College Football Notes July 29-31

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, July 29th, 2012

2009 NFF co-Gold Medal recipient Phil Knight has been chosen as the Most Influential Person in Oregon sports by the Portland Oregonian…NFF College Hall of Fame coach Bob Devaney of Wyoming and Nebraska was memorialized by the Omaha World-Herald on the 50th anniversary of his first Nebraska squad in 1962.  The NFF is partnering with Bloomberg to promote the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit on Sept. 6 in New York City with a special discounted rate to attend. To receive the discount information and for a speakers’ list, please go to footballfoundation.com/BloombergSummit.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Famers July 31 Andre Ware and Jonathan Ogden, Aug. 1 Joe Palumbo (84 years young), Aug. 2 Dr. Billy Cannon. Aug. 3 Maxie Baughan, and Aug. 4 Gary Beban…

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the July 31-Aug. 6 time period are July 31 (1918) Gene Goodreault, Haverhill, Mass.; (1919) Forrest Behm, Lincoln, Neb.; (1968) Andre Ware, Galveston, Texas; (1974) Jonathan Ogden, Washington, D.C.; Aug. 1 (1929) Joe Palumbo, Beaver, Pa.; Aug. 2 (1901) Charley Caldwell, Bristol, Va.; (1905) Billy Nicks, Griffin, Ga.; (1933) Matt Hazeltine, Ross, Calif.; (1937) Dr. Billy Cannon, Philadelphia, Miss.; Aug. 3 (1898) Gordon Locke, Denison, Iowa; (1932) Jackie Parker, Knoxville Tenn.; (1934) Don Holleder, Rochester, N.Y.; (1938) Maxie Baughan, Forkland, Ala.; Aug. 4 (1908) Frank Carideo, Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; Aug. 5 (1940) Roman Gabriel, Wilmington, N.C.; (1946) Gary Beban, San Francisco, Calif.; (1952) Freddie Scott, Grady, Ark.; Aug. 6 (1902) Harry Wilson, Mingo Junction, Ohio; (1906) Ken Strong, West Haven, Conn.; (1907) Jerry Dalrymple, Arkadelphia, Ark.; (1920) Steve Lach, Altoona, Pa.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are July 31 (1986) Mal Aldrich, Southampton, N.Y.; Aug. 2 (1992) Jim Weatherall, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Aug. 3 (2011) Bubba Smith, Los Angeles, Calif.; Aug. 4 (1981) Jack Green, Nashville, Tenn.; Aug. 5 (1986) Les Lautenschlaeger, New Orleans, La.

BYU will trek to Wisconsin Nov. 9, 2013, for the second game ever between those two powerhouse programs…Purdue and Wisconsin have moved their previously-slated Oct. 26, 2013, clash to Sept. 21, 2013, at Madison, Wis….Virginia Tech has postponed its series with Esat Carolina until the 2015 season and will meet Liberty for the first time in ’16…Game time for the Oklahoma at UTEP contest on Sept. 1 has been moved from 1:30 p.m. (MDT) to 8:30 p.m….Tennessee football held Meet Your Seats Day last Wednesday for season ticketholders at Neyland Stadium…Nebraska has unveiled a special and first-time black helmet along with all-red uniforms for special games during 2012…Oregon (North Division, defending Pac-12 champ) and Southern California (South) have been picked to win the Pac-12 Conference geographical areas in the 52nd annual Pac-Eight/10-12 preseason media poll…North Dakota State athletics will begin extensive facilities’ renovations later in the fall…Air Force now has its 2012 media credential requests’ forms online for all home encounters…Baylor athletics has started a digital countdown clock online for the new on-campus football stadium and its 2014 debut…Oregon’s new football operations center and athletics offices are rated among the most unique as far as communication ability and athletes’ friendliness on the college scene…North Texas athletics completed a pedestrian footbridge over Interstate 35 in Denton to allow access to more parking areas near Apogee Stadium.

ACC football teams will host Military Appreciation Days at several home games in 2012 in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Project, USO and related entities…LSU football student-athletes cheered residents in a local retirement community…The Rutgers 2011 football squad won the Big East Conference Academic Excellence Award…The Sun Belt Conference had a loop-record 1,793 student-athletes with 3.0 grade point averages (4.0 scale) in 2011-12…Colorado and Colorado State football programs and current support personnel were not impacted directly by the Aurora, Colo., tragedy (as was the case in the Columbine tragedy 12 miles away in 1999) but have sent messages of condolence and prayers to families and friends affected by events in Aurora. CSU 2012 signee Zack Golditch was struck by a bullet in the ear in an adjacent theater after the ordinance pierced a wall. He was treated and released at a local hospital. One of the deceased was Jessica Gawhi, who just had moved to the Denver area to continue her career in sports broadcasting and was a San Antonio, Texas, native.

FIU head coach Mario Cristobal received a contract extension through 2017…Mick Delaney of Montana has received official notification for being the Grizzlies’ head coach this season with a two-year contract…Wagner athletics is renaming Wagner College Stadium Hameline Field in honor of longtime AD and 32-year head football coach Walt Hameline. Ceremonies will occur Sept, 15 when Wagner hosts Monmouth…Texas head coach Mack Brown spoke recently of the luxury of having four talented and healthy quarterbacks and a beefed up running back corps to open the 2012 campaign. Possible starter David Ash tweaked a hamstring last week, and UT coaches will check his status when upperclassmen report to Austin this week…Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini was featured in a recent national story on bring the Huskers back to their status as an annual national power…Larry Kerr was named head coach at Los Angeles Valley College…North Carolina Central reinstated head coach Henry Frazier last week…TCU linebackers coach Tony Tademy has been replaced by former Miami (Fla.) head coach Randy Shannon on the Frogs’ staff. Tademy wanted to spend more time with his family…Susquehanna hired Alan Zemaitis as assistant coach…Former Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma and Kansas assistant coach Chuck Long of Iowa is taking a year off the gridiron to spend time with his family.

Stanford named Bernard Muir director of athletics last Friday…Michigan director of athletics Dave Brandon had his contract lengthened through 2017-18…Former West Virginia State coach and administrator Renee Bostic was named AD at Medgar Evers College along with Brad Edwards (not related to the ESPN research guru of the same name) at Jacksonville U., Lenore Walsh at SUNY Old Westbury and Bob Amundson at Cumberland County College…New Memphis AD Tom Bowen has been given solid incentives to increase football attendance and students’ interest in athletics while retired AD R.C. Johnson will receive compensation through June 30, 2013, as part of his extended contract…Georgia Southern AD Sam Baker reiterated the Eagles’ desire to remain in the Southern Conference and FCS…Colgate AD David Roach will finish his tenure there Tuesday, and Troy AD Steve Dennis is leaving his post after seven years…Lindsey Babcock has been chosen as associate AD for compliance at Kansas State…Syracuse athletics named Christopher James compliance coordinator…Tennessee has chosen Brian Bruce, Betsy Devine, Mary-Carter Kniffen, and Stephen K. Lee as assistant directors of media relations…Houston named David Bassity assistant AD for communications…Eric Garlow is a recent hire as assistant in sports information at Coker College…Melissa Dudek was chosen as assistant media relations director at Virginia…Justin Glover and Charles Welch have been named assistant media relations directors at UNC Greensboro…Tyson Mathews is new assistant media relations director at Ball State…Associate AD Pat Babock is retiring at Connecticut…Mike Ellis was named senior associate AD for administration at Minnesota….Canisius athletics named Judi Caserta assistant AD for business operations and Matt Reitnour assistant AD for communications.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area hosted Big 12 Conference Media Days Monday and Tuesday at the Westin Galleria in North Dallas and Conference USA Media Day Wednesday at the Airport Marriott and Fox Sports Studios in Irving. Large turnouts were reported at both events with multiple live television and videostreaming. Extensive coverage of all three days is archived on the two loops’ official websites. CUSA also is hosting extensive additional blogging and social media coverage of the 2012 Olympics at CUSA.org…The ACC named its pre-2012 All-ACC squad and selections for the conference’s divisional finishers at theacc.org…The Big Ten Conference Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors issued a statement and explained Big Ten sanctions for the Penn State football program over the next four seasons at BigTen.org/football. The Big Ten also named Mike McComiskey associate commissioner of technology, Kerry Kenny associate director of compliance and Jessica Palermo associate director of championships…Southwestern Athletic Conference commissioner Duer Sharp had his contracted extended through June 30, 2015…Commissioners Jim Delany and Bob Bowlsby gave their state of the conference addresses for the Big Ten and Big 12, respectively, last week…Iowa State athletics is celebrating the hiring of Waterloo, Iowa, native Bowlsby with several billboards in that area of the state…Big Ten Football Championship Game tickets (Dec. 1 at Indianapolis) were placed on sale last Saturday…The Big Ten also has 100-plus competitors from 27 countries and nine returning medalists in the 2012 Olympics this week in London and has chosen its Ten Players to Watch for 2012 Football at bigten.org/football…The SEC had a nation-most 93 players on 17 different preseason awards’ watch lists and has sent 173 participants form over 25 different nations to the London Olympics…The Sun Belt Conference posted an “insiders” look at its 2012 Media Day via YouTube…The Big East Conference has free live coverage of its Media Day from Newport, R.I., webstreamed Tuesday at bigeast.org/football…Eastern Kentucky has been selected as the 2012 Ohio Valley Conference favorite in voting by OVC coaches…Both coaches and news media have projected Louisiana Tech as winner of the 2012 WAC title…The Colonial Athletic Association media named New Hampshire LB Matt Evans and Towson RB Terrance West as leaders among the 2012 preseason All-CAA football squad and chose Towson to repeat as 2012 team titleist. Towson won its first CAA crown in ’11…The Southland Conference has established The Louis Bonnette Sports Media Award in honor of the CoSIDA Hall of Fame athletics media relations director for 40-plus years at McNeese State. The SLC also has initiated the Southland Strong campaign to celebrate its first 50 years as a conference…Georgia State will compete in 10 Sun Belt Conference championships in 2012-13 as part of its new membership with the loop…Kirbie Britt is the new assistant commissioner at the Landmark Conference…The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference named Natalie Arians assistant commissioner…Boise State and the Mountain West Conference have reached a settlement after BSU’s move to the Big East for 2013 football…The MWC also has elected to stay at 10 members for 2013-14 after applications by Idaho and New Mexico State…WAC officials note that 2012 may be the final season for football in that conference. Idaho football appears headed for ’13 independent status…The Capital Athletic Conference has added Penn State-Harrisburg to its membership…The Patriot League is awarding scholarships for graduating student-athletes to continue their studies and possibly professional athletics careers in coaching or playing in Ireland…The West Coast Conference is offering Tweets and daily coverage of its athletes and coaches in the London Olympics.

Yahoosports.com projects these teams for 2013 BCS bowls: Rose presented by VIZIO: Michigan vs. Southern California; Discover Orange: Clemson vs. Louisville; Allstate Sugar: Alabama vs. Michigan State; Tostitos Fiesta: West Virginia vs. Oregon; Discover BCS Championship (Miami): LSU vs. Oklahoma. Clip and save these for December 2 BCS Selection Sunday and make comparisons.

BTN president Mark Silverman was featured during presentations at last week’s Big Ten Conference Media Days in Chicago…The Mid-American Conference announced its 2012 regional and national games, and the complete schedule appears at http://www.mac-sports.com/News/tabid/969/Article/158653/2012-MAC-Football-On-National–Regional-Television.aspx.

Texas WR and NCAA-winning long jumper Marquise Goodwin is among a number of current or former college or high school football student-athletes competing or coaching in the London Olympics…Latest 2012 watch list candidates for the major football individual awards have been posted and available though http://www.ncfaa.org/11watchlists.pdf. There are 21 total preseason watch denotations for 2012, and the NCFAA website also has dates for releases of finalists and the actual awards…The Robert Maxwell Award is running a series with extensive biographies on each pre-2012 candidate…Conference USA preseason Players of the Year by a vote of circuit head coaches are SMU senior RB Zach Line (Offense), Tulane senior LB Trent Mackey (Defense) and Southern Miss senior return man Tracey Lampley (Special Teams)…QB Garrett Gilbert, a transfer from Texas, has been designated as No. 1 on the depth chart entering SMU fall camp…Southern California DE Devon Kennard is expected to miss the next three months after undergoing surgery for a torn pectoral muscle…LB Devon Butler will not return to Northern Illinois for football…Michigan DE Frank Clark has been suspended for an indefinite period.

IMG College and Bank of the West have helped fund major capital improvements totaling $600 million-plus at California, UCLA and Rose Bowl Stadium…Missouri athletics is studying a $200 million upgrade plan for most of its facilities…Georgetown athletics has unveiled schematic renderings for its proposed $60 million Intercollegiate Athletics Conference…UTEP is initiating a university policy to make campus safer for pedestrians at all athletics events and to become a walker-friendly campus…Oklahoma State’s Board of Regents is considering the next phase of construction for OSU Athletics Village with major funding by 2008 NFF Distinguished American Award recipient Boone Pickens…Webster Bank and Connecticut athletics have agreed to a corporate sponsorship and unique funding and loans for future athletics’ facilities…PepsiCo has signed a long-term soft drink and pouring sponsorship with the Pittsburgh Steelers…Maker’s Mark Corp. is donating $500,000 to the Louisville Athletics Academic Center…Grand Valley State athletics and adidas have signed a five-year apparel, equipment and marketing contract…Arizona State athletics is working on more fan-friendly and accessible ticket purchasing efforts and game venues…Wisconsin athletics has a new video online and via DVD entitled The Fall Belongs to Ball (Football)…Dynamic Pricing is working with California athletics on 2012 season and individual gridiron sales…USF athletics is going to virtually all online sales of its merchandise…IMG College Form Media and Charlotte 49ers athletics have contracted for multiple intermedia agreements…Auburn has enhanced its social media presence and instant information on football and the 2012 Olympics on its official athletics website…Sports Video Group presented a merit award for programming for The Mtn., which concluded operations June 1, 2012…Chadron State and Longwood athletics have introduced new official websites…Stonehill athletics has unveiled a revised official logo…Techline Sports Lighting has become a corporate partner with the NAIA…Novo Nordisk and The College of New Jersey athletics have inked a sponsorship pact…Kennesaw State has finished its recent round of athletics facilities renovations…The National Invitation Tournament and Madison Square Garden have extended their contract…Solve Media has been responsive to financial support for U.S. Olympians and hopes to become more involved with intercollegiate athletics.

Ole Miss football-basketball standout Eddie Crawford and former coach in both sports at UM helped highlight the 50th annual Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame class in Jackson, Miss., last Friday night. A time-dated Ole Miss news release noted “Crawford has been promoted from head basketball coach to assistant football coach” when he switched positions in March 1968…Former Penn State and current Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee helped provide funds for the Boys and Girls Club of the Dallas/Fort Worth area distribute vouchers for school supplies and clothes at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team award recipients will be announced in September via afca.com…Northwestern Oklahoma State has been accepted into the NCAA Division II application process…The International Collegiate Licensing Association named Purdue’s David Wilson as its 2012-13 president as he succeeded Vanderbilt’s Maggie Harris. Also elected were first vice president Marty Ludwig of Cincinnati, second vice president/treasurer Brett Eden of Utah; and third vice president/secretary Scott Stevenson of UC Davis. 2012-13 ICLA board of directors includes Jeff Church of Levelwear, Renata Hays of Oklahoma and Eric Johnson of WinCraft, Inc…NACDA is posting helpful tips and resources for non-Division I members concerning fundraising and advanced marketing…CoSIDA has continued its online membership renewals and is hosting three upcoming webinars on timely media relations’ topics. Through the efforts of CoSIDA Capital One Bank Academic All-America chair and Bentley assistant AD Dick Lipe, CoSIDA has listed all its Academic All-America honorees in the Olympics at CoSIDA.com/Olympics…The NACDA McLendon Foundation is auctioning an authentic game jersey to raise money for scholarships.

2013 BCS Schedule (All Times EST)
Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO, Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 1 – Discover Orange Bowl, Miami, Fla., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 2 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, La., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 3 – Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 7 – Discover National Championship Game, Miami, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
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