College Football Notes Aug. 26-29

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, August 26th, 2012

More than 400 National Football Foundation High School Scholar-Athletes began their college football careers in August at campus locales across the country.

Forty-three NFF chapters reported that a total of 444 of their 2012 scholar-athletes are playing college football this year. The scholar-athletes are vying for positions across all levels of the NCAA and NAIA, including 62 Football Bowl Subdivision institutions from all 11 conferences as well as independents Army, BYU, Navy, and Notre Dame. All eight Ivy League schools have at least three honorees on their rosters with a total of 51 members of the 2012 NFF high school class landing a spot at one of the prestigious institutions.

Several chapters supplied college football with a high number of scholar-athletes. The Mike Cleary/Northeastern Ohio Chapter and the Orange County (Calif.) Chapter tied for the lead with 33 scholar-athletes while the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter produced 30 honorees. Other high-ranking chapters included the Capital District (N.Y.) (19), Corrigan/Faircloth (N.C.) (14), the Gridiron Club of Dallas (15), Joe Yukica/New Hampshire (13), Los Angeles (16), Middle Tennessee (18), the National Capital District (Va.) (23), Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana (14), Philadelphia (12), Sacramento (Calif.) (15), Walter J. Zable/San Diego (18) and Valley of the Sun (Ariz.) (16). For the complete release and listing of scholar-athletes, please go to

The NFF is partnering with Bloomberg to promote the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit Thursday, Sept. 6, in New York City with a special discounted rate to attend. To receive the NFF discount information and for a speakers’ list, please go to

The first college football games of 2012 are in the books. Last Friday night Carroll (Mont.) downed Montana State-Northern 31-6 while Rocky Mountain College topped Jamestown (N.D.) 38-19 for the initial two of 14 NAIA contests played Friday-Saturday.

The NFF now is accepting nominations for the 2012 National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments. The NFF Awards Committee will select a scholar-athlete class (up to 16 members) from
all divisions of football, granting each $18,000 toward postgraduate studies. Each class member will be named a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top scholar-athlete. The winner of the Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, will receive a total scholarship of $25,000. Please contact the NFF Office ( to receive nomination forms, and the deadline is Friday, Aug. 31 (four more days). Transcripts and photos are required. Any supplemental information beneficial to a nominee’s candidacy (articles, bio, resume, letter of recommendation, etc.) will be accepted and appreciated.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Famers Aug. 28 Jim Lynch, Aug. 29 Clyde “Smockover” Scott, Bob Ferguson and Dr. Tommy Casanova; Aug. 30 Lance Alworth, Aug. 31 Gary Johnson,

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Aug. 28-Sept. 3 time period are Aug. 28 Aug. 28 (1945) Jim Lynch, Lima, Ohio; Aug. 29 (1896) George McLaren, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1924) Clyde Scott, Dixie, La.; (1939) Bob Ferguson, Columbus, Ohio; (1950) Dr. Tommy Casanova, New Orleans, La.; Aug. 30 (1915) George Cafego, Whipple, W.Va.; (1940) Lance Alworth, Houston, Texas; (1955) Marvin Powell, Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Aug. 31 (1906) Bill Spears, Jasper, Tenn.; (1918) Kenny Washington, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1952) Gary Johnson, Shreveport, La.; Sept. 1 (1904) Johnny Mack Brown, Dothan, Ala.; (1916) Ed Bock, Ft. Dodge, Iowa; (1950) 2012 Hall of Fame inductee Phillip Fulmer, Winchester, Tenn.; Sept. 2 (1925) Eddie Price, New Orleans, La.; (1948) Terry Bradshaw, Shreveport, La.; Sept. 3 (1930) Tom Scott, Baltimore, Md.; (1966) Bennie Blades, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are Aug. 28 (1967) Bruce Smith (Minn.), Alexandria, Minn.; Sept. 1 (1979) Aaron Rosenberg, Los Angeles, Calif.; Sept. 3 (1989) Augie Lio, Clifton, N.J.

College Football Notes:

Mississippi State and Oklahoma State are in final negotiations to play their first games ever at Houston’s Reliant Stadium in an Aug. 31, 2013, season opener for both schools…Toledo will host Tulsa for the first time in 2017…Montana will travel to Washington in 2017…Virginia Tech and Richmond will play in Blacksburg, Va., in 2021…Ohio State and Vanderbilt are discussing a 2013 season opener when final conference schedules are projected for both schools…The Princeton Review denoted the Best Athletics Facilities among 377 colleges and rated the U.S. Military Academy at West Point No.1 with football’s Michie Stadium playing a major role in judging…The split between LSU (Coaches) and USC (Associated Press) is the first in preseason major Top 25 polls since pre-1997. Michigan and Nebraska each later claimed wire service and coaches’ survey crowns after post-1997 bowl wins and undefeated seasons – the year before the BCS took effect in 1998…Tiger Stadium at LSU has a new purple and gold glow after extensive renovations in the offseason…Oregon needs some late-week ticket sales to keep its school-record streak of 82 consecutive sellouts at Autzen Stadium going Saturday when it hosts Arkansas State. The Ducks will unveil new Nike uniforms in the opener…West Virginia has sold out six of its seven home games and is up 3,000 to 37,500 over 2011 season ticket sales…Tennessee became one of the first FBS schools to close out two-a-days with the early start of classes last Wednesday and returns 83 starts among its offensive interior line…Oklahoma State has new state-of-the-art facilities in practically every area of Boone Pickens Stadium. Cowboys’ quarterbacks also have undergone hypnosis exercises to minimize in-game jitters and to maximize performance…College Football News has Vanderbilt projected as the No. 51 team in NCAA FBS and predicts a school-first back-to-back bowl berth in 2012 after VU’s 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl team. No. 60 Oregon State also is projected to make its eighth bowl trek in the last 10 seasons by CFN…Air Force has detailed standard game day security procedures for games at Falcon Stadium…UCF at Akron on ESPN3 Thursday at 7 p,m. (EDT) officially begins Conference USA football for 2012…Oklahoma has guaranteed the continuance of its consecutive games’ (80) sellout streak at home games since 1999 with six all-tickets-sold contests this year…Washington State athletics is studying a timetable for additional renovations on Martin Stadium…Ohio State is seeking to maximize game week media opportunities with head coach Urban Meyer, his staff and student-athletes.

Army athletics, the NFL, medical experts, trainers, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and U.S. Army Chief of Staff and former Army letterman Ge. Ray Odierno will present a special symposium on detection and protection against head injuries Thursday in West Point, N.Y….Navy Seals helped spice up practice with several special workouts and demonstrations at Northwestern’s preseason Camp Kenosha (Wis.) last week…Wyoming athletics will host the second annual Memory of the 8 Memorial Run/Walk in Gillette, Wyo., on Sept. 16 to honor the memory of eight Wyoming student-athletes who perished in an auto accident in 2001… submitted a recent post about how athletics departments can utilize social media to increase donor awareness…Central Connecticut State just completed a series of youth clinics for fall seasons…Dallas Jesuit Preparatory School will host the famed Eli Young Band for Homecoming…Baylor football is hosting its annual Traditions Rally Friday prior to its nationally-televised home opener Sunday vs. SMU…Columbia and Manhattan College have become corporate area charity partners for the ING New York Marathon…Wingate athletics has set Sept. 8 as campus Patriots Day to salute veterans…North Texas, Texas Woman’s athletics and Frenchy’s Lawn Services hosted a Regional Mowathon to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project…North Alabama football student-athletes continued to help nearby communities ravaged by last year’s super cell tornado outbreak… More than 400 student-athletes attended Auburn’s career kickoff conference last week…The Natchitoches (La.) Area Jaycees have mounted a fundraising campaign for Northwestern State athletics…Adelphi athletics is hosting fundraising and awareness sessions for breast cancer research in October.

The five top active NCAA FBS coaches by winning percentage (minimum of five years as college coach) as they enter 2012 season openers are Chris Petersen, Boise State (73-6, .924); Urban Meyer, Ohio State (104-23, .819); Bob Stoops, Oklahoma (139-34, .803); Gary Patterson, TCU (109-30, .784); and Bret Bielema, Wisconsin (60-19, .759)…Head coach Rich Rodriguez and Arizona student-athletes have been delivering 2012 season tickets to Wildcat patrons…Aaron Keen has been named interim head coach at Minnesota State-Mankato…Florida assistant coaches defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, linebackers coach/special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin and running backs coach Brian White have received contract extensions and performance pay increases for 2012…Delany Gallagher has been chosen as Cal football social media coordinator…Mississippi State wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando has resigned for personal reasons. Former Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster replaced Mirando…Missouri State assistant coach Bob Montgomery has left his post to enter private business.

Iowa State director of athletics Jamie Pollard has received a five-year contract extension…Ashley Robinson was named AD at Mississippi Valley State…Quin Monahan has been chosen as AD at South Carolina-Beaufort…Brian Faison has been granted a two-year contract extension at North Dakota through 2017…UTEP AD Bob Stull and Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt have been named to the NCAA Leadership Council…Michigan AD Dave Brandon was lauded in regional media for helping to make Saturday’s Michigan-Alabama game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, possible…Alabama AD and 2012 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient Mal Moore has been released from the hospital for heart tests last week…Brigham Young AD Tom Holmoe was featured at Salt Lake City’s Education Week convocation…UNLV AD Jim Livengood has been mentioned for recent conference commissioners’ openings but is staying with the Rebels…West Virginia recognized retired AD and former Mountaineer QB Ed Pastilong at a recent gathering…Hawai’i interim AD Rockne Freitas told administrators he is not seeking the fulltime position, and an internal search committee has been formed for the AD’s slot…New FAU AD Pat Chun listed his 2012 priorities as an athletics academic center, campus stadium rights and a new marketing plan…SUNY Oswego AD Tim Hale is retiring…Brittany Henderson is the new athletics academic coordinator at Minnesota State-Mankato…Wisconsin athletics is searching for a new director of marketing and promotions to handle approximately $20 million in annual sales…George Washington athletics tabbed Justin Lange as director of multimedia production and broadcast services…Utah athletics named Katelyn Rimmel compliance director and Nate Burk as compliance coordinator…Drexel athletics named Sean Joyce assistant AD for external relations, Molly Rallo director of tickets and marketing, Mike Tuberosa associate AD for communications, and Michael Westerfer assistant AD for sports medicine…Pam Knox is the new assistant AD for compliance at Hawai’i-Hilo…Jack Maughan was named associate AD for development at North Dakota State.

The Southland Conference has added Abilene Christian and the U. of New Orleans for 2013-14 to bring its membership to 14 universities…The Big Ten Conference coaches’ inaugural national teleconference begins tomorrow at 11 a.m. (CDT) with audio access on the via the football link…Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany joined Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez and other dignitaries at the Rose Bowl presented by CITI 2012 Game Management Committee meetings in Lincoln, Neb. The Big Ten has added Matt Beaudry and Eddie Thiebe as assistant directors of championships….Sun Belt Conference commissioner Karl Benson paid his first visit to the Western Kentucky campus in Bowling Green last week and received VIP treatment…New Big 12 commissioner received a similar reception during his first official visit to Kansas’ campus…The Big East, Western Athletic and Big 12 Conferences’ and Colonial Athletic Association’s national football teleconferences started earlier today and are archived on their respective websites. The ACC and SEC will provided similar national web services with their weekly coaches calls beginning Wednesday…The ACC also has updated its online football guide with some schools’ team personnel and other changes via the link…Conference USA is providing complimentary video highlights for national media this season, and please contact CUSA communications for details. The loop also began its national weekly teleconference (audio available online) earlier today…Boise State officially will join the Big West Conference for all sports except football (MWC) in 2013-14…The Western Athletic Conference most likely will not sponsor football in 2013 after Idaho moved to FBS independent status…The Big South Conference’s Football Game of the Week anchors the league’s most ambitious television agreements in history, and the BSC also revealed its 2011-12 Presidential Honor Roll with 158 football student-athletes. Winthrop led all members with 65 percent of its student-athletes having 3.0 averages or better (4.0 grading scale)…Big Sky Conference coordinator of officials Doug Toole will retire after the ’12 campaign.

The Georgia Dome, Chick-fil-A Bowl and Atlanta sports commissions have submitted bids for the Big 12-SEC Champions Bowl…The AT&T Cotton Bowl staff again is hosting a major football event Saturday when Alabama meets Michigan at Cowboys Stadium – home of the bowl’s main offices…Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas also is making a bid for the Big 12-SEC Champions Bowl.

Wyoming at Texas Saturday will be televised nationally at 6 p.m. (CDT) on The Longhorn Network…ESPN3 added the Thursday Eastern Washington at Idaho tilt at 6 p.m. (PDT) to the national lineup…FOX and FSN have released the remainder of their 2012 schedules without some year-ending wild card contests…North Dakota football launched a new football video blog on its athletics website…The Conference USA Station’s Group resumed nationally syndicated programming for football with additional direct listener downloads through the C-USA Podcast Channel and iTunes…The Ohio Valley Conference has launched the OVC Digital Network…Arizona State athletics has expanded its digital and social media outreach with several official website innovations. This also includes iPads issued to the football squad…More regional and ESPN3 telecast denotations have raised the Sun Belt Conference TV broadcasts’ total to a league-record 41 (and counting) this year…XOS Digital has enhanced its digital telecasts of Sun Belt and Southland Conference football contests this season…LeMoyne athletics has launched a new version of with enhanced videostreaming and LU updates.

Utah LB Trevor Reilly has been designated as a two-way player at tight end in situations on offense…Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is slated to be the first freshman to start a lidlifter for the Ducks since Danny O’Neil in 1991 against Washington State. UO hosts Arkansas Sate Saturday night…SMU is hoping for healthier wideouts Darius Johnson (2011 BBVA Compass Bowl MVP) and Der’rikk Thompson as both have been nursing minor injuries prior to Sunday’s 2012 opener at Baylor…Wyoming reinstated RB Kody Sutton last week…The Robert W. Maxwell Football Club and Bednarik Award featured projected 2012 standouts and watch list candidates LB Shayne Skov of Stanford, LB Nico Johnson of Alabama and DT Jonathan Jenkins of Georgia in its weekly newsletter…LSU kicker Drew Alleman made all 54 of the kicks he attempted against SEC opponents last fall (40 PATs and 14 field goals)…North Texas OLBs Will Wright and Derek Akunne are pushing to be No. 1 on the depth chart as the Eagles trek to LSU Saturday…Wake Forest defender Zach Thompson paced the Deacon defense with two sacks in the team’s second live scrimmage last Tuesday, and Deacons’ redshirt CB Kevin Johnson is set for ample playing time in 2012…Marshall WR Devon Smith is immediately eligible after transferring from Penn State earlier this month…Munchie Lagaux is expected to draw the starting nod at QB for Cincinnati Thursday against Pittsburgh in the River City Rivalry….Rutgers looks to All-Big East Conference LB Khaseem Greene to pace the nation’s No. 13 nationally fewest yards allowed defense…CB Zameel Johnson of Temple is the most experienced player in the 2012 secondary with nine starts last autumn…Wyoming transfer Austyn Carta-Samuels figures prominently into Vanderbilt QB plans along with returnee Jordan Rodgers, younger brother of Green Bay Packers and California great Aaron Rodgers…Maryland transfer Danny O’Brien is strongly in the mix for the starting QB post at Maryland…Iowa DL John Sawhill will not return for ’12 after an injury…Jacksonville State made five position changes just over a week before its season opener vs. Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark…The 2013 Senior Bowl watch list is available via the URL…Defensive end A.J. Natter of Milton, Wis., is holding firm to his 2013 signing commitment to Nebraska…Air Force transfer Tanner Rice is redshirting at SMU this year but is getting some repetitions as a blocking back on offense. He previously has played in the defensive line and linebacker in high school and AFA.

Southern California athletics has initiated a $300 million fundraising goal…Kansas State athletics had a school-record $25,8 million in donations for the 2011-12 academic year… Lisa and Doug Goldman have made a $10 contribution to California Berkeley athletics…South Carolina athletics is introducing a new $6.5 million video board at its Sept. 8 home opener…North Texas athletics has raised $2.5 million for a new practice facility…Kathleen and Mark Santora have made a $1 million gift to UC Irvine athletics…Hardee’s Restaurants have become corporate partners with the Big South Conference…Army athletics and Paciolan are extending their 26-year ticketing and marketing agreements…Chattanooga football has received critical marketing acclaim for its “30 Minutes of Less” advertising campaign…California is adding a new concessions menu at renovated Memorial Stadium.

Oregon athletics is hosting a basketball tournament to honor 2009 NFF co-Gold Medal recipient Phil Knight…Former North Carolina standout Julius Peppers has made a $250,000 donation to Carolina athletics…Former Missouri great and NFL standout Jeremy Maclin has established an andowed scholarship at his alma mater…College of the Redwood athletics recently raised $90,000 through a special sports auction…The latest book about Army football “Soldiers First” by acclaimed author and New York Times sports reporter Joe Drape is set for national release Sept. 4. NFF College Hall of Fame coach and 2006 co-Gold Medal recipient Bobby Bowden has endorsed the new tome…Part of Illinois’ new 2012 marketing campaign is a Paint the State Orange promotion…Tennessee football’s “The Leaders Series: The Linebackers” is arriving at participating Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores and Walgreens within the state of Tennessee…The Boise State Arbiter is running a daily blog and updates on Bronco football…Longtime USA Today sports writer and columnist Vicki Michaelis has been named Carmical Distinguished Professor of Sports Journalism and Society at Georgia…Lindy’s Sports has published a “final” preseason magazine update for ’12…”By the Nose of the Football” college novel by Andrew Sheehy is available at all major booksellers and via online outlets.

The NCAA has provided $53 million to 81,000 underserved student-athletes through the Student Assistance Fund…Football Writers Association of America is offering a new membership benefit in 2012-13: complimentary network-wide access to…Award-winning sports columnist Neill Woelk has moved to the St. George, Utah, paper after several years at the Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera…Western Michigan athletics media relations director Mat Kanan penned a pertinent essay on training student-athletes in the proper use of social media… has opened a blog discussing E-commerce and expanding online sales of college athletics items.

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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