College Football Notes April 27-May 2

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, April 27th, 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 28-May 4 time period are April 28 (1876) Frank Cavanaugh, Worcester, Mass.; (1947) Bill Enyart, Pawhuska, Okla.; (1955) Wilson Whitley, Brenham, Texas; April 29 (1914) Darrell Lester, Jacksboro, Texas; (1920) David Nelson, Detroit, Mich.; April 30 (1918) Augie Lio, East Boston, Mass.; (1935) Jon Arnett, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1941) Jerry Stovall, West Monroe, La.; (1871) Fielding Yost, Fairview, W.Va.; (1887) Doc Fenton, Scranton, Pa.; (1895) Bernie Moore, Jonesboro, Tenn.; May 1 (1900) Stan Barnes, Baraboo, Wis.; (1905) Chris Cagle, DeRidder, La.; (1907) Erby Pinckert, Medford, Wis.; (1910) Cliff Battles, Akron, Ohio; (1925) Chuck Bednarik, Bethlehem, Pa.; (1930) Ollie Matson, Trinity, Texas; (1937) Roger Brown, Surry County, Va.; (1950) Carlos Alvarez, Havana, Cuba; May 2 (1887) Joe Utay, St. Louis, Mo.; (1955) Richard Ritchie, Mineral Wells, Texas; May 3 (1919) Gil Steinke, Brenham, Texas; (1927) Bobby Davis, Columbus, Ga.; (1941) Dave Robinson, Mt. Holly, N.J.; May 4 (1903) Four Horseman Elmer Layden, Davenport, Iowa; (1910) Barry Wood, Milton, Mass.; (1928) Don Coleman, Ponca City, Okla.
Anniversary Hall of Fame members dates of death are April 28 (1962) Arnett “Ace” Mumford, Baton Rouge, La.; (1993) Ben Schwartzwalder, St. Petersburg, Fla.; April 30 (2012) Billy Neighbors, Huntsville, Ala.; May 2 (1983) Norm Van Brocklin, Social Circle, Ga.; May 3 (1971) Scrappy Moore, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1976) Ernie Nevers, San Rafael, Calif.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 28 Bill Enyart, April 30 Jon Arnett, Jerry Stovall, West Monroe, La.; May 1 Chuck Bednarik (a spry 89), Roger Brown, Carlos Alvarez, May 2 Richard Ritchie, May 3 Dave Robinson…

More College Football Notes:
LSU and Syracuse will play in 2015 and ’17…FIU has added home-and-away series with Indiana and Massachusetts. The first IU contest will be at Bloomington on Sept. 12, 2015, while the Golden Panthers will trek to UMass on Oct. 3, 2015…Indiana has cancelled its series with USF in 2015 and ’16…The Big Ten Conference announced its 2014 prime time games’ telecasts, and the complete schedule is available at btn.com…Wyoming published its final updated 2014 post-spring depth chart…East Tennessee State has printed commemorative duplicate tickets for its return to football on Sept. 3, 2015, against Kennesaw State at new Kermit Tipton Stadium/Steve Spurrier Field (the latter named for NFF College Hall of Fame player and current South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier who starred in high school football at Johnson City, Tenn….Houston athletics is working to keep spring training and stadium construction noise levels at a minimum in the I-45 neighborhood surrounding campus…There is public and some media debate about Delaware’s possible move to FBS from its current FCS status…The famed Apprentice School (Va.) has completed its 2014 schedule with a Sept. 6 game to be revealed in coming days.

The 10th Annual Pat’s Run was held last Saturday, April 26, in Tempe, Ariz. The run honored College Football Hall of Famer and 2006 NFF Distinguished American Pat Tillman (Arizona State), who lost his life in Afghanistan serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment, and the donations from the race directly support the Tillman Military Scholars program…West Virginia athletics is forming a new Fans Experience Committee to enhance football and other sports’ experiences in and around game days…The San Diego Padres held San Diego State Aztecs Night at a recent game to salute SDSU athletics…TCU athletics and the Fort Worth School District are cooperating on facilities’ and office usage for the 2014-15 academic year at historic Daniel Meyer Coliseum undergoes renovations…Northwestern football student-athletes cast the first ballots last Friday toward unionization, but the National Labor Relations Board has all ballots sealed currently in a closed ballot box.

Jody Sears has been interim head coach at Sacramento State…Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter has received a five-year contract extension…Pennsylvania head coach Al Bagnoli will retire at the end of the 2014 season…Mississippi State is in ongoing negotiations with head coach Dan Mullen about a possible contract addition…Minot State named Tyler Hughes head coach…Castleton (Vt.) tabbed Kevin Trigonis as offensive coordinator…Louisville and Maryland assistant football coaches have signed revised and enhanced pacts for 2014…Frank Verducci will coach Northern Iowa’s right ends this season…Former Ohio State and Youngstown State head coach Jim Tressel is one of three finalists for the president’s position at Akron…USF assistant head coach Ron Cooper was inducted into the Huntsville-Madison County, Ala., Athletic Hall of Fame last week as a standout linebacker from 1980-82 at Huntsville’s Lee High School…Current Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville was in Auburn, Ala., to visit his son Tucker Tuberville who is a 2014 walkon quarterback for the Auburn Tigers and played in the Auburn A-Day spring tussle.

High Point selected Dan Hauser as director of athletics…Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork has been the subject of several interviews about new phases in college football and NCAA governance…cited…Hofstra chose Ariel Pesante assistant AD for NCAA education and compliance services…Colorado hopes to have its new compliance coordinator in place by June 1…Longtime Florida coach and administrator Buddy Alexander is retiring after 27 years.

The Duck Commander Independence Bowl has a possible local entertainment tax in the works to assist team payouts and to enhance the bowl experience.

The Big 12 and Pac-12 Conference are working with ESPN to televise a possible matchup between the conferences in Mexico City. Texas has been labeled as a highly-valued participant in the equation…The American Athletic Conference has revised portions of its ’14 slate. Tulane at Tulsa, the first AAC game of the season, has been moved up Thursday, Aug. 28, with time and television coverage to be determined. Houston’s season opener vs. UTSA, the first game at the new Houston Football Stadium, will be played on Friday, Aug. 29, at 8 p.m., (CDT) and televised nationally on ESPNews. The UH-Temple contest in Houston has been moved up one day to Friday, Oct. 17, and will be a 8 p.m. (CDT) telecast on ESPNU.…Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive presented a model for a possible five-conference Big Five national football configuration for the College Football Playoff semifinals and expressed satisfaction over the number of cable carriers acquiring the new SEC Network…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.

The Mountain West Conference revealed its early-season and weeknight football telecasts for 2014 last week…Longtime writer and college publicist Andy Bagnato and Kristen Pflipsen have opened Bagnato Pflipsen Communications in the Phoenix, Ariz., area…The SEC Network and ESPN have launched a promotional campaign for the network’s debut with 14 Schools: 14 Stories …PBS hosted a national documentary telecast last week of the movie “Muscle Shoals (Ala.)” about the adopted hometown of Rece Davis of ESPN (he played quarterback for MSHS) and the birth city of NFF College and Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome of Alabama…Historians in Kansas City and Indianapolis unearthed the 1968 Frontier Airlines Big Eight Conference football highlight film restored at the website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jExhaJjgjvI with legendary late broadcaster Lindsey Nelson narrating the program.

Missouri QB Maty Mauk completed 11-of-15 passes for 129 yards and rushed for a touchdown in the Tigers’ annual Black-Gold spring game…Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon motored for 95 yards in the annual A-Day intrasquad clash…Utah RB Travis Wilson connected on 7-of-12 passes for 116 yards in the Utes’ spring tussle…Arizona State’s spring contest went into overtime as receiver Jaelen Strong had the game’s longest play with a 63-yard TD reception…New Mexico RB Crusoe Gongbay has been suspended indefinitely for a team rules’ violation.

Cost estimates for a new football stadium at UNLV run from $490-628 million…Arkansas football unveiled new football uniforms for ’14 and a striking secondary Hog logo…Kansas athletics’ new track and field facility produced some of the fastest times in Kansas Relays’ history and can be used for speed training in football…RIT athletics will be building a new arena with coaches’ offices, practice facilities and weight training areas available for use as early as 2015…Marquette athletics also is planning on new facilities, practice space and offices in coming months.

The Oklahoma City Oklahoman saluted the life and accomplishments of NFF College Hall of Fame coach Bud Wilkinson, who would have celebrated his 98th birthday last week…Former Tennessee QB and Colorado Rockies’ standout Todd Helton and Colorado QB Darian Hagan were inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame…LB Russell Allen of San Diego State and the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars has retired from football at the age of 27 after suffering an apparent stroke in a contest last autumn…The NFL announced its regular-season schedule for 2014 last Wednesday night and will hosting its latest college player draft in history May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. For the complete schedule and draft information, please access NFL.com…Jay Langhammer, who originated and has selected the Fraternity All-America football squad for four decades, will be honored for his contributions by the Fraternity Communications Association at its national convention in Atlanta, Ga.

The NCAA Board of Directors passed several measures last week to benefit student-athletes and to allow the five “power” conferences a larger say in several NCAA matters, especially those pertaining to football…CoSIDA deadlines for spring sports CoSIDA Capital One All-District and All-America teams are approaching Tuesday, April 29…The IFRA has unearthed a complete portable data form copy of the 1932 Vanderbilt at Tulane football program.

2014-15 Inaugural College Football Playoff Schedule (All Times EST)
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, 1 p.m. (tentative) – 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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