College Football Notes – March 2, 2020

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

Expect a media directive in coming days for the announcement of the 71st annual NFF College Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Previous revelations have been shown live on ESPN and in and around various major college football events such as the College Football Playoff.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 2-8 time period are March 2 (1934) Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, Columbus, Ohio; (1935) Gene Stallings, Paris, Texas; (1946) Wayne Meylan, Bay City, Mich.; (1954) John Sciarra, Los Angeles, Calif.; March 3 (1890) Art Howe, South Orange, N.J.; (1917) Carl Hinkle, Hendersonville, Tenn.; (1952) Randy Gradishar, Warren, Ohio; (1962) Herschel Walker, Wrightsville, Ga.; March 4 (1888) Knute Rockne, Voss, Norway; (1964) Shane Conlan, Frewsburg, N.Y.; (1971) Jeff Wittman, Rochester, N.Y.; March 5 (1875) Frank O’Neill, Syracuse, N.Y.; (1918) Paul Christman, St. Louis, Mo.; (1921) Dave Schreiner, Lancaster, Wis.; (1922) Bob Odell, Corning, Iowa; (1970) Michael Payton, Harrisburg, Pa.; March 6 (1892) Clark Shaughnessy, St. Cloud, Minn.; (1927) Jim Owens, Oklahoma City, Okla.; (1942) Jerry Rhome, Dallas, Texas; (1943) Ronnie Caveness, Houston, Texas; (1950) Johnny Musso, Birmingham, Ala.; March 7 (1943) Rick Redman, Portland, Ore.; (1950) Thom Gatewood, Baltimore, Md.; (1952) Lynn Swann, Alcoa, Tenn.; (1955) Tommy Kramer, San Antonio, Texas; March 8 (1873) Charley Brewer, Honolulu, Hawai’i; (1893) Harry Young, Charleston, W.Va.; (1917) Dan Hill, Asheville, N.C.; (1931) Earle Bruce, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1938) Pete Dawkins, Royal Oak, Mich.; (1962) William Fuller, Norfolk, Va.; (1965) Kenny Gamble, Holyoke, Mass.


Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 2 (1970) Paul Christman, Lake Forest, Ill.; (1971) Dixie Howell, Hollywood, Calif.; March 4 (1962) Pat O’Dea, San Francisco, Calif.; (2009) George McAfee, Durham, N.C.; March 5 (2016) Albert Wistert, Grant’s Pass, Ore.; March 7 (1977) Bernie Bierman, Laguna Hills, Calif.; (1983) Rip Engle, Bellefonte, Pa.


Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 2 Gene Stallings (a spry 85), Wayne Meylan, John Sciarra, March 3 Randy Gradishar, Herschel Walker, March 4 Shane Conlan, Jeff Wittman, March 5 Michael Payton, March 6 Jerry Rhome, Ronnie Caveness, Johnny Musso, March 7 Thom Gatewood, Lynn Swann, Tommy Kramer, March 8 Pete Dawkins (a spry 82), William Fuller, Kenny Gamble

Fresno State and Texas Tech will meet in a  three-game series in 2029, 2030 and ’32…Tulsa has finished its non-conference scheduling through the 2023 season with the addition of UC Davis in 2021 and Jacksonville State in 2022…Connecticut and Liberty will face off in 2022…Cincinnati will host Kennesaw State in 2022…Texas Tech has added Tarleton State in 2023 and Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2025 and ‘27 to its future football schedules…Fresno State will tangle with New Mexico State on Oct. 5, 2024, and will meet BYU in Fresno Nov. 8, 2025. The Bulldogs will jaunt to LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, to take on the Cougars on Oct. 9, 2027. FSU and Kansas also will play a future three-game series with all three contests on college football’s Week Zero the Saturday prior to Labor Day weekend…Arkansas updated its 2024 nonconference schedule with a clash on Nov. 23, 2024 game against Louisiana Tech in Fayetteville…Central Michigan and Western Michigan have moved their game this autumn to Ford Field in 2020. CMU also is close to closing out several upcoming non-circuit slates…Army West Point and Tulsa have slated a four-game series for 2025-28…Bowling Green and Georgia Tech will play once in 2023.


Team USA prospective Olympians have been instructed to continue their regular training timetables for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan…Team Several schools in state affected by people coming down with Covid 19 and the flu have made provisions for extra sanitation measures and handwashing areas at athletics events…Michigan has cancelled its scheduled spring football trip overseas to an undetermined location amid concerns about Covid 19.


Former Southern Miss and North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora is joining longtime coaching compatriot Joe Wickline as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, respectively, for Baylor…Cincinnati’s former director of player development Greg Scruggs is now the Bearcats defensive line coach…Colorado’s Board of Regents approved the hiring and contract for new head coach Karl Dorrell who kept a home in Boulder while he previously served as assistant head coach with the NFL Miami Dolphins…Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano explained to the media why he left RU for a head coaching position in the NFL and then returned to the Scarlet Knights campus…Ryan Smith has taken over as cornerbacks at Virginia Tech…Former Colorado interim head coach Darrin Chiaverini was praised for holding the program intact after former head coach Mel Tucker accepted the Michigan State head coaching post. Tucker also supports a football “culture shift” as he takes the reins at MSU…Former LSU running backs coach Tommie Robinson has moved to Texas A&M in that same coaching role, and Tigers director of player development Kevin Faulk has replaced Robinson…Michigan State named William Peagier running backs coach and Ross Els as special teams coordinator formally after they previously served at Colorado…Ohio State head coach Ryan Day gained a three-year contract extension through the 2026 with one of the top compensation packages in the Big Ten Conference…Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran has departed UA to become special teams coordinator at Georgia…Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun has finalized a six-year contract extension with the Falcons…Oregon State linebackers coach Trent Bray is now assistant head coach, and running backs coach Michael Pitre is the Ducks new recruiting coordinator…Details about Penn State head coach’s James Franklin’s new six-year contract have been revealed with $35.4 million over the duration…Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton changed his mind and rejected an offer from Indiana to stay at Michigan State. The Spartans also retained assistant coaches Mike Tressel and Ron Burton from the 2019 MSU staff…Oregon named Rod Chance as cornerbacks coach – a former defensive analyst for the Ducks…Virginia tabbed former UVa standout linebacker Clint Simtin as defensive line coach…Former Kansas State defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton has accepted an assistant coach’s post at Michigan State…Former Georgia assistant director of player development Pat Bastien has been named defensive backs coach at Marshall…Michigan offensive line coach and running game coordinator Chris Kapilovic has been rewarded with an ample raise for 2020-21…Penn State chose former player Deion Barnes as a graduate assistant and assisted in a media story about highly-successful Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin…San Diego State completed its 2020 assistant coaching staff with the addition of Savai’i Eselu as tights end coach.


Hometowns of more 2020 college head coaches – Virginia Tech: Justin Fuente, Tulsa, Okla.; Wabash: Don Morel, La Verne, Calif.; Wake Forest: Dave Clawson, Youngstown, N.Y.; Washburn: Craig Schurig, Willingboro, N.J.; Washington & Jefferson: Mike Sirianni, Clarion, Pa.


Nebraska director of athletics Bill Moos denoted several changes upcoming for Nebraska athletics in multiple areas…UCLA’s national search with a search firm contributing continues for its new AD…Washington AD Jen Cohen addressed Huskies recruiting practices and athletics funding…Former Oregon State AD Todd Stansbury has settled a legal issue with OSU for his buyout.

Southern California AD Mike Bohn has brought several innovations from his Colorado days into his role at USC…Coastal Carolina head baseball coach Gary Gilmore is fighting cancer. He guided the Chanticleers to the school’s and Big South Conference’s first NCAA championship in baseball in 2016…Vanderbilt’s new long-range Strategic Plan by AD Candice Lee calls for several facilities’ renovations, campus and community service upgrades and new student-athlete funding and welfare updates in coming months…Arizona State president Dr. Michael Crow may be taking over as president of the University of California at Berkeley…UNLV AD Desiree Reed-Francois has been mentioned as a candidate for the UCLA AD vacancy.


Big Ten Conference schools are projected to have budgets just under a composite $2 billion for the 2020-21 academic year…New Big Ten Conference commissioner Kevin Warren spoke of the importance of conference men’s and women’s football and ice hockey success nationally. Warren also addressed common goals by Big Ten schools and reflected on his initial months as the conference’s commissioner…The Sun Belt Conference will open 2020 intra-league activity on Sept. 19.


John Field Scovell, former Texas Tech standout, Goodyear Cotton Bowl board member and NFF supporter, has been named a 2020 Junior Achievement of Dallas Hall of Fame Laureate…The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman and benefitting the USO has enjoyed performances by the Budweiser Clydesdales in recent bowl parades.


2019 FWAA Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award recipient LSU DB Derek Stingley Jr. is amping up for 2020 spring workouts in the Tigers offseason program…Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III just missed breaking several running speed records at last week’s NFL combine…Clemson WR Tee Higgins missed some of the combine’s competition because of lack of preparation time after the Tigers national championship runnerup run…Ohio State defensive end Chase Young was rated among the top defenders prior to the combine and did not disappoint scouts on hand…Utah State QB Jordan Love made waves in passing drills after a stellar performance last December in the Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl…Texas WR Joshua Moore has been cleared for all spring football team activities…The University of Calgary (Canada) has inked DB Carson Eddy of Edmonton, Alberta, O’Brien HS for the 2020 Dinos squad…Texas A&M safety Leon O’Neal has entered the 2020 NCAA transfer portal…Colorado State kicker Cayden Camper is seeking reinstatement for 2020 spring drills…Indiana tight end Peyton Hendershot is requesting full reinstatement for 2020 spring workouts…Georgia defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt is seeking to be restored to the Bulldogs practices and roster after recent jurisprudence.


2009 NFF William V. Campbell® Award recipient and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has been spending additional family with his father Tom Tebow who has been fighting Parkinson’s Disease for four years…Former Eastern Illinois and NFL Dallas Cowboys standout QB Tony Romo has signed the largest television contract for an analyst at $17 million annually with CBS Sports for NFL coverage…Maryknoll Father, missionary and former Holy Cross football captain Thomas Henehan was featured last week in Maryknoll magazine…National Football League owners and the NFL Players Association are holding talks and preliminary votes for a new collective bargaining agreement, a possible 17th regular-season game and fewer preseason practices in full pads, among other provisions…The NFL Green Bay Packers signed for Colorado standout kicker Mason Crosby to a longterm contract…Former Auburn, Texas Tech and Ole Miss head coach Tommy Tuberville continues his run as a Republican for the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama.


Boise State alumnus Karl Benson is honoring the people who helped bring back Boise State baseball after a 30-year hiatus…Baylor has revealed renderings for a $60 million campus and athletics welcome center in Waco, Texas…U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis has several promotions and new configurations planned for the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship…SMU 1984 alumnus Ray Washburne and wife Heather have made a $5 million gift for facilities’ upgrades to SMU athletics…Butler’s beloved live bulldog mascot Blue III retired from service to athletics last Saturday…Football coaches and counselors have met in the Buffalo, N.Y., area to separate old-school coaching tactics and possible bullying…Syracuse basketball has captured back-to-back NCAA attendance No. 1 slots…Wisconsin’s Board of Athletics passed the UW athletics $186 million budget request for the 2020-21 academic year…The UC Santa Cruz administration is working with student groups to keep a calm demeanor on campus and support UCSC athletics squads…University of North Texas alumna and Mayborn School of Journalism alumna Sarah Broom spoke on campus about her bestseller The Yellow House (2019 National Nonfiction Book Award recipient) and gave a special shout-out to her former journalism professor and Denton (Texas) Record Chronicle editor Keith Shelton who was in the audience for his mentorship…The UNT Mayborn Institute also is gearing up for the annual Mayborn National Nonfiction Writing Convocation in July at Grapevine, Texas…Brown’s pep band has finished performing at 2020 women’s basketball games…Illinois has received a $3 million lead gift for its new indoor practice facility…Arkansas’ historic War Memorial Stadium is undergoing some cosmetic changes as its enters its 73rd season in 2020…Marshall athletics is working through a delay in the construction of the new MU baseball stadium for its 2021 opening…Sarah Wallwork of Allen (Texas) Green Elementary School has been named ECHL Allen Americans February Teacher of the Month…Ohio State may host a 2020-21 men’s home basketball game at historic St. John Arena…Vanderbilt athletics released its long-range, strategic plan for athletics and football locker room renovation details…Virginia Tech’s athletics 2019 fiscal year financial report revealed a surplus of $2.8 million…The Nebraska legislature is sponsoring a bill to allow college student-athletes to receive money for images and likenesses…Former U.S. President George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Oklahoma State’s new O’Brate-Allie Reynolds Stadium against UTRGV on Feb. 21…The Wyoming State Senate has tabled funding for Wyoming’s War Memorial Stadium’s west side stands’ renovation and replacement for the UW Corbett Pool…The Syracuse administration and Orange athletics continue to meet with student leaders about possible discriminatory and other practices at the university…West Virginia athletics is working on several individual game ticket promotions for various spring, winter and fall sports…Student-athletes in Michigan have been counseled on possible mental challenges and the perils of suicidal thoughts after the passing of several high school students in recent months…The Ohio State Graduate Hotel with many Buckeyes athletics’ themes was featured in several media outlets. There also will be Graduate Hotels upcoming in Chicago, Madison, Wis., Iowa City, Lincoln, Neb., and Cincinnati, Ohio…South Alabama athletics has opened the new $2.3 million John Lieber Baseball Clubhouse…Nebraska already has sold 59,000-plus tickets for its Red-White spring football game…Oklahoma athletics has received a $1.1 million gift for renovations of Dale Mitchell Stadium and other areas…Iowa and Nebraska athletics are working with their state legislatures on issues of compensation for student-athletes’ images and likenesses and future payments for student-athletes.


Kelly Campbell has been named president of the popular television and sports streaming service Hulu…SNY has reached a deal with Fox Sports to continue to carry Connecticut athletics events…The Champaign, Ill., News-Gazette and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette had sports editorials about possible problems and concerns by coaches in all sports for the immediate eligibility proposal for one-time transfers…Award-winning Associated Press sports journalist Dale Bublitz was a featured guest on College Sports Weekly – the nationally syndicated radio sportscast hosted by Bill Hazen…Four newspapers in Kentucky eliminated their sports departments as cost-cutting measures.


The FWAA has created the Edward Aschoff Rising Star Award to salute a rising sports journalist beginning this year in memory of the late and sports writer. The University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications also has established the Edward Aschoff Memorial Fund to assist deserving sports journalism students at UF…Don Clegg of West Liberty, Beau White of CoSIDA, David Shulimson of Salem (W.Va.), Mark Adkins of Morningside, Pete Lefresne of Earlham, Steve Levy of UMBC, and Zachary Shore of Madonna were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Arizona, Charleston Southern, Cleveland State, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, NC State, Ohio State, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Southern California, Texas, and USC Upstate are working with NCAA enforcement and compliance officials concerning possible issues and reports at their respective schools…Iowa and Nebraska athletics have been holding discussions with various state legislators and NCAA administrators about usages of likenesses and images and future payments for collegiate student-athletes.

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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