College Football Notes – Feb. 4, 2020

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Super Bowl LIV is in the books with Kansas City downing San Francisco 31-20 for the Chiefs first Super Bowl title in 50 years. Several NFF National Scholar-Athletes and former High School Scholar-Athletes competed in the ultimate football fracas, which will be played again in Florida on Feb. 7, 2021, at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. Harvard graduate Kyle Juszczyk of the 49ers became the first Ivy League alumnus to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl last Sunday night while Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the first player under 25 years old in NFL annals to win league Most Valuable Player honors (also MVP in Super Bowl LIV) and then quarterback his team to a Super Bowl crown.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, added five Modern Era members to its Class of 2020. The newcomers are Steve Atwater of Arkansas, Isaac Bruce of Memphis, Steve Hutchinson of Michigan, Edgerrin James of Miami (Fla.), and Troy Polamalu (also a member of the NFF College Hall of Fame) of Southern California. Polamalu’s induction brings the number of players in both the NFF College and Pro Football Halls of Fame to 225-plus.

There will be a new University of North Texas competing in college athletics in 2020-21. UNT Dallas will field intercollegiate squads in men’s and women’s basketball, cross country and track and field. The UNT branch has applied for membership in the NAIA Sooner Athletic Conference but has no current plans to begin a football program. The school’s colors are blue and white and the student body is expected to vote on a nickname for athletics’ squads in coming weeks. UNT Denton goes by the Mean Green and Eagles. North Texas also received state of Texas approval to construct its 5,000-student campus in Frisco, Texas, near the location of the new Professional Golf Association world headquarters. NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas members Paul Rogers of SMU, Joe Trahan (communications director of the Dallas Cowboys and Southern Miss grad), NFF staff members Hillary Jeffries of West Virginia and Alan Cox of Oklahoma State, and NFF correspondent/UNT adjunct instructor Bo Carter of Vanderbilt and North Texas have lectured to sports communications’ classes at the temporary UNT Frisco location.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Feb. 3-9 time period are Feb. 3 (1938) Joe Fusco, Wilkinsburg, Pa.; (1940) Fran Tarkenton, Richmond, Va.; (1945) Bob Griese, Evansville, Ind.; (1956) John Jefferson, Dallas, Texas; Feb. 4 (1933) Leo Lewis, Des Moines, Iowa; (1940) Billy Neighbors, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; (1960) Tom Deery, Oaklyn, N.J.; Feb. 5 (1903) Morley Drury, Midland, Ontario, Canada; (1915) Walter Gilbert, Fairfield, Ala.; (1933) Bill Manlove, Barrington, N.J.; (1942) Roger Staubach, Cincinnati, Ohio; (1943) Craig Morton, Flint, Mich.; (1947) Ron Sellers, Jacksonville, Fla.; (1950) Terry Beasley, Montgomery, Ala.; (1951) Charles Young, Fresno, Calif.; Feb. 6 (1886) Jack Hubbard, Hatfield, Mass.; (1889) Bill Alexander, Mud River, Ky.; (1948) Major Harris, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1948) Dennis Onkotz, Northampton, Pa.; (1950) Rich Glover, Bayonne, N.J.; Feb. 7 (1905) Wally Butts, Milledgeville, Ga.; (1917) Banks McFadden, Ft. Lawn, S.C.; (1922) Paul Cleary, North Loop, Neb.; (1933) Calvin Jones, Steubenville, Ohio; (1934) Ron Beagle, Hartford, Conn.; (1959) Neal Lomax, Portland, Ore.; Feb. 8 (1920) Bruce Smith (Minn.), Faribault, Minn.; (1925) Rod Franz, San Francisco, Calif.; (1942) George Bork, Mt. Prospect, Ill.; Feb. 9 (1950) Rod Cason, San Angelo, Texas; (1952) Danny White, Mesa, Ariz.; (1957) Dan Ross, Malden, Mass.


Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Feb. 3 Feb. 3 (1968) Homer Hazel, Marshall, Mich.; (1974) Bob Suffridge, Knoxville, Tenn.; (2006) Johnny Vaught, Oxford, Miss.; Feb. 4 (2010) Bill Dudley, Lynchburg, Va.; Feb. 5 (1969) Dick Romney, Salt Lake City, Utah; (1994) George Sauer, Waco, Texas; Feb. 7 (1932) Forrest Geyer, Norman, Okla.; Feb. 8 (1994) Bobby Reynolds (Stanford), San Rafael, Calif.; (2000) Derrick Thomas, Kansas City, Mo.; (2005) Parker Hall, Vicksburg, Miss.; (2016) Willie Richardson, Jackson, Miss.; Feb. 9 (d -1994) Bud Wilkinson, St. Louis, Mo.; (1998) George Cafego, Knoxville, Tenn.


Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Feb. 3 Joe Fusco (a spry 82), Fran Tarkenton (a spry 80), Bob Griese, John Jefferson, Feb. 4 Tom Deery, Feb. 5 Roger Staubach (a spry 78), Craig Morton, Ron Sellers, Terry Beasley, Charles Young, Feb. 6 Major Harris, Dennis Onkotz, Rich Glover, Feb. 7 Neal Lomax, Feb. 8 George Bork, Feb. 9 (1950) Rod Cason, Danny White, Dan Ross…


The fledging XFL opens its season Saturday, Feb. 8, with Seattle at Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles at Houston. Sunday contests feature Tampa Bay at New York and St. Louis at Dallas. Teams will play a 10-game schedule with special new rules for double-passes and possibilities of scoring nine points on a usual, six-point touchdown drive. The Dallas Renegades are coached by former Oklahoma legend Bob Stoops with his popular Sooners quarterback Landry Jones expected to play a major role in the league’s 10-game schedule for the regular season.

BYU and Stanford have added additional games to their four-game series with four of the next five games being Stanford… Notre Dame will host California in 2022…Fresno State will receive ample monetary guarantees to travel to Michigan and Southern California in upcoming seasons…Western Michigan and WKU played 14 times from 1923-47 but had a 72-year lapse before meeting in the 2019 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl…Clemson now has eight undefeated regular seasons, including the 2018 and 2019 campaigns…California finished 7-0 in 2019 when QB Chase Garbers played at least one half of seven contests.


Baylor, Kansas, Miami (Ohio), Tennessee Tech, and Texas A&M students, among others nationwide, had student with symptoms of the worldwide coronavirus last week but were given clean bills of health after extensive medical examinations. UMass-Boston has isolated the student who was the first person in the U.S. confirmed with the international virus… Trustees at major universities are concerned by more than 40 percent over the future of higher education in 2020 – a 14 points percent increase from 2019 – according to a survey in Inside Higher Education magazine. Several schools are working with marketing and development offices to keep enrollment at higher levels despite a slight decrease in the population of college-age millennials.


Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo was honored with the 2019-20 Gene Stallings Award, which is awarded annually to a college football head coach who is both a humanitarian and an exceptional coach and named in honor of NFF College Hall of Fame coach Gene Stallings and his courageous and inspirational late son Johnny Stallings…LSU head coach Ed Orgeron was highlighted in the Baton Rouge, La., Morning Advocate from leaving Ole Miss as head coach in 2007 to becoming 2019 CFP champ and National Coach of the Year…Chattanooga head coach Rusty Wright had his contract extended one season…Former Nebraska and Youngstown State head coach Bo Pelini is returning to LSU where he served as defensive coordinator under then-head coach Les Miles (now at Kansas) for the Tigers Bowl Championship Series national title team in 2007 in that same capacity…Famed rusher DeMarco Murray is returning to Oklahoma as running backs coach after holding the same post for the 2018 Arizona Wildcats…Miami (Fla.) named Ed Reed chief of staff for football, and Reed notes several changes will be made in the UM program with the addition of the new football staff…Longtime college head coach Rocky Long is returning to his alma mater New Mexico as defensive coordinator…Former Grand Valley State offensive coordinator Morris Berger has resigned…Arizona State athletics is working on provisions to make final payouts on the contact of former ASU head coach (now guiding the Hawai’i football program) Todd Graham…East Carolina named Blake Harrell defensive coordinator…Former UL-Monroe defensive line coach Anthony Camp will coach the same position at Louisiana Tech…Former LSU defensive analyst Ronnie Wheat is the new safeties coach at Nevada while Tigers offensive analyst Blaine Gautier now will tutor wide receivers at McNeese State…Rutgers athletics finalized its contracts and financial terms for the whole 2020 assistant coaching staff last week…Former Syracuse assistant coach Bobby Acosta has been named head coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla….Former Texas A&M assistant coach Jay Graham is returning to Tennessee as running backs coach…Penn State chose Brian Buchkovich director of ability athletics and assistant coach…Southern California formally added Todd Orlando as defensive coach. USC special teams coach John Baxter is seeking a new destination for 2020…The Citadel selected Bobby Ruff as inside linebackers coach…Vanderbilt ended the contract for former defensive coordinator Jason Tarver…Army West Point named Sean Saturnio special teams coach…Rutger tabbed Adam Scheier of Ole Miss as special teams coordinator….Washington State added Jake Dickert as a defensive assistant coach…Alabama cornerbacks coach Karl Scott will remain with the Crimson Tide after receiving an offer from Baylor. The Bears did add veteran assistant coaches Joe Wickline and Brian Stewart to the new staff of head coach Dave Aranda…Michigan appears to have finalized its 2020 assistant coaching staff after several offseason changes…South Carolina is working to revamp its strength and conditioning program prior to 2020 spring workouts…Former Appalachian State assistant Nic Cardwell is returning to the Mountaineers as an offensive assistant coach…Fresno State added defensive coordinator William Inge and four new assistant coaches total…Former Hawai’i linebacker and current Azusa Pacific head coach Victor Santa Cruz has been named defensive coordinator for the Rainbow Warriors…A former Missouri offensive coordinator accepted a position with the NFL New York Giants…Washington State added former Hawai’i wide receivers coach Andre Allen as the Cougars wide receivers mentor…Wisconsin offensive analyst Scott Tolzien officially accepted a coaching position with the NFL Dallas Cowboys…Buffalo’s Isaac Reed is the school’s new running backs coach while offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki also will coach tight ends. UB linebackers coach Chris Simpson has been named co-defensive coordinator…Florida State athletics denoted new contract details for its assistant coaches…Former Georgia assistant head coach James Coley is moving to Texas A&M as tight ends coach…Former Hawai’i cornerbacks coach Abraham Elimimian is being retained on the 2020 Rainbows staff along with safeties/outside linebackers assistant coach Jacob Yoro…Former Kansas defensive quality control staff member Chidera Uzo-Diribe has become the Jayhawks outside linebackers coach…Former LSU defensive analyst Dennis Johnson is leaving to become an assistant coach at Baylor…Ole Miss selected Deke Adams as defensive line coach…Syracuse football has added an offensive analyst position to its 2020 staff…USF coordinators Charlie Weis Jr. and Glenn Spencer each signed three-year contracts…Former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule is bringing several assistant coaches and football staff members to the NFL Carolina Panthers…Fresno State head coach Kalen DeBoer has finished his 2020 coaching staff hires with the additions of Paul Creighton as tight ends coach and Julius Brown as specialty Huskies defensive positions…Former Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne was named offensive coordinator and had previous experience in this role as acting OC for SMU in the 2017 DXL Frisco Bowl against Louisiana Tech. Kinne is the son of former All-Southwest Conference linebacker and Texas high school coaching legend Gary Joe Kinne…Kentucky’s associate head coach Vince Marrow will remain with the Wildcats and decided not to accept the head coach’s opening at Youngstown State…North Texas added special teams coordinator Mike Ekeler and quarterbacks coach Tate Wallis to its 2020 coaching staff…Notre Dame’s new director of football operations is Olivia Mitchell…San Diego State named Jeff Hecklinski offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach…Former Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long is looking for a new college assignment for the 2020 season. He was a finalist for the 2018 Frank Broyles Award for assistant coach of the year in NCAA FBS and starred for the North Alabama Lions from 2002-05 as a player.


Hometowns of more 2020 college head coaches – Texas Tech: Matt Wells, Columbia, S.C.; UTEP: Dana Dimel, Columbus, Ohio; UTSA: Jeff Traylor, Gilmer, Texas; Toledo: Jason Candle, Salem, Ohio; Trinity (Conn.): Jeff Devanney, Newington, Conn.


Tennessee director of athletics and NFF College Hall of Fame coach Phillip Fulmer sent a stirring message to Tennessee Volunteers fans about last year’s success and hopes for 2020…Syracuse AD John Wildhack addressed the hiring of former SU defensive coordinator Zach Arnett by Mississippi State to vid the earlier contract…Michigan head women’s softball coach Carol Hutchins is entering her school-record 36th season – one of the longest tenures in NCAA Division I athletics…Missouri named former Texas A&M coach Russell Corbelli assistant women’s volleyball coach.


The Big Ten Conference paid each of its members $54 million from federal tax records revealed in 2019 while Southeastern Conference schools received approximately $45 million apiece. Big 12 Conference schools netted $34 million per school but were able to keep proceeds from third tier telecasts…Conference USA has announced an agreement with the Independence Bowl as part of the league’s future bowl lineup that will span a six-year cycle from 2020-25. Notre Dame has accepted a reprimand and fine from the Atlantic Coast Conference for basketball issues…Michigan AD Warde Manuel and the Big Ten Conference proposed one-time free transfers for all student-athletes at all NCAA and NAIA divisions.


Football Bowl Association executive director and veteran college commissioner and administrator Wright Waters was the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show College Sports Weekly last weekend…UT Arlington and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl have forged agreements for year-long advertising and internships with their proximity in Arlington, Texas…Former College Football Playoff selection committee member and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been named director Stanford University’s Herbert Hoover Institution, which is named in memory of former U.S. president and Stanford football student manager Herbert Hoover.


Air Force QB Jake Smith was featured for leading his Roswell (Ga.) high school team to one of two losses by a Trevor Lawrence quarterbacked team in high school or at Clemson over the last five years – a composite record of 70-2 by Lawrence as a starting quarterback during that span after LSU ended Clemson’s 29-game winning streak in the College Football Playoff finals last month…Lancaster (Texas) RB Tre Bradford has committed orally to sign with LSU as its first 2020 freshman class running back signee in February…Florida LB Jonathan Greenard led the Southeastern Conference in both sacks with 8.5 and tackles for losses with 14.5…Michigan’ Zavier Simpson has been reinstated after a violation of team rules…Khalil Whitney is leaving Kentucky for a new school in 2020-21…Michael Green is hoping for reinstatement at Clemson or another university in 2020 or ’21.


NFF College Hall of Fame members Jerry Rice of Mississippi Valley State, Steve Young of BYU, Peyton Manning of Tennessee, Lynn Swann of Southern California, Terry Bradshaw of Louisiana Tech, and John Elway of Stanford joined fellow Super Bowl MVPs in games played at Miami Drew Brees of Purdue, Joe Namath of Alabama and Chuck Howley of West Virginia (the only five-sport letter winner in WVU annals) on the cover of the pre-Super Bowl LIV issue of Sports Illustrated. Late Mississippi State star center and former assistant coach Tom Goode of Mississippi State was highlighted on a centerspread in SI with the game-winning field goal by Jim O’Brien of the University of Cincinnati in Super Bowl V – a 16-13 buzzer-beater triumph by Baltimore over Dallas. The winning snap for the field goal was the final play of Goode’s 10-year NFL career…Wisconsin AD and NFF College Hall of Fame coach Barry Alvarez was highlighted in a recent Wisconsin State Journal article…Former and Creighton and New Mexico softball student-athlete Rachel Balkovec will be the first fulltime woman hitting coach for the New York Yankees organization after previously working with the MLB Houston Astros…From the website, the five greatest future NFL players to come from these NCAA schools are Alabama’s late Derrick Thomas (NFF College Hall of Fame member), Arizona’s NFF Hall of Famer Teddy Bruschi, Arizona State’s Hall of Fame member Terrell Suggs, Hall of Famer Lance Alworth of Arkansas, and Hall of Famer Bo Jackson of Auburn.


Louisville is offering incentives for fans renewing 2020 football season tickets early…Missouri athletics is working to lessen a $1.79 million deficit from fiscal year…Northwestern athletics is in the process of making a decision to sell beer and wine at Welsh-Ryan Arena…Syracuse recently sold 31,000-plus tickets for last week’s Atlantic Coast Conference tussle with Duke at the Carrier Dome…Iowa athletics is nearing the $20 million mark needed for its new wrestling facility…Miami (Fla.) replaced practice field turf before the San Francisco 49ers worked out there prior to Super Bowl LIV…North Texas athletics is adding emphasis and incentives for Mean Green Club donors and season ticket holders…The Florida State athletics Unconquered Campaign and fundraising for a football-only facility are proceeding at a quick pace financially…Former Oklahoma president David Boren discussed generous gifts to OU from such groups as the Gaylord and Fred Jones’ families, among others…Georgia athletics is hoping to sell beer and wine at upcoming home contests with Board of Trustees’ approval…Nebraska has placed Red-White spring game tickets on sale…Oklahoma State’s state-of-the-art O’Brate Stadium is set to open for the Cowboys baseball home lidlifter Feb. 21 against UTRGV…Oregon State athletics has requested design and construction proposals for the renovation of Reser Stadium…San Diego State athletics is having a lengthy discussion about retirement of student-athletes’ numbers…Texas A&M athletics is working with the Influencer Company to provide photo and video content to Aggies’ student-athletes…Texas Tech athletics provided free malt beverages for fan appreciation day prior to its Big 12-SEC Challenge men’s basketball contest in Lubbock against Kentucky…Indiana athletics reported a $13 million surplus in fiscal year 2019 and total revenues of $127.8 million for ’19…Louisville athletics is making up quickly an end-of-year $11.2 million deficit through its Franklin American Music City Bowl appearance and other conference and individual giving initiatives…LSU athletics has collected $157 million during the 2018-19 budget year…Arizona and Georgia public colleges and universities are appealing to state legislatures for funding to pay student-athletes beginning in January 2021…New Mexico State athletics has requested a special Pan American video board, soccer field lighting and the renovation projects for its state capital outlay request…In the global marketplace the Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport of the NYU School of Professional Studies offers Masters’ degrees for deserving former football student-athletes and scholar-athletes in numerous other sports…Alabama netted a school-record $164 million for its 2019 athletics’ budget…Baylor was congratulated for its comebacks in football and men’s basketball from major adversity in a recent newspaper account…Boise State’s Dirty Dozen donors and supporters offered the impetus for BSU to renew its varsity baseball program after a 40-yearlapse. The Broncos open the 2020 season Feb. 21 with a three-game series at perennial power Texas. BSU also will compete as a full baseball-playing member of the Mountain West Conference this spring…Houston football is installing customized FieldTurf, which will allow new field and end zone designs for each home game…Nebraska athletics is working on being able to host more conference and NCAA championships and is hoping a new track facility will offer some major opportunities.


The award-winning Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald newspaper has been sold by a group led by billionaire Warren Buffett to Lee Publishing…Two Vanderbilt graduates with ample media experience were instrumental in the recent U.S. impeachment trial in the United States Senate. Former track and field student-athlete and business manager of the Vanderbilt Hustler student newspaper Sen. Lamar Alexander cast a decisive vote in the proceedings while former Vanderbilt Student Government Association president, avid LSU football fan and former LSU Law School professor John N. Kennedy played a key role in the debates and trial…The Charleston, W.Va., Gazette-Mail offered an opinion about the ample opportunities to purchase and view college streaming sports broadcasts.


The AFCA convention featured a heartfelt speech by Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson about how to cope with the loss of a loved one (his wife) during or just prior to a football season…Eric Rhew of UNC Wilmington, Matt Holmes of NCAA Communications, Fred Baer of the California Colleges Athletic Association, Chelsey Chamberlain of LSU, and Jennifer Jones of Birmingham-Southern were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Air Force, Arizona, Kansas, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Southern California, UCLA, and Utah are working with NCAA enforcement and compliance officials concerning possible issues and reports at their respective schools…Michigan and Vanderbilt will have a rematch of their 2019 NCAA Baseball Championship series in the season opener for both schools Feb. 14 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Wolverines edged defending NCAA winner Vandy 3-2 in a Nashville, Tenn., exhibition outing last November.

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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