Sooners a driving force behind tornado relief

by Dan M | Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013


Donations for storm relief for families in Oklahoma, Kansas and surrounding areas continue to mount thanks to generosity of millions of caring groups. The University of Oklahoma and OU athletics have helped provide emergency lodging and major necessities for some 13,000-plus households and almost 60,000 people who suffered major home and financial damage…The Big 12 Conference is making a $200,000 donation to relief efforts while West Virginia athletics was featured on CNN for its hands-on contributions last week via coaches and student-athletes. Volunteers from as far away as Michigan and Wisconsin are in Central Oklahoma and Kansas areas to help in cleanup efforts.

Oregon’s future schedules now include UC Davis in 2016 along with South Dakota in 2014 and Southern Utah for upcoming years…Purdue’s Homecoming game in West Lafayette, Ind., vs. Northern Illinois Sept. 28 has been set for a noon (EDT) kickoff…Ohio State will meet Iowa on Oct. 19 for its annual Homecoming contest at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on one of the ESPN/ABC family of networks…Arizona and UNLV will keep their Sept. 7 tussle in Las Vegas after discussions concerning a neutral site…TCU and Washington State have held preliminary talks about a future extended series…The scheduled 2014 Maryland-Virginia Tech game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore has been tabled indefinitely…Boston College is issuing a special Gold Pass to select fans in the student section for ’13.

Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English has performed daring skydiving stunts to gain national interest for the EMU gridiron program and recruiting…LSU head coach Les Miles has recommended a possible change in future, eight-game SEC scheduling and common opponents…Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen’s Summer Youth Football Camps will be conducted in seven different locations statewide…Former Notre Dame and current head coach Charlie Weis was the subject of a national story about coaches changing positions and buyouts…California Golden Bears offensive and defensive coordinators have finalized terms on their 2013 contracts.

Lake Erie (Ohio) director of athletics and former SMU administrator Griz Zimmerman has been named AD at Texas A&M-International…Ryan Nourse has been named director of athletics at Western Montana. He also serves as head football coach…Winston-Salem State AD Bill Hayes was featured for his longevity and success as he approaches his 70th birthday…Brady Rourke has been named associate director of student-athlete development at Syracuse…Arkansas has named former Towson AD Michael Waddell senior associate AD for external relations and strategic communications…Bryan Norris was tabbed as assistant AD for development at High Point…Dr. Pat Kraft was named deputy AD at Temple…Brynn Molloy has been selected as assistant AD for marketing and community relations at Montana…U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner is resigning from Congress to become vice chancellor for governmental affairs in the University of Alabama system…Illinois State named Scott Renfro assistant AD for compliance.

The Sun Belt Conference, Cox Sports Television and Comcast Sports Southeast have extended their partnership begun in 2008 with the Sun Belt Network for an additional year…KPEL-AM Radio’s Steve Peloquin of Lafayette, La., and Louisiana-Lafayette athletics was tabbed as 2012-13 Sun Belt Conference’s Broadcaster of the Year….Ball State had a school-record five nominees in the 2013 Sports Video Group national awards competition… Sports Page Dallas-Fort Worth just completed a series of spring training stories about Big 12, American Athletic and Conference USA schools in the Texas and Oklahoma areas…Brigham Young athletics has introduced fan-developed software and new applications by popular demand for the BYU website.

The 2013 Texas Bowl in Houston is seeking a new title sponsor…The Detroit Lions are hoping to become more involved in the 2014 Little Caesar’s Motor City Bowl and are negotiating with the bowl committee.

The Atlantic Coast Conference and ESPN have firmed up the Dr Pepper ACC Championship contest at 7:45 p.m. (EST) on ESPN or 8 p.m. on ABC Saturday, Dec. 7, at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. It is the fourth consecutive year in prime time. The ACC and ESPN also announced 11 national telecasts in the first three weeks of the season and six on opening week…Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby was featured in a recent story about possible future scheduling alliances and Big 12-Pac-12 bowl tie-ins…The American Athletic Conference will expand its sports’ championships venues to Memphis, Tenn., and Connecticut. The AAC also completed spring meetings with key resolutions on a financial distribution plan for the member institutions, approval of a new conference logo (revealed in the near future), developed branding, marketing and public relations strategies, narrowed down searches for postseason venues, and discussed plans for a conference digital network…The Sun Belt Conference honored Middle Tennessee with the 2013 Vic Bubas Cup, given to the school with the most cumulative points in the league’s 18 sponsored sports, and Western Kentucky with the 2012 Graduation Rate Award. The SBC also concluded 2013 spring meetings with no invitations to additional members, overall conference membership, divisions, the Sun Belt Conference and national leadership positions, branding, revenue distribution, football scheduling models, television, and postseason football bowl games among major topics…The Southland Conference finished its 51st annual spring meetings in Grapevine, Texas, and will have eight football members competing in 2013. Competing in most other varsity sports for the SLC in 2013-14 will be 14 schools: Abilene Christian, Incarnate Word, University of New Orleans, Houston Baptist, and the traditional SLC members, plus 2012-13 newcomer Oral Roberts. Football will expand to 11 members in 2014…Creighton competed in its final Missouri Valley Conference event last week before joining the American Athletic Conference in July. Blue Jay athletics competed in the MVC from 1928-48 and 1976-2013…Elon will join the Colonial Athletic Association in time for 2014-15 competition…Lindenwood is joining the American Midwest Conference…Herb Vincent has been named associate commissioner for communications at the Southeastern Conference.

The Rimington Award watch list has been denoted with 44 standouts for 2013 and 17 returning watch list stalwarts from 2012. The entire listing is available at…Michigan football received a 2014 verbal commitment from HS All-America CB Dabrill Peppers…Bleacher Report rates “the best five players nationally outside the Top 50 for 2013” as Yawin Smallwood, LB, Connecticut; David Yankey, OG, Stanford; Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State; Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M; and Adam Muema: RB, San Diego State.

Georgia athletics approved a $93 million operating budget for 2013-14 with $1.25 million devoted to improvements at historic Sanford Stadium…San Jose State’s athletics board passed a measure to fund the $38.5 million Dick Vermeil-Bill Walsh Complex with ultra-modern football dressing, weight rooms and additional facilities – all privately funded…Butler plans to complete $34 million renovations for Hinkle Fieldhouse and related office/practice facilities by the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic years…Baylor athletics will construct a new $13.6 million track and field and training facility on campus. The current Clyde Hart Track Complex is some four miles southwest of the Waco, Texas, main campus…Wyoming athletics extensive renovations have come from generous donations from sports alumni Theo Ratliff, Reggie Slater, Dick Scarlett, and Robert Rhynsburger. The new UW strength and conditioning center funded by Ratliff will be named the Theo Ratliff Family High-Altitude Training Center…Wisconsin athletics has placed its 2013-14 concessions contracts out for bids…Arizona athletics is producing regular webstreams with the progress of its football stadium improvements on the Wildcats official website…Toledo athletics is looking at expanding its concession stand beverage menu for 2013-14…Philadelphia has been chosen to host the 2013 AND1 Summer Remix basketball tournament and several key amateur sporting events related to football in summer/autumn ’13.

NFF College Hall of Fame coach Dr. Tom Osborne is focusing on finding mentors for 10,000 underserved children in Nebraska, Iowa and Southern California through his TeamMates Foundation started in 1991. Osborne also spoke at last Thursday’s B’nai B’rith Sports Banquet in Omaha, Neb….Nevada athletics has named its football field surface after NFF College Hall of Fame coach and recent retiree Chris Ault (now a special consultant with the Kansas City Chiefs).

The fourth annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition is set for July 16-18 at Walt Disney World in Orlando and will host the national forum on security management at open-access sporting events…CoSIDA conducted a nationwide call and blog last Thursday among leading college media relations administrators and National Football League communications chiefs…The Sports Inquirer is hosting almost daily podcasts about professional sports, college football and leading spring sports via LinkedIn Sports…The NFL is holding continuing discussions on slicing the number of preseason games from four to two and adding more regular-season contests or playoff encounters…NACDA and its affiliates will host a five-kilometer Fun Run presented by New Era Pinstripe Bowl Fri. June 14, at 6 a.m. (EDT) in Orlando.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the May 27-June 2 time period are May 27 (1889) George Little, Leominster, Pa.; (1904) Les Lautenschlaeger, New Orleans, La.; (1960) Randy Trautman, Caldwell, Idaho; (1974) Danny Wuerffel, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; May 28 (1888) Jim Thorpe, Prague, Okla.; (1948) Bruce Taylor, Perth Amboy, N.J.; May 29 (1903) Bob Hope, NFF Gold Medal recipient, London, England; (1892) Earl Abell, Portage, Wis.; (1949) Rex Kern, Lancaster, Ohio; May 30 (1891) Bob Peck, Lock Haven, Pa.; (1915) Larry Kelly, Conneaut, Ohio; (1941) Charlie Richard, Grain Valley, Mo.; (1943) Gale Sayers, Wichita, Kan.; (1946) Dick Farley, Danvers, Mass.; (1949) Lydell Mitchell, Salem, N.J.; May 31 (1912) Harold Burry, New Castle, Pa.; (1953) Richard Wood, Elizabeth, N.J.; (1967) Kevin Dent, Vicksburg, Miss.; June 1 (1901) Four Horseman Edgar Miller, Canton, Ohio; (1916) Ki Aldrich, Rogers, Texas; (1930) Carmen Cozza, Parma, Ohio; (1933) Alan Ameche, Kenosha, Wis.; June 2 (1895) Homer Hazel, Piffard, N.Y.; (1909) Ben Schwartzwalder, Point Pleasant, W.Va.; (1950) Jeff Siemon, Rochester, Minn.

Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are May 27 (1932) Bill Morley, Pasadena, Calif.; May 28 (1964); Barton “Botchey” Koch, Temple, Texas; (1979) Lou Little, Delray Beach, Fla.; June 1 (1963) Century Milstead, Pleasantville, N.Y.; June 2 (1943) Nile Kinnick, Over the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Paria in World War II combat.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members May 27 Randy Trautman, 2013 inductee Danny Wuerffel, May 28 Bruce Taylor, May 29 Rex Kern, May 30 Charlie Richard, Gale Sayers, Dick Farley, Lydell Mitchell, May 31 Richard Wood, Kevin Dent, June 1 Carmen Cozza, Parma, Ohio; (1933) Alan Ameche, Kenosha, Wis.; June 2 (1895) Homer Hazel, Piffard, N.Y.; (1909) Ben Schwartzwalder, Point Pleasant, W.Va.; (1950) Jeff Siemon, Rochester, Minn.



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