College Football Notes – April 22-26

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The National Football Foundation has replicated all FBS spring football games with telecast schedules from April 23-May 4 on the official website. Please access the site for favorite teams’ spring jousts, and media are asked to credit the National Football Foundation if publishing all or parts of the listings.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the April 22-28 time period are April 22 (1902) Eddie Cameron, Manor, Pa.; (1907) Barton “Botchy” Koch, Temple, Texas; April 23 (1916) Bud Wilkinson, Minneapolis, Minn.; April 24 (1915) Ed Franco, Jersey City, N.J.; (1921) Weldon Humble, Nixon, Texas; (1938) Carroll Dale, Wise, Va.; April 25 (1954) Randy Cross, Brooklyn, N.Y.; April 26 (1927) John Ralston, Oakland, Calif.; April 27 (1887) Bishop Frank Juhan, Macon, Ga.; (1941) Lee Roy Jordan, Excel, Ala.; Apr. 28 (1876) Frank Cavanaugh, Worcester, Mass.; (1947) Bill Enyart, Pawhuska, Okla.; (1955) Wilson Whitley, Brenham, Texas
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are April 23 (1950) Bill Alexander, Atlanta, Ga.; April 24 (1978) Hunk Anderson, West Palm Beach, Fla.; April 26 (2011) Jim Mandich, Miami, Fla.; April 28 (1993) Ben Schwartzwalder, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 24 Carroll Dale, April 25 Randy Cross, April 27 Lee Roy Jordan, Apr. 28 Bill Enyart…

The Atlantic Coast Conference and Notre Dame have set up UND’s five-game ACC-related schedules for the 2014-16 seasons…Washington State’s 2015 tussle with Wisconsin has been reaffirmed…USF will face Maryland in 2014 and ’15 while tangling with Wisconsin in 2014 and ’17…Central Arkansas will meet Kansas State in 2017, Colorado in 2013, Texas Tech in 2014 and Oklahoma State in ‘15…Mississippi State and Tennessee-Martin will play in 2014…Miami (Fla.) and Penn State are having discussions about a future series…Auburn drew a school-record 83,401 for last week’s A-Day Spring Game while Tennessee had its second-largest turnout in history at 61,076 for the Dish Spring Game – a 95-71 win for the Orange squad with bonus defensive points…Alabama drew 78,315 for the Golden Flake Spring Game while Mississippi State had 21,000-plus in under-construction Davis Wade Stadium for its spring-ending fracas…Vanderbilt sported one of its largest spring finale crowds in school history with an estimated 14,000…Wyoming’s defense outlasted the offensive units 72-62 in a scored scrimmage last Wednesday with nine tackles for losses of 32 years to make the difference…Utah featured one of its most event-filled Saturdays in spring football annals with live disc jockeys, the annual Ultimate Tailgate Food Competition and celebrity judges, two entertaining flag football games, and the afternoon Red-White contest at Rice-Eccles Stadium…Defending NAIA champion Marian (Ind.) tops the just-released spring 2013 NAIA Top 25 coaches poll.

Auburn fans got their final look, walk around and celebration at famed Toomer’s Corner last weekend before the historic oak trees are removed Tuesday. Plans call for several nuances and remembrances for the historic celebratory location for Auburn athletics’ victories…LSU football hosted Fan Appreciation Day last Thursday with several memorable moments for the school’s large support base…Notre Dame College (Ohio) donated part of the proceeds of its annual Blue-White spring game to the Make-A-Wish Foundation…Binghamton athletics helped raise $22,000-plus for the St. Baldrick’s Cancer Research Fund…Shepherd student-athletes read books aloud and signed autographs at Shepherdstown Elementary School…The St. Louis Cardinals are hosting College Nights April 30 and May 13 for area college students and special discounts and promotions. Football and athletics programs will be recognized at such area colleges and universities as Missouri, Southern Illinois, Washington U. of St. Louis, Lindenwood, and Missouri Baptist (starting football in 2014), among others.

The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame has named Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin as 2012 Tennessean of the Year and will honor him at the annual Hall of Fame inductions May 4 in Nashville…Boise State head coach Chris Petersen helped raise $35,000 last week in the Beat Coach Pete For Scholarships Run/Walk…Longtime Alabama and Millsaps head coach Mike (The Bop From Opp) DuBose has become head coach at Luverne (Ala.) HS…New Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has completed the terms of his contract…Liam Klein has become the first fulltime assistant coaching hire at Kennesaw State after working with Georgia Tech football for 10 years…Ohio State athletics communications arranged for one-on-one post-spring practice interviews with each position coach and media members last week…Heather Henderson joined FAU’s staff as director of football operations…North Dakota athletics is working to bring assistant coaches’ compensation up to regional levels.

Memphis director of athletics Tom Bowen has been selected for the Athletics Directors Advisory Board of the Bowl Championship Series…South Dakota named David Herbster AD last week…Utah Valley State retiring AD Mike Jacobsen has been honored by the Wolverine Club and university for his many achievements at USU…Jerry Trickie has been named associate AD for strategic communications and public relations at Georgia State…Jessica Wheeler has been chosen as associate AD at Niagara…Minnesota hired Michael Halloran as assistant AD for development and Corrie Sears as assistant AD for marketing…Dave Didion is returning to Auburn as associate AD after a 14-year tenure with NCAA enforcement…Longtime Clemson coach and administrator Annie Tribble received the Key to the City of Clemson and had offices named in her honor in the department of athletics last week…Sister Rose Ann Fleming, athletics academic advisor at Xavier (Ohio), will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cincinnati Sports Professionals Network 2013 awards dinner on May 8…Seeking graduate assistants in sports communications and related areas are Cardinal Stritch U., Wisconsin-Platteville, Frostburg State, DePaul, Edinboro, South Dakota State, Defiance (Ohio), Marymount (Va.) and Henderson State. Please go to and school websites to access applications.

The 11th annual 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be played in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday, Dec. 30, at 10:45 a.m. (CST) from TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium and will air nationally both on ESPN and ESPN Radio…The 55th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl is set for Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 3 p.m. (CST) and will be televised on ESPN. If the Conference USA champion does not get a Bowl Championship Series bid, that team will represent C-USA in the AZLB…The Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl will be played Tuesday, Dec. 24, on Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu at 8 p.m. (EST) and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

The Atlantic Coast Conference will add Greensboro, N.C., for 2014 baseball and other upcoming championships. The conference will feature Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse for the first time in the 2013-14 competitive year. The 2013 Dr Pepper ACC Championship will remain in Charlotte, N.C., in December…In the 2011 NFL draft the ACC logged 15 of the first 60 players selected and 15 of the initial 100 choices in ’12 as teams await the Thursday-Saturday selections this week…Loyola (Ill.) has joined the Missouri Valley Conference…Davidson is looking at various conference options after having discussions with the Atlantic 10.

NBC Sports and Notre Dame have renewed their exclusive football telecast contract through 2025 for a 35-season total package between the entities since 1991. Veteran broadcaster Dan Hicks will replace 22-season play-by-play and award-winning Tom Hammond in ’13 on the Fighting Irish NBC telecasts…The ACC Digital Network webstreamed both the Boston College and Wake Forest spring games with presenting sponsor Ruby Tuesday…The BTN is expanding its coverage of Big Ten Conference football features and spring championships over the next two months…TCU’s football broadcast team of Brian Estridge, John Denton and Jeff Williams has been named Texas Associated Press Broadcasters of the Year for the third consecutive time and fourth occasion in five years.

Jacksonville State QB Marques Ivory won the prestigious 2012-13 Eagle Owl Award for leadership and character at the annual JSU athletics senior banquet last week…Notre Dame QB Everett Golson has established himself at preseason No. 1 signal caller for the Fighting Irish after a solid spring…Penn State is looking at a trio of possible starting quarterbacks for ’13 with Steven Bench, Tyler Ferguson and incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg leading the parade…North Texas quarterbacks Derek Thompson and Andrew McNulty were a combined 25-of-29 passing for 371 yards in the recent Eagles’ spring football bash…Purdue named its spring achievement recipients, and they are OL Jordan Roos and DT Ryan Watson Most Improved Award, true freshman Danny Etling Newcomer, C Robert Kugler and DE Ryan Russell the Pit Bull Award, and Frankie Williams was the Hammer Hardest Hitter Award. The Boilers will elect captains prior to the 2013 season opener…Tennessee QB Tyler Bray was featured on ESPNU’s Jon Gruden Quarterback Camp special last Friday…Former Notre Dame QB Gunner Kiel has transferred to Cincinnati and will sit out the ’13 campaign.

NFF College Hall of Fame member UCLA’s Jackie Robinson’s memory was saluted on Jackie Robinson Day last week. All players in Major League Baseball wore Robinson’s baseball No. 42 in tribute for his modern-day integration of MLB on April 15, 1947, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Incidentally, his football uniform as a running back for the Bruins where he was a four-sport letterman was No. 28…The New York Times featured NFF College Hall of Fame coaches Eddie Robinson and Jake Gaither in a national story “Men of words, men of deeds…”…LinkedIn Sports also took an internet poll to determine if Robinson was the most impactful student-athlete and then professional athlete of all time, and results are being tallied at presstime…North Texas is selected its All-Century Team of top 100 players all-time to commemorate the 100th season of UNT gridiron history in 2013.

Southern Miss athletics is switching to Russell from Nike as official uniform supplier, marketing and apparel provider…West Virginia athletics is working on some local funding for construction of a new baseball stadium and other key facilities…Marshall’s Board of Governors approved the Thundering Herd’s new indoor athletics workout facility…Tennessee dedicated its state-of-the-art Anderson Training Center for football and athletics training/wellness facilities…Kansas athletics broke ground last week on Rock Chalk Park, which will take the place of Memorial Stadium as home of the Kansas Relays in 2014…Montana State athletics unveiled a new bobcat mascot and trademarks last week…Clemson athletics updated and revised its website for the famed IPTAY Scholarship Fund.

The U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association has originated a unique host family project for participating teams in its 12 national championships among 92 member-schools…CoSIDA will host a special social media webinar discussion, and details are available at…The NCAA and Oregon athletics have released documents regarding recent investigations and compliance. Iowa State athletics and the NCAA also are working on a compliance review through self-reported challenges…The webinar “30 Minutes That Could Change Your Career” was featured on the website recently…Nicole Bostel of the University of Denver won the 2013 CoSIDA Rising Star Award for outstanding young sports communications manager…Park (Mo.) athletics media relations director Steve Wilson nabbed the 2013 NAIA Ike Pearson Award for contributions to athletics media relations…Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities, led a recent discussion on the values and balance of academics and athletics in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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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