College Football Notes May 20-22

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, May 20th, 2012

The 62nd annual National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Class induction announcement last Monday received worldwide coverage from the NASDAQ OMX Marketsite in New York City. Those inducted from the NCAA FBS were Charles Alexander – TB, LSU (1975-78); Otis Armstrong – HB, Purdue (1970-72); Steve Bartkowski – QB, California (1972-74); Hal Bedsole – SE, Southern California (1961-63); Dave Casper – TE, Notre Dame (1971-73); Ty Detmer (appeared on May 14 ESPN College Football Live for national announcement) – QB, BYU (1988-91); Tommy Kramer – QB, Rice (1973-76); Art Monk – WR, Syracuse (1976-79); Greg Myers – DB, Colorado State (1992-95); Jonathan Ogden – OT, UCLA (1992-95); Gabe Rivera – DT, Texas Tech (1979-82); Mark Simoneau – LB, Kansas State (1996-99); Scott Thomas – S, Air Force (1982-85); John Wooten* – OG, Colorado (1956-58).
* Selection from the FBS Veterans Committee
COACHES: Phillip Fulmer – 152-52-0 (.745 winning percentage); Tennessee (1992-08); Jimmy Johnson – 81-34-3 (.700); Oklahoma State (1979-83), Miami (Fla.) (1984-88); R.C. Slocum – 123-47-2 (.721); Texas A&M (1989-02). For full profiles and the complete release, please go to Footballfoundation.com/news.

Announcement of the 2012 divisional inductees (NCAA FCS, DII-III and NAIA) into the College Football Hall of Fame will be made via a national news release from Dallas and Irving, Texas, tomorrow at a time TBD.

George Bodenheimer, longtime ESPN executive and broadcast pioneer, will be honored with the NFF’s 2012 Distinguished American Award. One of the most prestigious honors presented by the NFF, the award honors an outstanding person who has maintained a lifetime of interest in the game and who, over a long period of time, has exhibited enviable leadership qualities and made a significant contribution to the betterment of amateur football in the United States. First bestowed in 1966, the NFF Distinguished American Award is presented on special occasions when a truly deserving candidate emerges. Bodenheimer will become the 41st recipient of the award, joining an impressive list of previous honorees that includes Tom Brokaw, Bob Hope, Vince Lombardi, Alan Page, T. Boone Pickens, Pete Rozelle, Jimmy Stewart, and Pat Tillman. For the complete listing of past honorees, please go to footballfoundation.com/awards.

The NFF College Hall of Fame’s oldest living member, Clarence “Ace” Parker of Duke, hit the century mark (100) last week in Portsmouth, Va., with a special celebration at Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club. Happy Birthday, Ace! He was born May 17, 1912, in Portsmouth.

The complete schedule and agenda for the NFF College Hall of Fame Class of 2011 enshrinement in South Bend, Ind., has been set. The festivities occur July 21-22 with a two-week countdown of family-friendly events around the Enshrinement Festival. For the full schedule, please click here…

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Famers May 22 Dave Rimington and Mike Reid; May 26 Herb Deromedi; May 27 Randy Trautman and Bruce Taylor…

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the May 22-28 time period are May 22 (1907) Paul Schwegler, Raymond, Wash.; (1960) Dave Rimington, Omaha, Neb.; May 23 (1888) Ted Coy, Andover, Mass.; May 24 (1894) Harry Baujan, Beardstown, Ill.; (1947) Mike Reid, Altoona, Pa.; May 25 (1911) Joe Skladany, Larksville, Pa.; (1927) Calvin Roberts, Hector, Minn.; May 26 (1887) Ed Hart, Exeter, N.H.; (1895) Ira Rodgers, Bethany, W.Va.; (1902) Bernie Shively, Oliver, Ill.; (1939) Herb Deromedi, Royal Oak, Mich.; May 27 (1889) George Little, Leominster, Pa.; (1904) Les Lautenschlaeger, New Orleans, La.; (1960) Randy Trautman, Caldwell, Idaho; May 28 (1888) Jim Thorpe, Prague, Okla.; (1948) Bruce Taylor, Perth Amboy, N.J.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are May 22 (2002) Paul Giel, Minneapolis, Minn.; (2002) Creighton Miller, Shaker Heights, Ohio; May 26 (1965) Homer Norton, College Station, Texas; (1994) Pug Lund, Minneapolis, Minn.; May 28 (1931) Knowlton Ames, Chicago, Ill.; (1979) Lou Little, Delray Beach, Fla.

Alabama and West Virginia will open the 2014 season in the Chick-fil-A Classic at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome…Michigan State and Oregon will meet in 2014 an ’15…Penn State and Temple have scheduled a 2014-16 three-game series…Ball State and Northwestern will play in Evanston, Ill., in 2014…Chattanooga and Georgia State have a two-game set contracted for 2013 and ’14…Northwestern and Stanford have agreed to a series with future dates and sites to be determined…North Dakota and North Dakota State are ironing out final details to renew their rivalry…Syracuse may move some neutral-site contests or ACC tilts to the New Jersey Meadowlands…Illinois is discussing odd-numbered years’ games in Chicago, starting in 2013, possibly at Soldier Field or Wrigley Field…Wisconsin has had discussions with Notre Dame about a future series…Tulane is holding three community forums to discuss construction of a new on-campus stadium…Tennessee will hold preseason practices in Johnson City, Tenn., Aug. 9-15 while final preparations are being made for the new Tennessee Football Training Center…Ohio State’s pre-2012 depth chart indicates almost dead heats at 12 offensive and defensive No. 1 slots after the move to new formations during spring workouts…Houston athletics is enjoying solid success with its Seat ‘Em Up (a takeoff on UH’s Eat ‘Em Up Raw cheers) for 2012 season ticket sales…Vanderbilt partisans are thrilled over 19 returning starters for 2012 (nine offense, seven defense, three kicking game regulars)…The College of Idaho will revive its football program and hopes to compete in the Frontier Conference in 2014…Miami (Fla.) has placed a ban on agents speaking with UM football student-athletes until their eligibility has expired…Purdue’s baseball team clinched its Big Ten Conference baseball title since 1909 last weekend…Southern Utah has introduced priority seating for this year’s season ticket vending.

Ohio State had 44 football student-athletes listed on Dean’s Lists or better with a minimum 3.0 grade point (4.0 scale) for the fall 2011 semester…Uplifting Athletes has added four new regional chapters in an attempt to honor and assist athletes who have overcome long odds or are battling diseases or disabilities…Nebraska-Kearney student-athletes worked several Lopers Under the Lights area community service projects…UNC Asheville athletics has re-slated the Dave Hart Memorial Golf Classic fundraiser for June 4.

Delaware head coach K.C. Keeler will help host the annual Regional Boys and Girls Club benefit dinner June 5…Southern California has reaffirmed its commitment to head coach Lane Kiffin along with assistant coaching legend and Kiffin’s father – Monte Kiffin…Arizona State head coach Todd Graham had clauses added to his long-term contract …Georgia hired Daryl Jones as director of on-campus recruiting…UTEP named Chad Raymond tight ends coach…Drake named Dain Taylor offensive line coach…Indiana assistant strength and conditioning coach Tom Morris has been hospitalized after an off-road cycling accident.

Updates on directors of athletics include Jeff Hathaway (Hofstra), Tim Leonard (interim at SMU) and Derek Morel (U. of New Orleans, which has NFF chairman Archie Manning on a select committee to bring football to Privateer athletics)…The Atlanta Journal-Constitution penned a national feature on Georgia AD Greg Magarity and improvements he has made in Athens…Incoming Minnesota AD Norwood Teague threw his public support behind a future FBS playoff with format to be determined…New Grambling AD Chico Caldwell has made several appeals to alumni for pressing needs at recent visits to these groups…The inaugural 2012 Southeastern Conference Professor of the Year from member-institutions is Dr. Loch K. Johnson, a faculty member in the School of Public and International Affairs at Georgia…Dr. Barbara Childers McMillin has been named president at Blue Mountain (Miss.)…Western Montana AD Mark Durham is leaving to enter private business in Bozeman, Mont…Wright State AD Bob Grant has been selected for the NCAA Cabinet in 2012-13…San Jose State and Stanford have stepped up efforts to find national-quality Ads after recent departures, and both Arkansas AD Jeff Long and West Virginia AD Oliver Luck have been mentioned in Stanford discussions.

The Southeastern and Big 12 Conferences have announced a five-year agreement for their football champions to meet in a postseason bowl game following the 2014 season. The champions of the two conferences will be in the matchup unless one or both are selected to play in the new four-team model to determine the national championship. If that’s the case, the bowl committee will select another team(s) from the conference(s). Specific details, including host site(s), will be announced later…The Dr Pepper Atlantic Coast Conference Championship will be played Saturday, Dec. 1, at either 7:45 or 8 p.m. (EST) on ABC or ESPN from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The ACC also announced its early telecast schedule, and the entire slate can be found here…The Big Ten Conference has discussed additional points on its proposal for a post-2013 season four-team FBS playoff, and many involve the Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO in the title mix…The Big Ten also has launched a concussion investigation initiative through its training and medical staffs and has made estimated payouts for 2011-12 of just under $25 million per member…The Atlantic 10 Conference has accepted Virginia Commonwealth for membership July 1…The Colonial Athletic Conference conducted a national news conference to discuss future plans with commissioner Tom Yeager last Thursday. Old Dominion will withdraw from the CAA July 1, 2013, to join a FBS circuit…The Clemson Board of Regents said that the university has not had contact with the Big 12 Conference…Texas AD and NFF board member DeLoss Dodds squelched rumors that the Big 12 had attempted to contact Florida State about future membership if the Big 12 expands…Mid-America Conference CEOs and ADs reaffirmed the conference’s stability as Massachusetts begins MAC football competition for the first time this autumn…Conference USA is recommitting its efforts to play additional championships in Tulsa, Okla…Boise State has reaffirmed its commitment to begin competition in the Big Esat in 2013-14…Seventeen President’s List scholars and over 300 total football standouts have earned prime academic honors from the Missouri Valley Conference for 2011-12…Stephen F. Austin won the 2011-12 Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cup for men’s sports. Texas State was the women’s division champion.

There are now 31 of the 35 projected bowls for post 2012 with dates and broadcast times, and for the latest listings please click here (bcsfootball.org)…Conference USA has renewed its 2012 champion’s bowl tie-in with the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. Last season some complex agreements sent the circuit’s champ Southern Miss to the Sheraton Aloha Bowl while Vanderbilt of the SEC faced Cincinnati of the Big East in Memphis…Texas athletics has come up with proposals for a four-team 2013 playoff outside the current bowl or FBS structure…Big Ten Conference ADs are pushing for a minimum of seven victories to qualify for future FBS bowl bids. There were 64 teams with seven wins even after bowl results in post-2012, and 70 schools played in FBS postseason. The Big Ten also is investigating possible new league tie-ins to give fans new travel venues.

Longtime college sports executive Greg Shaheen will head the Sports Video Group’s national summit in Atlanta, Ga., June 6-7…Northwestern Oklahoma State athletics launched a new official website.

2008-11 SMU standout and Masters recipient OL Kelvin Beachum delivered the commencement address at 2012 SMU graduation ceremonies…UCLA all-purpose player Steven Manfro has been tabbed as oen of the Top 10 Breakthrough Players for 2012 by ESPN.com. For the complete listing and story, please go to ESPN.com/NCAA football…Utah DL Star Lotulelei has been chosen as a preseason first-team All-America defender by Phil Steele’s Football Magazine. For a complete listing of all three FBS teams, please click here…QB Kevin Olsen, younger brother of 2005-07 Miami (Fla.) and current NFL TE standout Greg Olsen, has made verbal commitment to the Hurricanes for the 2013 campaign…All-State QB Cooper Bateman of Salt Lake City verbally pledged to Alabama football for ’13 last week…Ole Miss two-way starter Nickolas Brassell from 2011 as a freshman will transfer to another program.

Football legends Paul Gipson, assistant coach Don Todd and the 1976 Southwest Conference title team will be inducted into the University of Houston Hall of Honor…Gridiron great Louie Kelcher and longtime administrator George McMillion were inducted into the SMU Athletics Hall of Honor last Friday night…CoSIDA Hall of Fame media relations official Debby Jennings is retiring from Tennessee athletics after 35 years…Former NFL All-Rookie Team OG Jacob Bell of Miami (Ohio) has retired from the league after eight seasons…The NFL is seeking to set up programs with mandatory counseling for post-football finances, family and physical issues for all retiring or non-contract renewed veterans.

Michigan athletics will spend an additional $250 million to upgrade several on-campus facilities…Nevada athletics is seeking $25-30 million to upgrade Mackay Stadium and to build two new practice facilities…Boston College athletics has received a $5 million personal grant to endow men’s hockey and other sports programs…Sheila and Walter Umphrey have made one of the five largest, anonymous donations in Baylor athletics history to construct the Umphrey Bridge at new Baylor Stadium across the historic Brazos River. It will connect the new facility with the Baylor Law School and BU campus…Ms. Dale Halton has made the principle donation for the 46,150-square-foot Halton Field House for Charlotte 49ers football…Temple athletics doubled its number of athletics donors from 2011 to ’12 and raised a school-record $3.6 million for scholarships…Wisconsin athletics is expected to receive $2.8 million for facilities’ upgrades, including football and golf…The National Wild Turkey Foundation has donated $20,000 to The Citadel athletics…Purdue introduced the new “motion P” as its official logo and unique helmet trait for ’12…Ole Miss and Mississippi State were two of the 22 TBS athletics programs to finish in the black financially for 2011…The Oral Roberts Golden Eagle Athletics Regent Bank Golf Invitational fundraiser is set for July 16…St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) has revealed plans for a new sports complex.

New NCAA regulations may have an effect on eligibility and “grayshirting” of football student-athletes for 2012. There also has been discussion about early December signings and the final incoming freshmen or transfer scholarship limits…The NCAA awarded its two annual Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarships, and for the complete release, please click here…CoSIDA held a What’s New in Our Industry national web conference last week and is gearing up for its 56th annual national workshop in St. Louis June 23-27…The NAAC will hold a new member banquet at its Dallas Convention June 25.
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