College Football Notes Jan. 27-31

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, January 27th, 2014

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Jan. 27-Feb. 2 time period are Jan. 27 (1894) Fritz Pollard, Chicago, Ill.; (1907) Peter Pund, Augusta, Ga.; (1920) Frankie Albert, Chicago, Ill.; Jan. 28 (1937) Charlie Krueger, Caldwell, Texas; Jan. 29 (1896) Edwin “Goat” Hale, Jackson, Miss.; (1927) Arnold Galiffa, Donora, Pa.; (1945) Jim Donnan, Laurens, S.C.; Jan. 30 (1925) Bump Elliott, Detroit, Mich.; (1923) Frank “Muddy” Waters, Chico, Ga.; Jan. 31 (1909) Bert Metzger, Chicago, Ill.; (1913) Don Hutson, Pine Bluff, Ark.; (1913) Wayne Millner, Roxbury, Mass.; (1938) Chris Burford, Oakland, Calif.; (1953) Roosevelt Leaks, Brenham, Texas; Feb. 1 (1908) Albie Booth, New Haven. Conn.; (1915) Gaynell “Gus” Tinsley, Ruple, La.; Feb. 2 (1945) Loyd Phillips, Ft. Worth, Texas
Anniversary Hall of Fame members dates of death are Jan. 27 (2002) Edgar Manske, Los Angeles, Calif.; (2008) Mike Holovak, Ruskin, Fla.; (2011) Vaughn Mancha, Tallahassee, Fla.; Jan. 28 (1991) Red Grange, Lake Wales, Fla.; (2004) Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, Madison, Wis.; (2013) Doug Kenna, No. Palm Beach, Fla.; Jan. 31 (1945) Al Blozis, Vosges Mountains, France; Feb. 1 (1928) Joe Thompson, Beaver Falls, Pa.; Feb. 2 (1956) Truxton Hare, Radnor, Pa.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Jan. 28 Charlie Krueger, Jan. 29 Arnold Galiffa, Donora, Pa.; (1945) Jim Donnan, Laurens, S.C.; Jan. 30 (1925) Bump Elliott, Detroit, Mich.; (1923) Frank “Muddy” Waters, Chico, Ga.; Jan. 31 (1909) Bert Metzger, Chicago, Ill.; (1913) Don Hutson, Pine Bluff, Ark.; (1913) Wayne Millner, Roxbury, Mass.; (1938) Chris Burford, Oakland, Calif.; (1953) Roosevelt Leaks, Brenham, Texas; Feb. 1 (1908) Albie Booth, New Haven. Conn.; (1915) Gaynell “Gus” Tinsley, Ruple, La.; Feb. 2 (1945) Loyd Phillips, Ft. Worth, Texas

Indiana and Wake Forest have a pair of games home-and-home slated for 2015 and ’16…Minnesota and Oregon State will meet in 2016 and ’17…North Dakota State has added Incarnate Word to its 2014 schedule…Some higher-profile schools still seeking a 12th game for 2014 are Arkansas State, Buffalo, Houston, and UCF…Georgia Tech and Tulane cancelled and then rescheduled their four-game slated for seasons in the 2014-19 range. If Tulane’s new Yulman Stadium is not complete, the teams could meet at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans or a facility such as Tad Gormley Stadium…New McLane Stadium on the Baylor campus in Waco, Texas, is 60 percent complete and on schedule for the Aug. 30 inagural contest against SMU…Baylor will meet Northwestern State for the first time in 2014 at the new stadium while Central Arkansas is making its inaugural trip to Texas Tech this season…Texas has not faced a NCAA FCS member on the last five years and tangles with North Texas Aug. 30 in Austin to begin the era of head coach Charlie Strong…LSU enters 2014 spring practice with one of its most experienced defenses in recent memory…The Orlando Sentinel has selected its early, early Top 25 for 2014 with, not surprisingly, Florida State No. 1, Auburn No. 2, Alabama No. 3, Stanford No. 4, and Oklahoma No. 5.

Georgia State student-athletes assisted inner-city and cleanup service projects in Atlanta to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. national observance in Dr. King’s hometown…Several college squads are assisting in a national project Souper Bowl to help replenish food banks and to raise money for underserved families on Super Bowl Sunday.

Bill Clark was named head coach at UAB…K.C. Keeler was named head coach at Sam Houston State…Towson head coach Rob Ambrose received a contract extension through the 2020 season…Fresno State head coach Manny Diaz has been granted a contract extension through 2018…Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill had his salary restructured as part of his contract extension…Steve Russ is now the lone defensive coordinator at Air Force…Manny Diaz has been named defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech…Former UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell has been tabbed as offensive coordinator at Vanderbilt…Longtime college assistant coach Mike Nelson retired as defensive line coach at North Texas and was replaced by former USF assistant coach Kevin Patrick…Seth Littrell is the new offensive coordinator at North Carolina…The Chicago Bears have formalized their contract as an assistant coach with former Syracuse and UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni….Notre Dame named Matt LaFleur quarterbacks coach…Ohio State selected Chris Ash as co-defensive coordinator…Kevin Johns has been named offensive coordinator at Indiana…Louisville defensive assistant coach Clint Hurtt has accepted a position in the NFL…Adam Blankenship is the new quarterbacks coach at Tulsa, and Golden Hurricane offensive coordinator Greg Peterson will not return for ’14. Denver Johnson has replaced Peterson as OC…Arkansas State anmed Allen Johnson safeties coach…Former Bowling Green defensive line coach Larry McDaniel has accepted the same position at Indiana..Former Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English has interviwed for positions with NFL and possibly college teams as an assistant…Georgia will not fill its current vacancy for a recruiting coordinator at this time…Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino has added two former Western Kentucky strength and conditioning coaches to his new UL staff…Montana State has intensified its search for a 2014 running backs coach.

Cincinnati director of athletics Whit Babcock has been reported as a candidate for the vacant AD position at Virginia Tech as the search committee heightens its mission…Mississippi State director of athletics Scott Stricklin appears on a worldwide web segment encouraging MSU season ticket holders to renew before the March 1, 2014, deadline as Davis Wade Stadium will be completely renovated for the upcoming campaign… Jim Woolridge was named AD at UC Riverside…Abe Osheyack is the new sports information director at Keene State and replaces 21-year veteran Stuart Kaufman who accepted a new post in Keene State’s marketing and communications department…American University has tabbed former CoSIDA president during (2006-07) Doug Dull as associate director of athletics for communications….College of Staten Island (N.Y.) named Tom Krychkowski interim assistant sports information director…Brad Bee has left Mt. Union athletics to become assistant director of athletics communications at Kent State…Former Arkansas athletics assistant director of communications Chad Crunk has gone to the Detroit Tigers as media relations manager.

Ticket prices have been established for the Jan. 12, 2015, College Football Playoff national championship game in Arlington, Texas…The CFP selection committee will meet several times in offseason 2014 to establish policies and will have four groups of FBS standings on dates to be determined prior to Selection Sunday in December.

The Big 12 Conference has had the smallest percentage to date of underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft, which will be conducted May 8-10 this year (later date than usual) in New York City…Tom Di Camillo has been named commissioner at the State University of New York Athletic Conference…Former Big Ten Conference associate commissioner Sue Lister is interim director of communications at Notre Dame…Olivia Walter is the new assistant director of sports information for the Atlantic Sun Conference…The American Southwest Conference has selected its 2013 Football and Fall Semester Sports Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Teams…Central Michigan will compete in selected sports in the Atlantic Sun Conference starting in 2016.

ESPN will have its ninth consecutive all-day coverage of National Letter of Intent Signing Day Wednesday, Feb. 5, on virtually all the family of networks – primarily ESPNU.

Among the top underclassmen and seniors deciding to forego 2014 NFL early draft exits and return this autumn are 2013 Heisman Trophy winner QB Jameis Winston of Florida State, Ohio State QB Braxton Miller, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Baylor QB Bryce Petty, Texas QB David Ash, and Missouri QB Maty Mauk…Wyoming standouts Robert Herron and Marqueston Huff came in for praise from coaches and scouting groups alike during last week’s Senior Bowl Game in Mobile, Ala.

UCF athletics received a record $4 million gift from the Densch Charitable Trust for the construction of the Wayne Densch Center for Student-Athlete Leadership on the east side of Bright House Networks Stadium…Misty’s Steakhouse Lincoln Havelock location has been site of several pep rallies in recent weeks for Nebraska football and other sports.

Team Rice (chosen and coached by NFF College Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice of Mississipi Valley State) edged Team Sanders (chosen and headed by College Hall of Fame DB-WR-KR Deon Sanders of Florida State) 22-21 in a first-ever format change for last Sunday’s NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu…NFF College Hall of Fame player and current Samford head coach Pat Sullivan returns to Fort Worth, Texas, to face TCU this year after serving as head coach of the Horned Frogs from 1992-97…Joe Lombardi, grandson of legendary coach Vince Lombardi and a former player at Air Force, has been named as offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions. Joe Lombardi previously served as an assistant on offense for the New Orleans from 2007-13…Former CoSIDA president and UCF and Miami (Fla.) media relations administrator Joe Hornstein has been named development officer, corporation and foundation relations for university advancement at FIU…A program cover and ticket stub from the inaugural American Football League game between the Boston Patriots and Denver Broncos Sept. 9, 1960, have been found on the worldwide web. The program cost was 50 cents, tickets went for $5 in all areas, and the lidlifter was played at Boston University’s Nickerson Field.

CoSIDA has opened regional voting for its 62nd annual winter sports Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America teams. The national organization also met with NACDA associates and several NCAA administrators during the recent 109th annual NCAA Convention at San Diego, Calif. Among the CoSIDA brass attending were 2013-14 President Shelly Poe of Auburn, officers Eric McDowell (Union, N.Y.), Judy Willson (Mountain West Conference) and Jeff Hodges (North Alabama), divisional presidents Greg Goings (Bowie State; D2) and Jay Stancil (Union, Ky.; NAIA); Blake Timm (Pacific, Ore.), chair of the CoSIDA College Division Management Advisory Committee; and Ann King (Sage), both from Division 3 along with key CoSIDA staff members executive director Doug Vance, Barb Kowal and Will Roleson…The FWAA has highlighted ceremonies for its 2014 awards breakfast and 2013 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Gus Malzahn of Auburn on its website and YouTube sites…IFRA revealed that at least one college team has surrendered 500 points in a season each year since 1991. Sixteen different schools have scored 500 and allowed 500 markers in one campaign…The IFRA also discovered that New Mexico State, which allowed 500-plus points, defeated Abilene Christian, which scored 501 points, 34-29 in the lone instance of a plus-500 defense edging a plus-500-point offense in 2013.

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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