College Football Notes Feb. 4-7
National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame member Dave Robinson (Penn State) joined Larry Allen (Sonoma State), Cris Carter (Ohio State), Curley Culp (Arizona State), Jonathan Ogden (UCLA), coach Bill Parcells (played at Wichita State, head coach at Air Force, assisted collegiately at Hastings, Army, Wichita State, Florida State, Vanderbilt, and Texas Tech), and Warren Sapp (Miami, Fla.) as the latest additions to the Pro Football Hall of Fame last week. They will be inducted this summer in ceremonies at Canton, Ohio.
Dozens of NFF College Hall of Fame members and coaches also received ample airtime during last week’s Super Bowl XLVII festivities and media coverage. NFF Chairman Archie Manning and family – including NFF 1997 William V. Campbell Award recipient son Peyton (Tennessee) and fellow NFF National Scholar-Athlete son Eli Manning (Ole Miss) – appeared on numerous sports news programs along with the likes of Hall members Jerry Rice, Rocky Bleier, Troy Aikman, Mike Barber, Lou Holtz, Roger Staubach, and John Jefferson, among others. Peyton Manning won 2012 NFL Comeback Player of the ear and was runnerup to the Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson for 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player. NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas member Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Vols received the 2012 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. NFF College Hall of Fame standout an Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome (Alabama) had extra reason to celebrate his teams Super Bowl victory and was highlighted during the trophy presentation and numerous postgame interviews.
1984 NFF College Hall of Fame inductee Doug Kenna, who excelled in football, basketball, tennis, and track at Mississippi’s Jackson Central High School, winning All-State acclaim, passed away Jan. 28 in North Palm Beach, Fla. He was 88. After his freshman year at Ole Miss, he received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. Not surprisingly, he was considered one of the finest athletes at West Point. Kenna played quarterback and halfback for Col. Earl “Red” Blaik’s Black Knights of the Hudson and, though hampered by a knee injury, the 5-11, 180-pounder was a great clutch player as Blaik launched his great Army teams of the 1940s. After helping post a 9-0 record in 1944, Kenna won All-America honors as the quarterback for the National Champion Cadets. But football was not his only sport. A guard on the Army basketball team, he helped put together a winning streak of 27 games over the 1944 and 1945 seasons. And in 1945, he captained the Army tennis team which compiled an 11-0 record. His senior year alone, Kenna played for teams which won 34 contests and lost just one. In addition, he was named an All-America in basketball. After a tour of duty in Germany, Kenna returned to West Point where he served as one of Blaik’s assistant coaches. In 1949 he left the Army and held key executive positions and served as president of various companies in the New York City area.
NFF Honors Court chairman and board member/ACC commissioner Gene Corrigan has been named as one of 13 Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament Legends on the 60th anniversary of the ACC postseason bash. Another Legend being honored is the “father of football aerial sports broadcasting” Mike Wittman of Miami (Fla.).
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Feb. 4-10 time period are Feb. 4 (1933) Leo Lewis, Des Moines, Iowa; (1938) Wayne Harris, Hampton, Ark.; (1940) Billy Neighbors, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; (1960) Tom Deery, Oaklyn, N.J.; Feb. 5 (1903) Morley Drury, Midland, Ontario, Canada; (1915) Walter Gilbert, Fairfield, Ala.; (1933) Bill Manlove, Barrington, N.J.; (1942) Roger Staubach, Cincinnati, Ohio; (1943) Craig Morton, Flint, Mich.; (1947) Ron Sellers, Jacksonville, Fla.; (1950) Terry Beasley, Montgomery, Ala.; (1951) Charles Young, Fresno, Calif.; Feb. 6 (1886) Jack Hubbard, Hatfield, Mass.; (1889) Bill Alexander, Mud River, Ky.; (1948) Major Harris, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1948) Dennis Onkotz, Northampton, Pa.; (1950) Rich Glover, Bayonne, N.J.; Feb. 7 (1905) Wally Butts, Milledgeville, Ga.; (1917) Banks McFadden, Ft. Lawn, S.C.; (1922) Paul Cleary, North Loop, Neb.; (1933) Calvin Jones, Steubenville, Ohio; (1934) Ron Beagle, Hartford, Conn.; (1959) Neal Lomax, Portland, Ore.; Feb. 8 (1920) Bruce Smith (Minn.), Faribault, Minn.; (1925) Rod Franz, San Francisco, Calif.; (1942) George Bork, Mt. Prospect, Ill.; Feb. 9 (1950) Rod Cason, San Angelo, Texas; (1952) Danny White, Mesa, Ariz.; (1957) Dan Ross, Malden, Mass.; Feb. 10 (1946) Dick Anderson, Midland, Mich.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are Feb. 4 (1950) Everett Strupper, Atlanta, Ga.; (1962) Pat O’Dea, San Francisco, Calif.; (2010) Bill Dudley, Lynchburg, Va.; Feb. 8 (1994) Bobby Reynolds (Stanford), San Rafael, Calif.; (2005) Parker Hall, Vicksburg, Miss.; Feb. 9 (1994) Bud Wilkinson, St. Louis, Mo.; Feb. 10 (1992) Doyt Perry, Bowling Green, Ohio.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Feb. 4 Leo Lewis, Wayne Harris, Tom Deery, Feb. 5 NFF Board member and Heisman Trophy recipient Roger Staubach, Craig Morton, Ron Sellers, Terry Beasley, Charles Young, Feb. 6 Major Harris, Dennis Onkotz, Rich Glover, Feb. 7 Paul Cleary, Calvin Jones, Ron Beagle, Neal Lomax, Feb. 8 George Bork, Rod Cason, Danny White, Dan Ross, Feb. 10 (1946) Dick Anderson.
Other College Football Notes:
California will open the 2013 season against Portland State in Berkeley…Arizona and UTEP will meet in a two-game series in 2017 and ‘18…Old Dominion and USF are in final negotiation stages for a pair of games in 2014 and ’16…Arkansas State and Missouri are set for 2013 and ’15 contests…FIU finalized its 2013 non-conference schedule with Maryland, UCF, Bethune-Cookman, and Louisville…Sir Force and Notre Dame are looking into the possibility of a neutral-site location for their encounter in Dallas/Arlington, Texas, Denver or Chicago…The Arkansas Board of Regents approved a feasibility study for the expansion of Razorback Stadium…Akron has sold its former campus home stadium the Rubber Bowl to a team seeking a U.S. Football League franchise…A group of Texas state legislators is seeking to mandate resumption of the Texas-Texas A&M series, which ended temporarily in 2011 after 118 games when the teams became parts of different conferences…Purdue has added a Legacy Fund rider for improved seating in its ’13 season ticket package…Ohio State’s Board of Regents approved new premium football season ticket prices for 2013…One of the most recent forfeits in NCAA FBS or FCS (then Division I-AA) occurred Oct. 4, 1975, when Grambling forfeited a contest to Prairie View A&M 1-0 because of a tw-games-same day scheduling conflict, according to research by the IFRA…Utah is providing a live webstream of its signing day final announcements and news conference Wednesday at 4 p.m. (MST)…Tennessee’s spring football practice dates are March 9-April 20 (Dish Network Orange and White Game at 2 p.m., EDT, that date) and March 25-29 off for spring break. UT’s annual Football Coaching Clinic will be April 11-13. The Vols will host a signing day news conference with new head coach Butch Jones at 4 p.m. (EST) Wednesday…Wyoming’s signing date news conference is slated for 3 p.m. (MST) that same day with head coach Dave Christensen.
Penn State student-athlete Eric Shrive has been selected as the 2013 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award. The junior OL helped raise nearly $70,000 for kidney cancer patients and research during his PSU career…Conference USA members collected 33-plus tons of food for local charities in the 2012-13 Let’s SAAC Hunger (Student-Athlete Advisory Committees’ initiative) programs. C-USA’s newly-released complete schedule for 2013 also includes the intraleague opener Sept. 7 with new member FAU at East Carolina…The Sun Belt Conference is planning community service projects, education and hospital visits around its annual postseason basketball tournaments in Hot Springs, Ark…The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Jimmy Fund teamed to help raise funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute…Hundreds of Southeastern Conference administrators and fans assisted in the We Back Pat campaign to assist funding for Alzheimer’s Disease research in honor of legendary Tennessee coach and administrator Pat Summitt and the Summitt Foundation…Hofstra student-athletes inspired youngsters at local Boys and Girls Clubs and visited local elementary schools to assist literacy programs…Upper Iowa athletics helped collect $1,100-plus to aid the Wounded Warrior Project. Colorado State athletics also held a Wounded Warrior recognition and fundraiser last week…Maryland student-athletes garnered funds for a hotel housekeeper who had a child and then suffered through her home burning to the ground…Air Force placed nine student-athletes on the Mountain West Conference Fall Sports All-Academic Teams…American Idol featured scenes from Arkansas athletics in a recent visit to Fayetteville, Ark…Four Denton Ryan (Texas) HS football athletes acted in the school’s winter play “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder had his contract extended through the 2017 campaign…San Diego State head coach Rocky Long received a two-year contract extension…New Mexico State formally appointed former interim head coach Doug Martin as chief mentor for 2013…Villanova head coach Andy Talley completed his 28th season with the Wildcats by receiving Colonial Athletic Association 2012 Coach of the Year honors. He needs two more wins to reach 200 while coaching VU since 1985…New head coaches named in recent days have been Todd Cooley at Delta State, Carroll McCray at Gardner-Webb, and Aaron Hafner at Luther (Iowa)…Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and 11 other key FBS mentors will be featured on ESPN affiliates throughout signing day activities Wednesday…Head coach Dave Clawson received a contract extension through 2018…Former Austin Peay head coach Rick Christophel has moved to the Arizona Cardinals as assistant coaches…Indiana State named Jami Deberry special teams coordinator and Anthony Perkins secondary coach…Jacksonville State’s new receivers coach Cornelius Williams was featured in a recent blog about the Gamecocks’ 2013 spring workouts and prospectus…Boise State’s Byron Hout is returning to the football program as an assistant coach…Michigan named former offensive coordinator Mike DeBord hired as sports administrator for Wolverines’ Olympic sports teams…Oregon confirmed Scott Frost as new offensive coordinator and Ron Aiken as defensive line coach… Temple selected Shawn Bryson and Shelton Gaffney as assistant coaches…San Jose State has completed its 2013 coaching staff and support personnel…Central Michigan named George Ricumstrict defensive line coach…Marshall added Anthony Midget while Montana selected Ross Brunelle as special teams coach.
Cal State Bakersfield director of athletics Jeff Konya will remain in his post after receiving overtures for AD posts at other schools…Utah Valley State AD Mike Jacobsen will retire June 30, 2013…Kansas State president Dr. Kirk Schulz has been appointed to the NCAA Executive Committee…Michigan AD Dave Brandon has asked for reconsideration of a nine-game Big Ten Conference intra-loop gridiron schedule…Former Notre Dame associate AD for media relations Brian Hardin was named deputy AD at Ball State…Joel Weems has been named associate AD for compliance at Arkansas State…Rutgers chose Geoff Brown as senior associate AD and chief marketing director…George Washington U. associate AD for facilities Jason Wilson was featured for his work in a recent regional profile…UNC Wilmington selected Joe Keen as associate AD for major gifts…Cal State Northridge is narrowing its search for a new AD…Memphis named Tyler Mariucci assistant AD for development…Richardson (Texas) HS athletics trainer Maria Rosanelli was credited with helping prevent brain damage and extended injuries after RHS student-athlete Sterling Staffin was involved in an auto accident near campus.
The 2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and Concussion public relations recapped highlights of the Air Force-Rice contest in Fort Worth, Texas, with 58 preview and review blogs, posts and newsletters.
The Big East Conference hopes to add one additional football-playing member and is seeking to negotiate a multi-tiered gridiron television package with more than one network…The Big 12 Conference is working on scheduling alliances as part of a general plan and could expand if conditions warrant after 2013 conference winter meetings in Irving, Texas…The Sun Belt Conference has launched a nationwide sports photo contest with all online submissions…The SEC led all national conferences with 19 players’ alumni in Super Bowl XLVII…The Southern Conference had positive pledges from current members at recent winter meetings and is looking at its future from all expansion and stay-put angles.
NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas and Dallas Cowboys vice president of communications Rich Dalrymple made his debut with a league insider’s perspective on NFL Network last week…Alpha Video and Kansas athletics have made improvements in LED updates and control room functions for scoreboards and displays…The annual Sports Video Group College Sports Summit “More Than A Game” will be held May 29-30 in Atlanta, Ga….Tennessee will air highlights and features on its 2013 football signing class Wednesday at UTSports.com…Louisville athletics is expanding its Twitter feeds with more fan feedback allowances…Akron athletics has gained acclaim for tweeting posts about new looks in team uniforms and logos.
2012 Heisman Trophy recipient Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M is featured on the cover and in a special section with a youth poster in the 2013 winter edition of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. Former A&M teammate QB Jameill Showers will transfer to another school to be determined in 2013…Bleacherreport.com lists is Top 10 Impact Players for 2013 as DL Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina, WR Marqise Lee of Southern California, Manziel, QB Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville, RB Todd Gurley of Georgia, LB Kyle Van Noy of Brigham Young, RB Ka’Deem Carey of Arizona, DE Jackson Jeffcoat of Texas, QB Tajh Boyd of Clemson, and RB T.J. Yeldon of Alabama.
Washburn DB Kerry Williams of Baltimore and special teams captain Michael Wilhoite of San Francisco became the first two Ichabods to play in the Super Bowl last weekend, WU was behind traditional powers The top schools with players in the game were Miami (Fla.) (five alumni), Ohio State (four – all on the 49ers), Oregon (four), Texas (four), Marshall (four) and Utah (four) along with 2012 BCS championship participants Alabama (two) and Notre Dame (one). Delaware (Baltimore’s Joe Flacco and Gino Gradkowski), Catawba (two coaches), Glenville State (two coaches), Massachusetts (player and a coach), Navy, Air Force, Harvard, and Princeton each had one alumnus apiece…Former Belhaven (Miss.) DB Tramaine Brock of the San Francisco 49ers became the first Blazer alumnus ever to appear in a Super Bowl last Sunday…Former Arkansas scholar-athlete and gridiron standout Gary Adams is one of several U.S. Secret Service agents assigned to former U.S. Pres. George W. Bush in the Dallas area…Former NFF National Scholar-Athlete and UCLA QB Mark Harmon has signed on for a record 11th season in a starring role on the CBS-TV weekly CSI: Crime Scene Investigation through the 2014 lineup…Central Connecticut State football standout Joe Murphy has been added to the CCSU Athletics Hall of Fame…Ohio State has logged 77 appearances by Buckeye alumni in 47 Super Bowls with a total of 29 championship rings earned…Longtime Temple athletics assistant AD and media relations director Al Shrier, who is special assistant to the director of athletics, was honored for 60 total years of service to the Owls (43 in an active role). He was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 1995 and received CoSIDA’s Arch Ward in 2010…Longtime NFF member Andy Curtin of the Coaching Legends Poll was featured in the Robert W. Maxwell Football Club January newsletter for his work with several NFF College Hall of Fame mentors.
Famed printing family Don and Audrey Walsworth of Marceline, Mo., have donated nearly $8.3 million to Missouri athletics to assist in the 6,000-seat expansion of Memorial Stadium…Five Dartmouth alumni have committed $5.5 million to athletics to create endowments to support varsity athletics programs…Albany County, Wyo., volunteers helped raise $404,172 in one week towards educational and operational costs of Wyoming student-athletes through the Cowboy Joe Club…Kennesaw State athletics has inaugurated the Owls Champions Initiative to assist in scholarship and expansion efforts…The Maxwell Football Club will extend its agreement with MAXOUT Strength Studios LLC as sponsor for the Maxwell Club’s Pennsylvania High School, Mini Max and Pennsylvania Player of the Year Awards…Bahama Breeze has joined with Towson athletics as a corporate sponsor.
Former Missouri DB standout and NCAA associate vice president for championships Dennis Poppe is retiring after 40 years with the NCAA Jan. 1, 2014…Borden Perlman Insurance will be sponsoring up to six athletics directors’ attendance from Division II at the NACDA Convention in June at the Marriott World Center Resort in Orlando, Fla. Online applications can be accessed at NACDA.com…
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