College Football Notes – Feb. 11, 2020

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Image result for Dallas RegadesThe XFL debuted last week with numerous vestiges of college football history and a 20-season hiatus from the original XFL in 2001. Some familiar names in the mix are former Ohio State All-Big Ten Conference QB Cardale Jones, All-Big 12 QB Landry Jones of Oklahoma, standout RB Lance Dunbar of North Texas, longtime college and NFL head and assistant coach Jerry Glanville (in his 47th season of coaching), and 2000 Bowl Championship Series national title coach Bob Stoops of Oklahoma, among others.

The NFF & College Hall of Fame join several college athletics’ programs and universities in celebrating Black History Month with numerous observances. Some of the football events have been NFF highlights of famed African American student-athletes and their groundbreaking accomplishments such as Chester Middlebrook Pierce of Harvard – the first African American college football athlete to perform on the playing field of a predominantly-white university versus an all-white team in the South when Harvard met Virginia (coached by NFF College Hall of Fame player Art Guepe of Marquette) at Charlottesville, Va., Oct. 11, 1947. That same season on Jan. 1, 1948, Penn State’s Wally Triplett and Dennie Hoggard were the first two African-American players to ever participate in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl in Dallas during PSU’s 13-13 tie with SMU led by Heisman Trophy winner and NFF College Hall of Fame member Doak Walker. Penn State wore commemorative helmet patches to honor Triplett (a member of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame) during the Dec. 29, 2019, GCB clash between the Lions and Memphis.

 NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Feb. 10-16 time period are Feb. 10 (1892) Alex Weyand, Jersey City, N.J.; (1909) Harvey Jablonsky, Clayton, Mo.; (1921) John Tavener, Newark, Ohio; Feb. 11 (1895) Paddy Driscoll, Evanston, Ill.; (1973) Dave Dickenson, Great Falls, Mont.; Feb. 12 (1895) Bo McMillin, Prairie Hill, Texas; (1899) Fritz Crisler, Earlville, Ill.; (1943) Tucker Frederickson, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Feb. 13 (1907) Gerald Mann, Sulphur Springs, Texas; (1947) Bill Stanfill, Cairo, Ga.; (1958) Tyrone McGriff, Vero Beach, Fla.; Feb. 14 (1908) Vernon Smith, Macon, Ga.;  (1929) Darrell Mudra, Omaha, Neb.; Feb. 15 (1892) Hobey Baker, Bala-Cynwyd, Pa.; (1898) Dutch Meyer, Ellinger, Texas; (1953) Randy White, Wilmington, Del.; (1957) Marty Lyons, Takoma Park, Md.; (1959) Ken Easley, Chesapeake, Va.; Feb. 16 (1882) Henry Phillips, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1894) Guy Chamberlin, Blue Springs, Neb.; (1914) Monk Simons, New Orleans, La.; (1953) Dave Brown, Akron, Ohio; (1977) Mark Simoneau, Phillipsburg, Kan.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Feb. 10 (1973) Glen Edwards, Kirkland, Wash.; (2006) Dave Brown, Lubbock, Texas; (2007) Ray Beck, Rome, Ga.; (2019) Arnold Tucker, Miami, Fla.; Feb. 12 (1965) John Tigert, Gainesville, Fla.; (1980) Lawrence “Biff” Jones, Washington, D.C.; Dec. 15 (1986) “Sleepy” Jim Crowley , Scranton, Pa.; (1990) Don Lourie, Wilmette, Ill.;

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Feb. 11 Dave Dickenson, Feb. 12 Tucker Frederickson, Tyrone McGriff, Feb. 14 Darrell Mudra (a spry 91), Feb. 15 Randy White, Marty Lyons, and Ken Easley

California and Florida have a two-game series planned for 2026 and ’27…Connecticut will face Syracuse in a four-game series in 2022, 2025, 2026 and 2027…Baylor will host Incarnate Word in 2020 game while the Cardinals will travel to Texas State in 2021. It is part of a new, 21-game slate of 21 non-conference games against 13 opponents from 2020-27 for the Southland Conference contender…UAB and Louisiana will have a home-and-home series in 2023 and ’26…Michigan has agreed to pay  $1.8 million guarantee to Connecticut for a 2022 game in Ann Arbor and $1.85 million to Fresno State for a 2024 UM home encounter…BYU’s 2020 football schedule has been finalized with six Power Five conference opponents, home games with Michigan State and Missouri and key road games with Utah, Arizona State, Minnesota, and Stanford…Several Pac-12 Conference schools will host the Cougars throughout the 2020s with critical road tests at Provo, Utah, in certain years…

Popular AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, continues its active calendar after the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, 12 Texas UIL state football championship games and numerous football events with the PBR Global Cup USA, Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Monster Jam, and the American Rodeo as they return to the stadium in February and March. Please access the AT&T Stadium website at with the stadium’s icon… Central Michigan’s men’s basketball game at Miami (Ohio) and the Western Michigan-CMU men’s and women’s basketball contests were postponed due to a possible case of the coronavirus…Lawrence (Kan.) schools also had several medical investigations into a possible isolated case of the virus, but it was later proven that the infection had not occurred.

Larry Scott has been named as head coach at Howard; he formerly was tight ends coach at Florida…Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is retiring after 13 seasons as the Spartans winningest head coach with a 114-57 record from 2007-19 and overall mark of 132-74 over 16 seasons at Cincinnati (2004-06) along with three Big Ten Conference championships. MSU named Mike Tressel, nephew of NFF College Hall of Fame coach Jim Tressel, as interim head coach. Michigan State athletics also has an interest in Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell to replace leave Dantonio. Fickell and Colorado head coach Mel Tucker have been summoned for upcoming interviews for the post…Army West Point assistant coach and military veteran Mike Viti was presented the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America and the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl by LMAFB executive director Brant Ringler and longtime bowl executive/publicist Tim Simmons at the academy’s annual football banquet last Friday night at Ike Hall…Texas A&M officially added former Georgia assistant coach James Coley as tight ends coach. The Aggies have one assistant coach’s position available for its running backs…Georgia named Todd Monken offensive coordinator…Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall decided not to utilize the NCAA transfer portal during his 2020 recruiting process…Wisconsin strength and conditioning coach Erik Holland has left the program…Former Alabama standout Freddie Roach is returning to his alma mater as defensive line coach…Former Cincinnati running backs coach Doug Phillips has been named head coach at Youngstown State…Funding records indicate that Clemson has the highest paid football coaching staff for 2020 college athletics. Clemson AD Dan Radakovich spoke about details of new contracts for Tigers coordinators Tony Elliott and Brent Venables…Penn State added former South Carolina assistant coach John Scott Jr. as defensive line coach…Former North Carolina tight ends coach Tim Brewster is the new tight ends coach at Florida…Sean Snyder, longtime Kansas State assistant coach, Wildcats undergraduate punting star and son of NFF College Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder, is headed to Southern California as an assistant coach and special teams coordinator after interviewing with USC head coach Clay Helton…Former Michigan defensive analyst Devin Bush Sr. has been named as Ole Miss’ director of recruiting…Former Texas Tech offensive quality control assistant Justin Udy has been selected as offensive coordinator at Montana State…Nebraska’s Matt Lubick had his contract finalized as offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach while other Huskers assistant coaches’ extensions have been signed…Syracuse released official notification of Tony White as defensive coordinator and Jeff LePak as a 2020 offensive analyst…Former Wake Forest assistant coach Jay Sawvel now is Wyoming’s defensive coordinator/safeties coach, Marty English will return to UW as defensive ends coach, and Benny Boyd will coach the Cowboys cornerbacks to finish staffing for head coach Craig Bohl’s squad…Current SMU assistant coach Trey Haverty was saluted in a recent story about his recruitment of QB Patrick Mahomes while Haverty was an aide for the Red Raiders…Former Boston College defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan has been tabbed as Air Force’s defensive line coach…Arizona State chose Marvin Lewis and Antonio Pierce as co-defensive coordinators. Former ASU defensive coordinator Tony White accepted the same post at Syracuse…Grand Valley State is making a $90,000 payout to a former coordinator…Tennessee extended a two-year contract to John Osovet as tight ends coach…Tennessee Tech chose former Colorado State offensive coordinator Dave Johnson as run game coordinator/offensive line coach…Miami (Fla.) officially added Ed Reed as a senior football staff member and Telly Lockette as an offensive analyst…Former Fresno State head coach Jeff Tedford is resting at home after a recent heart procedure…New Washington State head coach Nick Rolovich looks to continue his Run and Shoot offense at WSU and is bringing most of his former Hawai’i assistant coaching coach with him to Pullman, Wash….LSU has added Carter Sheridan, a former New Orleans Saints and Tulane assistant coach, as a team analyst…Boise State named Winston Venable running backs coach…Former Arizona State offensive coordinator Rob Likens is headed to Miami (Fla.) as wide receivers coach…Mississippi State hired former Texas assistant coach Jason Washington as secondary coach…Former Notre Dame and New Mexico head coach Bob Davie related updates after his final days at the helm of the Lobos in 2019…Former Northern Arizona head coach Jerome Souers was chosen as defensive coordinator at Southern Oregon…Former Texas assistant coach Craig Naivar has moved to Southern California assistant coach for safeties…Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards will receive an ample raise, a new retention bonus and a two-year extension to Dec. 31, 2024…Former Colorado head coach Jon Embree was recognized for maintaining a cordial relationship with the Buffaloes as a current NFL San Francisco 49ers assistant coach in Super Bowl LIV…Sam Bennett will work with head coach Todd Graham’s new staff as an offensive assistant coach. Bennett is the son of former SMU head coach and 40-year college football coach Phil Bennett…Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is looking at his contract ending after the 2021 season and possible future options…North Texas named Mike Bloesch co-offensive coordinator and offensive line…Ohio State’s Billy Fessler has replaced Corey Dennis as 2020 quality control/graduate assistant coach…San Diego State tabbed Kurt Mattix as defensive coordinator…Toledo added assistant coaches Vince Kehres (defensive coordinator/linebackers coach), Craig Kuligowski (co-defensive coordinator/outside linebackers) and Robert Weiner (passing game coordinator/quarterbacks)…Air Force linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden has retired after 30-plus seasons in coaching…Auburn has regained the services of Al Pogue as defensive backs coach after he left Miami (Fla.) this month…Hawai’i chose Kody Cooke as strength and conditioning coach and Trent Figg as chief of staff…Former defensive analyst Kevin Cosgrove of LSU is the new linebackers coach at Texas Tech…Louisiana special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach Matt Powledge is going to Baylor as special teams coordinator.

Hometowns of more 2020 college head coaches – Trinity (Texas): Jerheme Urban, Victoria, Texas; Troy: Chip Lindsey, Madison, Ala.; Tufts: Jay Civetti Jr., Hartford, Conn.; Tulane: Willie Fritz, Pittsburg, Kan.; Tulsa: Phillip Montgomery, Dallas, Texas.

Candice Storey Lee, three-decade administrator in Vanderbilt athletics and three-degree holder as a student-athlete at VU, has become the first African American woman director of athletics in Southeastern Conference history and Vanderbilt’s first woman AD. She replaced former Vandy AD and G League commissioner Malcolm Turner who completed his tenure last week…Iowa AD Gary Barta is preparing for all the duties involved with being chair of the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2020 and ’21…Southern California AD Mike Bohn hopes to create new marketing plans for the Trojans similar to his ideas with Colorado athletics…Colorado AD Rick George has supported a bill in the Colorado legislature to allow college student-athletes to profit from name, image and likeness usages in public media. George also has been in touch with past selection committee members as he prepares for a two-year tenure on the College Football Playoff executive committee…Kansas State’s executive associate AD Lindsey Babcock will join former KSU AD John Currie at Wake Forest as deputy AD for internal operations…Nebraska AD Bill Moos (formerly at Washington State) relayed dozens of humorous stories about new Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach while that duo worked together at Washington State…SMU AD Rick Hart expressed support for women’s basketball head coach Travis Mays and changes in operation for the Mustangs women’s basketball program…Tulsa president Dr. Gerald P. Clancy is leaving because of health concerns…Kansas City named Jessica Smith women’s soccer coach…San Diego State named Brent Hilliard head women’s volleyball coach…Texas A&M men’s basketball head coach Buzz Williams and A&M campus security offcials are investigating the burglary of his automobile outside Reed Arena…Utah athletics will honor former AD Chris Hill and his national leadership and success within the program.

Indiana is the first stop on new Big Ten Conference commissioner Kevin Warren’s 14-college tour of the circuit. Big Ten Conference ADs also are continuing their possible proposal; for changes in NCAA one-time transfer rules…The Mountain West Conference changed its earlier decision to end Boise State’s television bonus provisions for home football games…North Carolina A&T’s Board of Trustees approved the historic move of NCA&T from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to the Big South Conference…The Big 12 Conference will play the Phillips 66 postseason baseball tournament at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, from 2022-24. The conference played the tourney in Arlington at Globe Life Park in 2002 and ’04…The Pac-12 Conference is working this year in making major increases in payouts to member schools…The Pac-12 Conference is working with media and fans for an improved social media presence…John McDaid is the new coordinator of football officials for the Southeastern Conference…The Dallas Morning News penned a story about Southeastern Conference revenue and the advantages of membership for Texas A&M.

The Independence Bowl has inked a contract for the 2021 and ’25 games with Conference USA in addition to previous agreements for bids with BYU, the Pac-12, American Athletic Conference and Army West Point from 2020-25…Rachel Quigley has been named executive director of the new Myrtle Beach Bowl in 2020 at Brooks Stadium on the campus of Coastal Carolina. She previously managed partnerships for five years with Visit Myrtle Beach.

Charlotte added six key signees in the February later inking period with newcomers such as WR Whit Kane of Wake Forest, N.C., and DT Rayshaad Roddy of Cincinnati, Ohio, among the standouts…Louisiana Tech signed three February stalwarts along with its 20 December scholarship players. The latest signees are graduate transfer QB Luke Anthony of Abilene Christian, DB Taz Marshall of Pearland, Texas, and DB Dallas Taylor-Cortez of West Hills, Calif….Paxton Anderson, grandson of Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager and NFF 2013 Leadership Award recipient/board member Jerry Jones, has signed with Texas as a wide receiver…Cedar Hill (Texas) standout recruit and former Texas Tech oral commitment Quin Bright inked a scholarship with Hawai’i last week…Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher’s son Trey Fisher has signed as a quarterback at Tennessee-Martin…SMU safety Treveon Johnson has added his name to the 2020 NCAA undergraduate transfer portal…Former Texas Tech QB Jett Duffey decided not to transfer to Tulane or Central Michigan and remains in the 2020 NCAA transfer portal…Duncanville (Texas( HS quarterback Ennis Rakestraw has signed with Missouri after a sterling postseason 2019 run increased his recruiting possibilities to several schools….Kindergarten to high school teammates and standouts TE Brandon Frazier (signed with Auburn) and QB Dillon Markiewicz (Syracuse) of McKinney (Texas) North HS are parting ways amiably for their college football futures…Vanderbilt recruited one of its top quarterback prospects in the 12st Century in Weatherford (Texas) HS star Ken Seals. He will matriculate from a high school team nicknamed the Kangaroos to the VU Commodores…The Dallas (Texas) Independent School District hosted almost 100 high school student-athletes who will compete at 30-plus colleges in 2020-21…Frisco (Texas) Reedy HS quarterback Jalen Kitna is committed verbally to Boston College in 2021. He is the son of former Central Washington QB and longtime NF: standout Jon Kitna…LSU Linebacker Donte Starks is seeking reinstatement after a recent violation of team rules’ suspension.

Former Ohio State wide receiver and U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio has brief Congress about future compensating for college athletes to receive payments off naming and images’ rights…Longtime NFL standout tight end Vernon Davis of Maryland has retired from professional football after 14 seasons – primarily with the San Francisco 49ers from 2006-15…Retiring Big Ten Conference referee Dan Capron spoke of his most interesting officiating experiences in a Chicago Tribune newspaper feature.

Florida government officials contacted UCF and other state universities about receiving permission for naming rights for athletics facilities…Baylor football tailgaters have been notified about changes in 2020 policies at McLane Stadium…Clemson’s softball program enjoyed its inaugural weekend as the 13th softball team compering in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Duke began varsity softball in 2018…Florida athletics has a pilot program beginning Friday to sell beer and wine at baseball and softball games…Iowa athletics had a :  $45.7 million surplus in fiscal year 2019…Kansas football revenue in 2019 produced a large jump in ticket sales after hitting 12-year low in 2018…UCLA continues to emphasize season ticket sales in football for ’20 to assist in budgeting updates…Florida Atlantic will not cede naming rights to potential corporate stadium sponsor…Texas football season prices will remain the same for the fifth consecutive season…A Denver-based crowdfunding/GoFund Me site has created a preliminary system for paying student-athletes at Colorado State and other NCAA schools…Wisconsin chancellor Dr. Rebecca Blank expressed her thoughts about the NCAA and Congress acting on name, image and likeness rights and how to distribute profits to universities and student-athletes…The Florida legislature also has visited with state universities about funding for new NCAA provisions beginning in 2021 to compensate student-athletes…Virginia inaugurated its new softball stadium last Friday in Charlottesville and joins Duke (2018) as recent ACC members to add that varsity sport… East Carolina and North Carolina Board of Trust members are working to resolve some personnel and goal-accomplishing issues in coming days…West Virginia football has had several spirited dodgeball games as part of the Mountaineers offseason conditioning programs…Grambling football and athletics are working to overcome some budget challenges left over from 2019…Louisiana Tech athletics reported a surplus in fiscal year 2019…Georgia athletics netted $31 million in the black for fiscal year 2019 in spite of increases in football budget spending and facilities’ updates…Air Force’s men’s ice hockey team is moving ahead with updates and increased ticket sales at Falcon Stadium…Georgia will delete some numbers from its visiting football team ticket allotments to raise incentives for season ticket purchases…North Texas athletics had a major milestone in fiscal year 2019 with a surplus in the treasury…LSU baseball’s inventive new pitching lab appears to be reducing player injuries and preventing major arm mishaps with a hopeful outlook for the future…Purdue’s marching bands will be procuring a new $20 million building.

David Teel of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot is retiring from the newspaper after 36 years in sports…Washington football had a typical football recruiting weekend detailed in the Seattle, Wash., Times newspaper…ESPN highlighted Duke and North Carolina athletics’ success in a recent overview…A new football media and marketing deal with a national media supplier and BYU will run from 2020 through the 2025-26 academic year…The Fargo, N.D., Inforum addressed the movement of many NCAA FCS head coaches into the FBS ranks and their success stories along the lines of former North Dakota State mentors Craig Bohl at Wyoming and Chris Klieman at Kansas State…New LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini spoke with the Baton Rouge, La., Morning Advocate newspaper about the fairness he had in dealing with 2019 National Coach of the Year Ed Orgeron of LSU in the hiring process.

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association is set to denote the 45th annual recipient of the coveted Wilbur Snypp Award for contributions to college baseball. Some of the previous winners have been the late Ohio State publicist and award namesake Bill Snypp, the late Tom Price of South Carolina, Russ Anderson of Conference USA, Mike Montoro of West Virginia, and Zachary Shore of Madonna (Mich.), Louise McCleary of the NCAA, Jacob Renie of Indianapolis, Greg Meredith of Notre Dame, Sam Perelman of Old Dominion, and Willie Bloomquist  of Arizona State were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Arizona, Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Stony Brook, UCLA, Wisconsin, and Wyoming are working with NCAA enforcement and compliance officials concerning possible issues and reports at their respective schools…The NCAA and older basketball officials are working on solutions where these arbiters can work Division I conferences and postseason 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.  Wednesday, 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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