College Football Notes – Aug. 18-24

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2014

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Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Aug. 19-25 time period are Aug. 19 (1946) Bob Johnson, Gary, Ind.; Aug. 20 (1908) Beattie Feathers, Bristol, Va.; (1917) Ed Molinski, Scranton, Pa.; (1927) John Rauch, Philadelphia, Pa.; Aug. 21 (1928) Bud McFadin, Rankin, Texas; (1945) Willie Lanier, Clover, Va.; (1954) Archie Griffin, Columbus, Ohio; (1959) Jim McMahon, Jersey City, N.J.; Aug. 22 (1878) Henry Seibels, Montgomery, Ala.; (1880) Bill Roper, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1899) Don Lourie, Decatur, Ala.; (1909) Mel Hein, Redding, Calif.; (1940) Bill McCartney, Riverview, Mich.; Aug. 23 (1874) Bill Hickok, Harrisburg, Pa.; (1885) Howard Jones, Excello, Ohio; Aug. 24 (1887) Albert Benbrook, Chicago, Ill.; (1893) Paul Des Jardien, Coffeyville, Kan.; (1940) Jim Holder, Wichita Falls, Texas; Aug. 25 (1900) Chuck Carney, Chicago, Ill.; (1953) Doug English, Dallas, Texas; (1965) Cornelius Bennett, Birmingham, Ala.
Anniversary dates of death for key Hall of Fame members are Aug. 19 (1979) Walter Gilbert, Auburn, Ala.; (1982) Fritz Crisler, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Aug. 20 (1946) Fielding Yost, Ann Arbor, Mich.; (1998) Fred Sington, Birmingham, Ala.; Aug. 24 (1967) Mike McKeever, Montebello, Calif.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Aug. 19 Bob Johnson, Aug. 21 Willie Lanier, Archie Griffin, Jim McMahon, Aug. 22 Bill McCartney, Aug. 24 Jim Holder, Aug. 25 Doug English…
Florida State, Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma, and Ohio State are Nos. 1-5 in the 2014 preseason Associated Press national Top 25 released last Sunday. FSU was a preseason No. 1 in four AP polls from 1991-99 and won its second Bowl Championship Series crown (along with 1999) in the final season of the BCS. The Seminoles garnered 57 of the first place tallies in the survey while Alabama, Oregon and Oklahoma had one top placement vote apiece. This is the 76th anniversary of the AP media poll.

Arkansas State will vie with UNLV in 2017 and 2018…Ohio State will meet UNLV in 2017 and Oregon State in 2018 in both OSUs’ season openers…North Carolina and North Carolina A&T will play for the first time in football in 2015…California will meet TCU in 2020 and ’21…North Carolina has replaced Ohio State with California on its 2017 and ’18 worksheets…Boise State and Washington remain on each other’s 2015 schedules despite rumblings of possible changes…Ohio State also has completed its gridiron schedules through 2024 barring any other changes in Big Ten Conference slates…Auburn has sold a school-record 62,000-plus season tickets…Penn State already has distributed 51,000 single game ducats and enrolled 5,000-plus new season ticket holders on 2014 rolls…UTEP is holding its preseason football camp in historic Alpine, Texas…Baylor, LSU and Southern California lead all colleges with five wideouts drafted by the NFL in the last three seasons…Florence (Ala.) Mars Hill Bible High School inaugurates its football program after being founded originally in 1871 against Sheffield (Ala.) HS at Sheffield Thursday. The historic game pits the MHBS school with famed alumni Dave Crittenden (Alabama kicker from 1997-99 with a soccer background) and Major League Baseball veteran Josh Willingham of North Alabama against the 95-year SHS Class 3A program, which has featured gridiron alumni Byron Franklin (Auburn), Kelsey Finch (Tennessee), Jimmy Box (Alabama), Sparky Box (North Alabama), Sam Carter (Vanderbilt), George Carter (Auburn), Johnny Wright (Alabama), and Davy Atkins (Alabama), among others.

Head coaches such as the Dallas Cowboys Jason Garrett (Princeton), the New York Giants Tom Coughlin (Syracuse) and several members of the ESPN broadcasting team took Gatorade cooler ice baths to help raise money for ALS research during a nationwide appeal last week. The disease is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig ’s Disease in memory of the former Columbia halfback and Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman with the Lions and the New York Yankees. Texas Tech’s team utilized a water cannon for a group soaking last Sunday on behalf of contributions for ALS research…The North Texas Alumni Association will have a rally on Friday, Aug. 29, at The Silo Restaurant in Austin before the Eagles open the season at Texas Aug. 30…TCU will honor its 1994 football squad and last Southwest Conference quint-champion on its 20th anniversary when Samford visits Amon Carter Stadium on Aug. 30. Current Samford coach and NFF College Hall of Fame player Pat Sullivan will be returning the Fort Worth campus with his Bulldogs after piloting the ’94 TCU squad…Clemson athletics has finalized plans to have a fans’ watching party at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 30, with free admission and kid-friendly activities along with the game…Fans in Omaha, Neb., and at the 2014 NCAA World Series helped contribute $14,000-plus for victims of recent tornadoes in Nebraska. NCAA Team Works and the Omaha organizing committee also have assisted with $3.9 million in community service and improvements in the Omaha area since 1973.

Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain received a new, five-year contract…UTSA head coach Larry Coker was awarded a five-year contract extension…Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops joins NFF College Hall of Fame coaches Bennie Owen, Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzer to make OU the only school in NCAA FBS with four coaches who won 100 career contests. Stoops enters 2014 as the ninth-leading mentor among active FBS coach with 160 career wins behind Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech with 266, Steve Spurrier of South Carolina with 219, Brian Kelly of Notre Dame with 208, Dennis Franchione of Texas State with 203, Bill Snyder of Kansas State with 178 (Snyder also coached Stoops as an undergraduate at Iowa), Gary Pinkel of Missouri with 175, Larry Blakeney of Troy with 174, and Nick Saban of Alabama with 165 and just ahead of Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech with 154. Stoops rode to last Friday’s workout on the famed Sooner Schooner covered wagon…RPI named Daryle Weiss offensive coordinator…Ball State head coach Pete Lembo and Muncie (Ind.) Mayor Dennis Tyler are combining efforts for the One Campaign in Muncie to promote community service and harmony…Former Kentucky, Baylor and Texas A&M-Commerce head coach Guy Morriss has moved to Warren Central (Ky.) HS as offensive coordinator…Nebraska director of athletics Shawn Eichorst has given solid public support to head coach Bo Pelini, who was a classmate in Ohio U’s sports marketing Master’s program with former Mississippi State baseball standout and Diocese of Joliet (Ill.) director of vocations Fr. Burke Masters…Old Dominion selected Elaine Deppe as assistant strength and conditioning coach and Danielle Vaughan as assistant athletics trainer…Notre Dame graduate assistant coach Kyle McCarthy has taken a medical leave of absence…Montana State-Northern head coach Mark Samson has opted out of his duties for the coming campaign.

Charlie Cobb has been named director of athletics at Georgia State…Former Fresno State director of athletics Thomas Boeh has been named special assistant to the FSU president, and Stephen Robertello and Cynthia Tenienta-Matson have been selected as co-interim ADs at FSU…Clemson AD Dan Radakovich has called for ample transparency in his role as a member of the CFP selection committee…NYIT AD Clyde Doughty Jr. has finished his tenure at the New York university…Oregon State hired Jim Patterson as senior associate AD/senior director of development for athletics…Illinois athletics tabbed Mike Waddell as senior associate AD for external relations…Bradley named Mark Colston, Robert Crull, Joshua Dreher, and Kristen Tetuan athletics trainers for 2014-15…Chandler Carver is the new director of social media for Furman athletics…Idaho State AD Jeff Tingey is a finalist for the North Dakota State AD post, which will begin the process of finalists’ elimination in coming days. Other public finalists are David Crum, Troy Goergen, Rick Hartzell, Matthew Larsen, Tom Mooney, and Stephen Watson…Southern Illinois AD Mario Moccia was a candidate for the same position at Georgia State and opted to stay at SIU…Oregon enthusiasts are hoping for a new president with more direct involvement in athletics…Purdue President Mitch Daniels visited football practice and got to meet newcomers such as freshman QB David Blough of Carrollton (Texas) Creekview HS…Former Texas QB Vince Young has accepted a post in external relations and fundraising at his alma mater…Delaware chose Jason Cichowicz as assistant AD for ticket operations…Darian Riley is a new video coordinator for Clemson athletics.

The Mid-American Conference has established committee to determine the actual cost of attendance for student-athletes in MAC-sponsored sports…American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Arecso noted his conference members still are in position to deal on a large scale nationally with 2013-14 athletics’ success…The Big Ten Conference named Katie Kane assistant director of communications…Commissioner Stan Wagnon of the Lone Star Conference has completed his seven-year tenure as commissioner and an 11-year association with the LSC. Jay Poerner has been appointed as interim commissioner.

The College Football Playoff selection committee has finalized its in-person meetings and metrics for 2014 rankings. The group will meet in Grapevine, Texas, in person seven times from Monday, Oct. 27-Sunday, Dec. 7. CFP executive director Bill Hancock is scheduled to speak to civic leaders in Waco, Texas, Tuesday…The AT&T Cotton Bowl has denoted its sixth consecutive preseason sellout of public tickets prior to the 2015 Classic Jan. 1 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Mediacom has become the latest broadcast partner for the SEC Network…ESPN will televise 450-plus games from Saturday, Aug. 23 (Sam Houston State at Eastern Washington) through the inaugural College Football Playoff championship on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, on all its affiliates and ABC over-the-air stations over a four-month spread. ESPN Kickoff Week from Aug. 27-Sept. 1 will include a record 55 telecasts, including Abilene Christian of the Southland Conference’s first regular-season ESPN telecast at Georgia State in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome on Tuesday, Aug. 26…Popular writer and columnist Bill Simmons of Grantland.com is set to move to another network for pregame football and basketball television duties this year…Inside the NFL continues as the longest continuous programming on cable television at 37 years this fall…Popular Indianapolis sports columnist Bob Kravitz has joined WTHR-TV as a sports commentator.

Quarterbacks Rakeem Cato of Marshall and Old Dominion’s Taylor Heinicke are among the 32 initial watch list candidates for the 2014 Manning Award presented to the top NCAA FBS QB nationally…North Texas could decide its starting quarterback for ’14 as early as Monday or Tuesday in a pitched tussle between Andrew McNulty and Josh Greer…Oklahoma continues to pursue appeal options for immediate 2014 eligibility for transfer QB Baker Mayfield…SMU RB Prescott Line was featured in a recent area story about following in his record-setting RB brother Zach Line’s footsteps on the Hilltop. Teammate DB J.R. Richardson has returned to workouts after a bout with an injury…Texas A&M named Kenny Hill as probable starting quarterback for the Aug. 28 season opener at South Carolina. He is the son of longtime Major League Baseball pitching standout Ken Hill…Nebraska RB Adam Taylor has been sidelined indefinitely with a broken ankle in preseason drills…Texas senior QB Miles Onyegbule is expected to miss the 2014 season with a torn knee ACL…TCU quarterbacks Trevone Boykin and transfer Matt Joeckel are vying for top spot at that position on the depth chart…2015 Texas A&M verbal pledge QB Kyler Murray played in last Saturday’s Under Armour High School Baseball All-Star Game last Saturday at Chicago’s Wrigley Field…Notre Dame is awaiting word on 2014 eligibility updates for WR DaVaris Daniels, DB KeiVarae Russell, DL Ishaq Williams, and LB Kendall Moore.

Nebraska’s fiscal year 2014 budget will top $100 million for the first time…Boise State athletics and Learfield Communications inked a multi-year broadcast and marketing agreement for $44 million…Mississippi State athletics has launched a $40 million renovation plan for Dudy Noble Field and other key facilities…Wyoming athletics had made a $4 million appropriation request to provide scholarships, room and board for student-athletes…Alabama’s non-conference opponents in 2014 will receive a composite payout of $2.8 million…Alumnus Paul Stecko has made a $1 million donation to Penn State athletics…The Aloha Stadium Authority in Honolulu is moving ahead with Texas A&M has a new mobile phone app called Aggieland Experience to help fans find best parking areas and other amenities for game day at Kyle Field…Ashley Furniture Co. is offering free furniture deals if Texas A&M defeats South Carolina by 10 points in their Aug. 28 SEC lidlifter at Columbia, S.C….Chattanooga athletics and FSG Bank have completed a sponsorship agreement…Cincinnati athletics has placed a priority on a new arena and office complexes as part of its master plan…Williams-Brice Stadium at South Carolina has added a new welcoming sign for fans…New Mexico athletics has refurbished a park area for fans adjacent to Memorial Stadium…Southern California athletics is possibly three years away from some facilities’ updates…Oklahoma State athletics has completed architectural sketches for several new amenities on campus…Louisville athletics has added new facilities for other sports near its football practice fields…Michigan athletics continues to seek expanded cellular and internet bandwidth coverage at Michigan Stadium through assistance with local providers. UM also enjoyed much popular success by hosting an international soccer match between Manchester United and Real Madrid at the Big House…Southwestern (Calif.) has had a complete stadium facelift with new artificial turf and practice facilities…University of Buffalo athletics began a campaign for national marketing of football and other key sports last week…Minnesota hopes to break ground on its new football practice facility by April 2015.

NFF College Hall of Fame player Steve Spurrier is the only coach in history to guide two SEC schools (Florida and South Carolina) for 10 seasons apiece…Veteran Texas athletics administrators Bill Little and Butch Worley are retiring Aug. 31 after a combined 72 years in the department. Little, who has served as emcee for NFF national media conferences during Awards Dinner week in New York City annually since 2006, is a member of the CoSIDA Hall of Fame and past president of the organization. The UT legend will continue with public address duties for Texas football and as analyst on radio for Longhorns’ baseball…Washington State’s new broadcast journalism building will be named Keith Jackson Hall in honor of the WSU alumnus and award-winning ABC commentator…Popular author and publicist Rusty Burson of Texas A&M’s 12th Man Foundation and 12th Man magazine is leaving his post to become communications director at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas…Veteran broadcaster Greg Lucas will be inducted into the Howard County (Ind.) Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 25…Dave McNabb has joined the sports staff of WFAA-TV in Dallas after covering high school and college football in Austin and DFW areas for 30-plus years…the Longtime and now retired executive director of the Southwest Officials Association Dotson Lewis is hosting a weekday talk show on ESPN Radio in Corpus Christi, Texas…Former Oklahoma end and national championship football-baseball standout in 1950-51 the late John Reddell will be featured on a special segment of Sooner Vision TV concerning the three OU national team crowns during that academic year…TCU’s 2014 Frog Club Athletic Hall of Fame was announced last weekend.

The American Football Coaches Foundation named Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T Inc., as the 2014 recipient of its CEO Coach of the Year Award. Stephenson is an alumnus of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma…The NCAA is continuing its appeal of the federal court ruling about stipends for student-athletes and related benefits…CoSIDA is in the process of reminders for 2014-15 special awards’ and Capital One Academic All-America nominees for 2014 fall sports…University of California and Cal State universities are working to raise graduation rates among student-athletes.
2014-15 Inaugural College Football Playoff Schedule (All Tentative Times EST)
Dec. 31, 2014 – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, 1 p.m. – Host Bowl East, ESPN
Dec. 31, 2014 – Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 5 p.m. – Host Bowl West, ESPN
Dec. 31, 2014 – Discover Orange Bowl – ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC or Notre Dame, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., 8:30 p.m., 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 Northwest 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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