College Football Notes – March 22, 2020

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

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NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 23-29 time period are March 23 (1886) Nathan Dougherty, Hales Mill, Va.; (1927) Wayne Hardin, Smackover, Ark.; March 24 (1976) Peyton Manning, New Orleans, La.; March 25 (1909) Frank Howard, Barlow Bend, Ala.; March 26 (1870) Lee McClung, Knoxville, Tenn.; (1899) Buck Flowers, Sumter, S.C.; (1899) Harry Kipke, Lansing, Mich.; (1906) Rip Engle, Elk Lick, Pa.; (1960) Marcus Allen, San Diego, Calif.; (1966) Wesley Walls, Batesville, Miss.; March 27 (1898) Herb Stein, Warren, Ohio; (1921) Malcolm Kutner, Dallas, Texas; (1922) Alex Agase, Chicago, Ill.; (1963) Randall Cunningham, Santa Barbara, Calif.; March 28 (1899) Buck Shaw, Mitchellville, Iowa; March 29 (1902) Don “Four Horseman” Miller, Defiance, Ohio;  (1906) Jim Bausch, Marion Junction, S.D.; (1955) Earl Campbell, Tyler, Texas.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 23 (1934) George Woodruff, Harrisburg, Pa.; March 24 (1947) Dr. John Outland, Laguna Beach, Calif.; March 25 (1983) Edwin “Goat” Hale, Jackson, Miss.; (2013) Hank Lauricella, New Orleans, La.; March 27 (2006) Ron Schipper, Holland, Mich.; (2019) Joe Bellino, Lincoln, Mass.; March 28 (1962) Bob Neyland, New Orleans, La.; March 28 (1953) Jim Thorpe, Lomita, Calif.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 24 Peyton Manning, March 26 Marcus Allen, Wesley Walls, March 27 Randall Cunningham, March 29 Earl Campbell…

Mississippi State will host the Tennessee State for the first time in football on Nov. 20, 2021, and the Bulldogs previously scheduled foe that day – Eastern Illinois – will travel to Austin Peay for an Ohio Valley Conference clash that same date. MSU also will tangle with Louisiana Tech on Sept. 4, 2021, and NC State on Sept. 11 and Memphis on the road on Sept. 18, 2021, to complete that year’s menu. The Bulldogs also will host Tennessee Tech Nov. 21, 2026…Notre Dame and UNLV will play Oct. 22, 2022, at South Bend, Ind….Sam Houston State and Sacramento State will play a pair of contests in 2023 and ’24…Louisville and Kentucky will continue their intrastate series annually at least through the 2027 season…BYU and Hawai’i are scheduled tome in both 2024 and ’25. BYU has a distance campus in Honolulu, and it is the location and university partnership for the famed Polynesian Cultural Center…Nebraska cancelled its 2020 spring football game and is making refunds to 60,000-plus advance ticket purchasers while joining dozens of other FBS and FCS schools making similar decisions…The annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl for high school all-star seniors still is set for June 6.

The Hawai’i Shriners Charity Series was recalled in a recent media story after it was scheduled Dec. 6 and 13, 1941, in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The series was interrupted after a Willamette (Ore.)-Hawai’i game on Dec. 6 and the subsequent bombing of Pearl Harbor and part of the Hawai’i campus on Dec. 7, 1941. The other two games in the series between Willamette and San Jose State and San Jose State-Hawai’i were cancelled, and Willamette and SJSU teams were among the first civilians evacuated by ships from Honolulu to San Francisco, Calif., two weeks later.

NBA Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Mavs players have donated $500,000 to health professionals at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and other area healthcare centers…The Texas Wesleyan fourth annual Football Team Golf Tournament fundraiser presented by South Texas Financial Group is now set for Friday, June 26, in Fort Worth, Texas…Major League Baseball teams are donating $30 million to help seasonal employees who have been affected by the MLB schedule suspension…Former Oklahoma standout and Heisman Trophy recipient Baker Mayfield has donated $50,000 to the hard-hit Cleveland (Ohio) Food Bank.

Former Kentucky assistant coach Dean Hood has taken over as head coach at Murray State…Former LSU players have joined head coach Ed Orgeron and on-field assistant coaches as key support staff – Bennie Logan has been added as a defensive analyst while Eddie “Boo” Kennison is the new Tigers director of player development…Riverside City (Calif.) College head coach Tom Craft was selected as the 2019 American Community College Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year…Kentucky lost wide receivers coach Michael Smith to resignation and added Oregon’s Jovon Bouknight as his replacement…Syracuse named Chris Acuff linebackers coach…Tennessee quarterback coach and 2000 Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke of Florida State received a two-year extensive and new monetary package…Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown has an upcoming retention bonus if he remains with Michigan football through April 1…Weber State tabbed Matt Ah You as inside linebackers coach…Former Southern California assistant coach Sam Burns is Arizona’s new defensive backs coach…New Florida State head coach Mike Norvell was excited about the Seminoles offseason program (which drew national attention in 1970-72 for intensive, pre-spring workouts supervised by Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and then-FSU assistant coach Bill Parcells) prior to the scheduled start of 2020 spring practice…Indiana officially named Aaron Wellman as strength and conditioning coach…Northern Illinois added Dan Jackson as an assistant football coach…Former XFL Tampa Bay Vipers assistant coach Jonathan Himebauch was named Air Force’s tight ends coach…Colorado tabbed Reggie Moore as a quality control assistant and Donovan Williams as a graduate assistant coach…Florida head coach Dan Mullen and director of athletics Scott Stricklin are working on a probable contract extension…Kansas State football added Chuck Lillie as a scouting analyst…Kentucky’s Frank Buffano, director of football operations for the Wildcats since 2013, was moved to safeties coach…Former Youngstown linebackers coach Sean Baker has been selected as an analyst for LSU football…Tennessee’s strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald has left for a similar position with the NFL New York Giants…Duke has added new 2020 assistant coaches Greg Frey (offensive line) and Chris Hampton (cornerbacks).

Hometowns of more 2020 college head coaches – Wisconsin: Paul Chryst, Madison, Wis.; Wisconsin-Eau Claire: Wesley Beschorner, Lohrville, Iowa; Wisconsin-La Crosse: Matt Janus, Lake Jurich, Ill.; Wisconsin-Oshkosh: Paul Cerroni, Johnson Creek, Wis.; Wisconsin-Platteville: Mike Emendorfer, Lockport, N.Y.

 Arizona director of athletics Dave Heeke issued credits to fans for future events’ ticketing…UCF AD Danny White signed a five-year contract extension with a solid raise in compensation…Current Indiana athletics administrator Scott Dolson, who serves as IU deputy AD and COO, was named AD for the Hoosiers pending approval by the Indiana Board of Trustees…Clemson AD Dan Radakovich detailed the reasons for the ACC’s cancellation of all spring sports activities…LSU AD Scott Woodward outlined care for Tigers student-athletes and no employment changes within LSU athletics…Auburn AD Allen Greene spoke of being frustrated, disappointed and saddened by athletics cancellations…Illinois AD Josh Whitman theorized on student-athlete eligibility relief and updates…Purdue AD Mike Bobinski projected thoughts about what is upcoming for Boilermakers sports programs…Alabama AD Greg Byrne spoke of contingency plans and projected economic consequences of cancellation of all UA athletics events for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year…Boise State AD Curt Apsey is working the Mountain West Conference office on television issues and dates to resume in-person contacts between coaches and prospective student-athletes…Bowling Green AD Bob Moosbrugger spoke about how the decision to cancel spring sports and related events is bigger than mere sports competition…Ohio State AD and former NFF John L. Toner Award recipient Gene Smith related how all academic and psychological support services are remaining available throughout the semester with online courses for OSU student-athletes. He also supports an extra year of eligibility for both winter and spring 2020 student-athletes in 2020-21…Rhode Island AD Thorr Bjorn mentioned the positives for the future of URI athletics when the national health concerns end…South Carolina AD Ray Tanner called for student-athletes’ eligibility retention and 2020 USC football season ticket policy…Virginia AD Carla Williams noted the uncharted waters of current athletics’ conditions and cancellations…South Carolina head men’s basketball coach Frank Martin had his 2019-20 season performance evaluated…UNC Wilmington named Takayo Siddle as head men’s basketball coach…Creighton associate AD Kevin Sarver posted a photo of the basketball court and NCAA logos for the men’s NCAA first and second rounds basketball tournament at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb…Texas head men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart has been preparing for his annual post-2019-20 evaluation…North Dakota head women’s basketball coach Travis Brewster has finished his tenure at UND after nine seasons…Ohio State has relieved head women’s rowing coach Andy Teitelbaum of his duties…Air Force continues its nationwide search for a men’s basketball coach…Former Vanderbilt and Valparaiso head men’s basketball coach Bryce Drew accepted that post at Grand Canyon… Northern Colorado tabbed Steve Smiley as head men’s basketball head coach…Penn State men’s head basketball coach Pat Chambers is in the midst of contract negotiations…UAB chose former Ole Miss head men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy as head coach for men’s basketball…Detroit Mercy and former head women’s basketball coach Bernard Scott are no longer affiliated for the 2020-21 campaign…Idaho State selected Sam Etherington as assistant women’s soccer coach.

Conference USA has cancelled all spring sports competition after a March 16 by the loop’s Board of Directors, and the Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Conferences made a similar announcement last week…SEC commissioner Greg Sankey thanked fans for their fidelity throughout the national health crisis and updated the future of SEC athletics and when games might return…The Pac-12 Conference has held meetings to determine whether to pay performance bonuses to winter and spring sports’ coaches.

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl has begun its 2020 game renewal package via area mailings, and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame ceremony on May 6 in Arlington, Texas, has been postponed indefinitely due to public health concerns…The GCB also plans to host its popular fan events around the Dec. 30 New Year’s Six bowl tussle in Arlington, Texas, at AT&T Stadium. They are the Six Flags Over Texas Day, the Battle of the Bands between the two competing schools in the bowl, Cotton Bowl Live! days and evenings at the Arlington Live! venue adjacent to the stadium, and the popular Goodyear Cotton Bowl Fan Fest…The AutoZone Liberty Bowl will honor NFF College Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning of Tennessee at the bowl’s annual summer banquet June 7 with the AZLB Distinguished Citizen Award. Previously, NFF chairman of the Board and Ole Miss standout/College Hall of Famer Archie Manning captured the bowl’s, 2016 Distinguished Citizen Award in 2016, and the Mannings are the first father-son recipients of this honor…The new LA Bowl in December at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles had its logo and brand introduced publicly last month and will pit the Mountain West Conference’s No. 1 selection against the Pac-12’s No. 5 choice by the bowl selection committee. The LA Bowl is set for SoFi Stadium from 2020-25, and actual date and ticket information will be forthcoming on the postseason clash’s official website…The former American South Conference, which operated from 1987-91, was remembered in a recent story archive.

Some top 2020 college prospects who jumped out to good starts in abbreviated spring practice sessions before activities were suspended are Duke’s tight end Noah Gray, wide receiver and kick returner Damond Philyaw-Johnson and 2019 All-America defensive end Chris Rumph II…Former Oklahoma Sooners RB Trey Sermon will transfer to Ohio State…Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence and RB Travis Etienne formed the backbone of the Tigers spring workout squad and are anxious to continue the CU 29-1 overall record over the last 30 games…Quinnipiac senior Kevin Marfo will transfer to Nebraska with immediate eligibility in 2020 as a grad transfer…All-purpose athlete Jackson Billings of Huntsville (Ala.) Westminster Christian Academy is going to Auburn as an invited walkon player in 2020…LSU quarterback Peter Parrish hopes to be reinstated to the Tigers 2020 squad in time for preseason workouts.

NFL Dallas Cowboys All-Pro center Travis Frederick of Wisconsin continues to feed thousands of underserved children in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex through the Travis Frederick Blocking Out Hunger Foundation after the recent economic downturn…2018 NFF & College Hall of Fame Chris Schenkel Award recipient Dave South of Texas A&M and previously various networks in the Southwest region has retired officially with the conclusion of the 2020 baseball after 50 years in broadcasting…Two large-scale free agent signings in the NFL last week were longtime NFL New England Patriots QB Tom Brady of Michigan to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and longtime NFL Los Angeles Chargers QB Phillip Rivers of NC State to the NFL Indianapolis Colts…Quarterbacks and former Heisman Trophy winners Cam Newton of Auburn and Blinn (Texas) College and Jameis Winston of Florida State are seeking new NFL destinations for 2020 after roster reassignments last week…John Walsh is leaving Denton (Texas) Guyer HS where he became the school’s original head coach in 2005. He is the father of Oklahoma State QB great J.W. Walsh, former TCU and Abilene Christian assistant coach and currently an offensive analyst at Texas.

The deflation of the initial Carrier Dome fiber roof signaled an end to an era of some inflatable dome roofs…The Houston Cougars baseball team self-quarantined after a staff member had possible COVID-19 symptoms…The MSU Billings softball team self-quarantined after a recent road trip to Canada, Washington and Oregon…Former Wisconsin basketball student-athlete Ethan Happ has been quarantined for possible COVID-19 after playing pro basketball in Italy…The Center for Disease Control and Prevention called for a suspension of college and high school sports activities for an additional seven weeks…NCAA vice president Dan Gavitt explains why the NCAA basketball tournament committee decided not to release a projected 2020 NCAA Division I bracket after all college athletics activity was suspended on March 12…The Washington Post newspaper published a Basketball Matrix-loaded projected NCAA men’s basketball championship, and computer models indicated Ohio State downing Baylor in the imaginary 2020 finals…Michigan State athletics joined he university in working to discourage large crowds of students at local bars and restaurants…The NCAA administration and men’s basketball committee had a financial safety net of nearly $400 million in insurance and other safeguards prior to March, according to a published report and tax records…West Virginia State Police and Morgantown authorities hoped WVU students had an athletics outlet to work off their energy after they had to end a large party with tear gas cannisters…BYU athletics urged calm in the face of COVID-19 health concerns for students, student-athletes, faculty, and staff – especially after a five-point earthquake occurred last Wednesday near Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah…Colorado football student-athletes and their parents complimented CU athletics for staying in touch and making advance plans for 2020 season feasibility…Dr. Karen Dunlap of Texas Woman’s University sent a Twitter feed with key methods for keeping online courses relevant for student-athletes, general student body and faculty members. PBS also is providing online teaching resources for athletics and general studies…Alabama football is utilizing ticket scans for insights into demographics of ticket holders…Illinois athletics does not plan to choose a new mascot in the near future…South Carolina football general ticket sales increased, and athletics officials are looking at no-shows and people who sought refunds…Oregon plans to construct the largest video board in college football and a new sound system at Autzen Stadium in Eugene…Alabama’s Bryant-Denney Stadium renovation and expansion has continued and will bring 2020 season capacity to 101,821 with $92.5 million expended on this initial update…Maryland has become the latest state to pass legalized sports betting…Oregon State’s remodeled sports performance center has reopened with dozens of new state-of-the-art additions…Graduate students at California Berkeley, UC Davis and UC San Diego joined UC Santa Cruz and UC Santa Barbara in recent protests. Administrators worked with these groups to retain calm before the national health crisis cancelled in-person classes at California public colleges and universities…Illinois asked all students to leave campus to prevent respiratory disease spread and wished them safe returns to their home addresses…Georgia athletics updated its football season ticket renewal plans and refunded money for spring sports and football intrasquad game cancellations…A recent poll indicated that approximately 50 percent of Iowans surveyed supported college student-athlete compensation for name, image and likeness…West Virginia athletics on Twitter saluted the 2019-20 men’s and women’s basketball teams and their probable postseason appearances if the season had not been scrubbed as well as the football program’s 15 conference championships and 15th-best record in NCAA FBS… Arizona State athletics will give coaches from winter sports to receive pre-determined bonuses for canceled postseasons…Colorado and Colorado State coaches and administrators have vowed to keep offices open and maintain communications with student-athletes. International students and student-athletes have been sequestered at CU, CSU and other universities due to international travel restrictions…The Al.com website penned a research piece about cancellations and COVID-19 will affect colleges and universities besides Alabama and Auburn financially…Marshall athletics Big Green fundraising scheduled events have been postponed as well as spring football workouts…Oklahoma athletics has closed its daily office operations and offices for donations and ticket offices and has employees working from their homes…Michigan and Texas athletics social media teams are collaborating and spreading joint messages via the hashtag #UnitedAsOne…The UTEP Miners have placed all season football ticket sales online and , via phone and moved the deadline for 2020 renewals to May 1…Wyoming athletics is utilizing social media and the official website to keep fans and ticket holders informed.

ESPN administrators are working to keep that longtime dynamic of the 24-hour sports cycle amidst national health concerns and multiple sports cancellations. The network also plans to have programming with the popular 30-for-30 documentaries and highlights of previous classic contests on ESPN…The Provo, Utah, Daily Herald expressed confidence that COVID-19 can be contained and that college athletics will begin competition again after getting the okay for the U.S. Center for Disease Control…Former SMU student-athlete and regional writer/radio show host Pat Wheeler wrote an essay about the impact of national health concerns and the sports world…The Big Ten Network has added former Michigan head coach John Beilein as a BTN studio analyst…The Chattanooga, Tenn., Times Free Press newspaper detailed financial repercussions due to numerous college athletics cancellations…BleacherReport.com had an extensive report and feature on the day in the life of a football spring practice student-athlete.

The FWAA is working with several publications to highlight award-winning previous print stories and features on past and current student-athletes…Dave Winder of Murray State, Patty Constantin of Our Lady of the Lake, Lindsey Beck of Cleveland State (Tenn.) CC, John Hartnick of Binghamton, Tony Neely of Kentucky, John Kelly of the Borough of Manhattan College, Ed Cassiere of Xavier (La.), and Mark Wasik of UNLV were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Arizona, Baylor, Fresno State, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, and Tennessee are working with NCAA enforcement and compliance officials concerning possible issues and reports at their respective schools…The NCAA The Division I Council Coordination Committee took actions last Friday to aid schools and student-athletes in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The committee issued blanket waivers for specific membership requirements that schools who canceled spring sports cannot meet (including minimum sport sponsorship and scheduling requirements, as well as form submissions) and waived the deadline for schools that are reclassifying to submit strategic plans. The group also issued a waiver to allow schools to reimburse student-athletes for any expenses incurred related to canceled foreign trips and prospective student-athletes for expenses related to canceled official and unofficial visits. The NCAA will suspend in-person recruiting activity through at least April 15 and then look at the national health situation to decide if continued extensions are needed.

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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