College Football Notes – March 15, 2020

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, March 15th, 2020

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The Class of 2020 NFF College Football Hall of Fame presented by ETT was revealed March 11 with 17 retired football student-athletes and two legendary coaches. For extensive biographies for each inductee, please access


Lomas Brown – OT, Florida (1981-84)

Keith Byars – RB, Ohio State (1982-85)

Eric Crouch – QB, Nebraska (1998-2001)

Eric Dickerson – RB, Southern Methodist (1979-82)

Glenn Dorsey – DT, LSU (2004-07)

Jumbo Elliott – OT, Michigan (1984-87)

Jason Hanson – PK, Washington State (1988-91)

E.J. Henderson – LB, Maryland (1999-2002)

E.J. Junior – DE, Alabama (1977-80)

Steve McNair – QB, Alcorn State (1991-94)

Cade McNown – QB, UCLA (1995-98)

Leslie O’Neal – DT, Oklahoma State (1982-85)

Anthony Poindexter – DB, Virginia (1995-98)

David Pollack – DE, Georgia (2001-04)

Bob Stein – DE, Minnesota (1966-68)

Michael Westbrook – WR, Colorado (1991-94)

Elmo Wright – WR, Houston (1968-70)


Dick Sheridan – 121-52-5 (69.4 percent; Furman (1978-85), North Carolina State (1986-92)

Andy Talley – 258-155-2 (62.4 percent); St. Lawrence [N.Y.] (1979-83), Villanova (1985-2016)

There are now 1,027 players and 221 college coaches who are members of the NFF College Hall of Fame since the initial induction in 1951. For full biographies, please access

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 16-22 time period are March 16 (1872) Phillip King, Washington, D.C.; (1920) Buster Ramsey, Townsend, Tenn.; March 17 (1871) John Outland, Hesper, Kan.; (1876) Bill Morley, Cimarron, N.M.; (1905) Joe Donchess, Youngstown, Ohio;  (1912) Joe Styhahar, Kaylor, Pa.; (1914) Sam Baugh, Temple, Texas; (1915) Bill Hartman, Thomaston, Ga.; (1916) Bob Suffridge, Fountain City, Tenn.; (1931) Ray Beck, Bowden, Ga.; (1967) Johnny Bailey, Houston, Texas; March 18 (1905) Benny Friedman, Cleveland, Ohio; (1906) Frank Wickhorst, Aurora, Ill.;  (1910) Wear Schoonover, Pocahontas, Ark.; (1928) James Williams, Waco, Texas; (1932) Dave Maurer, Duquesne, Pa.; (1938) Joe Kapp, Santa Fe, N.M.; (1961) Curt Warner, Pineville, W.Va.; March 19 (1913) Nello Falaschi, Dos Palos, Calif.; (1914) Jay Berwanger, Dubuque, Iowa; (1931) George Morris, Vicksburg, Miss.; March 20 (1906) Ben Stevenson, Smith Mills, Mo.; (1909) Marchmont “Marchy” Schwartz, New Orleans, La.; March 21 (1884) Jim McCormick, Boston, Mass.; (1889) Jock Sutherland, Coupar Angus, Scotland; (1951) John Hicks, Cleveland, Ohio; (1967) Clarkston Hines, Chapel Hill, N.C.; March 22 (1879) Art Poe, Baltimore, Md.; (1931) Billy Vessels, Cleveland, Okla.; (1954) Ross Browner, Warren, Ohio; (1960) Jimbo Covert, Conway, Pa.; (1969) Russell Maryland, Chicago, Ill.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 16 (1943) Paul Bunker, POW Camp in Japan; March 17 (1965) Amos Alonzo Stagg, Stockton, Calif.; (1992) Frank Carideo, Ocean Springs, Miss.; March 18 (1975) Biggie Munn, Lansing, Mich.; (1984) John Smith, West Hartford, Conn.; March 21 (1971) Gomer Jones, New York City; (2015) Chuck Bednarik, Coopersburg, Pa.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 18 Joe Kapp (a spry 88), Curt Warner, March 21 John Hicks, Clarkston Hines, March 22 Ross Browner, Jimbo Covert, Russell Maryland

Auburn will host UL Monroe in 2024…Boston College and Michigan State have planned a 2024 and ’25 series…Delaware will travel to Navy for both teams’ season openers on Sept. 3, 2022…Kansas State and Tulane will tangle in even-numbered years 2022, ’24 and ’26…Indiana and Louisville will play in Indianapolis, Ind., on Sept. 16, 2023…Virginia will host Norfolk State in 2026 and Richmond in 2028…Drake’s 2020 schedule will be highlighted by a trip to defending NCAA FCS champion North Dakota State…Connecticut will trek to Ohio State in 2025…Alabama will host ULM in 2022 and 2025 and Utah State in ’25…New Mexico is slated to travel to Auburn in 2024…Charlotte and George will meet in Athens, Ga., in 2025…Bowling Green will host Eastern Illinois in 2023…Future NCAA FCS member Tarleton State has signed contracts to play Bethune-Cookman in both 2020 and ’21 and Kennesaw State in 2020, 2021 and 2024.

The American Council on Education canceled its March 14-16 annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., because of health concerns…The annual Penn State Blue-White spring football intrasquad encounter in April also has been scrubbed.

Head coach Brian Kelly suspended Notre Dame football practice, asked UND players not to return to campus until further notice, and the Blue and Gold spring football contest has been cancelled due to health concerns…Bill Teerlinck is Virginia Tech’s new defensive line coach. Tech also named Kevin Cristello as football chief of staff and director of operations…The North Texas coaching staff had a meet and greet before the UNT-Charlotte men’s basketball game and spoke of the importance of the Mean Green Scholarship Fund for football program financing…Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley spoke about the future of drug testing and NCAA programs…Fordham named Alex Huettel offensive line coach…Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton finalized his two-year contract…Ohio State’s assistant coaches’ compensation was revealed in recent public records with four assistants each exceeding $1 million annually…Oklahoma’s new running backs coach DeMarco Murray had his 2020 contract affirmed along with the remainder of the assistant coaching staff…Former Purdue strength and conditioning coach Justin Lovett accepted a similar post with the NFL Los Angeles Rams…Oregon football is searching for a new director of recruiting…UNLV named Chad Kauha’aha’a defensive line coach.

Hometowns of more 2020 college head coaches – Weber State: Jay Hill, Lehi, Utah; Western Carolina: Mark Speir, Kannapolis, N.C.; Western Michigan: Tim Lester, Wheaton, Ill.; West Virginia: Neal Brown, Danville, Ky.; WKU: Tyson Helton, Gainesville, Fla. 

Texas A&M director of athletics Ross Bjork has formed a new leadership structure within the department…Memphis AD Laird Veatch spoke about working with the NCAA on different issues and praised head men’s basketball coach Penny Hardaway…Augustana AD Josh Morton is moving ahead with its plan to upgrade to NCAA Division I…Retiring UT Arlington president Dr. Vestasp Karbhari has removed his name from the presidential vacancy at UCF to take care of personal matters…Curt Field has been named assistant to the AD at Rhode Island…Robert Ladd has been elected Rice Board of Trustees chair…Marci Byers is Virginia Tech’s new head women’s volleyball coach for the 2020 season…Air Force men’s basketball head coach Dave Pilipovich has finished his tenure with the Falcons along with Wyoming head men’s basketball coach Allen Edwards…Navy is seeking a new women’s basketball coach after the dismissal of head coach Stefanie Pemper…Iona named veteran college and NBA mentor Rick Pitino as its head men’s basketball coach…Oregon State wrestling head coach Jim Zalesky has completed his 14-year tenure with the Beavers…Clemson head men’s basketball coach Brad Brownell is expected to return for his 11th season at CU in 2020-21…Iona head men’s basketball coach Tim Cluess has retired after 10 season due to health issues…Minnesota head basketball coach Richard Pitino has been assessing his school’s long-term national goals…UAB head men’s basketball coach Robert Ehsan will not return after four years with the Blazers…UIC head men’s basketball coach Steve McClain is leaving despite being one victory away from making the now-cancelled 2020 NCAA Championship…Cincinnati head men’s soccer coach Hylton Dayes has concluded his 19-year tenure with the Bearcats…Navy wrestling head coach Joel Sharratt will not be with the Midshipmen for the 2020-21 campaign.

The Big 12 Conference has suspended all regular-season competitions, on- and off-campus recruiting, and out-of-season practices until at least Sunday, March 29. This initial directive of these athletic-related activities does not include campus-based practices for in-season sports and strength and conditioning activities for all sports. The Big 12 issued an updated statement later last week on activities reading as follows: Due to the ongoing developments related to COVID-19, the Big 12 Conference denoted that all organized team activities whether organized or voluntary, including team and individual practices, meetings, and other organized gatherings, have been suspended until March 29 and will be re-evaluated at that time. In addition, all conference and non-conference competitions are cancelled through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year…Head women’s basketball coach Noel Johnson of Midwestern State continues her battle with ovarian cancer and has received hundreds of notes of encouragement and faith from friends at MSU Texas and the Lone Star Conference. Nextstar Communications and the Lone Star Conference have been collaborating in streaming video and live telecasts of LSC championships. The LSC also cancelled the remainder of the 2020 spring sports seasons late last week…Arizona joined several members of the Pac-12 Conference in working on innovative season ticket packages for football to increase 2020 overall attendance…The Mountain West Conference joined the other nine FBS circuits in cancelling the remainder of winter and all spring sports competition…Commissioner Kevin Warren of the Big Ten Conference along with commissioners Greg Sankey of the SEC and ACC commissioner John Swofford have suspended all spring sports until April 6 or further notice after a national review of the outbreak of COVID-19…The NAIA has joined the NCAA and NJCAA in cancelling the rest of 2020 spring sports competition.

The Football Bowl Association posted 2020 football media days for the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences, and they are (subject to change) American Athletic – July 13-14, Newport R.I.; Southeastern – July 13-16, Atlanta, Ga.; Mountain West – July 16-17, Los Angeles, Calif.; Big 12 – July 20-21, Arlington, Texas; Mid-America – July 20-21, Detroit, Mich.; Atlantic Coast – July 22-23, Charlotte, N.C.; Big Ten – July 22-23, Chicago, Ill.; Conference USA – July 22-23, Frisco, Texas; Sun Belt – July 28-29, New Orleans, La.; and Pac-12 – July 29, Los Angeles.

DB Kelvin Joseph and QB Joey Gatewood were two of the standouts in Kentucky’s abbreviated spring practice sessions March 3-12…Redshirt freshman quarterback Peter Parrish missed LSU’s first spring practice as freshmen Max Johnson and TJ Finley ran the first unit offense for the defending national champions…Alabama was 30 minutes away from starting spring workouts when word arrived that the Southeastern Conference was suspending all spring competition last Thursday…Wake Forest graduate transfer QB Jamie Newman is one of the top additions to Georgia’s 2020 roster…Boise State’s main goal prior to 2020 preseason practice is replacing All-MWC defensive end Curtis Weaver…Nebraska offensive lineman Brant Banks (at 6-7, 300 pounds and tough to charge on offense) and quarterback Noah Vedral (a 6-1 basketball guard) were summoned into activity last week for the NU men’s basketball team for the Big Ten Championship after injuries had depleted the Huskers roster…Virginia Tec’s two additional signees from the February period are RB Raheem Blackshear and WR Dallan Wright…All-purpose offensive and defensive standout Xavier Vaillancourt is the latest signee for the 2020 University of Calgary (Canada) Dinos…

NFF College Hall of Fame quarterback and Board member Roger Staubach of Navy was the featured speaker at the March 10 PwC SMU Athletic Forum luncheon…2019 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy® recipient and Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert starred in last week’s Pro Performance and Timing Day at Eugene, Ore….Famed sports agent Leigh Steinberg has started a semi-monthly subscription newsletter…The Gideons International, which features several NFF members, is postponing or canceling all activities from March 16-May 17 because of concerns about COVID-19…Head coach Herbert Davis of the 2019 State Private Schools football champion Madison Ridgeland (Miss.) Academy was the guest speaker at the recent Blue Mountain (Miss.) College winter athletics banquet…Louisville alumnus and Heisman Trophy winner QB Lamar Jackson of the NFL Baltimore Ravens has captured the 61st annual Bert Bell Award by the Maxwell Football Club…The club also presented the NFL Greasy Neale Coach of the Year Award to John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens and Miami (Ohio)…The NFL’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement approved by the NFL Players Association last Sunday night features such nuances as a 17-game season as early as 2021, a 48 percent share of profits and game-day rosters expanding from 46 to 48 players in 2020…The NFL Tampa Bay Bucs signed TE Tanner Hudson of Southern Arkansas to a one-year pact…The NFL Atlanta Falcons inked DE Steven Means of the Buffalo Bulls to a 2020 contract.

San Diego State University is hoping to purchase 135 acres near SDCCU Stadium, which is owned by the city of San Diego, in the region’s Mission Valley to redevelop into a new, SDSU-maintained stadium, housing units, a river park, and other amenities…Rutgers athletics is working with an area infrastructure firm to form a plan for RU athletics facilities…There are thoughts about moving the annual Senior Bowl from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., to South Alabama’s $74 million Hancock Whitney Stadium, which opens Sept. 12 as USA hosts Florida…Nebraska athletics is working with the Opendorse Group to create name, image and likeness programs and compensation…Harvard, Princeton, Rice, and Washington were among the first universities to hold online classes for a number of days to avoid large group contact in classrooms and on campus to prevent the spread of Covid 19…Several volunteers from the Augusta (Ga.) Sports Council and Fred Biletnikoff Award assisted in the recent Augusta Marathon and Half-Marathon races…West Virginia football posted videos on Twitter while getting set for 2020 spring practice. WVU also began its season ticket sales over the counter and online last week…Penn State’s annual Spring Chalk Talk Football Clinic scheduled for March 27-28 has been cancelled, but the Nittany Lions still are set for the WE ARE Women’s Football Clinic on May 15, the Future Lion Day May 16, and the PSU Football Elite Showcase May 31…Oklahoma football emailed advice to student-athletes and staff about sanitation pointers while they were away from campus on spring break…Stanford joined Boston U., California, Carnegie-Mellon, Northeastern, Ohio State, Princeton, Rice, Pittsburgh, Santa Clara, San Jose State, San Francisco State, Syracuse, and Washington into switching to all online, remote classes indefinitely while Vanderbilt has stopped classes through March 30 because of national COVID-19 concerns. Interestingly, Vanderbilt is one of a handful of universities traditionally not offering online classes because administrators want students to receive the full pupil-teacher learning experiences…Ohio State also has called off online classes until March 30…Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, NC State, and Purdue are among several universities working on alternative methods besides suspending “live” classroom experiences. These include “social distancing” that has been beneficial in such locations as movie theaters…The Syracuse University administration has concluded formal negotiations with a protest group on campus…Wisconsin requested students to remain on campus during last week’s spring break except for family or personal emergencies…Colorado and Florida expect to make decisions this week on online teaching assignments and remote teaching possibilities…Harvard and RPI played a conference men’s quarterfinal men’s hockey series without spectators…The National Collegiate Wrestling Association also conducted its 2020 championships in Allen, Texas, with a limited audience…Alabama and California colleges and universities and several public school districts in North Texas warned students against overseas’ and domestic travel to areas, which had been affected by COVID-19…Several alumni and area baseball groups have asked Syracuse athletics to re-consider adding varsity baseball, which the university dropped after the 1978 season – 108 years after SU originated intercollegiate baseball in 1870.The university has a club baseball squad currently…The Florida State Senate passed a bill approving college student-athlete compensation and sent the legislation to the Florida House of Representatives for study and possible passage…Mississippi’s Institutes of Higher Learning extended spring break at all colleges and universities in the state until March 23 with classes resuming online after that date…Illinois athletics issued a statement on COVID-19 impact on UI and college athletics, and Michigan cancelled its April 18 spring game as well as all other spring competition until at least April 21…Texas A&M also will restrict off-campus recruiting and individual travel through March…The ECHL has cancelled the remainder of its 2019-20 minor league hockey season…The old Syracuse Carrier Dome roof is expected to be razed this week…Penn athletics officials continue to evaluate whether to cancel or postpone the famed April 23-25 Penn Relays in Philadelphia…Virginia officials asked for the assistance of students’ parents in requesting that students return home without spring break vacation destinations.

Illinois athletics was profiled for fundraising efforts and facilities’ upgrades by the Champaign, Ill., News-Gazette newspaper…Inside Higher Education magazine and website are preparing their annual collegiality reviews about college life, athletics and other key areas…The New York Times researched a story about how the value of football on all levels, the PGA, NBA, NHL, and other major sports.

The FWAA is accepting entries for the 2019-20 writing contest electronically through the FWAA contest email at…Jill Skotarczak of the Southeastern Conference, Eric McDowell (retired) Union (N.Y.) and now with the Eric Idea Agency, Dave Wuhlhueter (retired) of Cornell, Gregory Ruff od Trevecca Nazarene, Danny Barnts of Point Loma Nazarene, Blake Timm of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, David Shulimson of Salem (Va.), Christopher Cameron of Ontario Tech (Canada), and Lindsey Williams of the Great Lakes Valley Conference were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, and Texas are working with NCAA enforcement and compliance officials concerning possible issues and reports at their respective schools…The NCAA will allow 2019-20 spring sports’ seniors an additional year of eligibility after recent cancellations and is considering similar, fifth-year waivers for winter sports’ seniors…The NCAA entered last weekend considering a NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Committee selection announcement of teams that would have made the NCAA postseason if play had not been cancelled…The NCAA is projected to lose as much as 75 percent of its 2020-21 budget after the cancellation of winter and spring sports championships – plus national television revenue and exposure.

The NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas has postponed its 13th annual Awards Dinner on Sunday, March 22, because of local health concerns. The group plans to host another banquet in spring 2021 to honor high school and college scholar-athletes and present special local awards. Several other local NFF chapters are making 2020 schedule operations, and please consult for additional chapter updates.

The NFF Central Pennsylvania Chapter honored 49 high school and seven college scholar-athletes at its 23rd Annual Awards Dinner on Sunday, March 1, at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

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, TBDFriday, Jan. 1 – Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.Saturday, Jan. 2 – PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., TBDJan. 2 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Fla., TBD



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