College Football Notes April 21-25

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, April 21st, 2014

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NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the April 21-27 time period are April 21 (1935) Jim Young, Franklin Lakes, N.J.; April 22 (1902) Eddie Cameron, Manor, Pa.; (1907) Barton “Botchy” Koch, Temple, Texas; April 23 (1916) Bud Wilkinson, Minneapolis, Minn.; April 24 (1915) Ed Franco, Jersey City, N.J.; (1921) Weldon Humble, Nixon, Texas; (1938) Carroll Dale, Wise, Va.; April 25 (1953) Rod Shoate, Spiro, Okla.; (1954) Randy Cross, Brooklyn, N.Y.; April 26 (1927) John Ralston, Oakland, Calif.; April 27 (1887) Bishop Frank Juhan, Macon, Ga.; (1941) Lee Roy Jordan, Excel, Ala.
Anniversary Hall of Fame members dates of death are April 21 (2005) Cliff Montgomery, Mineola, N.Y.; April 23 (1950) Bill Alexander, Atlanta, Ga.; April 24 (1978) Hunk Anderson, West Palm Beach, Fla.; April 26 (2011) Jim Mandich, Miami, Fla.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 21 Jim Young, April 24 Carroll Dale, April 25 Randy Cross, April 26 John Ralston (a spry 87), April 27 Lee Roy Jordan…

More college notes:
NFF President/CEO Steve Hatchell and Steve Richardson, executive director of the Football Writers Association of America, will be part of an elite panel addressing the Football Bowl Association meeting and national media this week in Las Vegas, Nev.

The AdvoCare Cowboys College Classic between Oklahoma State and Florida State Aug. 30 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will be at 7 p.m. (CDT)…Georgia Southern will play at West Virginia for the first time in 2015…Toledo will host Stony Brook in the 2015 season opener for both schools…LSU will open its ’15 campaign against McNeese State in Baton Rouge, La., and has slated a home-and-home series with Syracuse beginning in 2015…Cincinnati is looking for a major FBS nationally-recognized opponent to re-open Nippert Stadium in 2015…Alabama drew one of the largest turnouts for a spring football game with 73,506 while Auburn attracted 70,645 for it’s a-Day activities last Saturday some 100 miles to the east…Mercer athletics is looking to add some 2014 spring sports events, particularly baseball games.

Utah athletics and Ute Native American leadership groups have extended their agreement for UU’s usage of the Ute nickname for another five years…Florida athletics is starting a new Gator Fan Advisory Board composed of 12 football season ticketholders to allow feedback and suggestions for the Florida Field gridiron experience…LeTourneau (Texas) athletics is hosting a special Autism Awareness Day to help raise funding and awareness for the condition afflicting millions of children…Arizona State athletics is considering a ban on kegs around the football stadium area to alleviate some security and sobriety issues…Several hundred Nebraska football alumni and enthusiasts have a special reunion planned at a date to be determined this summer at the Columbus (Neb.) Invitational at the historic Glur’s Tavern in Columbus…The Houston Independent School District approved new 2014-15 nicknames and mascots for the Lamar High School Texans, the Westbury HS Huskies, the Welch Middle School Wolf Pack, and the Hamilton Middle School Huskies…Auburn was forced to cancel classes and athletics activities last Wednesday after a threatening post was made about the university on social media.

Utah State head coach Matt Wells had his contract extended through the 2018 season…Todd Hoffner has returned to Minnesota State Mankato as head coach after a two-season hiatus…New Southern California head coach Steve Sarkisian was featured nationally in an tableau…Navy named Justin Davis inside linebackers coach and Dan O’Brien outside linebackers coach…Tony Grantham has joined his brother Todd on the Louisville coaching staff and will tutor inside LBs…Tennessee and Kentucky extended their assistant coaches’ contracts for upcoming seasons with upgraded incentives…Former Florida Atlantic head coach Carl Pelini is working on a novel and keeping his hand in college football operations…Miami (Ohio) unveiled a statue of legendary living alumnus John Harbaugh.

LSU director of athletics Joe Alleva cited an impressive area economic study on the impact of LSU football and athletics on Louisiana tourism and tax receipts…Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork was a featured guest on nationally-syndicated radio show College Sports Weekly and discussed the new end zone construction and Tad Smith Coliseum renovation.

The new Cure Bowl to benefit breast cancer-related charities will begin in post-2015 to bring the FBS postseason total to a record 40 contests. In post-2014 there will 39 bowls, including the inaugural College Football Playoff at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Cure Bowl will be played in Orlando, Fla., and will match the American Athletic and Sun Belt Conferences…College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock was featured in a column in the Daily Oklahoman…The Chick-fil-A Bowl will become the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl again for the post-2014 matchup with continued corporate sponsorship…The AT&T Cotton Bowl has mailed ticket renewal forms to 2014 purchasers and has made available information about selecting 2015 College Football Playoff ducats. Cotton Bowl Classis renewals are due by June 6…ESPN Regional researchers have located at least 459 college games played at Cotton Bowl Stadium since it debuted in its latest form in 1930 as Fair Park Stadium in Dallas. This includes 73 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classics and 84 AT&T Oklahoma-Texas Red River Showdowns…UNLV will be banned from 2014 postseason play due to NCAA Academic Progress Rate regulations.

American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco was featured in a column about the American’s overall NCAA success and Connecticut’s dual NCAA Division I basketball crowns last week…The Big Ten Conference will retain the Big Ten name no matter how many schools eventually configure the historic circuit…Javan Hedlund, associate commissioner for communications at the Mountain West Conference, celebrated his 15-year anniversary with the loop last week.

Noted Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin penned a feature on the difficult decisions that NFF Honors Court had to make on selections and nominations for the NFF College Hall of Fame Class of 2014 and future honorees…Michigan’s football radio network for 2014 will feature Jim Brandstatter on play-by-play and veteran telecaster Dan Dierdorf as analyst…ESPN is airing a special 10-year anniversary Outside the Lines program devoted to the passing of NFF 2006 Distinguished American Award recipient and College Hall of Fame DB Pat Tillman of Arizona State…ESPN has finalized its telecast schedule for five early college football matchups in ’14. The network also will debut the Top 25 FBS poll on Saturday, Aug. 30, the same day as No. 1 Florida State faces No. 2 Alabama, No. 14 Wisconsin meets No. 13 LSU on ESPN, and Notre Dame faces No. 24 UCF from Dublin, Ireland, on ESPN2. Times and additional games can be found on (NCAAF link)…After 41 total years in radio Don Bouloukos is from CBS Radio in New York where he has been a vice president for the last 16 years…The University of Jamestown (N.D.) student media group and regional news media members have sought to protect sports journalism sourcing, integrity and prohibiting censorship through the proposed North Dakota New Voices Act, which has an upcoming vote in the state legislature.

Kansas QB Montell Cozart emerged atop the post-spring depth chart at No. 1 just ahead of contenders 2013 starter Jake Heaps and UCLA transfer T.J. Millweard…Clemson has denoted its top probable quarterback candidates for ’14 as Cole Stoudt and redshirt freshman Deshaun Watson…Texas A&M QB and graduate Matt Joeckel may be transferring to TCU and will have an immediate fourth year of eligibility…Returning starter Maxwell Smith, soph Patrick Towles, redshirt freshman Reese Phillips, and freshman Drew Barker have emerged as Kentucky’s top upcoming QB hopefuls after the transfer of two-year spot starter Jalen Whitlow to another school… continues its list of 130 players most vital to their 2014 programs regardless of positions, and some of the highlighted mainstays are Connecticut WR Geremy Davis, Duke CB/KR DeVon Edwards, East Carolina QB Shane Carden, Eastern Michigan RB Bronson Hill, and Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves…SMU RB/LB Kevin Pope has been granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA due to injury hardship…North Texas has continued its three-way contest for the No. 1 position on the depth chart after spring training among Andrew McNulty, Josh Greer, and Connor Means. They were a combined 34-of-55 with two TD tosses in the recent Green-White game. Former UNT walkons KS Zach Paul, WR John Chelf, DB Sheldon Wade, DS Tony Johnson, and TE Jarrod Lynn were awarded scholarships for 2014-15…Former Texas kicker/punter Anthony Fera received the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Specialist Trophy last week after making 20-of-22 field goals and averaging 40.7 yards on punts as a senior…Vincent Testaverde, son of former Miami (Fla.) QB standout Vinny Testaverde, is an invited walkon for Texas Tech’s 2014 unit…Former Southern California QB Max Wittek visited the Texas campus last Saturday and may be interested in a transfer to Austin, Texas…Wyoming released its first official depth chart of the spring prior to its intrasquad game last Saturday with new head coach Craig Bohl…Iowa State DL David Irving has been suspended because of a recent crowd control incident in Ames, Iowa…QB Chad Kelly has left the Clemson program and will transfer to another school to be determined. He is the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Fame QB and courageous cancer fighter Jim Kelly of Miami (Fla.).

Louisville athletics and adidas have inked a $39 million marketing and apparel contract…Arizona State’s $25 million renovations have started at Sun Devil Stadium…Colorado athletics formally will bring ground on Folsom Field upgrades on May 12…Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium end zone upgrades are continuing as planned…Notre Dame has chosen FieldTurf as the first artificial surface at historic Notre Dame Stadium…UCLA’s new season ticket packet and priority seating include a special $99 payment to begin the 2014 seat reservation process…Minnesota athletics is undertaking a $6.6 million improvement plan for TCF Bank Stadium where the NFL Minnesota Vikings will play this season…The famed Minneapolis Metrodome was completely demolished last Thursday as the last pieces of concrete and steel were extracted by trucks…Michigan athletics is making major renovations to Schembechler Hall in Ann Arbor…Kansas athletics’ new DeBruce Center will feature the original copy of James Naismith’s Rules of Basketball from the 1890s…Louisiana-Monroe is installing its new turf surface with construction beginning this week…Colorado State athletics still is searching for funding sources and architectural renderings for a new football stadium in Fort Collins, Colo…Cincinnati and Middle Tennessee athletics are preparing for football stadium and other area facilities’ facelifts…Air Force is trimming 21 staff positions in athletics due to federal funding cutbacks and other factors.

NFF College Hall of Fame coach and 2006 co-Gold Medal recipient Bobby Bowden was featured in a recent national article about his duties as a special ambassador and spokesperson for Florida State athletics…Former university vice president and Maborn Journalism School Dean Dr. Roy Busby and NFL coach Wade Phillips were honorary coaches for the winning White squad in a 35-31 triumph over the Green team in the annual North Texas spring gridiron contest…Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson of Oregon State inked a free agent contract with the CFL Montreal Alouettes after playing on NFL squads for 12 seasons and making six Pro Bowls.

The NCAA Legislative Council approved several proposals to assist student-athletes’ financial and welfare challenges. One proposal notes that all FBS/Division I schools could provide unlimited meals and snacks to all student-athletes, including walkons. The group also voted to reduce the penalty for a first positive drug test from a full season to a half-season if it does not involve a performance-enhancing drug. A final vote was to create a minimum three-hour break between preseason football practices. The NCAA Board of Directors will address these updates Thursday, April 24, and all legislation would take effect Aug. 1…The NCAA credentialed a record 1,829 members (breaking the previous mark by 250 passes) wirth hundreds of FWAA and USBWA members in attendance at the 76th annual Division I Men’s Final Four at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas…CoSIDA held another monthly continuing education teleconference and live chat last Wednesday with sponsorship by Fox Sports Networks, the Discover Orange Bowl, the Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO, the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Turner Sports, and the Heisman Trophy…Jonathan Duncan was named vice president of enforcement at the NCAA…The NAIA has designated sites in Independence, Mo., outside Kansas City for 2015 and ’16 national championship events…IFRA is in the process of identifying game action photos from some of the very first “major” bowls contested in the 1930s and the Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO going back to the 1901 contest.

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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