College Football Notes Aug. 25-30

by BoCarter | Posted on Saturday, August 25th, 2012

The National Football Foundation will enshrine the 2012 FBS College Football Hall of Fame class as well as the 2013 Divisional Hall of Fame Class Wednesday, Aug. 28, in Atlanta. A press event will be held at the construction site of the new Hall of Fame with enshrinement at a dinner banquet that evening at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. Inductees are Charles Alexander (LSU), Otis Armstrong (Purdue), Steve Bartkowski (California), Hal Bedsole (Southern California), Dave Casper (Notre Dame), coach Frank Cignetti (West Virginia, Indiana (PA), Ty Detmer (BYU), coach James “Boots” Donnelly (Middle Tennessee State), coach Jess Dow (Southern Connecticut State), coach Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee), coach Jimmy Johnson (Oklahoma State, Miami, Fla), Shelby Jordan (Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.), Tommy Kramer (Rice), Joe Micchia (Westminster College [Pa.]), Art Monk (Syracuse), Greg Myers (Colorado State), Jonathan Ogden (UCLA), Gave Rivera (Texas Tech), Art Shell (University of Maryland Eastern Shore), Mark Simoneau (Kansas State), coach R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M), Scott Thomas (Air Force), Jeff Wittman (Ithaca College [N.Y.]), and John Wooten (Colorado).
Enshrinement will provide fans an opportunity to meet the Hall of Famers and hear firsthand about their legendary exploits in college. Tickets, priced at $200, are available to the public by visiting or by calling 404-586-1906. Tables of 10 also may be purchased for $2,000 each. The celebration starts at 6 p.m. (EDT) in the Grand Ballroom of the Omni, followed by a 7 p.m. dinner, a preview of the upcoming college football season by top television analysts and the official Enshrinement Ceremony.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Aug. 25-31 time period are Aug. 25 (1900) Chuck Carney, Chicago, Ill.; (1953) Doug English, Dallas, Texas; (1965) Cornelius Bennett, Birmingham, Ala.; Aug. 26 (1876) Gary Cochran, Driftwood, Pa.; (1912) Aaron Rosenberg, Brooklyn, N.Y.; (1918) Harry Smith, Russellville, Mo.; (1928) Jerry Claiborne, Hopkinsville, Ky.; (1933) George Welsh, Coaldale, Pa.; (1952) Donnie Shell, Whitmire, S.C.; Aug. 27 (1908) Frank Leahy, O’Neill, Neb.; Aug. 28 (1945) Jim Lynch, Lima, Ohio; Aug. 29 (1896) George McLaren, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1924) Clyde Scott, Dixie, La.; (1939) Bob Ferguson, Columbus, Ohio; (1950) Dr. Tommy Casanova, New Orleans, La.; Aug. 30 (1915) George Cafego, Whipple, W.Va.; (1940) Lance Alworth, Houston, Texas; (1955) Marvin Powell, Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Aug. 31 (1906) Bill Spears, Jasper, Tenn.; (1918) Kenny Washington, Los Angeles, Calif.; 31 (1952) Gary Johnson, Shreveport, La.
Anniversary Hall of Fame members dates of death are Aug. 27 (1958) Bobby Marshall, Minneapolis, Minn.; Aug. 28 (1967) Bruce Smith (Minn.), Alexandria, Minn.; Aug. 29 (1933) Frank Cavanaugh, Marshfield, Mass.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Aug. 25 Doug English, Cornelius Bennett, Aug. 26 George Welsh (a spry 80), Donnie Shell, Aug. 28 Jim Lynch, Aug. 29 Bob Ferguson, Dr. Tommy Casanova, Aug. 30 Lance Alworth, Marvin Powell, Aug. 31 Gary Johnson…

More College Football Notes…
LSU and Wisconsin will open the 2014 season at the AdvoCare Houston Classic in Houston, Texas, at Reliant Stadium…Army and Lafayette will meet during the 2016 and ’18 campaigns…San Jose State will face Oregon State in 2015 and 2020, Brigham Young in 2015 and ’17 and Auburn in 2014 and ’15…Auburn also will host Louisiana Tech in 2014…Toledo is hosting New Hampshire in 2014…Louisiana-Monroe is hosting Wake Forest and has road tests at LSU, Kentucky and Texas A&M in 2014…Tennessee’s 2014 non-conference slate includes Aug. 30 Utah State, Sept. 6 Arkansas State, Sept. 13 at Oklahoma, and Oct. 11 Chattanooga. UT athletics also has launched a new flex ticket package plan for 2013 home games at Neyland Stadium…Miami (Fla.) and Toledo have pushed back their 205 and ’16 two-game set until the 2017 and ’18 outings…Vanderbilt and Wake Forest have cancelled their final two contracted games in a lengthy series in 2014 an ’15…Clemson is beefing up security at home games this year for precautionary reasons…Texas A&M will wear new and ultra-modern shoes in ’13…’s 12 Dream Games We Would Love to See in 2013 includes Miami (Fla.) at Arizona, Northern Illinois at Notre Dame, Florida State at Texas, Michigan at Florida, Boise State at Louisville, Georgia at UCLA, Clemson at USC, Oregon at Georgia, Oregon at Alabama, Alabama at Ohio State, South Carolina at Alabama, and Ohio State at Texas A&M. Who knows which post-2013 bowls or final BCS matchups these might bring?…Mississippi State unveiled its new uniforms for the 2013 traditional Golden Egg Bowl vs. rival Ole Miss…Air Force football is allowing clear plastic bags with personal items and one food item per ticketholder…Miami (Fla.) also has adopted the NFL clear bag and size of possessions’ policy for upcoming home contests…Valdosta State is the Division II coaches’ Top 25 poll choice to repeat as NCAA Division II champ…Public sale of Baylor-Texas Tech game tickets for the Nov. 16 test at AT&T Stadium in Irving began last Thursday after a brief presale period at both universities…TCU unveiled new uniforms for Saturday’s nationally-televised opener at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, vs. LSU…Vanderbilt s working to sell remaining season and individual game ducats before Thursday’s opener with Ole Miss on ESPN to start SEC intra-loop play and both those teams’ seasons…Texas Class 5A Division I powerhouse Allen HS is the consensus preseason No. 1 for the top rung of Lone Star State football.

College Colors Day is set nationwide Friday, and Uplifting Athletes is accepting $5 donations from those proud of their almae matres to assist athletes with disabilities. The email to contact is for a $5 donation per person by companies is to register and learn more about this campaign…Wyoming football held Cowboys in the Capital gridiron practice and meet and greet sessions with players and coaches last Saturday in Cheyenne, Wyo….Buffalo’s football squad took time off the practice field to listen to a key policy address by U.S. President Barack Obama last week.

Army head coach Rick Ellerson drew a near-capacity crowd for his first game week news conference earlier today…Gary Fasching becomes the first new head coach at St. John’s since 1953 as he replaced NFF College Hall of Fame coach John Gagliardi at the Minnesota powerhouse…Head coaches debuting at new FBS schools this week are Arkansas’ Brett Bielema, Arkansas State’s Bryan Harsin, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, Boston College’s Steve Addazio, California’s Sonny Dykes, Cincinnati’s Tommy Tuberville, Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre, FIU’s Ron Turner, Georgia State’s Trent Miles, Idaho’s Paul Petrino, Kent State’s Paul Haynes, Kentucky’s Mark Stoops, Louisiana Tech’s Skip Holtz, NC State’s Dave Doeren, Nevada’s Brian Polian, New Mexico State’s Doug Martin, Northern Illinois’ Rod Carey, Oregon’s Mark Helfrich, Purdue’s Darrell Hazell, San Jose State’s Ron Caragher, Southern Miss’ Todd Monken, Syracuse’s Scott Shafer, Temple’s Matt Rhule, Tennessee’s Butch Jones, Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury, USF’s Willie Taggart, Utah State’s Matt Wells, UTEP’s Sean Kugler, Western Kentucky’s Bobby Petrino, Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck, and Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen.

Paul Bryant has been named director of athletics at Stillman (Ala.) College but is not related to the NFF College Hall of Fame coach Paul “Bear” Bryant – the coaching and playing legend down the street at the University of Alabama…Curtis Campbell is the new director of athletics at Tuskegee…Georgia State athletics named Brandon Kersey director of baseball operations…Former Louisville assistant AD Gary Friedman is now sales director for the Yum! Center…

Conference USA has established 2014-19 postseason contracts with a record six bowls…The Sun Belt Conference and R+L Carriers Bowl have extended their participation contract through the 2019 season…The AutoZone Liberty Bowl and Big 12 Conference have inked an agreements for 2014-19 Big 12 participation…The proposed Legend Bowl in Charleston, S.C., has put in an official future bid with the NCAA Football Postseason Committee…The Bahamas also is investigating the possibility of an international bowl for FBS teams beginning in post-2014.

The Big Ten Conference and several other FBS circuits began their national football coaches’ teleconferences this week. Please go to the loops’ official websites to get audio-only live and archived access. The Big Ten also is partnering with USA Football and 2,800-plus youth and high school football programs representing 600,000 players and 90,000 coaches with a strong commitment to health and safety of players by with the new Heads Up Football safety program…Conference USA has initiated its daily Conference USA Podcast Channel with football news and notes and other major updates in 34 regional and national markets and is providing satellite highlight feeds for football again through XOS Communications…Colonial Athletic Association head coaches expressed optimism for the 2013 season at the recent CAA media day and in national teleconferences…The Southland Conference has designated Sugar Land, Texas, for future championship events…The Mountain West Conference named Courtni Low the MWC Sports Administration Intern and Olivia Arns as the MWC Network Intern…The Northeast Conference will have five live broadcasts on ESPN3 starting with Bryant at Wagner (defending champ) Sept. 28.

U.S. Marine veteran Steven Rhodes has been granted immediate eligibility as a 24-year-old freshman LB at Middle Tennessee by NCAA Compliance…Standouts such as WR Ross Apo of Brigham Young, QB David Ash of Texas, QB Kolton Browning of Louisiana-Monroe, RB Damon Bullock of Iowa, QB Shane Carden of East Carolina, and RB Kasey Carrier of New Mexico have been included as part of the 2013 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch list to honor the NFF College Hall of Fame inductee and 1977 Heisman Trophy recipient….Southern California plans to play extensively both quarterbacks Max Wittek and Cody Kessler in Thursday’s opener at Hawai’i…Oklahoma redshirt freshman QB Trevor Knight has edged key 2011 and ’12 backup Blake Bell (24 rushing TDs in two seasons) for the 2013 starting quarterback slot…Wake Forest QB Tanner Price has been impressive in recent scrimmages and has paid solid attention to ball possession and turnover cutdown…Iowa is slated to start sophomore Jake Rudoch at QB vs. Northern Illinois in Saturday’s season opener…QB Mississippi State punter Baker Swedenburg is engaged to be married to Claire Chapman, the older sister of MSU deep snapper and close friend Winston Chapman…Arkansas kicking specialist Zach Hocker will add punting duties to his 2013 resume’…Jameis Winston has been designated as Florida State’s season-opening starting QB…Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis has solidified his position as the Badgers’ big-play receiver for the upcoming year…Purdue DB Brandon Lowe will not return this season.

ESPN’s list of affiliated bowls has reached eight through August among the 35-bowl lineup for post-2013. There are reports that ESPN Regional Networks also will begin new management of the Heart of Dallas Bowl in coming weeks…NBC will produce pregame shows for Notre Dame broadcasts this year with NFF College Hall of Fame player Doug Flutie of Boston College joining Liam McHugh and former Georgia and NFL standout Hines Ward…The Pac-12 Network celebrated its on-year broadcast anniversary last week…Scott Reiss is the new radio voice for Stanford football…CBS Sports has signed a multi-year partnership to carry Mountain West Conference contests…A regional judge heard debate about the new West Virginia athletics radio and media agreements Monday…Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian HS made its national television debut at St. Thomas (Ky.) Highlands last Saturday on ESPNU. Sports-famous UCHS produced former prep football-future MLB baseball standouts Storm and Glenn Davis and Jacksonville city champion softball coach Dr. Joanne Pryor Carter. ESPN networks aired 17 high school contests from Aug. 23-25 to kick off live 2013 gridiron coverage.

Old Dominion has laid out plans to construct a 30,000-seat on-campus stadium in Norfolk, Va….Maryland athletics has a $100 million campus facilities redevelopment plan in the works…An anonymous fan paid $30,000 to run out onto the field with Texas A&M when the Aggies host Vanderbilt in the historic first meeting of the schools in College Station, Texas, Oct. 26. Bids on the coveted State of Texas personalized plate with 12th Man have exceeded $35,000 with 17 days remaining in the process. The high bidder gets exclusive rights to the 12th Man tag for 10 years…Texas Tech Red Raider Club donations have matched full scholarship needs for the first time in 2012-13…Sonic restaurants are highlighting the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State gridiron rivalry with a special Bedlam Burger…Veritix has introduced a new college athletics ticketing and marketing package online…Matt Alexander is now sports Marketing Manager for Accurate Connections…The new Southern Tailgating Cookbook by Taylor Mathis is available by going to…Alabama’s official university policy now bans guns in all forms (including hunting and sport weapons) on campus.

NFF College Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer is spokesperson for DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction after undergoing successful hip replacement in recent weeks…Former NFF go-Gold Medal recipient Phil Knight has removed his name for considering for a new Oregon governing board…Former Tennessee QB standout and current Vols’ assistant AD for player relations Condredge Holloway and the 1983 CFL Toronto Argonauts celebrated the 30th anniversary of the team’s Grey Cup championship last week in Toronto.

NAIA teams officially kicked off the 2013 season (the 135th since 1869 for college football) last Friday night when Rocky Mountain (Mont.) hosted and edged Jamestown (N.D.) 34-20…NCAAFCS and Division II open Thursday when Pikeville (Ky.) travels to Morehead State while NCAA DIII starts Friday as King’s College (Pa.) travels to Muhlenberg.

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