College Football Notes – March 31-April 5

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, March 31st, 2014

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NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the March 31-April 6 time period are March 31 (1938) Bob Anderson (Army), Elizabeth, N.J.; (1950) Ed Marinaro, New York City; April 1 (1889) John Dalton, Place Unknown, Neb.; (1884) Hugo Bezdek, Prague, Bohemia; (1898) Joe Alexander, Silver Creek, N.Y.; (1929) Bo Schembechler, Barberton, Ohio; April 2 (1871) Marshall Newell, Clifton, N.J.; (1880) Harold Weekes, Oyster Bay, N.Y.; (1917) Hugh Gallarneau, Detroit, Mich.; (1930) Bill McColl, San Diego, Calif.; (1965) Don McPherson, Brooklyn, N.Y.; April 3 (1903) Andy Gustafson, Aurora, Ill.; (1926) Joe Steffy, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1934) Jim Parker, Macon, Ga.; April 4 (1891) Bob Butler, Glen Ridge, N.J.; (1907) Bill Banker, Lake Charles, La.; (1917) Chet Gladchuk, Bridgeport, Conn.; (1947) Ed White, San Diego, Calif.; (1951) John Hannah, Canton, Ga.; (1965) Jessie Tuggle, Spalding County, Ga.; April 5 (1871) Pop Warner, Springville, N.Y.; (1951) Brad Van Pelt, Owosso, Mich.; April 6 (1901) Pooley Hubert, Meridian, Miss.; (1934) Aurealius Thomas, Muskogee, Okla.; (1944) John Huarte, Anaheim, Calif.
Anniversary Hall of Fame members dates of death are March 31 31 (1931) Knute Rockne, Bazaar, Kan.; (1952) Bo McMillin, Bloomington, Ind.; April 1 (2013) Jack Pardee, Centennial, Colo.; April 3 (1994) Tom Hamilton, Chula Vista, Calif.; (2007) Eddie Robinson, Ruston, La.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 31 Bob Anderson (Army), Ed Marinaro, April 2 Bill McColl (a spry 84), Don McPherson, April 4 Ed White, John Hannah, Jessie Tuggle, April 6 Aurealius Thomas, John Huarte…

More College Football Notes:
Abilene Christian and Northern Arizona will meet for the first time in 2014…Maryland and UCF have scheduled a home-and-home series for the 2016 and ’17 seasons…Clemson completed its non-conference slate for 2015 with a new agreement with Appalachian State…Interestingly, 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball participants Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, and Wisconson never have played a football game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas – site of this week’s finals. Only Kentucky among that group ever has played in an AT&T Cotton Bowl gridiron classic (a 20-7 win in the 1952 contest over TCU with NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Bear Bryant guiding the Wildcats)…A local investment group in Nashville, Tenn., is seeking a season premier game much like the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic for LP Field in Music City as early as the 2016 season, preferably featuring at least one SEC team…Alabama and Old Dominion have broken off negotiations for a possible meeting in 2015…Wyoming opened its first spring practice under head coach Craig Bohl last Wednesday and will complete drills with the spring game on April 19. Bohl has installed the popular Tampa-2 defense and the West Coast offense for the 2014 Cowboys…Kansas is lowering its general student fees for athletics…Montana football fans have gathered forces to try and appeal recent sanctions on the football program…BYU-Hawai’i is in a three-year program of phasing intercollegiate athletics down to club and intramural status.

Navarro (Texas) College continued its tradition of having football student-athletes assist in the building of a Habitat for Humanity home in Corsicana, Texas…Fort Scott (Kan.) CC also held locker room sessions to inspire local youngsters and to give them an insider’s look at FSCC football…Dordt (Iowa) athletics received NCAA and area groups’ recognition for community service and mission trip projects with erea and regional students.

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and several officials at North Carolina and other schools were featured on ESPN’s Real Sports program…Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen received a contract re-structure with pay boosts and incentives…Maryland head coach Randy Edsall is proposing an “earliest” date during a student-athlete’s football senior season for grant-in-aid offers to prevent verbal commitment and de-commitment challenges in he recruiting process…NFF College Hall of Fame player at Florida and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier has reached the $1 million mark in total donations to the university…Michigan selected Justin Dickens as director of football operations…Artie Asselta is moving from McNeese State to Yale to become wide receivers coach…Simon Fraser (Canada) named Abe Elimimian defensive coordinator…Tennessee named Keith Pantling as associate director of football operations…Yale tabbed Joe Conlin as 2014 offensive coordinator.

Indiana director of athletics Mike Thomas has denoted future structural renovations at Assembly Hall and several nearby facilities…New Maine AD Karlton Creech has launched a campaign for alumni and fan contributions and solid fiscal responsibility for football and all UM programs…Robert Beers is completing his tenure as AD at Rocky Mountain (Colo.) after five years…Marquette’s Bill Cords will remain as interim AD through spring 2015…Tulane named Barbara Burke named deputy AD/chief operating officer…Longtime Houston (21 years) and Texas State athletics media relations official Rick Poulter recently celebrated his sixth anniversary at TSU in San Marcos, Texas.

Dr Pepper has been named as trophy sponsor of the inaugural College Football Playoff in January 2015, and the championship trophy will be named at a future date…Oficlals from the AT&T Cotton Bowl and Dallas Cowboys executive Brett Daniels will be working closely with NCAA organizers throughout NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four week in Arlington, Texas, at AT&T Stadium.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive and Pac-12 commisisoner Larry Scott have been interviewed about their opposition to football student-athlete labor unions and the one-and-done concept for players wishing to stay in college for one season before turning to the professional ranks…Massachusetts will finish its tenure with the Mid-American Conference as a football-only member after the 2015 season. The MAC will return to a 12-school gridiron membership for the 2016 campaign…The Big 12 Conference has posted ticket information for both its spring championships and links to its 10 members for spring football game tickets at…The Atlantic Coast Conference announced future championship sites in various sports for Greensboro and Charlotte…Former Big 12 Conference assistant commissioner Kim Anderson guided Central Misouri to its first NCAA Division II basketball title as head coach since 1984. The former Missouri hoops’ standout also assisted at Baylor and his alma mater in the 1970s-1990s.

ESPN and the family of networks have reported solid opening ratings for some its spring football game telecasts and numerous NCAA events in the past three weeks…The Alamodome in San Antonio and Kansas State athletics have been mentioned prominently in features about the multi-purpose usages for AstroTurf®, the nation’s initial artificial playing surface, playability and lower maintenance costs…Connor Sport Court is providing special video feeds and highlights for the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in Arlington, Texas…The University of Jamestown (N.D.) was featured in a national podcast last week about the North Dakota New Voices Act, which protects student news media from censorship or intimidation on news and sports coverage and was proposed by the UJ Student Media Department…Award-winning writer Jodie Vilade just started her 12th year with Cleveland Plain-Dealer after covering football and college sports previously at the Dallas Morning News…The National Labor Relations Board for the Chicago area has ruled that Northwestern football student-athletes may form a labor union. Representatives from Northwestern will ne appearing before Congress in coming days to detail possible plans.

Quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville and Johnny (Football) Manziel of Texas A&M had solid performances in recent Pro Timing Day exhibitions on campus. ESPN carried highlights of Manziel’s pro day performances on Sports Center and related programming, and former U.S. President George H.W. Bush (41) was an observer…Everett Golson and Malik Zaire appear to be in a 1-2 tusle to emerge from Notre Dame spring practice as the No. 1 quarterback on the preseason depth charts…Some of Bleacher Report’s Top 130 players (one per team) who are expected to have the biggest impact (regardless of position) for their 2014 FBS squads are (in this third installment) Arkansas State LB Qushaun Lee, Army RB Terry Baggett, Auburn QB Nick Marshall, Ball State RB Jahwan Edwards, Baylor QB Bryce Petty, and Boise State RB Jay Ajayi.

Minnesota football will break ground on is $70 million indoor practice facility in December…Kansas State athletics will unveil plans for the proposed $50 million upgrade for Snyder Family Stadium during spring game weekend activities on April 26…The University of Colorado Foundation donated $10 million to CU athletics facilities’ upgrades…Wyoming athletics had a recent scholarship and operations’ donation of $225,000 by one of its Laramie area Cowboy Joe Clubs, and the total nationwide club pledges have exceeded $2 million…Kansas State athletics reported a surplus in funds for the fourth consecutive year in fiscal 2013…Environmental engineering firm TEEMCO has inked corporate sponsorshops for 2014-15 with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa athletics…Virginia Tech has unveiled preliminary plans for a new indoor practice facility…Missouri’s athletics department continues to run firmly in the black profits’ column with standout proceeds from the 2013 Southeastern Conference Eastern Division football champs…Ball State athletics will perform a complete facelift on football locker rooms…Dallas Lake Highlands High School held its 50th anniversary celebration of the 1964 opening with several members and coaches from the 1981 state championship team on hand.

Former Miami (Fla.) and Pro Football Hall of Fame standout Jim Kelly will have cancer in his facial area treated by chemotherapy and radiation after looking at a surgery option in New York last week. Thousands of well wishers have greeted him on Facebook and other social media…Former football standouts and academicians Dick Nunis of USC, Derrick Brooks of Florida State and Tiki Barber of Virginia have been named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic Hall of Fame…Longtime Miami (Fla.) standout, NFL Pro Bowl perennial selection and now national television commentator Ray Lewis spoke to LSU at Last Saturday’s spring workout…IFRA has verified the birthdate of NFF College Hall of Fame coach Arnett “Ace” Mumford on Nov. 26, 1898, at Buckhannon, W.Va., and notes that Oklahoma (48) and Nebraska (33) have a FBS-best 81 combined national team statistical crowns since 1937…North Texas Eagles’ football alumnus Chris Abraham was featured as CEO of Service King Collision Repair in a recent story on outstanding former players and business schievements…Longtime Bartlesville (Okla.) College HS head coach Burl Stidham has been named to the Bartlesville Sports Hall of Fame…Beaver Falls, Pa., as famous for its high school football as basketall, is the famed hometown of Alabama’s Joe Namath and the first men’s basketball brother head coaches to reach the NCAA Division I quarterfinals – Archie (Dayton) and Sean (Arizona) Miller.

The FWAA and Charlotte Touchdown Club revealed that NFF College Hall of Fame DL Randy White of Maryland is the recipient of the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, which recognizes outstanding defensive football players from the past 40 years.The resentation will take place at the Nagurski Award banquet in Cjarlotte, N.C., in December. Three-time BCS national champion and National Head Coach of the Year Nick Saban of Alabama will be the featured speaker…The NCAA is proposing votes by student-athletes, ADs and faculty representatives on the NCAA Division Board of Directors…CoSIDA Capital One Academic Hall of Fame member and Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey has been named WBCA Region 5 Coach of the Year and is one of eight finalists for the inaugural WBCA Pat Summit Award…The Society of Professional Journalists is drafting a revised code of ethics. The FWAA, USBWA and NCBWA have utilized these as previous codes of ethics for media practice.

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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