College Football Notes June 30-July 5

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, June 30th, 2014

NFF Board member and owner/general manager of the NFL Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones is hosting a free World Cup watching party at AT&T Stadium Tuesday with gates opening at 1:30 p.m. (CDT) prior to the 3 p.m. (CDT) match between the U.S. and Belgium. Concessions stands will be open, and the game will be projected on televisions on each level of the stadium and in HD on the facility’s large score and message boards.

1997 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy recipient Peyton Manning returned to Knoxville last week for a brief summer workout with some members of the Tennessee football squad before the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La., July 10-13 on the campus of Nicholls State.

2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Gabe Ikard of Oklahoma is a nominee for 2013-14 Big12Conference Male Sportsperson of Year.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the July 1-7 time period are July 1 (1922) Don Whitmire, Giles County, Tenn.; (1953) Michael Haynes, Denison, Texas; July 2 (1891) Gus Dorais, Chippewa Falls, Wis.; (1879) Bob Zuppke, Berlin, Germany; (1900) Ernie Vick, Toledo, Ohio; (1937) John Cooper, Knoxville, Tenn.; July 3 (1943) Steve DeLong, Norfolk, Va.; (1959) Frank Hawkins, Las Vegas, Nev.; (1976) Grant Wistrom, Webb City, Mo.; July 4 (1912) Edgar Manske, Nekoosa, Wis.; (1942) Floyd Little, New Haven, Conn.; (1962) Willie Totten, Leflore, Miss.; July 5 (1923) John McKay, Everettsville, W.Va.; (1951) Johnny Rodgers, Omaha, Neb.; July 6 (1924) Darrell Royal, Hollis, Okla.; (1946) Fred Dryer, Hawthorne, Calif.; July 7 (1918) Bob Blackman, DeSoto, Iowa.
Anniversary dates of death for key Hall of Fame members are July 1 (1971) Jesse Harper, Sitka, Kan.; (1984) Ziggy Czarobski, Aurora, Ill.; (2010) Don Coryell, La Mesa, Calif.; July 3 (1975) Elmer Oliphant, New Canaan, Conn.; July 5 (1998) Sid Luckman, No. Miami Beach, Fla.; July 7 (1992) Clint Frank, Evanston, Ill.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members July 1 Michael Haynes, July 2 John Cooper, July 3 Steve DeLong, Frank Hawkins, Grant Wistrom, July 4 Floyd Little, Willie Totten, July 5 Johnny Rodgers, July 6 Fred Dryer…

More College Football Notes
Georgia and Notre Dame have scheduled their first regular-season matchups with a two-game series in 2017 and 2019…Georgia and Texas may have to alter their future four-game series dates or years after the UGa-ND announcement…Colorado has added Idaho State and Northern Colorado to its 2016 and 2017 schedules…Marshall and Ohio will renew he traditional Battle for the Bell rivalry in 2019 and 2020…West Virginia and Youngstown State have formalized their contract for a 2016 encounter…Connecticut and Massachusetts will meet at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., in 2016…Syracuse will host Central Michigan in 2015…Southern California will begin offering four-year scholarships for football, men’s and women’s basketball starting July 1 instead of the usual one-year grants-in-aid offered by NCAA FBS members…South Carolina is approaching its 2014 season ticket sellout goal of 55,000 with 51,479 sold through last Friday…Penn State students have purchased their entire allotment of tickets for the 2014 campaign…Louisiana-Monroe is close to completing the installation of its new football stadium FieldTurf artificial surface…Florida has named the 13 members of its Fan Experience Advisory Committee…Football-famed Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, is installing new artificial turf…Baylor and Texas A&M are renewing their old Southwest and Big 12 Conference rivalry – in 2014 men’s basketball.

2014 NFF College Hall of Fame inductee Ladanian Tomlinson of TCU was he official “pourer” for the fundraising “Chillin4Kay” program last Friday in Fort Worth, Texas. Participants and celebrities had the option of making a contribution to the Kay Yow Cancer Foundation or having a bucket of water doused over them…The heart of late BYU football standout Nick Longshore was donated to former Utah basketball player and transplant recipient Ken Gardner, it was learned last week…Texas and Vanderbilt utilized large scoreboard LED screens to simulcast recent games in the NCAA World Series at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin and Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. Over 3,000 VU partisans watched in glee at the stadium when the Commodores won their first NCAA men’s championship 3-2 over Virginia last Wednesday night in Omaha, Neb….Indiana athletics will implement a new Bill of Rights for its 2014-15 student-athletes beginning with summer sessions.

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini has been featured on the Union Pacific Big Red Express, which has been making goodwill stops in such cities as Kearney, Columbus and Wahoo in recent weeks to meet with local fans…Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was chronicled by Tulsa World columnist John Klein for his seven-year contract extension, a 160-39 overall mark, 99-24 Big 12 Conference record with nine league championships, and 15 consecutive bowl trips since taking over the OU program in 1999. Klein called Stoops the best value for salaries spent over 15 seasons and for his extension terms in the FBS…Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst was profiled for his father’s and brothers’ assistant and head coaching ties with college football. Plus, younger brother Rick Chryst was former commissioner of the Mid-American Conference and associate commissioner in the Atlantic Coast and Southwest Conferences…SMU head coach June Jones joined Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and sports dignitaries at last week’s Coaches Leadership Breakfast at Dallas; American Airlines Center to benefit area charities and coaches’ outreaches. Jones told the gathering he hopes to coach another 3-5 seasons and enjoys his SMU association… Idaho State head coach Mike Kramer told administrators he wants to earn a possible contract update with on-field success…Former Idaho State head coach Dave Kragthorpe reminisced about his USU success in the 1980s at a visit with the ISU Vandals Scholarships golf tourney last week…Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood has retained former Alabama QB Jimmy Sexton as his agent…TCU head coach Gary Patterson threw the ceremonial first pitch and was caught by head baseball coach and two-time NCAA World Series head baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle at TCU Night at Globe Life Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, last Tuesday…Former Kansas State QB Collin Klein will join head coach Bill Snyder’s staff in a coaching or support capacity for the coming season…Nebraska’s student support athletics support group The Iron N has discussed ticket allotments and seat assignments for football games with the school’s administration.

NFF College Hall of Fame coach and Wisconsin director of athletics Barry Alvarez was lauded for his first 10 years as UW AD and overall success…Stanford has won the Learfield NACDA Directors Cup for the 20th consecutive year, and Florida in Division I runnerup for the third year in a row…Hampton named Eugene Marshall director of athletics…Penn State President Eric Barron has formed a search committee for the new AD…Bruce Parker has been selected as AD at Rocky Mountain (Colo.)… South Carolina AD Ray Tanner received a two-year contract extension…The Citadel named Rob Acunto interim AD…LSU AD Joe Alleva confirmed he has not been contacted about the same opening at Penn State…Texas A&M has hired Phil Hedrick hired as athletics trainer…LLjuna Weir (Alcorn State) and H. Michael Williams (California) have been named interim ADs at their respective universities…Former North Dakota State AD Gene Taylor has moved to Iowa athletics as deputy AD to Gary Barta…Fordham director of athletics Dave Roach is one of a select group of ADs featured in an upcoming 50th anniversary publication for NACDA…West Virginia has chosen Joe Heskett as associate AD for sports performance…Christine Lowthert has been chosen as associate AD for compliance and senior woman’s administrator at Assumption (Mass.)…Longtime NACDA officer and first woman president of the organization Joan Cronan is retiring from Tennessee athletics after 31 years while Sandy Barbour has completed her tenure as AD at California after serving there since 2004…LaSalle chose Matt Sheen as director of player development and assistant strength and conditioning coach…Texas athletics institution Larry (Big Larry) Falk is leaving his post as assistant AD for operations after 33 years at the Austin university.

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl has set its post-2014 date for Dec. 29…The NCAA is lifting UNLV’s bowl ban for post-2014 after an appeal by the university and athletics…Coaching judges sent prospects through the paces last Friday in tryouts for the 44-man rosters for North Carolina and South Carolina high school all-star teams for the annual Shrine Bowl in Spartanburg, S.C., on Dec. 20. South Carolina’s all-stars have captured three of the last four contests…The Native American All-Star Football Game Saturday at UT Arlington Stadium in Arlington, Texas, features top Native American high school seniors competing for the Blue Eagles and Red Hawks all-star squads.

The East Coast College Conference extended the contract of commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss through June 2019…Idaho officially moves to the Sun Belt Conference for 2014 football while the rest of the Vandals’ programs will compete in the Big Sky Conference in 2014-15…Florida and Vanderbilt women’s across teams are joining the Big East Conference as associate members in this sport…The Heart of America Conference and Kansas City Chiefs are teaming up for the inaugural Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead, a football doubleheader Oct. 11 at Arrowhead Stadium. At 3 p.m. (CDT) Missouri Valley meets MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) before Baker (Kan.) tackles Benedictine (Kan.) at 7 p.m.

Longtime CBS Sports football commentator Tim Brando is joining Gus Johnson as lead play-by-play callers for Fox Sports 1 2014 college football coverage…Retired NFL official Mike Carey is joining CBS Sports as an officiating and penalties’ analyst in the broadcast booth…Comcast and the Big Ten Network are expanding the BTN’s reach into Maryland and New Jersey areas…Dish Network and Comcast Sports Network hope to have a “cafeteria” plan for 2014 college football games in ’14…Suddenlink, the Southeastern Conference and SEC TV Network are remaining in negotiations for Suddenlink to participate in the new network, which debuts Aug. 14…The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel is publishing its Nos. 1-125 rankings’ countdown for the 2014 FBS season, and No. 60 Mississippi State was the most recent team profiled last Sunday…Joel Sambursky, the Southern Illinois quarterbacking great and football radio analyst, will not return for the 2014 season because of family and business obligations…The former U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wis., has been renamed the UW-Milwaukee Arena…Peach New Media is hosting a national webinar July 16 on effectiveness in communication, Skyping and teleconferencing.

Clint Trickett has been designated as West Virginia’s starting quarterback for upcoming fall workouts…Utah QB Travis Wilson has received medical clearance to play in 2014…Lindy’s Football magazine added Michigan athlete Jabrill Peppers, Oregon RB Royce Freeman and Kentucky QB Drew Barker to its Top 50 list of national freshmen signees for the upcoming season…The Dallas Cowboys recently inked 2014 free agent OG Uche Nwaneri of Purdue and 2014 draftee DE DeMarcus Lawrence of Boise State…Baylor WR Robbie Rhodes has left the Baylor program and is expected to transfer to another school prior to August.

Oklahoma denoted last Friday a $370 million facilities’ upgrade for Owen Field and the Switzer Football Center…The initial phase of Arizona athletics’ $80 million renovation projects has drawn rave reviews…BL Harbert Construction has received the bid for Ole Miss athletics’ $68.9 million facilities’ and office space improvement projects…Michigan State athletics has proposed a $33 facilities’ improvement project for 2014-15…Texas A&M has placed three large suites up for purchase in renovated Kyle Field, which will be completed in toto for the 2015 season. Aggie home games will be played around end zone construction areas this year…Papa John’s Stadium on the Louisville campus will complete installation of its new Atlantic Coast Conference logos and field markings later this week…Ball State football completed the refurbishment on its locker rooms…Hawai’i athletics has put out an all-points-bulletin for donations of paint and any amount of private or corporate dollars to assist the 2014-15 programs…SMU has received full clearance to sell malt beverages at its 2014 home contests.

Former Miami (Fla.) standout Michael Irvin joined former Boston College football student-athlete and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings as guest speakers during a recent forum at the U.S. Mayors National Conference at the Dallas Convention Center…Former Marshall, Florida and NFL standout WR Randy Moss is moving to Charlotte (N.C.) Victory Christian as an assistant coach…Athlon magazine saluted the freshmen of first-season transfer quarterbacks who played on teams competing in one of the 16 BCS championship games. They were 1998, Tee Martin, Tennessee; 1999, Michael Vick, Virginia Tech; 2007, Matt Flynn, LSU, and Todd Boeckman, Ohio State; 2009, Greg McElroy, Alabama; 2010, Cam Newton (transfer from Blinn College), Auburn, and Darron Thomas, Oregon; 2011, AJ McCarron, Alabama, and Garrett Gilbert Texas; 2012, Everett Golson, Notre Dame; 2013: Jameis Winston, Florida State, and Nick Marshall (transfer from Garden City College)…Vanderbilt kicking great Hawkins Golden was one of the celebrities at the Dallas-Addison, Texas, Vanderbilt NCAA World Series watching gatherings last week.

The NCAA and NAIA are concentrating on trying to minimize the number of transfers between schools, specifically in football and basketball, to assist Academic Progress Rates and retention.

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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