College Football Notes Jan. 20-25

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, January 20th, 2014

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Jan. 20-26 time period are Jan. 20 (1929) Frank Kush, Windber, Pa.; (1960) Ronnie Mallett, Pine Bluff, Ark.; Jan. 21 (1879) Gil Dobie, Hastings, Minn.; (1901) Lynn Bomar, Gallatin, Tenn.; (1925) George Connor, Chicago, Ill.; (1952) Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Boothwyn, Pa.; Jan. 22 (1958) Charles White, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1964) Joe Dudek, Boston, Mass.; Jan. 23 (1890) Morley Jennings, Holland, Mich.; (1935) Jerry Tubbs, Throckmorton, Texas; (1952) Shelby Jordan, E. St. Louis, Ill.; (1881) Bill Warner, Springville, N.Y.; (1920) Chuck Taylor, Portland, Ore.; Jan. 24 (1936) Don Bosseler, Weathersfield, N.Y.; Jan. 26 (1899) Marty Below, Oshkosh, Wis.; (1905) Allyn McKeen, Fulton, Ky.; (1906) Fred Miller, Milwaukee, Wis.; (1926) John Merritt, Falmouth, Ky.; (1948) Mike Kelly, Troy, Ohio; (1950) Jack Youngblood, Monticello, Fla.; (1960) Jeff Davis, Greensboro, N.C.
Anniversary Hall of Fame members dates of death are Jan. 20 (1951) Stan Keck, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Jan. 21 (1969) – Bowden Wyatt, Kingston, Tenn.; Jan. 23 (1976) Paul Robeson, Philadelphia, Pa.; (20110 Dr. Ed Dyas, Mobile, Ala.; Jan. 25 (1999) Herman Wedemeyer, Honolulu, Hawai’i; (2007) Ken Kavanaugh, Sarasota, Fla.; Jan. 26 (1965) Four Horseman Harry Stuhldreher, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1983) Paul “Bear” Bryant, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; (1996) Frank Howard, Clemson, S.C.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Jan. 20 Ronnie Mallett, Jan. 21 Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Jan. 22 Charles White, Joe Dudek, Jan. 23 Shelby Jordan, Jan. 24 Don Bosseler, Jan. 26 Mike Kelly, Jack Youngblood, Jeff Davis…

More College Football Notes:
Arkansas and Toledo have scheduled a one-game contract for 2015…Boston College and Colorado State will vie in 2014, and the Rams added a home tilt with UC Davis to this year’s slate…Baylor will continue its series with SMU from 2014-16 and will tackle Duke in a two-game set in 2017 and ’18…Kennesaw State and Paine will play for the first time in 2015…Abilene Christian and Georgia State will contest their first-ever football outing to open the 2014 season…East Carolina’s first year in the American Athletic Conference in ’14 will feature non-loop contests against North Carolina Central Aug. 31, at South Carolina Sept. 6, at Virginia Tech Sept. 13, and North Carolina Sept. 20…FIU and UCF have cancelled their slated 2014 meeting, and the BCS bowl-winning Knights are seeking a 12th opponent…Southern California posted its 25th 10-win season (most by any Pac-12 Conference) member after closing 10-4 in 2013 while employing three different head coaches – a first for any 10-victory squad in college history…Nevada will make a slightly upward adjustment in 2014 season ticket prices…Penn State is going to single-game varable pricing policies for 2014…Louisiana-Lafayette and North Texas, which have combined for 1,849 Associated Press surveys without a Top 20 or 25 national rating, each received votes in the last AP poll for the 2013 season.

1998 William V. Campbell Trophy winner Peyton Manning of Tennessee and leader of the Denver Broncos’ 2014 Super Bowl-competing squad helped raise $24,800 for area charities by shouting “Omaha” (his trade audible word) 31 times in last week’s AFC Championship win over New England. Omaha, Neb., business pledged $500 for each Manning recitation. Of note, Peyton Manning will be playing in the Super Bowl at the home stadium of brother and NFF National Scholar-Athlete Eli Manning of Ole Miss and the New York Giants on Feb. 2. Both Mannings have captured Super Bowls (the only pair of NFL quarterback siblings to accomplish the feat) to the delight of NFF Chairman Archie Manning of Ole Miss, wife and Mannings’ mom Olivia and the extended families…Colorado area football squads and athletics departments are taking steps to discourage drug usage and similar habits among young people after the legalization of marijuana sales in Colorado Jan. 1…Notre Dame football student-athletes have been assisting with and caring for some mentally challenged adults at the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns…Houston (Texas) Episcopal HS has been working with Target Hunger to maintain food gardens to feed underserved families…Albertville (Ala.) HS football squad members and cheer squads helped the Albertville Rotary Club in a regional highway cleanup effort.

Stanford’s Derek Mason was named as Vanderbilt’s new head coach last Saturday…Mike Houston has been named head coach at the Citadel…Media reports also have longtime college head coach at six colleges from 1989-2012 – Hal Mumme – taking over as head coach at Belhaven (Miss.)…Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney inked an eight-year contract extension…Finalists for the open Sam Houston State head coaching position are Division II Football Hall of Fame mentor Mel Tjeersdma, K.C. Keeler, Scott Wachenheim, and Darrell Wyatt…New Penn State head coach James Franklin purchased a one-half page ad in the Nashville Tennessean newspaper to thanks Vanderbilt student-athletes, alumni, fans, and enthusiasts for their support…South Carolina head coach and NFF College Hall of Fame player Steve Spurrier had his contact extended and will serve as a special adviser if he retires from coaching before the new pact ends…UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck has received a pay increase and contract renewal…Research by writer Berry Tramel of the Daily Oklahoman shows that Arkansas has hired 90 percent of its head football coaches after they previously service as other college head coaches since 1945…Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis passed on an offer from Southern California to remain at the Capstone…Former Colorado State assistant Steve Stanard is the new defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Wyoming…Florida introduced its new assistant coaches at a news conference last Tuesday…Georgia is seeking a rapid replacement for former assistant coach Todd Granham…Details were released about the contract of new Iowa State offensive coordinator and former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino….Brian VanGorder is Notre Dame’s new defensive coordinator, and head coach Brian Kelly will return to chief playcalling duties on offense in 2014…Ohio State has made a coaching offer to former Penn State assistant coach Larry Johnson…Southern Illinois named Dale Lennon defensive coordinator and Bill O’Boyle offensive coordinator…Vanderbilt AD David Williams is conducting a nationwide search for a replacement for new Penn State head coach James Franklin and has made contacts with Stanford assistants…Army named Jay Bateman named defensive coordinator…Mike Summers will coach Florida’s offensive line this year…Former Georgia defensive line coach Chris Wilson is leaving for a similar position at Southern California…LSU named Jeff Grimes offensive line coach…Memphis has tabbed NFF College Hall of Fame player Ricky Hunley as defensive line coach…Mississippi State offensive coordinator Les Koenning is returning to Texas as an assistant coach at his alma mater…Former Navy assistant coach Tony Grantham is joining his brother Todd Grantham on the Louisville staff…North Dakota named Luke Knauf offensive line coach…Oregon hired Erik Chinander as outside linebackers coach…Former Syracuse and UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni will coach linebackers for the 2014 Chicago Bears…Virginia Tech and Washington revealed new salary structures for their assistant coaching staffs…Former Air Force defensive coordinator Charlton Warren accepted an assistant’s post at Nebraska…Eastern Michigan named Ron McKeefery as director of strength and conditioning…Keegan McCardell is joining the Maryland coaching staff…Former Colorado QB Cody Hawkins is moving to Ohio State as a graduate assistant on offense…Bob Shoop has been named defensive coordinator at Penn State…Tulsa will have a new offensive coordinator in the coming campaign…Former Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe has been interviewed for the same vacancy at UAB…Ron Dugans has joined USF as receivers coach…Former Western Michigan assistant coach Charles Huff has joined the Penn State staff…Former James Madison assistant coach Ulrick Edmonds was named as Old Dominion’s linebackers coach…The historic University of Chicago program is seeking a new defensive backfield coach…Guilford (N.C.) has an intern coaching position open for an unspecified position and recruiting.

Tennessee-Martin has chosen Julio Freire as director of athletics…Scott Carter has been appointed senior associate AD and chief operating officer at East Tennessee State…USF AD Doug Woolard will retire in 2015…Dan Abdalla is now Rebel Athletic Fund director at UNLV… Longtime UNLV athletics administrator Jerry Koloskie has left the department after a 32-year employment

FBS bowls in 2013-14 averaged a record 57-plus composite points among 70 competitors, including finalists Florida State and Auburn…The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces and Heart of Dallas Bowls are conducting annual performance reviews and comment emails about their post-2013 success. The three bowls in the DFW Metroplex – including the 78th annual AT&T Cotton Bowl – and the Division I National Championship in Frisco, Texas, attracted crowds just under 170,000 compositely over five days…The 100th Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO program saluted the all-time Rose Bowl Team as well as Rose Bowl Teams by Decades and the all-star penal used to select the squads…The 79th annual AT&T Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will precede the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game at the same site on Jan. 12, 2015. The ATTCB also will be played on its traditional Jan. 1 date for the first time since the 2008 Arkansas-Missouri encounter at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas…The Heart of Dallas Bowl posted a David Letterman-like Top 10 of fascinating facts about the fourth-year postseason clash won in 2014 by North Texas over UNLV.

Conference USA is sending 17 standouts to various all-star games in coming days. C-USA also tied its season record with six teams in bowls, had an annual-high eight schools with six wins or more and is 11-5 in bowl games over the last three campaigns…The Colonial Athletic Association’s Friday Morning Tailgate multimedia package featured stories about the updated coaching staffs of new head coaches Greg Gattuso at Albany and Rich Skrosky at Elon.

The new SEC Network is making logistical and sustenance plans to bill households as it begins operation in August. The opening games on the SEC Network on Thursday, Aug. 28, will feature Texas A&M at South Carolina and Temple at Vanderbilt with three more games Saturday, Aug. 30, that are to be determined. The SEC Network will air at least three games involving SEC teams each Saturday in addition to existing SEC contracts with CBS and ESPN…USA Today and will continue to carry the NCAA FBS Top 25 coaches’ polls, which will begin in the 2014 preseason. The coaches also prefer the College Football Playoff champion as the No. 1 team in their final survey.

Wyoming seniors LB Devyn Harris and 2013 team captain Patrick Mertens received an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA Hardship Committee for the 2014 season…Trey Watts of Tulsa and Charles Ross of Rice finished 1-2 in Conference USA rushing in 2013 with 1,329 net yards and a 110.8 game average and 1,280 yards with a 106.7 average, respectively…Nebraska athletics is planning a new Big Red Boom celebration for Feb. 5 Football National Letter of Intent Day…UCLA also has several fan-friendly events set for signing date…Former Wisconsin-LaCrosse football student-athlete Jason Church received the 2014 NCAA Inspiration Award for his service after football and Wounded Warrior heroism in Afghanistan.

Miami (Ohio) athletics had a $13 million indoor sports center approved with construction starting this year…Navy and Under Armour have signed a long-time apparel and marketing deal…Arizona State has set dates for fundraising and construction of Sun Devil Stadium renovations…Trademarks for Penn State athletics enjoyed a record-setting funding and purchase year in 2013…South Dakota State plans to have its revamped football stadium set for 100 percent usage in 2015…South Alabama athletics is forming a group to oversee media, marketing and advertising for USA sports teams and business…CEO Mark Wainer and No Limit Air packages have Super Bowl 2014 travel arrangements available at discount rates and hope to put together similar deals for the 2015 College Football Playoff championship contest Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

2012 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy recipient and Alabama standout Barrett Jones was honored as a Today’s Top 10 Award recipient for his on-and off-field accomplishments at last week’s NCAA Convention in San Diego…NFF College Hall of Fame members Jerry Rice of Misissippi Valley State and Deion Sanders of Florida State have chosen sides in a new format for the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium Sunday…The commemorative plaque from the Frank Fallon Broadcast booth at Baylor’s Floyd Casey Stadium will have a future resting place in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas. Steve Fallon, son of Frank, is the Hall of Fame’s executive director…NFF 2011 Gold Medal recipient Dr. Robert Gates, former Texas A&M president, has published a new book about part of his governmental service “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War”…CBS Sports columnist Dennis Dodd and USA Today joined the chorus of media representatives lauding a special program about the future of college football and health discussions with Dr. Sandra Chapman, former Texas, North Carolina, Tulane, Appalachian State head coach, and 2013-14 AFCA President Mack Brown and NFF President/CEO Steve Hatchell last week at the 94th annual AFCA contention…Longtime former Baylor athletics student media relations assistant and AT&T Cotton Bowl media assistant Chris Talley was named Baylor Distinguished Alumnus for Public and Media Relations. He is vice president for USAA in San Antonio, Texas…Noted college football broadcaster Gene Delisio is being inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame…Mike Sorber has joined FieldTurf as a development manager.

NCAA membership is contemplating additional changes in Division I and other divisional governance structure after last week’s 109th annual convention…New FWAA President Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman was featured in a profile by FWAA executive director Steve Richardson and penned his initial Fifth Down President’s Message last week…CoSIDA is accepting nominations for Special Awards with a Jan. 31 deadline and the CoSIDA Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest with a Feb. 21 deadline. The organization also is accepting nominations for its 39th annual CoSIDA Scholarships Program for graduating 2014 seniors…CoSIDA posted a CBS This Morning program interview with several leading women directors of athletics and the challenges facing college sports in 2014. The national sports communication group also has several online aids ad seminars about such topics as finding best times to Tweet, Snapchat and its communications’ potential, writing accuracy measures, 2014 social media strategies for athletics, and the NCAA Media Coordination and Statistics newsletter…The IFRA has posted a link to all-time college football records and standings at…The IFRA also completed recreations of full-season scores for Daniel Baker College in 1920 and Texas Wesleyan football from 1901-13. Wesleyan resumed football in 1932 and later dropped he sport due to World War II manpower shortages after the 1941 season.
2014-15 Inaugural College Football Playoff Schedule
Dec. 31, 2014 – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Time TBD – Host Bowl East, ESPN
Dec. 31, 2014 – Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., TBD – Host Bowl West, ESPN
Dec. 31, 2014 – Discover Orange Bowl – ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC or Notre Dame, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., TBD, ESPN
Jan. 1, 2015 – AT&T Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, TBD – Host Bowl, ESPN
Jan. 1, 2015 – Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Calif. – Semifinal, ESPN
Jan. 1, 2015 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., TBD – Semifinal, ESPN
Jan. 12, 2015 – College Football Championship Game – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, TBD, ESPN


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