College Football Notes May 26-30

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

On Thursday, May 22, the NFF announced 14 sterling players and two head coaches into the NFF College Hall of Fame. The Class of 2014 (the 64th in NFF annals) came from a nominees’ list of 87 total players and 26 coaches.
The NFF and PrimeSports also welcomed Campus Insiders Vice President of Content and Brand Development and on-air host Bonnie Bernstein as for the conference with live webstreaming provided by Volar Video for the first time. BMG Event Productions of Indianapolis, Ind., produced the star-studded event. It also was a historic day inn that the FBS and NCAA/ANAI divisional inductees were announced at the same news conference for the initial time.
Of the 4.99 million individuals who have played college football since Princeton first tangled with Rutgers on Nov. 6, 1869, only 1,155 champions of the gridiron (948 players and 207 coaches) have been immortalized in the Hall. That translates into two ten-thousandths of one percent (.0002) of those who have played the game to have been deemed worthy of the top honor.
The 2014 inductees who will be honored at the 57th annual NFF Awards Dinner on Dec. 9 at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York are:

DRE BLY – DB, North Carolina (1996-98)
TONY BOSELLI – OT, Southern California (1991-94)
DAVE BUTZ – DT, Purdue (1970-72)
SHANE CONLAN – LB, Penn State (1983-86)
JOE HAMILTON – QB, Georgia Tech (1996-99)
JOHN HUARD – LB, Maine (1964-66)
DARRIN NELSON – HB, Stanford (1977-78, 1980-81)
WILLIE ROAF – OL, Louisiana Tech (1989-92)
STERLING SHARPE – WR, South Carolina (1983, 1985-87)
LEONARD SMITH – CB, McNeese State (1979-82)
DERRICK THOMAS (deceased) – LB, Alabama (1985-88)
WESLEY WALLS – TE, Mississippi (1985-88)

MIKE BELLOTTI – 137-80-2 (63%); Chico State (Calif.) (1984-88) and Oregon (1995-08)
JERRY MOORE – 242-135-2 (64.1%); North Texas (1979-80), Texas Tech (1981-85) and Appalachian State (1989-12)

More College Notes:
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the May 26-June 2 time period are May 26 (1887) Ed Hart, Exeter, N.H.; (1895) Ira Rodgers, Bethany, W.Va.; (1902) Bernie Shively, Oliver, Ill.; (1939) Herb Deromedi, Royal Oak, Mich.; May 27 (1889) George Little, Leominster, Pa.; (1904) Les Lautenschlaeger, New Orleans, La.; (1960) Randy Trautman, Caldwell, Idaho; (1974) Danny Wuerffel, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; May 28 (1888) Jim Thorpe, Prague, Okla.; (1948) Bruce Taylor, Perth Amboy, N.J.; May 29 (1903) Bob Hope, NFF Gold Medal recipient, London, England; (1892) Earl Abell, Portage, Wis.; (1949) Rex Kern, Lancaster, Ohio; May 30 (1891) Bob Peck, Lock Haven, Pa.; (1915) Larry Kelly, Conneaut, Ohio; (1941) Charlie Richard, Grain Valley, Mo.; (1943) Gale Sayers, Wichita, Kan.; (1946) Dick Farley, Danvers, Mass.; (1949) Lydell Mitchell, Salem, N.J.; May 31 (1912) Harold Burry, New Castle, Pa.; (1953) Richard Wood, Elizabeth, N.J.; (1967) Kevin Dent, Vicksburg, Miss.; June 1 (1901) Edgar Miller, Canton, Ohio; (1916) Ki Aldrich, Rogers, Texas; (1930) Carmen Cozza, Parma, Ohio; (1933) Alan Ameche, Kenosha, Wis.; June 2 (1895) Homer Hazel, Piffard, N.Y.; (1909) Ben Schwartzwalder, Point Pleasant, W.Va.; (1950) Jeff Siemon, Rochester, Minn.
Anniversary Hall of Fame members dates of death are May 26 (1956) Earl Abell, Pardeeville, Wis.; (1965) Homer Norton, College Station, Texas; May 28 (1964) Barton “Botchey” Koch, Temple, Texas; (1979) Lou Little, Delray Beach, Fla.; June 1 (1963) Century Milstead, Pleasantville, N.Y.; June 2 (1943) Nile Kinnick, Over the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Paria in combat.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members May 26 Herb Deromedi, May 27 Randy Trautman, Rex Kern, Danny Wuerffel, May 28 Bruce Taylor, May 30 Charlie Richard, Gale Sayers, Dick Farley, Lydell Mitchell, May 31 Richard Wood, Kevin Dent, June 1 Carmen Cozza, June 2 Ben Schwartzwalder, Jeff Siemon…

Auburn and Arkansas State will meet in 2016 at Auburn…Virginia and Virginia Tech athletics cooperated in a recent discussion about Atlantic Coast Conference non-league future scheduling…North Dakota director of athletics Brian Faison is hoping to clear final obstacles for a UND-North Dakota State rivalry resumption on the gridiron…Nebraska’s new online football ticketing measures have drawn rave reviews from Husker fans…Austin Peay’s new stadium constriction has been delayed by a sinkhole near the end zone area in Clarksville, Tenn…Michigan and Michigan State have vetoed possible alcohol sales at their stadiums for 2014…Notre Dame Stadium’s sale of pieces of sod prior to its artificial turf installation continues to advance rapidly as summer beckons…Mississippi State and Virginia Tech are two schools featuring digital countdown to kickoff clocks on their respective athletics home pages…South Carolina State athletics has made appeals to the university, local community and donors to help make up at fiscal year 2014 deficit.

The Southeastern Conference denoted its Community Service Teams and specified exemplary individuals from its 14 members last week…Wyoming will feature the new Poke Pregame Zone for the upcoming football campaign…Best Value Schools lists several football-playing universities among its Top 10 Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities’ choices for 2014-15 freshmen and transfers. The list includes Harvey Mudd College, Claremont McKenna, Williams, Haverford, Swarthmore, Washington and Lee, Hamilton (N.Y.), Amherst, Colgate, and Holy Cross…The North Texas Mean Green Football Alumni caravan made its annual stop at Park Place Lexus in Plano, Texas, last Tuesday with a large Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex turnout…Tennessee athletics has placed several billboards appealing for loyalty and funds with a three-dimensional, gloved football hand in front of the boards throughout the state.

UCLA head coach Jim Mora helped raise $500,000-plus in a recent golf tournament to assist local charities in the Jim Mora Celebrity Tourney in Las Angeles. One of the key participants was 2009 NFF William V. Campbell Award and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner QB Tim Tebow of Florida…UCF head coach George O’Leary was noted as the “perfect fit” for the present and future of Knights’ football after taking the school to its first BCS bowl and winning in post-2013…New Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl has made the state of Nebraska a high priority for future UW high school recruiting…LSU head coach Les Miles joined AD Joe Alleva on the recent Tiger Alumni Tour in Lafayette, La….New Mexico State offensive line coach Chris Symington will sit out the 2014 season for personal reasons…Strength and conditioning coach Dan Huff is pursuing other interests after serving for several years in NJIT athletics.

New Mexico Highlands named Jeff Falkner director of athletics…Arizona State AD Ray Anderson was featured on his new role in nationally-published newspaper story…Virginia Tech AD Whit Babcock has left a positive early imprint on Hokie athletics, according to a recent area interview…Longtime Hofstra coach and administrator Bill Edwards retired…Veteran Notre Dame coach and administrator Joe Plane is retiring…Longtime Tennessee athletics administrator and coach J.J. Clark Dr. Carine Feyten will become chancellor and president of Texas Woman’s University July 1 and is looking forward to her board of directors’ duties with the Lone Star Conference and first trip to the annual Lone Star Fall Football Festival at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Sept. 20. Tickets go on sale next month…Boise State president Bob Kustra is calling for amended governance by NCAA Division I and FBS, so schools in the position of BSU will not be impacted in a severe financial manner…The Miami Dolphins named Eric Stokes assistant general manager.

The new San Francisco Bowl between Pac-12 and Big Ten Conference opponents at Levi’s Stadium in Santa, Clara, Calif., hosted Pac-12 and Big Ten commissioners Larry Scott and Jim Delany at a special kickoff news conference last week at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. They spoke extensively about possible NCAA reforms and the impact of additional bowls and the post-2014 College Football Playoff.

The Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference presidents/CEOs are pushing for major NCAA reforms and governance changes for 2014-15…The Sun Belt Conference will not be expanding in the immediate future after talks at its annual spring meetings last week…The Horizon League named Julie Roe Lach deputy commissioner.

Legendary UCLA football and basketball radio play-by-play voice Chris Roberts will retire at he end of the 2014-15 academic years. He has headed Bruin radio calls since 1982-83…ESPN continues to denote airtimes and dates for several of the new bowl games and possible date changes for contests such as the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and Heart of Dallas Bowl…Sportscaster Dean Jackson celebrated his 23rd year with ABC Channel 33/40 in Birmingham and Tuscloosa, Ala., last week.

The Dave Rimington Award watch list of 64 national standouts went public last week with such aspiring All-America centers as FIU senior Donald Senate, Florida Atlantic senior Braden Lyons and Marshall senior Chris Jasperse among the group…Incoming LSU freshman defender Mike Clapp, the son of Tigers’ DE-LB standout Tommy Clapp, literally is living his boyhood dream of playing for his favorite team and reports to summer school June 6…The Minnesota Vikings have inked 2014 squad members OG David Yanley of Stanford, OG Austin Wentworth of Fresno State and CB Kendall James of Maine…The Tampa Bay Bucs selected Jon Robinson director of player personnel, Andy Speyer as national scout and signed RB Brendan Bigelow of California.

Albertson’s Stores have acquired the naming rights for Boise State’s stadium..The Allen (Texas) HS Eagles will be playing 2014 games in nearby Plano, Texas, while repairs are being made to AHS’ $60 million Eagle Stadium…South Carolina is debating the future sale of malt beverages at Williams-Brice Stadium…Colorado athletics is hoping to add approximately 600 parking spaces near football’s Folsom Field as part of its 2014 construction and renovations…North Dakota student media have launched the website for media discussions and critiques…A new website University News Media has gone online with extensive coverage and details about college football and other campus sports…Dallas-Fort Worth sports marketing guru and former SMU club sport captain Matt McDermott has been named director of marketing for the United League.

Among the NFF College Hall of Fame members gathered in Irving, Texas, for last Thursday’s historic announcements were D.D. Lewis of Mississippi State, Charles Haley of James Madison, Jay Novacek of Wyoming, Jim Ray Smith of Baylor, and Donny Anderson of Texas Tech…Bill Thorpe, the 86-year-old son of NFF College Hall of Fame member, Carlisle and Olympic legend the late Jim Thorpe, also attended the festivities. He has lived in Arlington, Texas, since 1968 and is one of two surviving sons of Jim Thorpe…Arkansas is arranging for a gala players’ reunion and official retirement ceremony for NFF College Hall of Fame coach Frank Broyles…Several NFF College Hall of Fame members are among an all-time Best at Their Numbers’ list conducted by a leading online sports polling group. Some of the headliners are No. 32 Jim Brown of Syracuse and No. 45 archie Griffin of Ohio State, and No. 98 Tom Harmon Harmon of Michigan, among others. There will be more on this topic next week…Former Nebraska football All-America punter and Major League Baseball standout Darin Erstad guided the NU baseball team to 39 wins in its first 57 games, a 3-1 mark to start the first Big Ten tournament ever played at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., second place for NU in each of his first two seasons at the helm, and a probable NCAA Championship berth in just two years as Huskers’ head coach.

The FWAA was out in full force represented by executive director Steve Richardson and several members at last week;s NFF College Hall of Fame denotations…SMU faculty athletics representative and active Gridiron Club of Dallas member Paul Rogers also was a noted observer at the festivities…The FWAA also is accepting nominations for the prestigious Armed Forces Merit Award. Qualifiers include individuals with an armed forces background who is currently involved as an athletic administrator, football coach, staff member or player and has brought distinction and recognition to both his or her armed forces service and the sport. These include Individuals or groups that have created, developed or produced football-related programs that provide care, concern and support for past or present members of the United States armed forces or their families. Nomination deadline is Sept. 30, and a blue-ribbon committee will make the selection. Please email nominations to FWAA member and committeeman Tim Simmons at or call 720-244-6580…The FWAA also has listed football media days for the 10 FBS conferences with dates, locations and registration information for members via their special sign-in passwords.

2014-15 Inaugural College Football Playoff Schedule (All Tentative 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. – Host Bowl, ESPN
Jan. 1, 2015 – Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Calif. – CFP Semifinal, 5 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 1, 2015 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., 8:30 p.m. – CFP Semifinal, ESPN
Jan. 12, 2015 – College Football Championship Game – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

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