Pfeiffer, Dennis O’Donnell of Rochester, CoSIDA Hall of Fame membered/retired University of Calgary (Canada) publicist Jack Neumann, Mathieu Tanguay of Laval (Canada), and Russ Blunck of Hawai’i-Hilo were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…The NCAA will allow elite Olympic-class athletes to receive financial benefits in training for the Olympic Games…Arizona, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU, Memphis, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee, and UCF are working with NCAA enforcement and compliance officials concerning possible issues and reports at their respective schools…St. Thomas (Minn.) is awaiting a NCAA ruling on its request to move from NCAA Division III to Division I…New NCAA rules will prohibit use of all electronic to “steal” signals or play calls in football, baseball and other sports…The FWAA has posted photos of its 2020 Awards Breakfast, Past Presidents Dinner and the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award ceremony…The FWAA also named Southern California QB Kedon Slovis as Inspirational Freshman of the Year, QB Jayden Daniels of Arizona State as 2019 Freshman Breakout Performer of the Year and Football Bowl Association executive director Wright Waters and retired Allstate Sugar Bowl executive director Paul Hooligan FWAA Lifetime Achievement Awards…The FWAA also voted popular sports reporter Brett McMurphy of the Stadium Network has been as the ninth annual Steve Ellis/FWAA Beat Writer of the Year recipient for his work covering college football…The 162nd season of college baseball began on Jan. 24 with several NAIA contests.

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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