College Football Notes – Feb. 24, 2020

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2020

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The 12th year of the popular NFF High School Showcases to introduce top talent among student-athletes to additional colleges and universities expanded to Detroit, Mich., Feb. 8, along with 12-year returning sites in  Houston, Texas, Feb. 15, and the Southern California area last Saturday, Feb. 24. Returning sites St. Thomas U. in Miami Gardens, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., Saturday feature dozens of college prospects along with the Saturday, March 7, Showcase in suburban Atlanta at Marietta’s Walton High School.

These events are free to both participants and college recruiters. The NFF Showcases attracted more than 1,800 high school seniors and 145 colleges and universities from the NCAA Division II, III and NAIA levels last year, landing more than 700 scholarships for participants. Detroit is the latest and sixth location for these sessions.

Showcase participants received an estimated $6 million in scholarships for their freshman year in 2019, and there have been numerous success stories coming from previous showcases. Jarell Carter in 2017 became the first known NFF High School Showcase participant to ever make an NFL roster with the Arizona Cardinals after landing a scholarship at the 2013 Houston event to Trinity International University (Ill.). Caleb Thomas set multiple NAIA records as a wide receiver after receiving a scholarship at the 2017 Orange Bowl Showcase to Graceland University (Iowa). Cedric Whitaker garnered a scholarship at the 2011 Houston event to Texas Lutheran and now coaches the secondary with the Carolina Panthers in the NFL, and Mitchell Nickovich was a two-time Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team member from the University of Redlands (Calif.) after being recruited during the 2016 California Showcase.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Feb. 24-March 1 time period are Feb. 24 (1906) Bennie Oosterbaan, Muskegon, Mich.; (1910) Fred Sington, Birmingham, Ala.; (1923) Bob Chappuis, Toledo, Ohio; (1952) Fred Dean, Arcadia, La.; Feb. 25 (1942) Carl Eller, Winston-Salem, N.C.; (1914) Gomer Jones, Cleveland, Ohio; (1930) Vic Janowicz, Elyria, Ohio; (1963) Marshall Faulk, New Orleans, La.; Feb. 27 (1887) Tad Jones, Excello, Ohio; (1932) Jim Ray Smith, West Columbia, Texas; (1972) Dana Howard, E. St. Louis, Ill.; Feb. 28 (1885) Ray Morrison, Sugar Branch, Ind.; (1929) Hayden Fry, Odessa, Texas; (1945) Bubba Smith, Beaumont, Texas; March 1 (1883) Tom Shevlin, Muskegon, Mich.; (1884) Vince Stevenson, Livingston, Ky.; (1961) Mike Rozier, Camden, N.J.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Feb. 24 (1953) Hunter Carpenter, Middletown, N.Y.; Feb. 26 (1970) Bennie Owen, Houston, Texas; Feb. 27 (1996) Vic Janowicz, Columbus, Ohio; Feb. 29 (1992) Don Heinrich, Saratoga, Calif.; (2008) Buddy Dial, Houston, Texas; March 1 (1959) Albie Booth, New York City; (1969) Andy Kerr, Tucson, Ariz.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Feb. 25 Carl Eller, Marshall Faulk, Feb. 27 Jim Ray Smith (a spry 88), Dana Howard, March 1 Mike Rozier…

Bowling Green and Georgia Tech will play in Atlanta in 2023. BGSU also moved back its ’23 game with Louisiana Tech to 2029…Clemson athletics is paying Wyoming $1.1 million to buy out a 2021 contract, and the Tigers will meet Georgia in Charlotte, N.C., to open the season Sept. 4, 2021…San Jose State will replace UC Davis as Southern California’s 12th opponent for the 2021 season…LSU and Utah have set a future series in 2031 and ‘32…Navy and Notre Dame will kick off Saturday, Aug. 29, in Dublin, Ireland, at Aviva Stadium at 2 p.m. (EDT)…Texas has set the date for its spring game on April 25. Texas Tech will play its spring tussle at 6 p.m. (CST) Friday, April 10, at Lubbock’s Jones AT&T Stadium…Oklahoma’s spring contest will be Saturday, April 18, and ESPN has televised the previous four Sooners final spring outings.


East Carolina and Marshall have moved their scheduled Sept. 5 game at ECU to accommodate a national telecast and to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the tragic Marshall jet crash in 1970 after the Thundering Herd played at East Carolina Nov. 14, 1970.


Karl Dorrell was named head coach at Colorado…Alabama head coach Nick Saban was saluted statewide on the website and in daily newspapers for his growing list of former assistants who now are college head coaches…Longtime Samford assistant coach Ross Newton is Auburn’s football’s new director of high school relations and pro liaison…Hawai’i head coach Todd Graham finalized the assignments for his assistant coaching staff…Michigan State named Courtney Hawkins receivers coach…Ohio State named Kerry Coombs defensive coordinator…Taylor Stubblefield is the new wide receivers coach at Penn State…Kansas tabbed Jonathan Wallace as special teams and running backs coach…Colorado is continuing its nationwide search for a successor to new Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker. Published reports indicate that the three finalists for the CU head coaching post are Troy Calhoun of Air Force, Bret Bielema (formerly of Arkansas and Wisconsin) and Steve Sarkisian (formerly of Washington and USC). Darrin Chiaverini is serving as interim head coach…Former North Texas football recruiting assistant coordinator Shelby McIntyre is seeking a new assignment for the coming campaign. Former Florida Atlantic assistant coach Eric Mathies will head the UNT defensive line in 2020…Former Duke associate head coach Derek Jones is heading for Texas Tech as cornerbacks coach…North Carolina added John Lilly as tight ends coach…New Texas defensive coordinator Chris Ash has promised to install an aggressive 4-3 defense in spring drills…Rutgers tabbed Joe Susan as special assistant to the head coach… Former UAB head coach Neil Callaway has been named a senior analyst for Purdue football…Tennessee athletics added Steve Caldwell hired as assistant director of life skills and character development in the Vols for Life program…New TCU offensive analyst and former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill called working on the Horned Frogs staff one of the best jobs in America…Dontae Wright is the new outside linebackers coach at West Virginia…Former Auburn special teams analyst Jonathan Rutledge is leaving AU for a similar position at Nebraska…Former Kansas running backs coach Tony Hull has been chosen as co-offensive coordinator at Hawai’i…LSU updated details about the contract and compensation for passing game coordinator Scott Linehan…New Mexico named Jordan Salkin quarterbacks coach and Jerome Haywood named defensive line coach…South Carolina chose Rod Wilson, a Gamecocks alumnus and Super Bowl champion as linebackers coach to complete the 2020 assistant coaching staff…Former Texas assistant coach Corby Meekins has joined the Houston staff as an assistant coach…The Air Force coaching staff will have different defensive position coaches at every slot in 2020…Former Maryland assistant coach Del Cowsette was tabbed as defensive line coach for Air Force…Former  Arkansas offensive analyst Will Bryant is joining the Auburn offensive staff as an analyst…Former Colorado offensive coordinator Jay Johnson, offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic and linebackers coach Ross Els are following head coach Mel Tucker to Michigan State…Former Colorado standout RB and NFL Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Eric Bieniemy withdrew from the Colorado head coaching search late last week…Former Michigan offensive analyst Brandon Blaney now is tight ends coach at Eastern Michigan…Former Tulane assistant coach Kevin Peoples accepted a position as Indiana’s defensive line coach…Kentucky associate head coach/recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow inked a new contract with a substantial bonus. He appears to be the highest-compensated non-coordinator in the Southeastern Conference this year…Southern Illinois head coach Nick Hill has received a contract agrees to a contract extension through the 2021 season…Former Tulane defensive backs coach Chris Hampton is moving onto Duke as DBs mentor…Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun visited with sports media about his coaching staff changes and possible discussions with Colorado for that head coaching position before Karl Dorrell was hired. Alabama football coach Steve Sarkisian removed his name from consideration for Colorado prior to the Buffaloes’ addition of Dorrell…Alabama football analyst Butch Jones is moving into a new role as special assistant to head coach Nick Saban after two years in the previous role…Auburn released contract details for offensive coordinator Chad Morris and new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell along with the base salary and bonus provisions for Tigers defensive coordinator Kevin Steele…Former Miami (Fla.) offensive line coach Art Kehoe has been hospitalized with a stroke…Former NFL Detroit Lions tight ends coach Chris White has moved to Michigan as a special analyst…Michigan State alumnus Harlan Barnett has returned to MSU as secondary coach…Former Wisconsin wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Ted Gilmore has been selected as Michigan State’s tight ends coach…Several college football coaches have expressed apprehension about new NCAA “open transfer” proposals and their impact on future seasons and recruiting/team retention…Alabama analyst Joe Houston appears to have accepted an assistant special teams coaching position with the NFL New England Patriots…Buffalo head coach Lance Leipold signed a contract extension through the 2024 season…Georgia’s assistant director of football player development Bubba Velasco has departed from Athens to take over as player development director at Arkansas…Mississippi State is retaining Tony Hughes as associate head coach and linebackers coach…Tennessee’s restructured assistant football coaching staff appears to be just below the 2019 staff in total compensation…The Texas Board of Regents formally approved guarantee contracts for coordinators Mike Yurcich and Chris Ash as well as new assistant coaches Jay Boulware and Coleman Hutzler.


Hometowns of more 2020 college head coaches – Vanderbilt: Derek Mason, Phoenix, Ariz.; Villanova: Mark Ferrante, Canton, N.Y.; Virginia: Bronco Mendenhall, Alpine, Utah; Virginia State: Reggie Barlow, Montgomery, Ala.; VMI: Scott Wachenheim, Encino, Calif.


NFF College Hall of Fame coach and Tennessee director of athletics Phillip Fulmer pledged to UT alumni again this year to restore the Volunteers past glory in football while keeping all other Vol sports competitive nationally…Michigan AD Warde Manuel backs the new NCAA proposal allowing one-time transfer for athletes…Southern (Baton Rouge) AD Roman Banks has been working with LSU about use of Southern football facilities as LSU makes renovations at historic Tiger Stadium…Syracuse AD John Wildhack spoke of the Orange’s upcoming spring game, the financial commitment to coordinators and assistant coaches at SU and the state of Orange men’s basketball…Tennessee named former Mississippi State assistant AD Bill Martin Vols football director of communications…Former Maryland associate AD Kristen Brown is now Texas A&M’s deputy AD for student-athlete experience/senior women administrator…Oklahoma director of nutrition Tiffany Byrd is leaving to pursue another career path…UW-Oshkosh women’s golf head coach Liza Ruetten will retire at the end of the 2020 academic year…Idaho State associate head men’s basketball coach Jared Phay has been placed on administrative leave…Colorado AD Mike Bohn was lauded for the recent hire of former UCLA head coach and CU associate head coach Karl Dorrell as head coach of the Buffaloes…Arizona State president Dr. Michael Crow received a vote of confidence from ASU governing authorities. Former Arizona State senior associate AD David Cohen is seeking a new position in athletics for 2020-21.


The Atlantic Coast Conference now supports one-time athletes’ transferring without a redshirt penalty and has made this proposition to the NCAA Executive Council…Big Ten Conference commissioner Kevin Warren said preserving amateurism in college athletics is vital to the future of sport and major conferences during his recent visit to Iowa City, Iowa…The Southeastern Conference turned down an Arkansas request to hold a game-type scrimmage at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock in addition to the traditional spring intrasquad skirmish in Fayetteville, Ark….Bowling Green and other schools are leaving the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and possibly reviving the previous Collegiate Hockey Association. Six other schools noted that they are leaving the WCHA for possible CHA membership…The Big East Conference fined Providence athletics fined for a court-storming episode at a recent contest…Several outlets have called for the Pac-12 Conference to hold discussions about changes to the National Letter-of-Intent signing policies…New Hampshire deputy AD Steve Metcalfe has been named the new Hockey East commissioner.


Football Bowl Association executive director Wright Waters outlined the NCAA Postseason Football Committee’s thoughts about average teams by conference in bowl games over a five-season period before expanding the postseason lineup for FBS in a recent national interview on College Sports Weekly. Waters also was the recipient of the 2020 Football Writers Association of America Lifetime Achievement Award….Among the Top 150 Players in Bowl Games denoted by the FBA to celebrate the 150-year anniversary of intercollegiate football were Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh; Aaron Rodgers, California; Aaron Taylor, Notre Dame; Alan Faneca, LSU; Anthony Calvillo, Utah State; Antonio Brown, Central Michigan; and NFF board chairman Archie Manning of Ole Miss.


Tennessee junior offensive lineman Trey Smith captured the 2019 Jason Witten (also a UT alumnus) Man of the Year Award last week for his community service and team leadership…Paul Beshir has signed with the University of Calgary for the 2020 campaign…Former Florida QB Feleipe Franks is moving to Arkansas as a graduate transfer…Kentucky QB Joey Gatewood appears to be on course to remain at UK in ’20 after earlier NCAA transfer portal entry…QB Sam Saxton is slated to play at Stephen F. Austin in 2020…Former Duke wideout Scott Bracey will transfer with immediate eligibility to Stephen F. Austin…OT Devontay Taylor is leaving FIU to keep immediate eligibility as a grad transfer to Florida State…Arizona State TE Jared Bubak has entered the grad transfer portal…Texas LB Juwan Mitchell has withdrawn from the transfer portal. Teammate LB Ayodele Adeoye may miss all or part of spring workouts with a foot injury…OT Teeshaun Turpin has signed with North Texas via Long Beach (Calif.) City College…Utah safety Jason Shelley is an undergraduate committed to the 2020 NCAA transfer portal…Texas A&M received an oral commitment for 2021 from standout OL Trey Zuhn of Colorado Springs, Colo….Tight end Lake McRee has made a verbal commitment to Texas for ’21 as a freshman…East Carolina DL Chance Purvis is seeking reinstatement for the 2020 season…Rutgers’ Noga Peleg Pek has left the program for personal reasons…Indiana tight end Peyton Hendershot is hoping to be reinstated to the team by August preseason drills.


NFF College Hall of Fame coach Dr. Tom Osborne reported that he bagged a wild turkey on a hunting expedition thanks to a gift of a turkey from former Nebraska-Kearney standout Mark Kurtenbach…NFF College Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder of Kansas State heads an illustrious class of 2020 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame inductees. Others set to be inducted in a May 6 ceremony at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, are former K-State QB Jonathan Beasley, Beasley, Arkansas guard and owner/president/general manager/NFF board member of the Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones; Boston College Linebacker Bill Romanowski; Ole Miss halfback Dexter McCluster; Texas defensive end Cory Redding; and Notre Dame split end Thom Gatewood…CoSIDA Academic Hall of Fame member Kim Mulkey of Baylor became the fastest women’s basketball head coach to reach 600 wins – in just 700 games…Oklahoma head women’s basketball head coach Sherri Coale became the second collegiate coach in state history to surpass 500 career victories…Former Nebraska CB standout Prince Amukamara and former Abilene Christian wideout Taylor Gabriel are pursuing other NFL teams after being released by the Chicago Bears…Former Michigan head men’s basketball head coach John Beilein admitted that the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers head coaching position was not the right fir for his career…Assault victim Brenda Tracy continues her national lecture and advising crime prevention tour – most recently in Tucson, Ariz….UNC Greensboro head baseball coach Billy Godwin is recovering from a stroke he suffered during road a trip to Coastal Carolina earlier this month.


Michigan donor Stephen M. Ross has provided $100 million to begin construction of UM’s Detroit Center for Innovation…BYU athletics noted an increase in 2019 home football attendance in 2019 with the addition of Power Five conference opponents, Cougars on-field success and afternoon kickoffs for fans’ convenience…Eastern Washington faculty members have asked for a reduction of sports to help cover budgetary concerns…There were 10 Ohio public universities, which spent $192 million in student fees and other non-athletics money for Division I sports in 2018-19, according to a research report and public records.

North Dakota’s hockey teams are conserving stick due to a slowdown in manufacturing in China and health concerns…The Iowa legislature is working with colleges on name, image and likeness bills for best practices to compensate student-athletes…North Texas athletics continues to hold weekly football season ticket and individual men’s and women’s basketball games’ ticket promotions…Southern California received official Board of Trustees approval to extend full tuition ($57,000-plus annually) to prospective students whose families make less than $80,000 annually and who meet USC entrance requirements…Texas Tech athletics opened a new $5.56 million dining hall for student-athletes last week…The Allegiant Stadium roof is nearing completion for UNLV and NFL Las Vegas Raiders football in the coming season…The New Mexico state legislature has proposed a bill to cover 2019 athletics’ debt at New Mexico and New Mexico State…Nevada is utilizing new apartment complexes for overflow housing for 800-plus students. Texas Woman’s U. used this technique throughout the early 2000s as its enrollment climbed rapidly…The University of North Carolina System is seeking to regain the Silent Sam Confederate statue and $2.5 million back…Syracuse’s student affairs office is working with the general population and student-athletes over recent protests on campus…Oregon public colleges’ student-athletes could be compensated under a bill approved by Oregon Senate last week…Purdue’s new $20 million Purdue bands’ facility will be named Hagle Hall…BYU’s Honor Code has been mentioned as a cornerstone for several colleges and universities…Colorado State’s Faculty Council has requested that the administration evaluate the athletics’ budget…Georgia athletics is considering purchasing a plane for future team and recruiting travel…Penn State football and other revenue sports have enjoyed record ticket sales in 2019-20…UCLA athletics is working on several major financial and facilities’ commitments in coming months…An anonymous donor has made a $5 million gift for $85 million football training center at the University of Florida…Michigan legislator are working on some “fairness” compensation bills for college student-athletes both on an annual basis and for images and likenesses’ royalties…Marshall athletics has been receiving bids for construction of its proposed new baseball stadium…The Texas Board of Regents is scheduled to approve a new $60 million basketball and women’s rowing practice facilities in Austin.


ESPN president James Pitaro is a former football student-athlete at Cornell and is married to award-winning movie and television star and Columbia graduate Jean Louisa Kelly…Associated Press college football editor Ralph D. Russo wrote about national commitment to college football programs…The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun penned a column about former USF and Texas head coach Charlie Strong and his new position as an analyst on the Alabama football staff…Former Sports Illustrated senior writer and Alabama journalism professor Lars Anderson has received solid reviews for his recent book Chasing the Bear about the often parallel head coaching careers at Alabama of NFF College Hall of Fame coach the late Paul “Bear” Bryant and current Bama mentor Nick Saban.


The annual FWAA Writing Contest is accepting entries for several categories through the official website…Bob Williams of NCAA Communications, Tim Glon of Ohio Northern, Bill Gorman of Wentworth Institute of Technology, Joni Lehmann of the Big 12 Conference, Geoffrey Hassard of SUNY Oneonta, Charlie Fiss of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Bob Heller of Lincoln, Steve Kirschner of North Carolina, Jeff Bernstein of NYU, Dave Plati of Colorado, Glenn Alford of Idaho State, Rob Carolla of the XFL Dallas Renegades, and Mark Bechenbach of Ohio Wesleyan were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Arizona, Arizona State, Connecticut, Idaho State, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, NC State, New Mexico State, Northwestern State, Pittsburgh, and South Carolina are working with NCAA enforcement and compliance officials concerning possible issues and reports at their respective schools…The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association home page has been updated and revised on and…The NCAA is considering several changes in the one-time and graduate transfer rules for FBS and NCAA Division I members.

2020-21 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s Six Games(All Games Televised by ESPN, Eastern Airtimes) CFPFriday, 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, TBDFriday, Jan. 1 – Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.Saturday, Jan. 2 – PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., TBDJan. 2 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Fla., TBD



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