College Football Notes – May 28-30

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, May 28th, 2012

College Football Notes – May 28-30

The 62nd annual NFF & College Hall of Fame Class induction has been completed with last Tuesday’s divisional selections from NCAA Divisions II-III and NAIA. The latest inductees were:
CHRIS BISAILLON – Illinois Wesleyan, WR (1989-92)
JIM HOLDER* – Oklahoma Panhandle State, RB (1961-63)
RICHARD McGEORGE – Elon, TE (1966-69)
REX MIRICH – Northern Arizona, OT/DG (1960-63)
GENE CARPENTER* – Adams State [Colo.] (1968), Millersville [Pa.] (1970-2000); 220-96-6 (.693 winning percentage);
WILLIAM “LONE STAR” DIETZ* – Washington State (1915-17), Purdue (1921), Louisiana Tech (1922-23), Wyoming (1924-26), Haskell Indian Institute [Kan.] (1929-32), Albright [Pa.] (1937-42); 96-62-7 (.603)
RON HARMS – Concordia [Neb.] (1962-69), Adams State [Colo.] (1970-73), Texas A&M – Kingsville (1979-99); 218-117-4 (.649)
* Deceased
For full profiles and the complete release, please click here…

Memorial Day week is an appropriate time to honor all veterans who gave their lives to preserve their freedoms, and the NFF salutes College Hall of Fame members who perished in combat or while serving in the armed forces. The list includes:

In Combat in Serah, Afghanistan-Pat Tillman
In Combat in Belgium-Joe Routt
Havana, Cuba (in Combat)-Winchester Osgood
France (in Combat WWI)-Hobey Baker, Gary Cochran
Vosges Mountains, France-Al Blozis
Italy (after Combat, WWII)-Bill Mallory
Japan (POW Camp)-Paul Bunker
In Combat in Okinawa-Dave Schreiner
In Combat over the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Paria-Nile Kinnick
In Combat in Vietnam-Don Holleder

The South Florida Touchdown Club Foundation has become part of the NFF Chapter Network. The chapter, named the NFF South Florida Touchdown Club Foundation Chapter, will leverage the resources of the NFF to better promote the good in the game throughout the region as the club has done over the years. The respective organizations share the same objectives and stage many of the same types of activities, including promoting scholarship, honoring the top leaders in the local football community, and hosting banquets that feature the stars of the game. The chapter will continue to host its annual Joe Brodsky Awards Banquet, which honors the area’s outstanding high school football players and the coach of the year while taking on a new role with its members voting each year in the national ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame inductees. The chapter hopes that the NFF national spotlight will help attract new members who are interested in promoting candidates for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame as well as supporting individuals for the many other national honors bestowed the NFF. Members will receive the NFF quarterly magazine, The Footballetter. The South Florida Touchdown Club Foundation Board of Directors approved the decision to link with the NFF. The officers of the organization include President John R. Steinbauer; Vice President for Programs Chris Ball; Vice President for Membership Herman Irizarry; and Treasurer Rick Kulczynski. Other directors include Lenny Booth, Stephen Fain, Alan Fertel, Jonathan Fichman, Beth Gopman, Herb Gopman, Joe Munroe, Howard Spiegel, Gregg Zalkin, and Dave Zisman. Serving on the organization’s advisory board are Don Bailey Jr., Holmes Braddock, Fred Diamond, Manny Fernandez, Joe Healey, Arthur Hertz, Ted Kretzschmar, Hector Rivera, and Joe Walker.

2011 William V. Campbell Award recipient Andrew Rodriguez has captured the 109th annual Army Athletics Association Award presented to the male student-athlete who displays the most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet. It is West Point’s most prestigious individual athletics honor and was first given to football player Horatio Hackett in 1904.

The complete schedule and agenda for the NFF College Hall of Fame Class of 2012 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 29 Rex Kern, May 30 Charlie Richard, Gale Sayers, Dick Farley, and Lydell Mitchell, May 31 Richard Wood and Kevin Dent, June 1 Carmen Cozza, and June 2 Jeff Siemon…

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the May 29-June 4 time period are May 29 (1903) Bob Hope, NFF Gold Medal recipient, London, England; (1892) Hall of Famer Earl Abell, Portage, Wis.; (1949) Rex Kern, Lancaster, Ohio; May 30 (1891) Bob Peck, Lock Haven, Pa.; (1915) Larry Kelly, Conneaut, Ohio; (1941) Charlie Richard, Grain Valley, Mo.; (1943) Gale Sayers, Wichita, Kan.; (1946) Dick Farley, Danvers, Mass.; (1949) Lydell Mitchell, Salem, N.J.; May 31 (1912) Harold Burry, New Castle, Pa.; (1953) Richard Wood, Elizabeth, N.J.; (1967) Kevin Dent, Vicksburg, Miss.; June 1 (1901) Edgar Miller, Canton, Ohio; (1916) Ki Aldrich, Rogers, Texas; (1930) Carmen Cozza, Parma, Ohio; (1933) Alan Ameche, Kenosha, Wis.; June 2 (1895) Homer Hazel, Piffard, N.Y.; (1909) Ben Schwartzwalder, Point Pleasant, W.Va.; (1950) Jeff Siemon, Rochester, Minn.; June 3 (1959) Sam Mills, Neptune, N.J.; June 4 (1870) George Sanford, Ashland, N.Y.; (1876) Mike Donahue, County Kerry, Ireland; (1891) Bob McWhorter, Athens, Ga.; (1908) Skip McCain, Enville, Okla.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are May 29 (2003) Mickey Kobrosky, Longmeadow, Mass.; June 1 (1963) Century Milstead, Pleasantville, N.Y.; June 2 (1943) Nile Kinnick, Over the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Paria in combat; June 4 (2005) Banks McFadden, Ormond Beach, Fla.

Ohio State’s 2015 and ’16 schedules released last week include numerous intersectional tests. 2015 non-conference foes are North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Virginia Tech, and a Sept. 26 clash to be determined. On the ’16 non-Big Ten Conference menu are Bowling Green, Oklahoma and two opponents and dates TBD…Bowling Green will play Texas State in 2015 and ’16 and has scheduled Maryland for 2019…Old Dominion is working to finalize its 2013 and ’14 Conference USA slates to determine the remainder of its non-conference scheduling…Purdue’s 2015 non-league schedule has Marshall, Indiana State, Notre Dame, and Bowling Green. Ohio State and Northwestern will return to the Boilermakers’ worksheets in 2015 and ‘16…Nebraska and OSU complete their two-game Big Ten series in 2012 and then will not meet until 2017…Utah season ticketholders have renewed at a 98 percent rate from 2011.

Tulsa along with several Conference USA schools issued summer workout and social guidelines for football student-athletes to maximize their vacation and working experiences…Ohio State is equipping student-athletes with iPads to assist in studies and personal organization for 2012-13…Abilene Christian student media and athletics have links and applications on iPads presented to freshmen as part of their experience at the Texas university…Montana athletics has put into place a rigid off-field code of conduct for al student-athletes.

Clemson is working to extend the contract of head coach Dabo Swinney, though no final pacts have been determined…Former Washington State head coach Paul Wulff has accepted a post as an assistant with the San Francisco 49ers…Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill is working with Golden Gophers administrators for football dressing and training facilities upgrades…Tim Knox has been named director operations of football at Illinois…Alcorn State is closing in on a successor for former head coach Melvin Spears Jr….San Diego State is working on reorganization of its assistant coaching staff and assignments…Former Western Michigan head coach Gary Darnell has been named associate executive director for NFF College Hall of Fame coach Grant Teaff at the American Football Coaches Association in Waco, Texas.

San Jose State named Gene Bleymaier as its new director of athletics…Veteran ADs Oval Jaynes of Jacksonville State and Auburn, Laing Kennedy of Kent State, Nelson Bobb of UNC Greensboro, Bob Bottger of Saint Louis CC-Meramec, Rudy Carvajal of Cal State Bakersfield, Andrea Seger of Ball State, and Nelson Townsend of Maryland Eastern Shore will receive their National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics’ 2012 Hall of Fame class awards on June 26 at NACDA’s 47th annual convention…Jamie Williams has joined Nebraska as associate AD for diversity and leadership initiatives. He is a pas NU football great at tight end…Award-winning assistant AD for media relations at Maryland Doug Dull is leaving UM athletics to open a private PR consulting firm…Sixth annual Borden Perlman Insurance scholarship recipients for the CABMA (college business managers) convention in Dallas June 22-25 are Sarah Barron, Minot State; John Daniel, Maryland; Gonzo Grasis, Western Oregon; Whitney Jones, Wagner; and Jenna Spenard, Stony Brook.

The Southeastern Conference saw a probable-record 655 student-athletes receive their undergraduate degrees in May commencement ceremonies. Fifty-one came from Tennessee athletics…SEC consultant and longtime Mississippi State AD Larry Templeton was profiled for the role he has played in helping compose football schedules for the now-14-school circuit…Big 12 Conference acting commissioner Chuck Neinas told national media that the conference seems to be stable with its current membership of 10 schools. Big 12 ADs are meeting Wednesday-Friday this week in their 19th annual regulation confabs…Texas-Arlington will join the Sun Belt Conference July 1, 2013…Pacific-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott requested a study about a possible BCS plus-one playoff after the 2014 season…Almost 200 Middle Tennessee partisans have emailed Conference USA recently requesting that the Blue Raiders be granted strong consideration for future membership…Stephen F. Austin won the Commissioner’s Cup for overall men’s competitive excellence in 2011-12 Southland Conference athletics…East Tennessee State captured the same honor for all sports in the Atlantic Sun Conference…The Big East (possible discussions with BYU and Air Force) and Mountain West Conferences continue to explore expansion options…The Sun Belt Conference has links, hotel and registration information available for credentialed members for the circuit’s 2012 media days in New Orleans…Members of the Southland Conference executive committee made an exploratory visit to Incarnate Word athletics in San Antonio…The Colonial Athletic Association has its 2012 national preview available here ( and is working to gain additional members and realign for FCS football…The California Collegiate Athletic Association is proceeding with all due speed to attract new members after a directive from school CEOs.

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 (…Bowls in the Orlando and Tampa area are considering their future options with the recent conference champions’ contracts and FBS playoff developments.

Michigan and Ohio State will meet in a national ABC telecast at noon (EST) on Saturday, Nov. 24…The Pac-12 Network was the subject of a national report on conference television arrangements…Purdue Calumet athletics launched a new official website last week…Dallas Jesuit College Prep is offering specialized JHS license plates for athletics via MyPlates…Many college athletics offices are pondering the effect of 63 newspapers nationally being reduced to three days weekly print publications and the other four days online only. Several schools hope to beef up their official sites and social media outlets for breaking sports news…Brian Hanni will be the new play-by-play voice for Texas Tech basketball in 2012-13 after several years of Lubbock area football coverage.

2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor has been approved to have the first Roman numeral listing (III) next to his name on the back of his Washington Redskins jersey in NFL history for the ’12 campaign…Arkansas State stalwart and 2011 Sun Belt Player of the Year Ryan Aplin has been named 2011-12 Sun Belt Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Middle Tennessee captured the SBC Vic Bubas Award for most composite success in the 19 loop-sponsored sports while Denver athletics had the highest overall SBC graduation rate for the 11th time in the last 12 years…The Rimington Trophy made public its updated 2012 watch list, and the full list can be found here (…Standout Pennsylvania high school QB Chavas Rawlins verbally committed to West Virginia for 2013.

2011 NFF Distinguished American Award recipient Dr. Robert Gates, formerly president at Texas A&M, spoke at recent University of Texas commencement ceremonies in Austin…Alcorn State and Green Bay Packers’ 13-year standout Donald Driver was the winning competitor in the most recent ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” He joins NFF College Hall of Fame member Emmitt Smith of Florida as football athletes who have excelled on the popular program…Texas high school coaching legend G.A. Moore is retiring after 45 seasons of coaching with a state-wins-record mark of 423-97-9…A new book by Chris Symes (“Listen, Engage, Respond: Crisis Communications in Real-Time”) is available on Amazon and addresses rapid and accurate responses in athletics crises.

Maine athletics received a $454,000 donation from the Paul J. Mitchell family for facilities’ upgrades…Former Utah gridiron standout and New York Jets’ ace Sione Pouha has donated $50,000 to Utah athletics…Brigham Young athletics is selling commemorative benches from the Marriott Center to assist scholarship funding…Delta Airlines is offering up to 10 percent rebates on fares for the upcoming NACDA convention in Dallas.

NACDA is gearing up for its 46th annual convention at the Dallas Hilton Anatole in June and making arrangements for overflow rooms via for later registrants…Miami (Fla.) baseball sought to add to its NCAA all-divisions’ record of 40 consecutive regional appearances. Nebraska holds the NCAA football record with 35 straight bowl bids from postseason 1969-2003.

Key NFF Dates for 2012-13
July 20-21, 2012 – College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival – South Bend, Ind.
Sept. 27, 2012 – Announcement of the 2012 Campbell Trophy Semifinalists – Dallas
Oct. 25, 2012 – Announcement of the 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class presented by Fidelity Investments and Campbell Trophy Finalists – Dallas
Tuesday, Dec. 4 – The 55th Annual NFF Awards Dinner News Conference at the Waldorf=Astoria – New York, N.Y., 9 a.m. (EST), tentative start
Dec. 4 – The 55th Annual NFF Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria – New York. 6:45 p.m. (EST)
Dec. 4 – The 23rd Presentation of William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, to the nation’s top senior scholar-athlete at the Waldorf=Astoria, New York
Jan. 2, 2013 – National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl – New Orleans, La.
Jan. 7, 2013 – Presentation of the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award – Miami, Fla.
Jan. 8, 2013 – MacArthur Bowl Presentation to the BCS National Champion – Miami, Fla.

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

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