College Football Notes – Nov. 23-24

by BoCarter | Posted on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

NFF College Hall of Fame board member and Oklahoma director of athletics Joe Castiglione has been named to the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee…UAlbany AD Lee McElroy will be inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame as the NACDA representative in 2012… UCF appointed Al Harms as interim AD…Former Arkansas associate AD for student services Melissa Harwood-Rom has been named senior associate dean of students at UA…Veronica O’Brien has become academic support coordinator with UC Riverside athletics.

In South Bend, Ind., Friday at the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame, children ages 12 and under are invited to visit the Hall of Fame free of charge the day following Thanksgiving! Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite football gear, participate in a scavenger hunt and receive a complimentary Hall of Fame goody bag as they explore college football’s greatest shrine for free with one paid adult admission on Friday. Bring the whole family in for a day of fun or use the opportunity to let Mom get a start on Christmas shopping! Not only will children be able to soak in the rich history of college football, but they can also start training for future Hall of Famer status with the Hall’s many interactive elements including scavenger hunts, football trivia and much more.

Brigham Young has been invited to join the Big East Conference for football only… The Big Ten Conference was the first to reach eight teams with ’11 bowl eligibility… Michigan State will represent the Big Ten Legends Representative in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game against either Penn State or Wisconsin from the Leaders Division…The Top Five teams in Big East standings entering this week’s contests each have two losses…The Colonial Athletic Association leads NCAA FCS with five entries (one automatic, four at-large) in the 2011 postseason joust. It’s the third time in FCS annals one conference has had a record five of the 20 entrants…UAlbany won its fifth outright or shared Northeast Conference title since 1999 last Saturday and is going to NCAA FCS playoffs for the first time in school history…SEC ADs spent last Tuesday and Wednesday hoping to finalize eight-game conference slates for 2012…Conference USA had eight teams still eligible for 2011 bowl invitations prior to Nov. 17-19 standoffs. Southern Miss can clinch its first berth in the C-USA championship by downing Memphis Saturday and will meet the Houston-Tulsa winner. The conference also is accepting online credential requests for the title game at a site to be determined after Saturday’s activity…Just over 1,100 additional tickets to the 2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game were made available and sold to the general public last week as the Dec. 3 inaugural contest at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., is a virtual sellout…With the Indiana-North Texas contest earlier this year, current Big Ten members now have series against all 120 of the 2011 NCAA FBS schools. That is unique among all 11 FBS loops…The Big South Conference raised an additional $12,000 for middle school students in Charlotte and surrounding areas though its second 5K Charity Road Race…Leon G. Kerry has retired after 23 years as commissioner of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and Monique Smith has been tabbed as interim commissioner…Nazareth is joining the ECAC West as an associate member…West Virginia Tech U. is withdrawing from the Mid-South Conference to become a NAIA independent… Dr. Rod Erickson is the fulltime and 17th president of Penn State, and David Joyner continues to serve as PSU’s acting director of athletics.

The number of bowl-eligible schools in FBS increased from 53 to 65 after last week’s contests with 12 additional six-game victors. There are 70 available positions, including the Allstate BCS Championship available for 120 FBS members, and 71 qualified for postseason rewards after the 2010 campaign. Thirty-five schools have been eliminated mathematically or are on 2011 season bowl probation while 20 other FBS entries with five triumphs need one victory to reach bowl eligibility…Independent Brigham Young has accepted a bid to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Dallas while Arkansas State of the Sun Belt is one of the two entries in the Godaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala….TCU is the week 11 FWAA/Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Team of the Week after knocking off homestanding and then-No. 5 Boise State…The Football Bowl Association projects 12,000-plus volunteers from 28 different metropolitan communities for the 35 post-2011 FBS bowls…The Dallas-Fort Worth area bowls Bell Helicopter Armed Forces and TicketCity still have group rates and ticket seating packages available via their respective websites…Bryan-College Station, Texas, and Blinn CC are considering initiating a junior college bowl game.

Chris Norton of Luther was named as 2011 America’s Choice Honor for Courage in Sports by CBS Sports on “The Saturday Early Show” after suffering a career-ending injury against Central (Iowa) last year and inspiring his entire community…The National College Football Awards Association will announce its award starting with the Walter Camp Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy last Thursday and going through Dec. 5 with the Heisman Trophy and Rimington trophy. All these lists can be accessed by going to NCFCAA.org…Semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award were announced last week and can be found via biletnikoffaward.com…FS Thomas Holloway (14 tackles) of Army was named the FBS Independent Defensive Co-Player of the Week for his performance against Rutgers…Towson RB Terrance West has been added to the Walter Payton Award watch list…Wake Forest WR Chris Givens moved up to No. 6 on the career pass receptions’ list…Eastern Oregon lineman Jordan Spence was cited for playing football as a senior in 2011 despite a severe case of diabetes. Chicago Bears QB and Vanderbilt alumnus Jay Cutler has a similar problem and has to wear an insulin pump a majority of the time… USC quarterback Matt Barkley already is in his school’s Top Four in career passing and total offense with Saturday’s game against UCLA…Western Kentucky RB Bobby Rainey just passed Hilltoppers head coach Willie Taggert for second place in school all-time rushing history at 4,000-yards-plus. Rainey is within 167 yards on the No. 1 position in school history and has led WKU to bowl eligibility for the first time as a member of NCAA FBS…Injured Tennessee QB Tyler Bray returned to full speed last week against arch-rival Vanderbilt. Da’Rick Rogers had a career-most 10 catches in UT’s overtime SEC win over VU…Online and paper balloting procedures have begun for the 75th annual 2011 Heisman Trophy…Purdue continues to dedicate the season and a possible bowl berth to fallen teammate Sean Matti with a commemorative No. 22 logo on its helmets.

ABC, ESPN and CBS are projecting some their highest mid-day and primetime ratings in history for upcoming rivalry games such as Alabama-Auburn, Arkansas-LSU, Florida-Florida State, Georgia-Georgia Tech, Oklahoma-Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh-West Virginia, Texas-Texas A&M (Thanksgiving night), and UCLA-USC, just to say some select rivalry games, in coming days…There are seven FBS conferences with teams ranked among the Top 25 in BCS standings, USA Today Coaches, Harris, or Associated Press national surveys this week…GameTime with head coach Luke Fickell is airing statewide weekly on Fox Sports Ohio…Notre Dame athletics has taken steps to implement almost-complete digital imaging for all video aspects, scouting, coaches’ shows, etc….Texas Woman’s U. athletics has launched the Pioneer Broadcasting Network via http://www.twuathletics.com/sports/2010/3/25/streaming1.aspx and worldwide webcasts for all home events and several road encounters via Argyle, Texas-based Broadcast Fast and LMS Broadcasting…Seattle U. athletics has inked a new broadcasting agreement with Root Sports for live telecasts.

NFF College Hall of Fame member and former head coach after his All-America days at SMU, Forrest Gregg, is being treated for Parkinson’s Disease…The new book “Jack Cristil: The Voice of the MSU Bulldogs” by award-winning author Sid Salter chronicles the life and times of 1997 NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient and just-retired 58-year radio “voice” of Mississippi State football. Online orders are available via pedimentbooks.com/store/product/jack-cristil-the-voice-of-the-msu-bulldogs/… Eastern Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame newcomers include football legends Ernie House, Tim Lester, Frank Nassida, and Joe Richard…Retiring Ohio State director of bands Rod Woods dotted the ceremonial Script Ohio “I” as part of the 75th anniversary of the origin of the famed OSU halftime trademark.

Boise State is in the midst of a campaign to construct a $20 million football office and practice complex…Texas’ historic Clark Field is receiving $4 million in renovations for field improvements and intramural facilities…Montana’s board of directors has allocated $500,000 to athletics’ facility renovations…South Carolina athletics has chosen Socialverse Monitoring for special applications and security monitoring for its internet communications… Towson athletics has developed a micro site specifically for Tiger Club members on TU’s official website…Pointstreak Sports Technologies, Inc. has acquired sports provider and technologically advanced 5050 Central, Ltd… Brown athletics and Nelligan Sports Marketing have extended their contract while New York Life has become a corporate sponsor for Hofstra athletics…UC Riverside athletics unveiled a new logo last week.

Several conferences have endorsed or are discussing the NCAA’s proposed additional $2,000 annual stipend for football and other sports’ student-athletes…A Boston Globe study revealed increased diversity among head coaches and staffs of college teams, especially in the area of Hispanic and Islander groups.

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