College Football Notes June 23-29

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, June 23rd, 2014

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the June 24-30 time period are June 24 (1895) Gaylord Stinchcomb, Sycamore, Ohio; (1905) Bill Kelly, Denver, Colo.; (1928) Hollie Donan, Montclair, N.J.; (1932) Doug Dickey, Vermillion, S.D.; (1935) Ron Kramer, Girard, Kan.; (1944) Terry Donahue, Los Angeles, Calif.; June 25 (1928) Tank Younger, Grambling, La.; June 26 (1905) Jack McDowall, Micapony, Fla.; (1916) Alvin Wistert, Chicago, Ill.; (1933) Ralph Gugliemi, Columbus, Ohio; June 27 (1931) Bobby Reynolds (Neb.), Grand Island, Neb.; (1932) Kurt Burris, Nowata, Okla.; (1966) Mike Favor, Athens, Ga.; June 28 (1902) Ralph Baker, Rockford, Ill.; (1911) Jimmy Hitchcock, Inverness, Ala.; (1937) Charlie Flowers, Marianna, Ark.; (1960) John Elway, Port Angeles, Wash.; June 29 (1898) Dan McMillan (USC), Santa Clara, Calif.; (1908) Wes Fesler, Youngstown, Ohio; (1949) Dan Dierdorf, Canton, Ohio; June 30 (1930) W.C. Gorden, Nashville, Tenn.
Anniversary dates of death for key Hall of Fame members are June 24 (1971) Kenny Washington, Los Angeles, Calif.; June 26 (1986) Ed Molinski, Memphis, Tenn.; (1997) Don Hutson, Rancho Mirage, Calif.; (1999) Angelo Bertelli, Clifton, N.J.; June 27 (2000) Larry Kelley, Highstown, N.J.; (2002) Jay Berwanger, Downer’s Grove, Ill.; June 29 (1960) Bob McWhorter, Athens, Ga.; (1983) Joe Delaney, Monroe, La.; June 30 (1922) Bob Maxwell, Norristown, Pa.; (1973) Elmer Layden, Chicago, Ill.; (1983) Matty Bell, Dallas, Texas.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members June 24 Hollie Donan (86 years young), Doug Dickey, Ron Kramer, Terry Donahue, June 26 Ralph Gugliemi, June 27 Kurt Burris, Mike Favor, June 28 Charlie Flowers, John Elway, June 29 Dan Dierdorf…

NC State has finalized contracts with Old Dominion for the 2014 and ’15 campaigns…SMU and North Texas have a 12-year scheduling agreement annually from 2014-25…Alabama and several Southeastern Conference schools are seeking future games with Cincinnati of the American Athletic Conference. Former Alabama and Kentucky head coach and NFF College Hall of Fame member Bear Bryant had a great take about leaving the dressing room early and revising his pep talk before a UK-Cincy game in the 1950s. The Bearcats are hoping for an Alabama-type opponent in revamped Nippert Stadium in 2015…Grambling and Southern remain in negotiations for a future contact with the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., and have denied rumors about a possible move from the traditional neutral site…Pac-12 Conference teams are scheduling non-conference games into the next 7-8 years with the advent of upcoming league slates…Alumni and support groups are seeking a revival of the long-standing Texas A&M-Texas Tech gridiron series, which ended when A&M joined the SEC in 2012…Ball State athletics broke ground last week on the Fisher Football Complex in Muncie, Ind….Eastern Michigan is installing gray FieldTurf, which will resemble a concrete surface, for the 2014 season…Omaha is getting a new professional FXFL franchise after hosting the United Football League the last three seasons. Games will be played at TD Ameritrade Park in downtown Omaha.

The Texas baseball team continued to honor the memory of late national championship quarterback James Street with the initials JS on team uniforms through the 2014 NCAA World Series. Street guided the ’69 Longhorns to the national gridiron title and pitched UT squads to there consecutive NCAA Baseball World Series from 1968-70.

Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury was on hand for the Red Raider baseball team’s historic first trip to the NCAA World Series on June 15 against former Southwest Conference opponent TCU. It was the 144th meeting between the schools as the Horned Frogs prevailed 3-2…Former UTSA QB Eric Soza is joining the Houston staff as a graduate assistant coach… Connecticut football designated Dave Deboer, Nick Lezynski and Josh Zidenberg as graduate assistant coaches…Former Nebraska longtime assistant coach Mile Tenopir is undergoing treatment for leukemia.

West Virginia director of athletics Oliver Luck has projected a break-even or plus-side financial report for the Mountaineers in 2013-14…Longtime multi-school director of athletics and assistant coach Oval Jaynes received the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Appalachian State…Penn State director of athletics David Joyner will retire from his position July 1…Missouri AD Mike Alden projected several improvements over the next five years…Former California assistant AD for development Alisha Valavanis was named chief operating officer for the Seattle Storm…North Dakota State interim AD Prakash Mathew seeks to carry on the three-peat tradition in FCS national titles…New Northern Colorado AD Darren Dunn recently discussed bolstering football funding and keeping other sports financed within reason…Former UC Santa Barbara AD Mark Massari will serve as Oregon State’s new deputy AD…Sacramento State is in the process of searching for a replacement for its AD post, and Markus Jennings has been tabbed as senior associate AD…Youngstown State’s Board of Regents formally approved the 2015 remuneration and contract for new university president and former Ohio State and YSU head coach Jim Tressel… Former Cincinnati interim AD Desiree Reed-Francois is joining Whit Babcock at Virginia Tech…Northern Colorado AD Darren Dunn has made some quick moves to shore up finances and maximize potential for 2014 UNC football…Former Sacramento Kings arena manager Mike Duncan was lauded for his early contributions to Oregon athletics as an associate AD…Utah State athletics named Andrea Patton named a learning specialist for student-athletes…Former Virginia Tech Hokie running back Kevin Jones has been named special assistant to the Tech AD…Xavier (Ohio) AD Greg Christopher was complimented on his first year on the job at the Cincinnati university.

Bitcoin is the new corporate sponsor for the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl…The 2014-15 chair of the AT&T Cotton Bowl is Daniel P. Novakov, who played on Notre Dame’s 1970 and ’71 Cotton Bowl Classic teams as an offensive lineman and now is a Dallas attorney…The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces and Heart of Dallas Bowls along with eight other ESPN postseason football entities had their dates and telecast times approved for the 2014-15 bowl season by the NCAA Postseason Football Committee and ESPN.

Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby received a two-year contract extension…The Big East and Big 12 Conferences recently awarded postgraduate scholarships to several deserving graduating senior student-athletes. The Big 12 grants are known as the Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships in honor of the 1995 NFF National Contribution to American Football Award…The Big 12 also extended its agreements with the Kansas City law firm Polsinelli LLC for future consultation.
Washington athletics has a new football and broadcast rights’ agreement with flagship station KOMO Radio in Seattle…Retired president of CNS and former vice president for CBS Sports Neil Pilson testified recently in the Ed O’Bannon court case that collegiate student-athletes and the general public played and watched college football and other sports primarily for the love of the game…The Chattanooga Times-Free Press lauded Vanderbilt for keeping the student-athlete concept alive and well against razor-sharp Southeastern Conference opposition in the majority of VU sports.

Lindy’s Football magazine denotes Florida State RB Dalvin Cook, Auburn WR D’haquille Williams and Southern California athlete Adoree’ Jackson as three of the Top 50 incoming freshmen for the 2014 season…Flower Mound Marcus (Texas) HS OL Keaton Sutherland and Plano East (Texas) HS DE Landi Durham joined Allen (Texas) HS QB Kyler Murray as the latest verbal commitments for Texas A&M’s 2015 signing class…Notre Dame RB/WR Will Mahone has been suspended from the squad for violation of team rules.

Filming has begun in Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio for the new movie “My All American” about the brief and courageous life of late Texas standout Freddie Steinmark, UT head coach and NFF College Hall of Famer the late Darrell K. Royal and the Longhorns’ 1967-69 teams. Juston Street, son of Texas’ All-Southwest Conference QB the late James Street, portrays his father in the film while recent UT quarterback Case McCoy plays Arkansas All-SWC quarterback Bill Montgomery from the famed Big Shootout contest in Fayetteville, Ark., in 1969.

One rendering and cost projection for UNLV’s proposed new football stadium is $511 million when all amenities are included…Michigan athletics is planning and projecting 12 new or renovated facilities at a cost of $346.5 million through 2019…Arizona State is renovating some of its older office and practice facilities…Boise State is receiving $9 million in new naming rights for for Albertson’s Stadium deal…Kentucky athletics has put some of its Rupp Arena and other facilities’ renovations on a temporary hold…Michigan athletics is seeking construction bids for its U-M $6 million athletics operations facility…Mississippi State athletics hope to utilize national-class Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss., for football alumni group weekend stays, meetings and as home for the MSU men’s and women’s golf teams…The Missouri Board of Curators is on the verge of approving some new stadium seats at the Columbia university…Virginia’s General Assembly dropped requirements that Old Dominion athletics use primarily private funds for the school’s new stadium on campus…Oregon’s 48-year-old Autzen Stadium signage will receive a much-needed preseason facelift…Purdue athletics is deciding on a future turf or natural grass surface at Ross-Ade Stadium…The U.S. Trademark Board has recommended deleting federal trademark rights for the NFL Washington Redskins team nickname and logo…Texas and Texas A&M women’s basketball teams will join the schools’ 2014 baseball teams and play a Dec. 21 contest at Little Rock, Ark.,, Arizona State is investigating the possibility of adding sports because of its football revenue… Kansas athletics is considering removing the historic track surface inside Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. NFF College Hall of Fame coach Knute Rockne of Notre Dame was part of the construction crew, which built the stadium in 1922…Kansas State athletics is installing new scoreboards… Kansas City sports entities are studying the corporate sponsorship implications of the proposed Sprint and T-Mobile mergers.

NFF Board member Chris Plonsky testified in the NCAA vs. Ed O’Bannon case that the University of Texas always has considered the “student” in student-athlete the most important aspect of college athletics…NFF College Hall of Fame DB Mel Blount of Southern (Baton Rouge) joined fellow Hall of Famer Joe Greene of North Texas, NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell, former teammate and head coach Mike Mularkey of Florida and the Tennessee Titans joined Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney II and hundreds of dignitaries at the memorial services for Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Chuck Noll of the Steelers and Dayton last Tuesday in Pittsburgh…NFF College Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer of Oklahoma reflected on 25 years away from the helm at OU and his Super Bowl championship run with the NFL Dallas Cowboys…NFF College Hall of Fame QB Jim McMahon of BYU was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sports Legacy Institute of Boston for his contributions to football and improving men’s health…NFF Gold Medal recipient Phil Knight of Oregon received mention in the finding of a vintage 1957 Oregon track and field guide, which connoted Knight as a “promising rookie” middle distanceman. Also mentioned in that media book was NFF College Hall of Fame coach John McKay, who assisted UO football as well as serving as the 1957 Ducks’ head golf coach…Former Columbia HB Lou Gehrig, a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, will be celebrated at every Major League Baseball contest on July 4 for the 75th anniversary of his famous “Luckiest Man in the World” speech on Lou Gehrig Day on July 4, 1939…NFF tri-founder the late Grantland Rice would have been proud. He played football and baseball at Vanderbilt from 1897-1901 and served as head baseball coach for the Commodores. Mississippi State and NFL standout Glen “Unkie” Young was profiled for his MSU Hall of Fame football and baseball careers in a recent MSU Today publication…Former North Texas QB and 2014 Hears of Dallas Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player Derek Thompson will coach quarterbacks at Denton (Texas) HS…Doug Williams, who has been a member of the statistics’ crew for past Dr Pepper Big 12 Conference Football Championships and has been on Texas A&M’s game-day stats’ group, is working his first NCAA Division I Baseball World Series as an umpire in Omaha, Neb.

NACDA executive director Bob Vecchione has been named 2014 Distinguished Alumnus by Missouri Western University…The Football Writers Association of America has started its 2014-15 membership campaign along with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association at FWAA.com and USBWA.com. National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association also is accepting renewals and new members by accessing NCBWA.com.

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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