College Football Notes July 27-Aug. 3

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2014

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The NFF announced last week that it is launching a new tradition to reveal the College Football Hall of Fame class each year starting in 2015. The announcement now will take place during a press conference on the Friday before the College Football Playoff National Championship. The 2015 designations will take place Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at the media headquarters hotel prior to the inaugural 2014-15 College Football Playoff national championship game on Monday, Jan. 12, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Several members of the newly elected class will participate in the Jan. 9 news conference and other activities during the weekend. For the past decade, the NFF has announced the College Football Hall of Fame class at an event in New York City with the exception of the recent May 22 denotation the 2014 class, which took place in Irving, Texas. Please see more at: http://www.footballfoundation.org/tabid/567/Article/54841/NFF-Creates-New-Platform-During-CFP-Championship-Weekend-to-Announce-College-Football-Hall-of-Fame-Inductees.aspx#sthash.0yxRxupW.dpuf.

The new College Football Hall of Fame, currently under construction in the heart of Atlanta and scheduled to open Aug. 23, has announced a legacy brick campaign. As part of this exclusive, limited-run opportunity, college football fans can purchase a commemorative brick with a personalized message that will forever be part of this historic 94,256-square-foot attraction. Prices begin at $100, and individuals can learn more about the multiple purchase options by visiting www.cfbhall.com/bricks or calling 1-855-HOF-BRIX (463-2749).
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the July 29-Aug. 4 time period are July 29 (1879) Dan McGugin, Ringgold County, Iowa; (1902) Herbert Sturhahn, Far Rockaway, N.Y.; July 30 (1894) Carl Snavely, Omaha, Neb.; (1903) Vic Hanson, Sacramento, Calif.; (1924) Dr. George Savitsky, New York City; (1945) Lloyd Carr, Hawkins Co., Tenn.; (1948) Jim Mandich, Cleveland, Ohio; July 31 (1918) Gene Goodreault, Haverhill, Mass.; (1919) Forrest Behm, Lincoln, Neb.; (1968) Andre Ware, Galveston, Texas; (1974) Jonathan Ogden, Washington, D.C.; Aug. 1 (1929) Joe Palumbo, Beaver, Pa.; Aug. 2 (1901) Charley Caldwell, Bristol, Va.; (1905) Billy Nicks, Griffin, Ga.; (1933) Matt Hazeltine, Ross, Calif.; (1937) Billy Cannon, Philadelphia, Miss.; Aug. 3 (1898) Gordon Locke, Denison, Iowa; (1932) Jackie Parker, Knoxville Tenn.; (1934) Don Holleder, Rochester, N.Y.; (1938) Maxie Baughan, Forkland, Ala.; Aug. 4 (1908) Frank Carideo, Mt. Vernon, N.Y.
Anniversary dates of death for key Hall of Fame members are July 29 (1986) Nello Falaschi, Oakland, Calif.; July 30 (2011) Dave Maurer, Springfield, Ohio; Aug. 1 (2013) Dick Kazmaier, Boston, Mass.; Aug. 2 (1992) Jim Weatherall, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Aug. 3 (2011) Bubba Smith, Los Angeles, Calif.; Aug. 4 (1981) Jack Green, Nashville, Tenn.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members July 30 Lloyd Carr, July 31 Andre Ware, Jonathan Ogden, Aug. 1 Joe Palumbo, Aug. 2 Billy Cannon, Aug. 3 Don Holleder, Maxie Baughan…

Tennessee and West Virginia have signed their contract to open the 2018 season in Charlotte, N.C….Cincinnati and Indiana will play a home-and-home series in 2021 and 2022…NC State and West Virginia will start a new series in 2018 and 2019…Indiana also will face Wake Forest in 2015 and ’16…Maryland will host Syracuse in a single tussle on Sept. 21, 2019…Several Pac-12 Conference schools are nearing finalized contracts for future games with Brigham Young…Auburn athletics is joining a number of teams in putting major emphasis on detection of head and related nerve area injuries this year…FIU is playing a school-record eight home games in 2014…Iowa athletics’ marketers are ratcheting up some promotions for 2014 season and individual ticket sales…Michigan athletics formally unveiled its Football Advisory Council to enhance ticket sales and fan enjoyment at home encounters…Baylor’s new McLane Stadium will offer a wide variety of Central Texas food favorites, and BU athletics was one of the first to feature Dairy Queen Blizzards for concessions at old Floyd Casey Stadium. Even the BU live bear mascots devoured an occasional ice cream treat…Winthrop trustees continue to discuss the addition of varsity football despite the recent departure of president Jamie Comstock Williamson. Tuscaloosa, Ala., city government has passed an ordinance requiring business licenses for ticket scalpers.

Auburn athletics has partnered with End Child Hunger Foundation to assist underserved families throughout Alabama. AU football also is opening a Wellness Kitchen to help student-athletes get proper nutrition, prepare meals and attain balance among the major food groups…Nebraska Football 202, a comprehensive look for fans at the 2014 Huskers, facilities and mini-clinics by NU coaches, will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, at Memorial Stadium/Tom Osborne (NFF College Hall of Fame Coach) Field. There will be an evening social to cap the festivities…The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Charity Challenge Celebrity golf tournament will be televised on Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. (EDT) on ESPNU…The Big Red Store of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colo., is undergoing some institutional changes and remains one of the largest “live” and online sellers of Nebraska athletics paraphernalia outside the state of Nebraska…Compliance and admissions offices at hundreds of football schools in all divisions are hoping to rectify an error in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, which may have an adverse effect as on as many as 200,000 incoming college students in a report by the Seattle Times newspaper.

Washington State head coach and BYU alumnus Mike Leach opined that the Cougars might have a better chance at a College Football Playoff berth by rejoining a FBS conference…Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoades expressed strong feelings about a new leadership council and Equity/Power of Five Conferences with autonomy among NCAA members…Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has expressed a desire for a future series with Oklahoma if the SEC and Big 12 rivals can come to terms and dates…Stanford head coach David Shaw would like to explore the possibility of a Bay Area contest with San Jose State in the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif….Southern (Baton Rouge) head coach Dawson Odums weighed in on the discussion of NCAA FCS student-athletes not receiving similar treatment to their FBS counterparts under proposed meal and scholarship reforms…New Florida Atlantic head coach Charlie Partridge makes his collegiate head coaching debut for the Owls on Aug. 30 against perennial power Nebraska in Lincoln…Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz (son of NFF College Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz) opens his 15th season as a college top mentor at four universities with 92 career triumphs and 15 bowl or NCAA FCS playoff appearances since 1987…LSU football named Sean Patterson quality control coordinator.

Sandy Barbour was named director of athletics at Penn State last Saturday…Longtime West Texas A&M coach and administrator Rick Cooper was named director of athletics at Wayland Baptist…New Virginia Tech president Tim Sands noted that NCAA reforms must happen quickly and that the economic future of FBS athletics rests in the offing in a recent news story…Natalie Gonzalez was named senior women administrator for Clemson athletics…LSU has replaced Ron Richard as Tiger Athletic Foundation president with Rick Perry (not the current governor of Texas and Texas A&M yell leader as an undergraduate in Aggieland)…Mike Frigge was chosen as assistant AD for operations at Troy…The Citadel has narrowed down its list of AD candidates to 4-8 people.

The Big Ten Conference’s VIP list of alumni attending the 43rd annual (longest nationally) Kickoff Luncheon in Chicago Tuesday includes 11 all-conference selections, nine All-Americas choices, three NFF College Hall of Famers, three Super Bowl winners, and two national champion team members. They are Dana Howard, Illinois (1991-94); Hall of Famer Anthony Thompson, Indiana (1986-89); Hall of Famer Chuck Long, Iowa (1982-85); Kevin Glover, Maryland (1982-84); Jon Jansen, Michigan (1995-98); Flozell Adams, Michigan State (1994-97); Laurence Maroney, Minnesota (2003-05); Kris Brown, Nebraska (1995-98); Darnell Autry, Northwestern (1994-96); Tito Paul, Ohio State (1991-94); Anthony Adams, Penn State (1999-2002); Hall of Famer Dave Butz, Purdue (1970-72); L.J. Smith, Rutgers (1999-2002); and Mark Tauscher, Wisconsin (1997-99)…Tuesday’s Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon also will feature public addresses by a record 14 head coaches for ’14…The Pac-12 Conference and DirecTV remain in prolonged negotiations for carriage of the Pac-12 Network on the satellite provider…Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky, Mid-American Conference commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher and Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson weighed in at league media days on such points as athletics’ stipends, conference realignment, the “best of the rest” possibility for the sixth team in the College Football Playoff outside mix, and several major football issues…Southwestern Athletic Conference commissioner Duer Sharp noted the need for continued academic progress and competitive football nature in the SWAC this season and in future years…C-USA now has a major presence in eight of the nation’s Top 40 media and population markets. Several football student-athletes have been rewarded with postgraduate scholarships from the Conference USA Dr. Jim Castaneda Postgraduate Scholarships fund in memory of the longtime Rice faculty athletics representative and coach…Barbara Jacobs has been named associate commissioner at the Atlantic Coast Conference…The Big East Conference will move its 2015 postseason baseball tourney to TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., and other championship there in future years…The Missouri Valley Conference will hold postseason meets in St. Charles, Mo., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

The Chick Fil-A Peach Bowl is set officially for a 1 p.m. (EDT) airtime on Dec. 31 as part of the College Football Playoff six-team peripheral draw. The site also will be in the running for future CFP title contests…Renovation on Citrus Bowl Stadium for the coming campaign is more than 50 percent complete.

Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have been added to the “family” of SEC Network carriers and bring the total number of homes receiving the new channels to 60 million-plus…Former Texas football-standout, Major League Baseball notable and former Longhorn Radio Network commentator Keith Moreland will be working Fox Sports Network grid games with Ron Thulin and Mark Followill in Conference USA packages this autumn…Former college head coaches Mack Brown and Butch Davis will join ESPN as studio analysts for 2014 football…Longtime retired head coach, AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame member and frequent media analyst Jackie Sherrill is expected to work several SEC and Sun Belt telecasts for various networks in ’14. He provided analysis for ESPN on the 2014 Mississippi State spring game…Boise State and Ole Miss are slated for Game One of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff extravaganza in Atlanta, Ga., Thursday, Aug. 28, with an 8 p.m. (EDT) ESPN national telecast…Popular publisher and college football expert as well as longtime member and friend of the NFF Phil Steele has exceeded 64,200 Twitter followers for his popular college football blogs and updates…ESPNU is reviewing its proposed Top 25 games of 2013 FBS competition from July 21-Aug. 3 and will host online fan voting for the top contest of the year in coming days…ESPN Radio will feature several live talk show appearances beginning Aug. 29 with the Mike and Mike Show previewing the Northwestern-Notre Dame season opener for both squads.

The 2014 Hornung Award watch list features many national mainstays such as Old Dominion’s Antonio Vaughan, UAB’s Jamarcus Nelson, UCLA’s Myles Jack, Nebraska’s Kenny Bell and back Ameer Abdullah, and Arizona State’s DJ Foster…Washington QB Cyler Miles will miss the 2014 season opener against Hawai’i…Baylor QB Bryce Petty was named 2013-14 Big 12 Conference Male Athlete of the Year…Former Baylor wideout Robbie Rhodes is transferring to Bowling Green for 2014-15…Marshall junior WR Tommy Shuler (with a combined 216 catches in the last two season) is one of just eight receivers in FBS annals with a pair of 100-snare campaigns…RB Jalen Richard is Southern Miss’ leading returning rusher from 2013 with 324 yards on 85 attempts.

Illinois’ Board of Trustees is set to vote on a $4.5 million athletics facilities’ renovation…The Mountain West Conference denoted a $1 million plus net profit for its 2013 championship contest and plans to keep the later kickoff time for 2014…Ohio State is almost 90 percent finished with work on football practice facilities and dressing rooms at the Woody Hayes Practice Center…Colorado State football is on possible track with individual and corporate donations early in the campaign to build a new on-campus stadium…North Dakota football’s new video and scoreboards have almost completed their installations…Notre Dame Stadium’s new FieldTurf is now in the settling stages and should be in playing shape for the Aug. 30 opener against Rice on NBC national television in South Bend, Ind.

NFF College Hall of Fame coaches and future players continue to serve as key guests on Ron Meyer’s Blessed 2 Play nationally-syndicated program on EWTN Radio. Some of the recent features have been on Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz, San Diego Charger QB Philip Rivers, Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk, Denver Bronco interim head coach Jack Del Rio, and Oakland Raider QB Rich Gannon…The famed Junction Boys, members of NFF College Hall of Fame coach Bear Bryant’s first Texas A&M team, which trained in Junction, Texas, prior to the 1954 season, will reunite at Junction, Texas, Aug. 15-16, with families and friends and one event open to the public. For additional information, please contact Texas A&M athletics.

NCAA Division II numbers a record 300-plus members for the 2014-15 academic years in all sports, and several DII schools are in the process of or are considering restoring varsity football programs…The NCAA also has altered and upgraded food provisions for FBS and Division I student-athletes in 2014-15…Old Dominion athletics has proposed an updated need-based scholarship plan for FBS and Division I student-athletes…New Mexico, Colorado and Colorado State athletics all are bracing for repercussions from NCAA reforms and how the Group of Five conferences may change the face of the FBS.
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