College Football Notes – May 14-16
What: Tomorrow – Tuesday, May 15 – the NFF & College Hall of Fame will denote its 62nd annual Hall of Fame class with a national telecast over ESPNU at 11:30 a.m. (EDT) from the NCAA Football Subdivision from NASDAQ OMX Marketsite in New York City.
At least two new inductees from the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame class (Click here for the list of the 76 All-America players and eight elite coaches on the ballot.) will be present to represent the announcement of the 14 players and three coaches who have been selected as members of this year’s class. Former USC great and ESPN commentator Jesse Palmer will emcee the ceremonies.
Watch a live stream at the NFF onDemand YouTube Channel (direct link), at www.footballfoundation.org or on the web at ESPN3.com (direct link). XOS Digital will produce the streams at the NFF sites. Mobile access will also be available via a stream to the NFF iPhone and iPad applications, which can be purchased at the iTunes App Store by searching for “National Football Foundation.” College Football Live on ESPN: One inductee was revealed on College Football Live earlier this afternoon on ESPN’s popular show as a prelude to the announcement of the entire class Tuesday. Selected inductees also will be part of the College Football Live telecast tomorrow. Veteran broadcaster Jack Arute also will host a special edition of SiriusXM’s College Football Playbook from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (EDT) featuring interviews with the new and previous inductees on site.
Capture the emotion of new College Football Hall of Famers as they express what it means to be recognized among the greatest coaches and players in the history of the game.
Joining NASDAQ OMS will be returning NFF sponsors XOS Digital, the Orange Bowl and Troutman Sanders LLP in New York. This is the fourth consecutive year for NASDAQ OMX to host the announcement.
The complete schedule for the 62nd annual NFF College Hall of Fame enshrinement in South Bend, Ind., has been release. Please click here (https://legacy.twu.edu/owa/?ae=PreFormAction&t=IPM.Note&a=Del) to access all the events of July 20-21 at the Hall of Fame.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Famers and NFF chairman Archie Manning (born in Cleveland, Miss., near football-famous Drew, Miss., May 19, 1949) and May 15 Ron Simmons, Thurman Thomas, Emmitt Smith, Desmond Howard, and Rod Smith; May 19 John Friesz; May 21 Ara Parseghian, John Majors, James Saxton, Johnny Roland, Glenn Ressler, and Jim Ritcher…
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the May 15-21 time period are May 15 (1958) Ron Simmons, Perry, Ga.; (1966) Thurman Thomas, Houston, Texas; (1969) Emmitt Smith, Pensacola. Fla.; (1970) Desmond Howard, Cleveland, Ohio; (1970) Rod Smith, Texarkana, Ark.; May 17 (1912) Ace Parker, Portsmouth, Va.; May 18 (1916) Paul Hoernemann, Lima, Ohio; (1924) Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice, Asheville, N.C.; May 19 (1893) Tuss McLaughry, Chicago, lll.; (1949) Archie Manning, Cleveland, Miss.; (1967) John Friesz, Missoula, Mont.; May 20 (1867) Andy Wyant, Chicago, Ill.; (1920) Al Sparlis, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1924) Herman Wedemeyer, Honolulu, Hawai’i; May 21 (1923) Ara Parseghian, Akron, Ohio; (1935) John Majors, Lynchburg, Tenn.; (1940) James Saxton, College Station, Texas; (1943) Johnny Roland, Corpus Christi, Texas; (1943) Glenn Ressler, Dornsife, Pa.; (1958) Jim Ritcher, Berea, Ohio.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are May 15 (1970) Clark Shaughnessy, Santa Monica, Calif.; (1999) Bobby Wilson, Brenham, Texas; May 18 (1963) Ernie Davis, Cleveland, Ohio; May 21 (2011) Joe Steffy, Newburgh, N.Y.
Colorado State and UTEP will meet in both 2013 and ’14…Miami (Fla.) and FAU now are contracted to play in 2013, 2015 and ’16…Michigan is working with Pacific-12 Conference schools to fill a 2012 open non-conference date under the leagues’ collaborative agreement policies…West Virginia has completed all its football slates through 2016 and will feature the likes of Maryland (inclusive in 2012-17), East Carolina replacing Marshall in 2013 and a neutral site encounter in Washington state in ’16…Oklahoma and Texas have extended their agreement to play at Dallas’ Cotton Bowl Stadium through 2020…Cincinnati will face Ohio State in 2018 and Ohio in 2020…Colorado State has architectural renderings for a new 42,000-seat stadium…Troy football has plans on the drawing board for major facilities’ upgrades…Marshall athletics is in the middle of a campus-wide facilities’ upgrade.
Ohio State’s inaugural Women’s Football Clinic on June 9 will benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Mrs. Spielman was the late wife of NFF College Hall of Fame member and television commentator Chris Spielman of OSU…New Mexico student-athletes and coaches worked with local fundraisers for Coaches vs. Cancer donations…New Mexico State student-athletes logged 5,000-plus hours of community service in 2011-12…George Washington athletics celebrated the 2011-12 academic year with a banquet and the inaugural Georgey Awards to top student-athletes, coaches and teams…Seton Hall athletics has a new season ticket appreciation package for active members of the military and their families…or Wagner athletics hosted a Lifestyles Extravaganza for undergraduates, coaches and staff members…Arizona athletics is embarking on its annual In-State Road Trip to speak to thousands at alumni meetings.
Pacific-12 Conference head coaches acknowledged they have little initial say-so in planning for the new version of FBS playoffs or the BCS but have been communicating with their directors of athletics…The Minneapolis Tribune just published a study of coaching salaries and raise from 2004-12…North Carolina’s new football coaching staff will have an annual salary of $4.07 million…Marshall Malchow is the new assistant operations director for Boise State football…Shannon Kelley has been named as an assistant coach at Houston Baptist…UAB athletics has retained highly-acclaimed consultant and former Florida and Houston AD Bill Carr to assist in its search for a new football coach…Historic Highland Park (Texas) HS head coach Randy Allen says he is at 90 percent health after suffering a major traffic accident in November 2011.
Former Texas Tech basketball standout Stan Bonewitz was named director of athletics at Concordia (Texas)…Other new recent AD designations have been Andy Geiger (Milwaukee), Danny White (Buffalo), Todd Stewart (Western Kentucky), Ken Tyler (U. of Mary Washington), and Patrick Dunkley (iterim, Stanford)…Northern Michigan is expecting to name a new as director of athletics this week. Steve Reed has the interim position…Bellarmine AD Scott Wiegandt is host to six national team titles at the NCAA Division II Championships Festival this month…Michigan State AD Mark Hollis performed some impromptu live camera work at the recent Green-White spring game and was featured in a story about the importance of representative non-conference contests…Texas A&M AD Bill Byrne retired last week and will serve as special assistant to A&M president Dr. Bowen Loftin. Dr. John “Thunder” Thornton has been named interim AD.
Preseason media days for the FBS conferences have been denoted, and they are (alphabetically, courtesy of the FWAA) ACC: July 22-23 (Grandover Resort, Greensboro, N.C.); Big East: July 30-31 (Hotel Viking, Newport, R.I.); Big Ten: July 26-27 (Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago); Big 12: July 23-24 (Westin Galleria, Dallas); C-USA: July 24-25 (TBD, Dallas); MAC: July 24 (Ford Field, Detroit); MWC: July 24-25 (The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas); Pac-12: July 24 (Gibson Amphitheatre, Burbank, Calif.); SEC: July 17-19 (Wynfrey Hotel, Hoover, Ala.); Sun Belt: July 16 (Marriott-Canal Street, New Orleans, La.); WAC: July 25-26 (Orleans Hotel & Arena, Las Vegas). Virtually all proceedings will be available via videostreaming on each league’s official websites…The SEC has designated interview times for its now-14-member loop…Middle Tennessee athletics is weighing all its conference membership options as summer beckons…Interim Big East Conference commissioner Joe Bailey told of future plans and action by the circuit at a national news conference last Wednesday…The Big Ten Conference led the NCAA in men’s basketball attendance for a record 36th consecutive year…The Big Ten also has made some alternate proposals involving conference matchups for a possible four-team FBS end-of-year playoff…The Big West Conference has had discussions with Boise State about having its sports other than football as members – similar to BYU’s agreement with the BWC…George Mason will remain in the Colonial Athletic Association while there are national reports that Boise State may reconsider its move to the Big East Conference…Louisiana Tech is anticipating $2 million for its entry fee into Conference USA…Louisville has notified the Big East Conference that it may be exploring other conference options…UofL and Florida State have been mentioned in published reports with the Big 12 Conference if the Big 12 returns to 12 members.
The Football Bowl Association and chair Steve Hogan announced that the association is seeking an executive director to assist with and help grow the operations of the FBA and will be accepting applications soon…The Armed Forces Bell Helicopter Bowl held its kickoff celebration last Thursday at revamped Amon Carter Stadium (including panoramic sight views of construction at the facility) in Fort Worth, Texas, and sponsored tours and bowl updates. Executive director Brant Ringler addressed the gathering, and new two-year sponsorship agreement with Bell Helicopter was announced…There are now 30 of the 35 certified bowls for post 2012 with dates and broadcast times, and for the latest listings please click here (bcsfootball.org)…Chief operating officer Shannon Clark of the Florida Citrus Sports Association spoke at a gathering to reveal new ticket policies and seating arrangements for area 2012-13 postseason tussles.
The ACC has signed a new telecast agreement with ESPN and its family of networks through the 2026-27 academic year. The updated agreements could have a total payout estimated as high as $3.3 billion over 15 years…The Big 12, ESPN and FOX verbally have committed their television rights out to 13 years (from six), and CBSSports.com reports a possible $2.5 billion pact in the final stages…These latest telecast deals could mean as much as $20 million annual revenue for each Big 12 member and $17 million each year for the each of 14 ACC members…The Ivy League has renewed its broadcasting agreements with NBC Sports Network…CBS Sports Network will add two Patriot League telecasts to its 2012 menu…The new Pac-12 Networks have hired NFF College Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, Rick Neuheisel and Summer Sanders as lead on-air personalities…The Patriot League will expand its all-access webstreaming for 2012-13 events…Leatherheads.com football history and college discussion site and the Intercollegiate Football Research Association have collaborated on a number of webcasts and football historical research projects in recent weeks…The Sun Belt Conference and ESPN have denoted 2012 airtimes for network contests. Please click here (sunbeltsports.org/football) for the complete slate.
WR Kameel Jackson of Oklahoma tweeted that he is transferring to Texas A&M after completing spring semester…Georgia 2013 signee pledge CB Reggie Wilkerson put in a strong recommendation for the Bulldogs to sign his track star twin sister Regina Wilkerson prior to the 2013-14 academic year. They are standouts from Citra, Fla…Oklahoma suspended four players for violations of team rules last week.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach Herb Deromedi of Central Michigan has been named to the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame…Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman highlighted a 20-year reunion of the Dallas Cowboys 1992 Super Bowl championship squad last week around the Emmitt Smith Charity Golf Invitational in the DFW area…NFF College Hall of Fame coach Fisher DeBerry will host his annual Coaches for Charity Night Friday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium with 300-plus guests expected. Head coaches Troy Calhoun (Air Force Academy), Earnest Collins, Jr. (Northern Colorado), Jim McElwain (Colorado State), and John Wristen (CSU-Pueblo) will be on hand at the annual fundraiser along with representatives for Colorado head coach Jon Embree…U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan of Harvard, Alvan Adams of Oklahoma, Ruth Riley of Notre Dame, John Naber of Southern California, and Dr. Todd Olsen of Slippery Rock as 2012 inductees into the Capital One Academic All-America® Hall of Fame selected by CoSIDA. They swell the group’s ranks to 122 inductees since 1988…LSU and SEC media relations legend Herb Vincent joins veteran Joe Dier of Mississippi State and others in receiving CoSIDA 25-Year Award recognition…Nebraska radio football broadcasting legend Lyell Bremser, who was play-by-play man for the Huskers from 1939-83, was inducted into the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame…Purdue standout and five-time Super Bowl participant Matt Light of Purdue and the New England Patriots has retired after 11 seasons in the NFL.
The Minnesota House of representatives has given committee appropriations’ approval for a new $975 million football stadium in Minneapolis. Minnesota athletics could make as much as $3 million in rentals and amenities if the NFL Minnesota Vikings move to UM’s campus stadium to play…Oklahoma athletics is anticipating the $75 million Headington Hall residences in summer 2013 adjacent to Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium in Norman…Portland State athletics will make $44 million in renovations and repairs to existing facilities in 2012-13…John Eddie Williams made a personal donation in excess of $20 million for the new Baylor Stadium John Eddie Williams Field in Waco, Texas…Richmond athletics has approved $15 million in renovations for the Robins Center and other Spider facilities…Dallas Baptist athletics has received $5 million in donations to upgrade and reconstruct baseball and other facilities in 2012-13…Jerry D. and Linda Gregg Fields have donated $1.1 Million to Texas State athletics and the Bobcat Club…Cal State Bakersfield athletics held its 40th annual barbecue and picnic for scholarship funds…Fresno State is focused on expanded fundraising efforts for the 2012-13 academic year and football fortunes…George Washington U. athletics and IMG College have inked new marketing and promotions agreements…Bradley athletics has partnered again with Lexus Motors of Peoria, Ill…ExtremeTix has added several NCAA and NAIA football schools to an ever-growing list of marketing and promotional ticket clients…Western Kentucky athletics Hilltopper Foundation will host a Member Signing Day to encourage renewals and first-time members.
The NCAA FCS is preparing to raise the number of teams in the postseason playoffs from 20 to 24 for 2012…The NCAA Enforcement Committee has lifted postseason bans for Southern-Baton Rouge athletics…NACDA has alerted its members to a sellout situation at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas for the annual June convention and has backup lodging listed on its official website…The National Association for Athletics Compliance will host a networking dinner presented by JumpForward for new NAAC members and new compliance professionals Monday, June 25, at the Dallas Hilton Anatole. The NAAC also is seeking feedback on reasonable standards’ documentation from members…CoSIDA is continuing an unofficial campaign to have all its members connect via Twitter by the end of 2012.
2013 BCS Schedule (All Times EST or TBD)
Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO, Pasadena, Calif., 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 1 – Discover Orange Bowl, Miami, Fla., ESPN
Jan. 2 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, La., ESPN
Jan. 3 – Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz., ESPN
Jan. 7 – Discover National Championship Game, Miami, 8 p.m. (tentative), ESPN