College Football Notes Jan. 27-Feb. 1
The National Football Foundation and Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc., the nation’s largest and oldest youth football organization, have announced a partnership to enhance the sport through a variety of initiatives and research projects that promote participation, health and safety, academic achievement, and the community involvement of the young athletes who play football. The two organizations will work closely to identify trends and opportunities to strengthen the youth sports experience. Spearheaded by Pop Warner, areas of collaboration will include coaches training, equipment changes, and the promotion of academic achievement and community leadership by those involved with the sport.
The voice of NFF Chairman Archie Manning with the handle “Papa Bear” is intoned with 1997 NFF William V. Campbell Award recipient and Tennessee All-America and All-Pro QB Peyton Manning in recent national Buick auto advertisements.
The Harbaugh Bowl – College Perspective
For the first time in Super Bowl history, brothers will be facing off as head coaches of NFL finalists. Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers opposes older brother (by a year) John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Super Bowl in New Orleans, La. They also are the sons of college coaching legend Jack Harbaugh, who was head coach at Western Michigan (1982-86) and Western Kentucky (1989-2002) with a 19-season record of 116-95-3 and 2002 NCAA FCS (then Division I-AA) title at WKU. Jim Harbaugh was a standout quarterback at Michigan and 14-year veteran in the NFL from 1987-2000. He also began coaching with his father in offseasons at Western Kentucky from 1994-2001 before taking over as head coach at the U. of San Diego (2004-06) and Stanford (2007-10) where he had a composite record of 58-27. John Harbaugh played defensive back at Miami (Ohio) and coached in the college ranks as an assistant from 1984-97 at Western Michigan, Pittsburgh, Morehead State, Cincinnati, and Indiana. The younger Harbaughs also are brothers-in-law to Indiana head basketball coach Tom Crean.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Jan. 28-Feb. 3 time period are Jan. 28 (1937) Charlie Krueger, Caldwell, Texas; Jan. 29 (1896) Edwin “Goat” Hale, Jackson, Miss.; (1927) Arnold Galiffa, Donora, Pa.; (1945) Jim Donnan, Laurens, S.C.; Jan. 30 (1925) Bump Elliott, Detroit, Mich.; (1923) Frank “Muddy” Waters, Chico, Ga.; Jan. 31 (1909) Bert Metzger, Chicago, Ill.; (1913) Don Hutson, Pine Bluff, Ark.; (1913) Wayne Millner, Roxbury, Mass.; (1938) Chris Burford, Oakland, Calif.; (1953) Roosevelt Leaks, Brenham, Texas; Feb. 1 (1908) Albie Booth, New Haven. Conn.; (1915) Gaynell “Gus” Tinsley, Ruple, La.; Feb. 2 (1945) Loyd Phillips, Ft. Worth, Texas; Feb. 3 (1938) Joe Fusco, Wilkinsburg, Pa.; (1940) Fran Tarkenton, Richmond, Va.; (1945) Bob Griese, Evansville, Ind.; (1956) John Jefferson, Dallas, Texas.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are Jan. 28 (1991) Red Grange, Lake Wales, Fla.; (2004) Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, Madison, Wis.; (1974) Bob Suffridge, Knoxville, Tenn.; (2006) Johnny Vaught, Oxford, Miss.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Jan. 28 Charlie Krueger, Jan. 29 Jim Donnan, Bump Elliott, Jan. 31 Chris Burford, Roosevelt Leaks, Feb. 1 Loyd Phillips, Feb. 3 Joe Fusco, Fran Tarkenton, Bob Griese, John Jefferson…
Penn State and UCF have slated a two-game series for 2013 and ’14…BYU will travel to Nebraska for a single contest in 2015…Idaho, competing as a FBS independent in 2013, has completed its new slate and will finish the regular season at New Mexico State Nov. 30…California and San Diego State will meet in a two-game set in 2015 and ’16…Middle Tennessee and Vanderbilt still are set a four-game series renewal beginning in 2015…Army placed new season tickets and group locations on sale for the ’13 season last Tuesday…Iowa and Texas Tech football season ticket pricing will remain unchanged this year…Official groundbreaking for Houston’s new on-campus football stadium is set for Feb. 8…Florida State finished the 2012 season with a record 13th Atlantic Coast Conference football title and school-best 12 wins…West Virginia entered 2012 after having played just 13 all-time series games (and leading 9-4 compositely) against its other nine Big 12 Conference foes. The Mountaineers ended their first Big 12 season at 4-5 in loop competition.
The ACC just completed its Winter Sportsmanship Week to recognize special efforts by student-athletes in each conference-sponsored sport…Portland State athletics and football student-athletes assisted with the Friends of the Children group in Portland on a community service activity and fundraising…University of Ozarks athletics has taken a lead role in The Make a Change in 14 Days community action program…UMass Lowell athletics hosted a special Go Pink Day to support breast cancer research…Eureka (Ill.) athletics, the alma mater of NFF Golf Medal recipient and late U.S. Pres. Ronald Reagan, collected food donations for the area food panrty…The Big South Conference held its eighth annual Quiz Bowl (similar to the popular College Bowl television program) with student-athletes, student body members and trivia questions…Tennessee features 21 football scholar-athletes among the 45 UT fall sports 2012 Academic All-Southeastern Conference squads…Pres. Barack Obama has called for accelerated efforts to investigate football equipment, protection, player safety, and injuries.
First, it was Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh (brothers) in Super Bowl XLVII. Now it’s father-head coach Don Carthel of West Texas A&M vs. son-head coach Colby Carthel, who has taken over the program at Lone Star Conference rival Texas A&M-Commerce…Jamey Chadwell has been named head coach at Charleston Southern along with Drew Folmar (Kutztown), Latrell Scott (Virginia State), Craig Schuler (Southwest Baptist), Kevin Weston (Clark-Atlanta), Bobby Acosta (Widener), and Isaac Collins (Seton Hill)…Louisville head coach Charlie Strong received a contract extension through the 2018 campaign…Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore had his contract extended through 2017…Central Michigan head coach Brad Enos had his contract extended four seasons…Brad Lawing was named defensive line coach at Florida…Texas A&M has chosen Jake Spavital as co-offensive coordinator/QB coach and Jeff Banks as special teams coordinator/tight ends coach…Syracuse selected new offensive coordinator George McDonald. defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough, quarterbacks coach Tim Lester, linebackers coach Clark Lea, and running backs coach DeAndre Smith…John Shoop has been named offensive coordinator at Purdue…Jason Ray has joined Oklahoma State as wide receivers coach…Longtime Colorado interim head coach and assistant coach Brian Cabral has been hired as associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Indiana State…T.J. Weist is the new offensive coordinator at Connecticut…James Coley has taken over as offensive coordinator at Miami (Fla.)…Temple named Marcus Satterfield offensive coordinator and Terry Smith wide receivers coach…Kermit Buggs was named running backs coach at Connecticut…Illinois hired Jim Bridge as offensive line coach…TCU named DeMontie Cross linebackers coach and Curtis Luper wide receivers coach…Garret Chachere was named wide receivers/running backs coach at California…Tim Horton has become running backs coach at Auburn…Utah State selected Dave Scholz as strength and conditioning coach…Western Michigan has hired Jessica Larmony as director of internal operations and Dan Nichol as strength and conditioning coach…Former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley is a finalist to become wide receivers coach with the NFL Dallas Cowboys in ’13…New Mexico State head coach DeWayne Walker has accepted an assistant coaching post in the NFL, and Doug Martin has been named interim head coach…Gardner-Webb head coach Ron Dickerson will not return for the 2013 season.
Penn State director of athletics Dave Joyner had his appointment extended through 2014. Julie Del Giorno has been selected as athletics integrity officer at Penn State…University of Tennessee athletics head team physician Dr. Chris Klenck was named 2013 Sports Medicine Person of the Year by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society…Minnesota athletics named Randy Handel associate AD for development…Kean athletics chose Jon McCue as assistant sports information coordinator…Texas A&M senior associate AD Jeff Schmahl is leaving the university to go into the private food distribution business in New York…Kevin Young was named sports information director at Southern Wesleyan, and SWU unveiled its new athletics logo last week…Betsi Burns is the new associate AD/assistant dean for academic services at Loyola (Ill.).
Yet another national football champion has been crowned. Coppin State stopped Miami (Ohio) 41-17 in the 2012 National Club Football Association title game in Salem, Va. CSU closed the season at 8-2 and was the only non-varsity club squad to down 8-1 Miami in ’12.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has 19 alumni and coaches competing Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII. The Big Ten Conference also features 19 SB XLVII players and coaches…Conference USA will compete in two seven-team (East and West) divisions with a record 14 teams in 2013 football (complete intra-conference schedule is available at C-USA.org). FAU and Middle Tennessee will be moving from the Sun Belt Conference to C-USA for the coming campaign. All 12 current C-USA members had at least one standout competing in post-2012 college all-star clashes…The Big 12 Conference hopes to continue its 10-team membership and is seeking possible football scheduling alliances with as many as three other FBS circuits…The Mountain West released its new schedule in the 12-team football alignment for 2013 with six teams apiece in the Mountain and West Divisions…The SEC has concluded its total financial review and audit for the 2011-12 academic year…The Lone Star Conference added Harding (Ark.) as an affiliate member in track and field.
Fox Sports will inaugurate a 24-hour sports network in summer 2013. It will be called Fox Sports 2 as Speed Channel merges into Fox Sports 1. FX no longer will air sporting events while Fox Soccer is slated to become a primary entertainment programming channel…The Boise State Online Arbiter has produced several up-to-date postseason football features, Super Bowl XLVII notes and leadups to National Football Signing Day.
Florida State QB EJ Manuel passed for one TD and ran for another to lead the South to a 21-16 victory over the North in the 64th annual Senior Bowl last Saturday. He was named the bowls’ most Outstanding Player…Belo Publishing rates Five to Watch Sizing Up the Southeastern Conference for 2013 as QB Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, QB AJ McCarron of Alabama, DE Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina, QB Aaron Murray of Georgia, and RB Jeremy Hill of LSU…Belo Publishing also rated Five to Watch Sizing Up the Big 12 Conference for 2013 as Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk, Oklahoma QB Blake Bell, Texas Tech QB Michael Brewer, TCU DE Devonte Fields, and Texas DE Jackson Jeffcoat…College Sports Journal has selected its 2012 Freshman All-America team, and the entire team is available at collegesportsjournal.com…Vanderbilt landed a verbal signing commitment from possibly the nation’s No. 1 rated community college tight end – Brandon Vandenburg, a 6-6, 260-pound sophomore from College of the Desert (Calif.)…Ohio State LB Connor Crowell has had his career cut short by knee injuries while OL Joey O’Connor has been released to transfer to another college program closer to his Colorado home…North Texas DB Devante Davis has transferred to Southeastern Louisiana.
2006 NFF William V. Campbell Award recipient Joe Thomas of Wisconsin joins former Tennessee standout Jason Witten of Tennessee and Larry Fitzgerald of Pittsburgh as finalists for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award announced later this week…NFF College Hall of Fame coach Lloyd Carr of Michigan joins Bobby Cremins, former Georgia Tech basketball coach; Dr. Michael Adams, Georgia president; Norman Bay, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission director of enforcement, former U.S. attorney and law professor at New Mexico; Carol Cartwright, former Bowling Green and Kent State president; Thomas Hill, Iowa State senior vice president of student affairs; Joel Maturi, former Minnesota athletics director; and Sanker Suryanarayan, university counsel at Princeton; on the expended NCAA Infractions Committee…The Davey O’Brien Foundation today named longtime O’Brien National Quarterback Award and civic leaders Pat Evans and Bobby McGee, also two of the Foundation’s past presidents, as co-recipients of the 2012 Charles Ringler Founder’s Award. Previous recipients have been Previous recipients of Ringler Founder’s Award have been Keith Jackson, 2009; Robert Lansford and JPMorgan Chase, 2008; the William E. Scott Foundation, 2007; American Airlines, 2006; The Fort Worth Club, 2006; Lamar Hunt, 2005; Don Looney, 2005; and Dan Poland, 2004…The Akron athletics’ 38th annual Varsity “A” Association Sports Hall of Fame inductees for 2013 include Michael Andy (football), Russ Klaus (football) and Ken MacDonald (administration, longtime athletics media relations director). Induction will be Feb. 15 in Akron…Sacred Heart (Conn.) executive director of athletics Don Cook has been admitted into the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame.
The University of Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research has estimated the annual impact of UT Athletics to the state of Tennessee at approximately $151 million for the 2011-12 fiscal year…SMU athletics will begin its $47 million office and facilities expansion at Moody Coliseum after Feb. 27…Michigan State athletics received $6.5 million for facilities’ upgrades in coming months…2013 is the 75th anniversary of the history Iowa athletics I Club…Cal State Monterey Bay athletics has received an enthusiastic early response to its Otter Loyalty rewards program…Russell Athletic and Spalding are assisting high school and youth programs in obtaining discounted football equipment…Daktronics and Troy athletics have collaborated for new signage, scoreboards and LED applications…UCLA athletics is adding varsity sand volleyball to its sponsored sports…Texas Woman’s student newspaper The Lasso is beginning its 100th continuous year of operation, and several early editions chronicle Texas A&M “brother school” celebrations, Midnight Yell Practice and Corps of Cadet dances with the Tessies of TWU in conjunction with A&M football contests in Dallas vs. SMU and Ft. Worth vs. TCU.
Deadline for the 2013 Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year Nominations is Monday, Feb. 4…The NCAA Division II Executive Committee passed 10 of 13 proposed measures at last week’s convention. Many pertained to football recruiting visitation and DII future membership…The National Association of Athletic Development Directors is accepting applications online for its 2013 Diversity Initiative grants…iQ Media is assistant CoSIDA and football media relations directors with leveraged and additional online coverage…LinkedIn Sports also hosted a seminar on optimum productivity in the ever-changing college sports market…A Tech Company noted the increasing use of WiFi at football fan venues – especially facilities such as Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas…UCF is making appeal to the NCAA Infractions Committee to have its 2013 postseason football ban lifted.
2014 BCS Schedule (Tentative Dates, All Times TBD)
Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO, Pasadena, ESPN Telecast
Jan. 1 – Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz., ESPN
Jan. 2 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, ESPN
Jan. 3 – Discover Orange Bowl, Miami, ESPN
Jan. 6 – National Championship Game presented by VIZIO, Pasadena, ESPN