College Football Notes – March 9, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2020

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Jimmie “Mississippi Red” McDowell, who served the National Football Foundation as public relations director from 1964-70 and as executive director from 1970-91, passed away March 5 in Jackson, Miss. One of the founders of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1960, McDowell was involved in national communications and sports writing for 70-plus years following his graduation from Ole Miss in 1949. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and won dozens of national awards for writing and contributions to college athletics. McDowell was a native of Brookhaven, Miss.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 9-15 time period are March 9 (1877) Art Hillebrand, Freeport, Ill.; (1927) Jackie Jensen, San Francisco, Calif.; (1944) John Huard, Waterville, Maine; (1965) Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma City, Okla.; March 10 (1927) Bill Fischer, Chicago, Ill.; (1949) Chip Kell, Atlanta, Ga.; (1960) Bill Stromberg, Baltimore, Md.; (1965) Rod Woodson, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; March 11 (1893) Ellery Huntington, Nashville, Tenn.; (1894) Bernie Bierman, Springfield, Minn.; (1941) Rex Mirich, Florence, Ariz.; March 12 (1880) Bobby Marshall, Milwaukee, Wis.; March 13 (1918) George McAfee, Ironton, Ohio; (1938) Joe Bellino, Winchester, Mass.; (1969) Chris Zorich, Chicago, Ill.; (1977) Joe Hamilton, Alvin, S.C.; March 14 (1903) Ed Weir, Superior, Neb.; (1936) Dr. Jim Swink, Sacul, Texas; (1943) Charlie Green, Dayton, Ohio; (1978) Ron Dayne, Berlin Township, N.J.; March 15 (1898) Clarence Swanson, Wakefield, Neb.; (1926) Norm Van Brocklin, Eagle Butte, S.D.; (1937) Randy Duncan, Osage, Iowa; (1956) Ozzie Newsome, Muscle Shoals, Ala.


Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 9 (1937) Walter Steffen, Chicago, Ill.; (2005) Glenn Davis, La Quinta, Calif.; March 10 (1954) Frank Thomas, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; (1945) Ed “Robbie” Robinson, Boston, Mass.; March 12 (1983) Ki Aldrich, Coffeyville, Kan.; (1987) Woody Hayes, Upper Arlington, Ohio; March 14 (1925) Walter Camp, New York City; March 15 (1990) Tom Harmon, Los Angeles, Calif.


Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 9 John Huard, Brian Bosworth, March 10 Chip Kell, March 11 Rex Mirich, March 13 Chris Zorich, Joe Hamilton, March 14 Charlie Green, Ron Dayne, March 15 Randy Duncan, Ozzie Newsome…

Utah and Dixie State will play a two-game series at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City in 2028 and 2031. Dixie State also added games with Nicholls on Sept. 24, 2022, and Nov. 8, 2025…New Mexico State and Fresno State will meet in 2024 at Fresno, Calif….Nevada and UCLA will tangle in a 2026 non-conference clash…Ohio State and Connecticut (2025) and Ball State (2026) have established future series contests…Houston and Rice will continue their historic series from 2020-23…Army West Point and Navy have their next three locales slated and will be seeking new venue contracts beginning in 2023. Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia will be the site in both 2020 and ’22…Oklahoma’s upcoming spring game will have a 5 p.m. (CDT) broadcast time Saturday, April 18, on an ESPN family of networks cable system to be determined…Louisiana Tech has completed its contracts and visitor contract packages for games with Nebraska in 2023 and Arkansas in 2024…Northern Illinois will play in 2028, 2029 and ’32.

The 43rd annual Tom Landry Golf Open for funding for North Texas chapters of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be held Monday, March 30, at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco, Texas, with special guest speaker Dr. Linda Livingstone – president of Baylor – as featured speaker. Registration deadline is Sunday, March 22, and for additional information, please access North Texas…Vanderbilt, Belmont, Lipscomb, Fisk, and Tennessee State were spared the loss of life and heaviest damage from the tornadoes, which struck Nashville, Tenn., overnight on March 2-3. It was the worst tornado in Davidson and Putnam Counties history in terms of human casualties and property damage. Tennessee State lost three large agricultural buildings to the twister while Cookeville, Tenn., in Putnam County was the hardest hit with 19 casualties. Tennessee Tech’s classes were cancelled in Cookeville to assist with the cleanup effort and out of respect for the losses of many, and Vanderbilt athletics sponsored a day-long fundraiser for damage relief last Saturday at the McGugin Center on Jess Neely Drive (named after the NFF College Hall of Fame coach at Southwestern-Memphis, Clemson and Rice before becoming director of athletics and saving Vanderbilt’s program in the early 1970s)…Toyota North America and several major corporations also have been offering payment relief for those families affected by these severe storms in the Volunteer State.

Retired Washington (St. Louis) head coach Larry Kindbom recently reflected on 31 years as head coach of the Bears before he finished after the 2019 campaign…Alabama named David Ballou director of sports performance and Dr. Matt Rhea director of sports science…Cincinnati added former Miami (Fla.) offensive coordinator Dan Enos as running backs coach…Colorado State football made compensation adjustments to help with the payment of the contract buyout for former head coach Mike Bobo…Georgia’s new special teams coach Scott Cochran will be paid the same amount annually as he made as strength and conditioning coach at Alabama…Michigan tabbed Mike DeBord as a 2020 football analyst…Ole Miss has added South Carolina’s Matt Lindsay as the first Ole Miss football general manager…Nevada head coach Jay Norvell received a five-year contract extension…Kansas State safeties coach Joe Klanderman also has taken the reins as defensive coordinator…Former Michigan football captain Joe Bolden is going to Ohio State staff as a defensive quality control coach…East Carolina named Steve Ellis cornerbacks coach…McNeese State tight ends coach Derek Shay is moving to LSU as a graduate assistant coach for the ’20 outing. LSU running backs coach Kevin Faulk has his contract details finalized…Former Kansas State assistant coach Scottie Hazelton is the new defensive coordinator at Michigan State…Tulane named Byron Dawson defensive line coach and Josh Christian-Young defensive backs coach…Danny Langsdorf, previously an offensive assistant at UNLV, has become Colorado’s quarterbacks coach…LSU wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph has been named assistant head coach, and cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond is the Tigers recruiting coordinator. Former Tigers assistant Kelvin Sheppard has returned to LSU as director of player personnel…Retired Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio recalled the final days leading up to his announcement…New Mexico State chose Cory White as offensive line coach…Former Syracuse linebackers coach Steve Stanard has accepted the same role at Kansas State…Wisconsin named former NFL Green Bay Packers assistant coach Alvis Whitted as wide receivers coach…Former Alabama wide receiver Derek Kief has been selected as a graduate assistant coach on offense at Maryland…Colorado added Brett Maxie as defensive backs coach…Denton (Texas) Braswell HS head coach Cody Moore initially accepted a head coaching position at famed Plano (Texas) HS but decided later to remain at Braswell, which opened its school and started football in 2017…Dayton added assistant coaches Jim Collins and Josh Hendershot… Two former West Virginia assistant coaches are rejoining the Mountaineers staff with Bill Legg returning as assistant to the head coach and Jeff Casteel back on campus as a defensive analyst…Former NFL New York Giants strength coach Aaron Wellman is leaving to become strength and conditioning coach at Indiana…Former NFL Denver Broncos defensive back Curome Cox has joined the Air Force assistant coaching staff…Former Auburn defensive back Josh Holsey is a new graduate assistant coach on defense for the 2020 Tigers…Colorado football made it official for six assistant coaching positions – Taylor Embree (tight ends), Danny Langsdorf (QBs/passing game), Demetrice Martin (cornerbacks), Brett Maxie (safeties), Mitch Rodrigue (offensive line), and Chris Wilson (defensive line)…LSU’s Board of Governors formally approved new contracts for head coach Ed Orgeron and defensive coordinator Bo Pelini…Montana head coach Bobby Hauck has agreed to a four-year contract extension with major financial success incentives…Oregon wide receivers coach Jovon Bouknight will be seeking a new coaching assignment this autumn.


Hometowns of more 2020 college head coaches – Washington: Jimmy Lake, Walnut Creek, Calif.; Washington (St. Louis): Aaron Keen, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Washington & Lee: Garett LeRose, Lexington, Va.; Washington State: Nick Rolovich, Daly City, Calif.; Wesleyan: Dan DiCenzo, Williamstown, Mass.


Former Mississippi State deputy director of athletics/CFO Jared Benko has been named AD at Georgia Southern and will start his duties there April 1. He replaces Tom Kleinlein, the GSU AD from 2012-20 who left that position Jan. 5 to become deputy AD at Ole Miss. GSU deputy AD Lisa Sweany is the interim AD at Southern…Baylor director of athletics Mack Rhoades was named 2020 Under Armour Director of Athletics of the Year…Kentucky director of athletics Mitch Barnhart has noted that there will be changes in security after a recent fan conduct episode at a Wildcats sporting event…Illinois System vice president for economic development and innovation Dr. Edward Seidel is Wyoming’s new president…UT Arlington president Dr. Vestasp Karbhari is resigning from this position Aug. 31 and reportedly will be interviewed later this week for the presidential vacancy at UCF…Kansas State AD Gene Taylor spoke with media about coaches’ salaries, budget demands and overall success desires for KSU programs in a recent Wichita, Kan., Eagle interview.


The Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Conference are looking the NFL television contracts while fashioning its future agreements…The Sun Belt Conference will visit Pensacola, Fla., as host to Sun Belt championships from 2021-26. Sun Belt Conference commissioner Keith Gill spoke about his views on the future of the NCAA transfer portal and the future of the SBC…Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has called for several, immediate measures to keep the conference’s national football competitive edge…The Big 12 and Pac-12 Conferences continue to have discussions about future football scheduling and national matters. Some publications have reported that certain members of the Pac-12 have expressed an interest in joining the Big 12 to form another super conference with 14-16 members. The Big 12 currently has 10 official member schools and a number of associate members in men’s wrestling and women’s rowing…Former Southwest Conference assistant commissioner and Coast Guard Academy AD Tim Fitzpatrick is now executive director of the New York Youth Baseball Foundation…The possibility of the spread of Covid 19 in America will not affect conference basketball tournaments for the Big 12, Pac-12, Mountain West, SEC, WAC, and WCC.


The Miami-Dade County Commissioner plans to contribute $4 million over the next two years to bring the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship game to Miami, Fla., and the Miami Beach City Commission has pledged $1.6 million for events surrounding the CFP finale…Auto Nation will be working with 2020-21 bowl games and NCAA Division I conferences on funding for a cure for breast cancer and national awareness of the disease.


Nebraska defensive lineman Khalil Davis, WR Jerry Jeudy of Alabama. QB Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama, LB Isaiah Simmons of Clemson, DL Derrick Brown of Auburn, and OT Jedrick Wills Jr. of Alabama were rated among the Top 25 performers in the recent NFL Combine in Indianapolis by one agency…Projected 2020 Oklahoma starting quarterbacks Spencer Rattler and Tanner Mordecai are in a dead heat for the No. 1 depth chart slot as spring training begins…Athlon Sports noted the eight top returning quarterbacks in NCAA FCS ranks for 2020 as Trey Lance, North Dakota State, soph.; Kevin Thomson, Sacramento State, senior; Daniel Smith, Villanova, senior; Eric Barriere, Eastern Washington; Zerrick Cooper, Jacksonville State; Breylin Smith, Central Arkansas; Brandon Rainey, The Citadel; and Jeremiah Oatsvall, Austin Peay…Virginia Tech defensive end Jaevon Becton is hoping to return to full team activities in coming weeks…Tennessee defensive lineman Darel Middleton s hoping to be reinstated before August workouts.


Jennifer King has joined the NFL Washington Redskins staff as an assistant coach on offense working with running backs. The NFF official website and Football Matters® also are featuring women and their influence on football throughout March Women’s National History Month…Recent additions to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame are former Southern Miss line star Richard Price, former Mississippi State All-SEC quarterback and later head coach Rockey Felker, and NFF College Hall of Fame RB Wilbert Montgomery of Abilene Christian, among others…Famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews will speak at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum’s Night With Dr. Andrews on Thursday, March 19. The event will begin with a social hour at the Trustmark Conference Centre at 5:30 p.m. (CDT) before it moves to the museum’s main hall for the remainder of the program…Florida State athletics lauded Golf Hall of Fame member and former Ohio State student-athlete Jack Nicklaus and his family at the opening, of the Seminole Legacy Golf Course in Tallahassee, Fla.


Memphis’ 2019 average home football attendance of 38,816 was highest since the 2015 season…Wisconsin athletics indicated more total ticket usage and is hoping to decrease the number of no-shows in 2020…UCF will seek another stadium naming sponsor after the loss of Roofclaim as a possible corporate naming right’s group…The Ute Indian tribe has signed a five-year agreement with the University of Utah and UU athletics for continued nickname rights…Milwaukee’s two-year-old Fiserv Forum will host four-team 2021 December Holiday Faceoff college hockey tournament with Wisconsin, Arizona State, Clarkson, and Connecticut…Texas A&M athletics hosted its annual Hard Hats for Little Heads fundraiser…The NCAA has urged individual schools to assume responsibility of prevention and control of the Covid 19 virus…Chicago State, Seattle U and Utah Valley State cancelled basketball games on the West Coast due to concerns over Covid 19…Fast fact: UNC Pembroke is one of only two Peach Belt Conference members to win the Overall Academic Excellence Award for student-athlete performance two times…California has received an anonymous $252 million donation to help fund the new UC Berkeley Data-Science facility and scholarships. The total goal for the new facility and the Light the Way Campaign for UC Berkeley is $6 billion…Georgia men’s basketball program appears ready to break the school’s average home attendance mark…Oklahoma students, faculty and staff have been meeting to resolve differences, which have resulted in recent small demonstrations on the Norman campus…North Dakota State fans already have requested 11,000-plus tickets for the 2020 NDSU game at Oregon…Oregon state senator and president of the Oregon Senate Peter Courtney had a lengthy discussion on the state senate floor about the future funding of college student-athletes pay grades…A Colorado bill allowing college student-athletes to be paid passed both state houses of legislature…Kansas and Kansas State athletics administrators continue to seek methods of fair funding for student-athletes’ payments starting in 2021.,, New Mexico State athletics received state funding of $600,000 approved for resurfacing of the school’s practice track…Georgia Tech athletics is considering public beer and wine sales for the 2020 season…LSU athletics is working on ticket prices for its entire sports program in 2020-21…Syracuse’s new roller-coaster crown truss on the Carrier Dome roof has been extolled as a modern architectural marvel.


The Tulsa, Okla., World newspaper suggested that Oklahoma athletics use some of the campus spring football game concerts’ money for additional student scholarships…The Washington Post opined about the structure and future of sports journalism with the emergence of such publications as The Athletic…Jac Collinsworth is returning to NBC Sports and will work with Notre Dame football broadcasts on the network again…The popular Golf Channel founded by late Golf Hall of Fame star and Wake Forest alumnus/football enthusiast Arnold Palmer is leaving its Orlando, Fla., headquarters and moving to Stamford, Conn.


The FWAA has emailed 2020-21 membership renewals, and new members may apply via…Dennis Jezek of Barry, Noah Hughes of Union (Ky.), Kelsey Whaley of St. Cloud State, Will Owens of Georgia State, Bob Heller of Lincoln (Pa.), Andrea James of Carnegie Mellon, and Maura Vizza of Moraine Valley (Calif.) were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kent State, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, New Mexico State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, and Southern California are working with NCAA enforcement and compliance officials concerning possible issues and reports at their respective schools…Several high school and college coaches and administrators are concerned that new NCAA transfer portal rules might “change the complete scope of college football” in a recent regional news item…The NCAA and NBA are making contingency plans for games and attendance if the spread of the Covid 19 virus continues in the United States. Two graduate students and one faculty member at Rice University in the Houston area have shown symptoms or have tested positively for the ailment…The University of Washington will hold all classes online until the end of the winter quarter March 20 due to the Covid 19 threat in the Seattle area in recent days.

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, 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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