College Football Notes Feb. 25-28

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2013

College Football Notes:
Penn State and Syracuse will open the 2013 campaign at MetLife Stadium in New York…Nevada and Purdue will play a home-and-home series in 2016 and ’19…Nevada and Toledo are slated to play in both 2017 and ’18…Colorado will host Central Arkansas Sept. 7, 2013…Montana State and SMU now will meet Sept. 7 in Dallas. MSU hosts Monmouth Aug. 29 in the season openers for both schools…Baylor is seeing a non-conference opponent to complete its ’13 campaign…Nevada is negotiating with possible non-conference opponents such as Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, Arizona, UCLA, at least one Big Ten, and a possible Mid-America Conference foe…Baylor is working with city officials for zoning and traffic flow around its new Baylor Stadium scheduled for 2014 completion…Iowa football will reseat Nile Kinnick Stadium prior to the ’14 season…Auburn and Missouri will keep their season and individual tickets as the same rate as ’12 this year…Georgia Tech will have a “modest” (according to the Yellow Jackets website) increase in 2013 season tickets…Penn State recently held its inaugural Football Letter Jacket Day ceremony on campus….The Kentucky State General Assembly approved expenditures for the renovation of Commonwealth Stadium via Kentucky Wildcats football.

The March 2 Uplifting Athletes National Gala 2013 in Harrisburg, Pa., includes Jacksonville Jaguars TE Brett Brackett (Penn State), Mike Farrell (Penn State) and Kurt Coleman (Ohio State) and key chapter presidents such as Scott Shirley and Matt Campolongo (Penn State), Matt Daniels (Ohio State), Justin Gilbert (Maryland), Greg Sullivan (Colgate), Tim Dondanville (Princeton), and Andrew Milmore (Fordham). For additional information, please access upliftingathletes.org/gridirongala…Indiana State athletics hosted Parents Night Out as a fun-filled event with ISU student-athletes and administrators…Learfield Sports recently collected $16,000-plus for several area food banks in its college broadcasting footprint…Loyola (Ill.) has initiated a new Athlete Ambassadors program for community service…The Seton Hall Student-Athlete Advisory Committee conducted a Gatorade Ping-Pong Tournament as a fundraiser…Tulsa student-athletes helped give tours and instruct members of Special Olympics.

Dan Curran was named head coach at Merrimack…Eastern Michigan hired Ryan Oshnock as special teams coach and Brad Wilson as offensive line coach…Louisiana Tech named Kim Dameron…David Fox, brother of former Wolf Pack (currently at Georgia) head basketball coach Mark Fox, is the new director of football operations at Nevada…Former Oklahoma standouts Dusty Dvoracek and Teddy Lehman have interviewed with offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh for possible positions at OU…Syracuse named Fred Reed as defensive backs coach…UAB assistant coach Anthony Blevins is joining the Arizona Cardinals coaching staff…Alabama named former FIU head coach Mario Cristobal offensive line coach…Matt Caponi will guide the safeties position at Arizona in 2013…Illinois named Mike Bellamy wide receivers coach…Marcus Kerry director of player personnel…Nevada named Ricky Thomas cornerbacks coach…New Mexico State hired Kevin McKeethan as tight ends coach…Northern Illinois named Kelvin Sigler as cornerbacks coach…Bobby Reid will join the Oklahoma State staff in a football operations role…Oregon assistants coaches have received 2013 merit pay raises…New Penn State defensive coordinator John Butler was featured in a recent regional story…Pittsburgh named Matt House to defensive coordinator…Rutgers has chosen Ron Prince as offensive coordinator and Dave Cohen as defensive coordinator…Former Tennessee assistant coach John Palmero has joined the Pittsburgh coaching staff…Taylor Stubblefield is the new wide receivers coach at Wake Forest…Art Valero has taken over as tight ends coach at Colorado State…Kansas State named Andre Coleman wide receivers coach…Florida State’s Billy Napier will replace former Alabama wide receivers coach Al Groh, who is taking a post with the NFL Chicago Bears…Brent Dearmon will assume a new position in Auburn football operations…Duke named Re’quan Boyette running backs coach…Former UTEP offensive coordinator Aaron Price will join Hawai’i Warriors coaching staff…Texas football will create a new position of director of player personnel…West Virginia hired Ron Crook as offensive line coach…Delaware named Dennis Dottin-Carter defensive line coach, Tony Lucas running backs coach and Devin Fitzsimmons named tight ends/special teams coach…Marshall has completed its 2013 staff with the hiring of Mike Furrey as wide receivers coach… Indiana lost its linebackers/co-defensive coordinator Mike Ekeler to Southern California…Iowa completed its assistant coaching staff with the hiring of Chris White…Dan Decker is going to New Mexico State as strength and conditioning coach…Current McMurry head coach Hal Mumme is expected to be named offensive coordinator at SMU…UAB has had discussions with Eric Evans about completing its 2013 coaching staff.

Sacred Heart (Conn.) is scheduled to name former Stamford, Conn., standout, initial Notre Dame football signee and longtime baseball manager Bobby Valentine director of athletics Tuesday…Boise State will name its new football complex after AD Gene Bleymaier…Former Ohio State and Oregon AD Rick Bay just published his memoirs “From the Buckeyes to the Bronx”…Jackson State AD Vivian Fuller was lauded for her leadership in a recent regional feature article…Arkansas athletics tabbed David Shoemaker as general manager of Razorback Sports Properties, and Sean Rochelle was named executive director of the Razorback Foundation. UA also named Matt Summers director of athletics training…Matt Almond was named general manager of Washington State IMG Sports Marketing Division…Arkansas State named Rich Zvosec associate AD for administration…Kurt Svoboda was tabbed as assistant AD for media relations and communications at Stanford.

The non-profit Football Bowl Association reports it is 290 days until the 2013-14 bowl season opens, and individual conferences merited as much as $30 million composite from 35 post-2012 bowls in 28 different metropolitan locations.

The Big East Conference has finalized a long-term television agreement with ESPN…The Atlantic Coast Conference Digital Network has expended its possible reach to 300 million-plus mobile devices. The network and ACC.com are holding a series of ACC Legends programs with longtime NFF Honors Court chairman Gene Corrigan set for a March 2 premier…The Big 12 Conference is holding off on its possible appeal for a playoff among two divisions in a 10-team conference. The current minimum is 12 teams and two divisions. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has been featured in several national and regional publications about the makeup and future of the Big 12 – especially in light of 2012 national broadcasting contracts…The Mountain West Conference is working with Las Vegas, Nev., for facilities’ updates and future MWC championships in the city…New Mexico State is investigating future conference football affiliations…The Atlantic 10 Conference selected Chris Kilcoyne as associate director of communications.

The Pac-12 Conference and DirecTV continue negotiating over territorial rights and Pac-12 coverage in all sports…The Spivi Home Edition of new sports software has made a recent Beta test launch with more details forthcoming.

The ACC has recognized 2012-13 Weaver-James Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award recipients including DB Rashard Hall of Clemson, DE A.J. Francis of Maryland, DB Brandon McGee of Miami, OL Jonathan Cooper of North Carolina, special teams captain Pete Mangum of North Carolina, and QB Mike Glennon of NC State…

NFF College Hall of Fame member and 1959 Heisman Trophy recipient Dr. Billy Cannon of LSU is recovering well ay home from a recent stroke suffered in the Baton Rouge, La., area…Former Tennessee standout and The Biggest (Weight) Loser star Antone Davis is one of the nominees for a special Subway Restaurants commercial with longtime spokesperson Jared Fogle…Longtime Missouri coach and administrator Norm Stewart will have a new Boone Hospital cancer center named the Norm and Virginia Stewart Cancer Center…Former Wake Forest OL Tyson Clabo presented the first portion of his $500,000 pledge last week for the renovation of the Deacons’ football locker room…New research from IFRA has added scoring details statistically from Georgia Tech’s record 222-0 win over Cumberland…Former Colorado College football standout Ryan Haygood has been named to the Colorado College Athletics Hall of Fame…Fort Chiswell (Va.) HS assistant coach Bobby James has been named to the King College Athletics Hall of Fame…Oakland (Mich.) head women’s basketball coach Beckie Francis (a victim of longtime child abuse) and Boston College SID Dick Kelley (suffering from ALS) have been selected as male and male recipients of the 2013 U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Most Courageous Award…Longtime Associated Press sports radio personality Jim Militello and high school AD Robert P. Barczak have been named 2013 Distinguished Alumni by the University of Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

Texas A&M has begun its $400 million total makeover of historic Kyle Field…Colorado athletics has begun its campaign to raise $50 million for football facility improvements and $170 million overall…Merrilee and Roy Bostock will donate $5 million to Duke athletics…Louisville athletics received a $5 million donation to construct new facilities…Bradley athletics and adidas have signed a long-term equipment and apparel agreement…GEO Group has purchased naming rights for FAU’s football stadium in a $6 million contract over five years.

Floyd A. Keith is leaving as executive director of Black Coaches and Administrators in March to consult with the NCAA Office of Inclusion and Leadership Development and as a senior advisor for the DeVos Sports Business Management Graduate Program at UCF…CoSIDA is hosting a members-only teleconference Wednesday to discuss the 2013 national workshop in Orlando, Fla., and cooperative association with NACDA…NACDA also continues to issue 2013 convention information in Orlando via its official website…The Mountain East Conference is joining NCAA Division II…The NCAA and Division II members are planning a festival to celebrate 40 years of DII competition.

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
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