College Football, Basketball, Conference Competition Notes

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

College Football, Basketball and NCAA Standings Notes
By Bo Carter

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 31-April 6 time period are March 31 (1938) Bob Anderson (Army), Elizabeth, N.J.; (1950) Ed Marinaro, New York City; April 1 (1889) John Dalton, Town Unknown (research ongoing), Neb.; (1884) Hugo Bezdek, Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic); (1898) Joe Alexander, Silver Creek, N.Y.; (1929) Bo Schembechler, Barberton, Ohio; April 2 (1871) Marshall Newell, Clifton, N.J.; (1880) Harold Weekes, Oyster Bay, N.Y.; (1917) Hugh Gallameau, Detroit, Mich.; (1930) Bill McColl, San Diego, Calif.; (1965) Don McPherson, Brooklyn, N.Y.; April 3 (1903) Andy Gustafson, Aurora, Ill.; (1926) Joe Steffy, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1934) Jim Parker, Macon, Ga.; April 4 (1891) Bob Butler, Glen Ridge, N.J.; (1907) Bill Banker, Lake Charles, La.; (1917) Chet Gladchuk, Bridgeport, Conn.; (1947) Ed White, San Diego, Calif.; (1951) John Hannah, Canton, Ga.; (1965) Jessie Tuggle, Spalding County, Ga.; April 5 (1871) Pop Warner, Springville, N.Y.; (1951) Brad Van Pelt, Owosso, Mich.; April 6 (1901) Pooley Hubert, Meridian, Miss.; (1934) Aurealius Thomas, Muskogee, Okla.; (1944) John Huarte, Anaheim, Calif.; (1965) Sterling Sharpe, Chicago, Ill.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 31 (1931) Knute Rockne, Bazaar, Kan.; (1952) Bo McMillin, Bloomington, Ind.; (2003) George Connor, Chicago, Ill.; (2013) Dick Duden, Severna Park, Md.; April 1 (2013) Jack Pardee, Centennial, Colo.; April 3 (1994) Tom Hamilton, Chula Vista, Calif.; (2006) Marshall Goldberg, Chicago, Ill.; (2007) Eddie Robinson, Ruston, La.; April 4 (1989) Harvey Jablonsky, San Antonio, Texas.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 31 Bob Anderson, Ed Marinaro, April 2 Bill McColl, Don McPherson, April 4 Ed White, John Hannah, Jessie Tuggle, April 6 Aurealius Thomas, Sterling Sharpe.

More College Football Notes
California has added UC Davis in 2019 and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2020 for future schedules…Colorado and Texas A&M will play a home-and-home series in 2020 and ’21, and the Buffaloes will face TCU in 2022 and ’23. CU and Colorado State will not play in the Rocky Mountain Showdown in 2021…Stanford and Vanderbilt have slated a four-game series in 2021, 2024, 2025 and ’27, and the Cardinal will tangle with TCU in 2024 and ’27…Central Michigan and Oklahoma State will open the 2015 season on Thursday, Sept. 3, with a national telecast on a network to be determined…Arizona will play a home-and-home series with Texas Tech in 2019 and ’20…Ball State and Indiana will renew their football series in 2018-20 with a ’20 season meeting in Indianapolis, Ind….Idaho will receive a $1.3 million contract stipend for its 2017 game with Missouri…Liberty and Southern Illinois will tangle in 2015 and ’19…Arizona and Texas Tech are edging closer to a two-game series with history from their 1950s and 1960s Border Conference assictaion…Arizona (LubbockArmy’s new designation as a Power Five-capable opponent will open the way for the Black Nights to add Southeastern Conference and other major loop future foes…Texas Tech completed spring workouts with a game-type scrimmage at Midland, Texas, last Saturday.

New Mexico athletics is working to fund full-scholarship assistance in the near future for student-athletes…Nebraska athletics is closing the Bo Pelini Foundation (new head coach at Youngstown State) for cancer and diabetes research after the charity raised $1 million-plus during the last five years. Pelini and his family hope to establish a new charity in the Youngstown area.

The Big Ten Conference will allow Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff to lecture at summer football camps at Alabama and Texas in 2015…Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was lauded for his efforts to bring about racial harmony and equality with dignity after recent events involving OU social organizations… Illinois is completing its 2015 staff under head coach Tim Beckman…Navy’s Jeff Fair has retired after 18 years as athletics trainer at the academy…Northern Arizona named Tim Davis offensive line coach…Georgia named Brian Williams player relations coordinator for defense…Kansas head coach David Beaty had his contract finalized with incentives…Ball State has chosen Alex Bailey as wide receivers coach… Former Boise State assistant coach Kriss Proctor has become wide receivers coach Indiana State.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2015 college head coaches – Birmingham-Southern: Eddie Garfinkle, Jacksonville, Ala.; Colby: Jonathan Michaeles, Lewiston, Maine; Colgate: Dan Hunt, Canajoharie, N.Y.; Colorado Mines: Gregg Brandon, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Columbia: Al Bagnoli, New Britain, Conn.

Hawai’i named David Matlin director of athletics…Ryan Bamford is the new director of athletics at Massachusetts…California athletics has selected current Memphis AD Tom Bowen and Bears’ interim AD Michael Williams as finalists for the Cal director’s job… Air Force’s new AD Jim Knowlton officially began his AFA director’s post last Monday…Penn State AD Sandy Barbour and Washington State AD Bill Moos were featured in recent stories about their innovations at PSU and WSU… Georgia State AD Charlie Cobb met with key members of his coaching staff about their roles in 2015-16 Panthers’ athletics…Pittsburgh and Syracuse are utilizing search firms to help secure leading candidates nationally for their open AD positions. Pete Sala is serving as interim at Syracuse…Tulsa hired Anne Hogan as director of sports nutrition…Hawai’i women’s volleyball coach and athletics administrator Dave Shoji will return for 41st season in August 2015…Michigan administrator and famed hockey head coach Red Berenson will return for his 32nd campaign in 2015-16 at the university.

Former Vanderbilt and Furman head coach Bobby Johnson will replace NFF and College Hall of Fame chairman Archie Manning on the College Football Playoff selection committee…The Independence Bowl is seeking a new sponsor for 2015 after completing its agreement with the Duck Commander group.

The Atlantic Coast Conference started the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship with a 11-1 composite record and stands to net a minimum of $28 million from this year’s championship. The Pac-12 Conference achieved similar men’s financial and on-court success with a 8-1 mark over its first nine March Madness encounters…Conference USA Football Media Days have been set for July 21-22 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area…New Mexico State and UTEP are assessing their positions in current conference alignments.

The late Lindsey Nelson and Ray Scott were remembered for their commentary in the Dec. 26, 1960, NFL title game, in which Philadelphia edged Green Bay 17-13, at Philadelphia’s Franklin Field on NBC-TV…The SEC Network will offer coverage of all 14 spring football games and final scrimmages from April 11-25 with pre- and postgame features and analysis…Retired North Texas football and basketball commentator and popular Dallas-area radio talk show host George Dunham was inducted into the U. of North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame.

Iowa QB Jake Rudoch has been given a release to transfer for autumn 2015…Former Vanderbilt starting quarterback and Academic All-Southeastern Conference choice Patton Robinette has decided to forgo his final two years of possible eligibility and enter Vanderbilt Medical School…Texas Tech OL Josh Outlaw drew ample praise from head coach Kliff Kingsbury for his rapid improvement in 2015 spring practice…Baylor CB Xavien Howard hopes to return to spring drills after he suffered a foot injury…Louisiana Tech RB/WR Tevin King has left the program and is seekin a transfer…Texas is working to compensate for minor injuries to six of its 12 on-campus scholarship defensive linemen and is seeking comebacks by such returnees as interior and DE standouts Derrick Roberson, Caleb Bluiett and Desmond Jackson. Returning starting QB Tyrone Swoopes appears to have the upper hand at No. 1 on the depth chart after the initial spring workouts.

Penn State athletics has received a $1.1 million gift for a state-of-the-art film room and training table…New Mexico State athletics will close some of its facilities to general public to upgrade maintenance and to eliminate foot traffic…Florida athletics is expanding its weight room facilities…Avid TCU football enthusiast Natalie Baugh, a distant relative of NFF College Hall of Fame QB Sam Baugh of TCU, won $100,000 in the Albertsons Monopoly Game last week in Fort Worth, Texas. Albertsons (Boise State) and United Supermarkets/Market Street/Amigos (Texas Tech) are major supporters of college athletics and the College Baseball Foundation in Lubbock, Texas.

Sports Illustrated paid tribute to late NFF College Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik and his work ethic and toughness in its most recent issue…Former Miami (Fla.) standout and award-winning actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson drew dozens of laughs for impersonations and skits last week on NBC’s Saturday Night Live…Former Ohio State standout DB Kurt Coleman has signed a two-year contract with the NFL Carolina Panthers…OG Vladimir Ducasse of Massachusetts has inked a one-year pact with the NFL Chicago Bears.

David Berst will retire after 43 years with the NCAA in 2015 and will be replaced by former Southwest Conference assistant commissioner and Harvard rugby standout Kevin Lennon as NCAA vice president for governance…The NCAA is continuing its NCAA Division I Senior CLASS Awards for spring sports to recognize community and university student leaders…NCAA football and baseball championships’ administrator J.D. Hamilton has reached 600-plus followers on his popular Twitter feed…TIAA-CREF financial and retirement services have emailed coaches and administrators and seven tips to keeping retirement funding maximized during high and lows in the stock market…The USBWA is planning numerous activities and awards’ ceremonies around the Men’s Final Four Saturday and Monday in Indianapolis, Ind.

2015-16 College Football Playoff Schedule
(All Televised by ESPN, Times TBD)
Dec. 31, 2015 – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Host Bowl East
Dec. 31 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, CFP Semifinal Game
Dec. 31 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., CFP Semifinal Game
Jan. 1, 2016 – VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., Host Bowl West
Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by Northwest Mutual, Big Ten vs. Pac-12, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Calif., Host Bowl
Jan. 1 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., Host Bowl
Jan. 11- College Football Championship Game, U. of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

Quick College Basketball Updates:
Many referred to the Duke-Utah NCAA men’s Sweet 16 matchup in Houston last week as the Bill Foster Classic. Foster led total turnarounds for those two programs as head coach before moving into conference work with the Southwest, Big 12, Conference USA, and Western Athletic Conferences as a basketball administrator…Tarleton State made it to the NCAA Division II men’s Final Four foe the second time in school history before losing to Indiana (Pa.) 72-68 and ending the season 31-4 overall in the semifinals at Evansville. Fellow Lone Star Conference women’s champ West Texas A&M traveled as far as the NCAA DII Elite Eight before dropping a 62-50 quarterfinal clash to Emporia State. WT ended the women’s campaign at 30-3…Former Sam Houston State head coach Bob Marlin of Louisiana-Lafayette edged his former employer 71-70 at Huntsville, Texas, in the CollegeBasketballInsider.com Invitational before falling to Evansville 89-82 to end the Cajuns’ season at 23-14 overall…A quick glance at Final Four history of the men’s 2015 DI contenders: Duke: 38 NCAA appearance seasons, 99-34 record, 16 trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: 1991, 92, 2000, 2010. Kentucky: 54 NCAA appearance seasons, 118-48 record, 17 trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012. Michigan State: 28 appearances, 59-27 record, nine trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: 1979, 2000. Wisconsin: 20 appearances, 29-19 record, four trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: one.

Some quick Division I conference competitive comparions and standings to date:
2014-15 Conference Vs. Conference Athletics’ Success Survey
(Based on NCAA and Final Football Top 25 Ratings; Includes 23 Sports
In Which Most DI Conferences Compete in 2014-15)

Note: These conference compilations on the following page are patterned after the Knoxville (Tenn.) Journal’s initial National All-Sports competition among Division I schools in 1974-75 (conceived by former Tennessee media relations student assistant and later KJ sports writer Steve Williams), followed by USA TODAY rankings and the NACDA Directors Trophy (all divisions) recognition for individual schools in national competition, came into being in 1986 as the brainchild of Southwest Conference Commissioner Fred Jacoby, late commissioner also of the Wisconsin States, Mid-American, Lone Star, and American Southwest Conferences.

2014-15 Men’s Points (20 for 1st, 19 for 2nd, 18
for 3rd, etc. – women same scoring)
Basketball (1-4) – Duke, Kentucky, Mich. State, Wis.

+. Big Ten, 237.5 points
+. Pac-12, 236.5
+. Southeastern, 199
+. Big 12, 175
+. Atlantic Coast, 135
++. Missouri Valley, 69.5
+. Big Sky, 45
+. Colonial, 39
++. Big East, 38.5
++. West Coast, 35.5
++. Southland, 24
++. Ivy, 22
++. MAAC, 22
++. Big South, 20
++. Independents, 18
++. MAC, 17
++. Mid-American, 16.5
++. Mountain West, 14
++. Southern, 13
+. Ohio Valley, 12
++. Patriot, 7
+. American, 1.5

2014-15 Men’s NCAA or CFP Champions
Football—Ohio State
Cross Country—Colorado
Indoor Track—Oregon
Wrestling—Ohio State
Swimming—Texas

2014-15 Women’s Conference Points
Basketball (1-6, 12.5 for 7-8) – UConn, Md., Notre Dame, So. Car.

+. Southeastern, 275.5 points
+. Pac-12, 244
+. Atlantic Coast, 190.5
+. Big Ten, 152.5
+. Big 12, 138
++. Big East, 37
++. Mountain West, 36.5
++. West Coast, 36
++. Atlantic 10, 12.5
++. MAAC, 12
++. Missouri Valley, 11.5
+. American, 8.5
++. Big West, 4
+. Colonial, 4
++. Ivy, 2
++. Mid-American, 1

2014-15 Women’s NCAA Champions
Cross Country—Michigan State
Soccer—Florida State
Volleyball—Penn State
Indoor Track—Arkansas
Swimming—California

All-Time NCAA Division I School Championship Leaders (Excluding Football –
Total – Men and Women (Through March 26, 2015)
8. UCLA, 111
9. Stanford, 105
10. Southern California, 100
11. Oklahoma State, 51
12. Penn State, 46
13. Arkansas, 43
14. LSU, Texas, 42
13. North Carolina, 40
14. Michigan, 36
15. California, 33
16. Colorado, 30
17. Denver, 29

Men
11. Southern California, 84
12. UCLA, 72
13. Stanford, 61
14. Oklahoma State, 51
15. Arkansas, 42
16. Penn State, 36
17. Michigan, 34
18. Denver, 29
19. California, 27
20. Yale, 26
13. Ohio State, 25
14. Indiana, Iowa, 24

Women
3. Stanford, 44
4. UCLA, 39
3. North Carolina, 29
7. LSU, 25
8. Texas, 23
9. Maryland, 21
7. Georgia, 19
8. USC, 16
9. Florida, 15
10. Arizona State, 12
11. Penn State, 10

Coed Sports
3. West Virginia 17
4. Alaska-Fairbanks, Penn State 10
4. Utah 9
5. Denver 8
6. Colorado 7
7. Vermont 5
8. Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee Tech 3

College Football, Basketball and NCAA Standings Notes
By Bo Carter

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 31-April 6 time period are March 31 (1938) Bob Anderson (Army), Elizabeth, N.J.; (1950) Ed Marinaro, New York City; April 1 (1889) John Dalton, Town Unknown (research ongoing), Neb.; (1884) Hugo Bezdek, Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic); (1898) Joe Alexander, Silver Creek, N.Y.; (1929) Bo Schembechler, Barberton, Ohio; April 2 (1871) Marshall Newell, Clifton, N.J.; (1880) Harold Weekes, Oyster Bay, N.Y.; (1917) Hugh Gallameau, Detroit, Mich.; (1930) Bill McColl, San Diego, Calif.; (1965) Don McPherson, Brooklyn, N.Y.; April 3 (1903) Andy Gustafson, Aurora, Ill.; (1926) Joe Steffy, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1934) Jim Parker, Macon, Ga.; April 4 (1891) Bob Butler, Glen Ridge, N.J.; (1907) Bill Banker, Lake Charles, La.; (1917) Chet Gladchuk, Bridgeport, Conn.; (1947) Ed White, San Diego, Calif.; (1951) John Hannah, Canton, Ga.; (1965) Jessie Tuggle, Spalding County, Ga.; April 5 (1871) Pop Warner, Springville, N.Y.; (1951) Brad Van Pelt, Owosso, Mich.; April 6 (1901) Pooley Hubert, Meridian, Miss.; (1934) Aurealius Thomas, Muskogee, Okla.; (1944) John Huarte, Anaheim, Calif.; (1965) Sterling Sharpe, Chicago, Ill.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 31 (1931) Knute Rockne, Bazaar, Kan.; (1952) Bo McMillin, Bloomington, Ind.; (2003) George Connor, Chicago, Ill.; (2013) Dick Duden, Severna Park, Md.; April 1 (2013) Jack Pardee, Centennial, Colo.; April 3 (1994) Tom Hamilton, Chula Vista, Calif.; (2006) Marshall Goldberg, Chicago, Ill.; (2007) Eddie Robinson, Ruston, La.; April 4 (1989) Harvey Jablonsky, San Antonio, Texas.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 31 Bob Anderson, Ed Marinaro, April 2 Bill McColl, Don McPherson, April 4 Ed White, John Hannah, Jessie Tuggle, April 6 Aurealius Thomas, Sterling Sharpe.

More College Football Notes
California has added UC Davis in 2019 and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2020 for future schedules…Colorado and Texas A&M will play a home-and-home series in 2020 and ’21, and the Buffaloes will face TCU in 2022 and ’23. CU and Colorado State will not play in the Rocky Mountain Showdown in 2021…Stanford and Vanderbilt have slated a four-game series in 2021, 2024, 2025 and ’27, and the Cardinal will tangle with TCU in 2024 and ’27…Central Michigan and Oklahoma State will open the 2015 season on Thursday, Sept. 3, with a national telecast on a network to be determined…Arizona will play a home-and-home series with Texas Tech in 2019 and ’20…Ball State and Indiana will renew their football series in 2018-20 with a ’20 season meeting in Indianapolis, Ind….Idaho will receive a $1.3 million contract stipend for its 2017 game with Missouri…Liberty and Southern Illinois will tangle in 2015 and ’19…Arizona and Texas Tech are edging closer to a two-game series with history from their 1950s and 1960s Border Conference assictaion…Arizona (LubbockArmy’s new designation as a Power Five-capable opponent will open the way for the Black Nights to add Southeastern Conference and other major loop future foes…Texas Tech completed spring workouts with a game-type scrimmage at Midland, Texas, last Saturday.

New Mexico athletics is working to fund full-scholarship assistance in the near future for student-athletes…Nebraska athletics is closing the Bo Pelini Foundation (new head coach at Youngstown State) for cancer and diabetes research after the charity raised $1 million-plus during the last five years. Pelini and his family hope to establish a new charity in the Youngstown area.

The Big Ten Conference will allow Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff to lecture at summer football camps at Alabama and Texas in 2015…Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was lauded for his efforts to bring about racial harmony and equality with dignity after recent events involving OU social organizations… Illinois is completing its 2015 staff under head coach Tim Beckman…Navy’s Jeff Fair has retired after 18 years as athletics trainer at the academy…Northern Arizona named Tim Davis offensive line coach…Georgia named Brian Williams player relations coordinator for defense…Kansas head coach David Beaty had his contract finalized with incentives…Ball State has chosen Alex Bailey as wide receivers coach… Former Boise State assistant coach Kriss Proctor has become wide receivers coach Indiana State.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2015 college head coaches – Birmingham-Southern: Eddie Garfinkle, Jacksonville, Ala.; Colby: Jonathan Michaeles, Lewiston, Maine; Colgate: Dan Hunt, Canajoharie, N.Y.; Colorado Mines: Gregg Brandon, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Columbia: Al Bagnoli, New Britain, Conn.

Hawai’i named David Matlin director of athletics…Ryan Bamford is the new director of athletics at Massachusetts…California athletics has selected current Memphis AD Tom Bowen and Bears’ interim AD Michael Williams as finalists for the Cal director’s job… Air Force’s new AD Jim Knowlton officially began his AFA director’s post last Monday…Penn State AD Sandy Barbour and Washington State AD Bill Moos were featured in recent stories about their innovations at PSU and WSU… Georgia State AD Charlie Cobb met with key members of his coaching staff about their roles in 2015-16 Panthers’ athletics…Pittsburgh and Syracuse are utilizing search firms to help secure leading candidates nationally for their open AD positions. Pete Sala is serving as interim at Syracuse…Tulsa hired Anne Hogan as director of sports nutrition…Hawai’i women’s volleyball coach and athletics administrator Dave Shoji will return for 41st season in August 2015…Michigan administrator and famed hockey head coach Red Berenson will return for his 32nd campaign in 2015-16 at the university.

Former Vanderbilt and Furman head coach Bobby Johnson will replace NFF and College Hall of Fame chairman Archie Manning on the College Football Playoff selection committee…The Independence Bowl is seeking a new sponsor for 2015 after completing its agreement with the Duck Commander group.

The Atlantic Coast Conference started the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship with a 11-1 composite record and stands to net a minimum of $28 million from this year’s championship. The Pac-12 Conference achieved similar men’s financial and on-court success with a 8-1 mark over its first nine March Madness encounters…Conference USA Football Media Days have been set for July 21-22 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area…New Mexico State and UTEP are assessing their positions in current conference alignments.

The late Lindsey Nelson and Ray Scott were remembered for their commentary in the Dec. 26, 1960, NFL title game, in which Philadelphia edged Green Bay 17-13, at Philadelphia’s Franklin Field on NBC-TV…The SEC Network will offer coverage of all 14 spring football games and final scrimmages from April 11-25 with pre- and postgame features and analysis…Retired North Texas football and basketball commentator and popular Dallas-area radio talk show host George Dunham was inducted into the U. of North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame.

Iowa QB Jake Rudoch has been given a release to transfer for autumn 2015…Former Vanderbilt starting quarterback and Academic All-Southeastern Conference choice Patton Robinette has decided to forgo his final two years of possible eligibility and enter Vanderbilt Medical School…Texas Tech OL Josh Outlaw drew ample praise from head coach Kliff Kingsbury for his rapid improvement in 2015 spring practice…Baylor CB Xavien Howard hopes to return to spring drills after he suffered a foot injury…Louisiana Tech RB/WR Tevin King has left the program and is seekin a transfer…Texas is working to compensate for minor injuries to six of its 12 on-campus scholarship defensive linemen and is seeking comebacks by such returnees as interior and DE standouts Derrick Roberson, Caleb Bluiett and Desmond Jackson. Returning starting QB Tyrone Swoopes appears to have the upper hand at No. 1 on the depth chart after the initial spring workouts.

Penn State athletics has received a $1.1 million gift for a state-of-the-art film room and training table…New Mexico State athletics will close some of its facilities to general public to upgrade maintenance and to eliminate foot traffic…Florida athletics is expanding its weight room facilities…Avid TCU football enthusiast Natalie Baugh, a distant relative of NFF College Hall of Fame QB Sam Baugh of TCU, won $100,000 in the Albertsons Monopoly Game last week in Fort Worth, Texas. Albertsons (Boise State) and United Supermarkets/Market Street/Amigos (Texas Tech) are major supporters of college athletics and the College Baseball Foundation in Lubbock, Texas.

Sports Illustrated paid tribute to late NFF College Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik and his work ethic and toughness in its most recent issue…Former Miami (Fla.) standout and award-winning actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson drew dozens of laughs for impersonations and skits last week on NBC’s Saturday Night Live…Former Ohio State standout DB Kurt Coleman has signed a two-year contract with the NFL Carolina Panthers…OG Vladimir Ducasse of Massachusetts has inked a one-year pact with the NFL Chicago Bears.

David Berst will retire after 43 years with the NCAA in 2015 and will be replaced by former Southwest Conference assistant commissioner and Harvard rugby standout Kevin Lennon as NCAA vice president for governance…The NCAA is continuing its NCAA Division I Senior CLASS Awards for spring sports to recognize community and university student leaders…NCAA football and baseball championships’ administrator J.D. Hamilton has reached 600-plus followers on his popular Twitter feed…TIAA-CREF financial and retirement services have emailed coaches and administrators and seven tips to keeping retirement funding maximized during high and lows in the stock market…The USBWA is planning numerous activities and awards’ ceremonies around the Men’s Final Four Saturday and Monday in Indianapolis, Ind.

2015-16 College Football Playoff Schedule
(All Televised by ESPN, Times TBD)
Dec. 31, 2015 – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Host Bowl East
Dec. 31 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, CFP Semifinal Game
Dec. 31 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., CFP Semifinal Game
Jan. 1, 2016 – VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., Host Bowl West
Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by Northwest Mutual, Big Ten vs. Pac-12, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Calif., Host Bowl
Jan. 1 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., Host Bowl
Jan. 11- College Football Championship Game, U. of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

Quick College Basketball Updates:
Many referred to the Duke-Utah NCAA men’s Sweet 16 matchup in Houston last week as the Bill Foster Classic. Foster led total turnarounds for those two programs as head coach before moving into conference work with the Southwest, Big 12, Conference USA, and Western Athletic Conferences as a basketball administrator…Tarleton State made it to the NCAA Division II men’s Final Four foe the second time in school history before losing to Indiana (Pa.) 72-68 and ending the season 31-4 overall in the semifinals at Evansville. Fellow Lone Star Conference women’s champ West Texas A&M traveled as far as the NCAA DII Elite Eight before dropping a 62-50 quarterfinal clash to Emporia State. WT ended the women’s campaign at 30-3…Former Sam Houston State head coach Bob Marlin of Louisiana-Lafayette edged his former employer 71-70 at Huntsville, Texas, in the CollegeBasketballInsider.com Invitational before falling to Evansville 89-82 to end the Cajuns’ season at 23-14 overall…A quick glance at Final Four history of the men’s 2015 DI contenders: Duke: 38 NCAA appearance seasons, 99-34 record, 16 trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: 1991, 92, 2000, 2010. Kentucky: 54 NCAA appearance seasons, 118-48 record, 17 trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012. Michigan State: 28 appearances, 59-27 record, nine trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: 1979, 2000. Wisconsin: 20 appearances, 29-19 record, four trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: one.

Some quick Division I conference competitive comparions and standings to date:
2014-15 Conference Vs. Conference Athletics’ Success Survey
(Based on NCAA and Final Football Top 25 Ratings; Includes 23 Sports
In Which Most DI Conferences Compete in 2014-15)

Note: These conference compilations on the following page are patterned after the Knoxville (Tenn.) Journal’s initial National All-Sports competition among Division I schools in 1974-75 (conceived by former Tennessee media relations student assistant and later KJ sports writer Steve Williams), followed by USA TODAY rankings and the NACDA Directors Trophy (all divisions) recognition for individual schools in national competition, came into being in 1986 as the brainchild of Southwest Conference Commissioner Fred Jacoby, late commissioner also of the Wisconsin States, Mid-American, Lone Star, and American Southwest Conferences.

2014-15 Men’s Points (20 for 1st, 19 for 2nd, 18
for 3rd, etc. – women same scoring)
Basketball (1-4) – Duke, Kentucky, Mich. State, Wis.

+. Big Ten, 237.5 points
+. Pac-12, 236.5
+. Southeastern, 199
+. Big 12, 175
+. Atlantic Coast, 135
++. Missouri Valley, 69.5
+. Big Sky, 45
+. Colonial, 39
++. Big East, 38.5
++. West Coast, 35.5
++. Southland, 24
++. Ivy, 22
++. MAAC, 22
++. Big South, 20
++. Independents, 18
++. MAC, 17
++. Mid-American, 16.5
++. Mountain West, 14
++. Southern, 13
+. Ohio Valley, 12
++. Patriot, 7
+. American, 1.5

2014-15 Men’s NCAA or CFP Champions
Football—Ohio State
Cross Country—Colorado
Indoor Track—Oregon
Wrestling—Ohio State
Swimming—Texas

2014-15 Women’s Conference Points
Basketball (1-6, 12.5 for 7-8) – UConn, Md., Notre Dame, So. Car.

+. Southeastern, 275.5 points
+. Pac-12, 244
+. Atlantic Coast, 190.5
+. Big Ten, 152.5
+. Big 12, 138
++. Big East, 37
++. Mountain West, 36.5
++. West Coast, 36
++. Atlantic 10, 12.5
++. MAAC, 12
++. Missouri Valley, 11.5
+. American, 8.5
++. Big West, 4
+. Colonial, 4
++. Ivy, 2
++. Mid-American, 1

2014-15 Women’s NCAA Champions
Cross Country—Michigan State
Soccer—Florida State
Volleyball—Penn State
Indoor Track—Arkansas
Swimming—California

All-Time NCAA Division I School Championship Leaders (Excluding Football –
Total – Men and Women (Through March 26, 2015)
8. UCLA, 111
9. Stanford, 105
10. Southern California, 100
11. Oklahoma State, 51
12. Penn State, 46
13. Arkansas, 43
14. LSU, Texas, 42
13. North Carolina, 40
14. Michigan, 36
15. California, 33
16. Colorado, 30
17. Denver, 29

Men
11. Southern California, 84
12. UCLA, 72
13. Stanford, 61
14. Oklahoma State, 51
15. Arkansas, 42
16. Penn State, 36
17. Michigan, 34
18. Denver, 29
19. California, 27
20. Yale, 26
13. Ohio State, 25
14. Indiana, Iowa, 24

Women
3. Stanford, 44
4. UCLA, 39
3. North Carolina, 29
7. LSU, 25
8. Texas, 23
9. Maryland, 21
7. Georgia, 19
8. USC, 16
9. Florida, 15
10. Arizona State, 12
11. Penn State, 10

Coed Sports
3. West Virginia 17
4. Alaska-Fairbanks, Penn State 10
4. Utah 9
5. Denver 8
6. Colorado 7
7. Vermont 5
8. Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee Tech 3

College Football, Basketball and NCAA Standings Notes
By Bo Carter

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 31-April 6 time period are March 31 (1938) Bob Anderson (Army), Elizabeth, N.J.; (1950) Ed Marinaro, New York City; April 1 (1889) John Dalton, Town Unknown (research ongoing), Neb.; (1884) Hugo Bezdek, Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic); (1898) Joe Alexander, Silver Creek, N.Y.; (1929) Bo Schembechler, Barberton, Ohio; April 2 (1871) Marshall Newell, Clifton, N.J.; (1880) Harold Weekes, Oyster Bay, N.Y.; (1917) Hugh Gallameau, Detroit, Mich.; (1930) Bill McColl, San Diego, Calif.; (1965) Don McPherson, Brooklyn, N.Y.; April 3 (1903) Andy Gustafson, Aurora, Ill.; (1926) Joe Steffy, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1934) Jim Parker, Macon, Ga.; April 4 (1891) Bob Butler, Glen Ridge, N.J.; (1907) Bill Banker, Lake Charles, La.; (1917) Chet Gladchuk, Bridgeport, Conn.; (1947) Ed White, San Diego, Calif.; (1951) John Hannah, Canton, Ga.; (1965) Jessie Tuggle, Spalding County, Ga.; April 5 (1871) Pop Warner, Springville, N.Y.; (1951) Brad Van Pelt, Owosso, Mich.; April 6 (1901) Pooley Hubert, Meridian, Miss.; (1934) Aurealius Thomas, Muskogee, Okla.; (1944) John Huarte, Anaheim, Calif.; (1965) Sterling Sharpe, Chicago, Ill.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 31 (1931) Knute Rockne, Bazaar, Kan.; (1952) Bo McMillin, Bloomington, Ind.; (2003) George Connor, Chicago, Ill.; (2013) Dick Duden, Severna Park, Md.; April 1 (2013) Jack Pardee, Centennial, Colo.; April 3 (1994) Tom Hamilton, Chula Vista, Calif.; (2006) Marshall Goldberg, Chicago, Ill.; (2007) Eddie Robinson, Ruston, La.; April 4 (1989) Harvey Jablonsky, San Antonio, Texas.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 31 Bob Anderson, Ed Marinaro, April 2 Bill McColl, Don McPherson, April 4 Ed White, John Hannah, Jessie Tuggle, April 6 Aurealius Thomas, Sterling Sharpe.

More College Football Notes
California has added UC Davis in 2019 and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2020 for future schedules…Colorado and Texas A&M will play a home-and-home series in 2020 and ’21, and the Buffaloes will face TCU in 2022 and ’23. CU and Colorado State will not play in the Rocky Mountain Showdown in 2021…Stanford and Vanderbilt have slated a four-game series in 2021, 2024, 2025 and ’27, and the Cardinal will tangle with TCU in 2024 and ’27…Central Michigan and Oklahoma State will open the 2015 season on Thursday, Sept. 3, with a national telecast on a network to be determined…Arizona will play a home-and-home series with Texas Tech in 2019 and ’20…Ball State and Indiana will renew their football series in 2018-20 with a ’20 season meeting in Indianapolis, Ind….Idaho will receive a $1.3 million contract stipend for its 2017 game with Missouri…Liberty and Southern Illinois will tangle in 2015 and ’19…Arizona and Texas Tech are edging closer to a two-game series with history from their 1950s and 1960s Border Conference assictaion…Arizona (LubbockArmy’s new designation as a Power Five-capable opponent will open the way for the Black Nights to add Southeastern Conference and other major loop future foes…Texas Tech completed spring workouts with a game-type scrimmage at Midland, Texas, last Saturday.

New Mexico athletics is working to fund full-scholarship assistance in the near future for student-athletes…Nebraska athletics is closing the Bo Pelini Foundation (new head coach at Youngstown State) for cancer and diabetes research after the charity raised $1 million-plus during the last five years. Pelini and his family hope to establish a new charity in the Youngstown area.

The Big Ten Conference will allow Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff to lecture at summer football camps at Alabama and Texas in 2015…Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was lauded for his efforts to bring about racial harmony and equality with dignity after recent events involving OU social organizations… Illinois is completing its 2015 staff under head coach Tim Beckman…Navy’s Jeff Fair has retired after 18 years as athletics trainer at the academy…Northern Arizona named Tim Davis offensive line coach…Georgia named Brian Williams player relations coordinator for defense…Kansas head coach David Beaty had his contract finalized with incentives…Ball State has chosen Alex Bailey as wide receivers coach… Former Boise State assistant coach Kriss Proctor has become wide receivers coach Indiana State.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2015 college head coaches – Birmingham-Southern: Eddie Garfinkle, Jacksonville, Ala.; Colby: Jonathan Michaeles, Lewiston, Maine; Colgate: Dan Hunt, Canajoharie, N.Y.; Colorado Mines: Gregg Brandon, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Columbia: Al Bagnoli, New Britain, Conn.

Hawai’i named David Matlin director of athletics…Ryan Bamford is the new director of athletics at Massachusetts…California athletics has selected current Memphis AD Tom Bowen and Bears’ interim AD Michael Williams as finalists for the Cal director’s job… Air Force’s new AD Jim Knowlton officially began his AFA director’s post last Monday…Penn State AD Sandy Barbour and Washington State AD Bill Moos were featured in recent stories about their innovations at PSU and WSU… Georgia State AD Charlie Cobb met with key members of his coaching staff about their roles in 2015-16 Panthers’ athletics…Pittsburgh and Syracuse are utilizing search firms to help secure leading candidates nationally for their open AD positions. Pete Sala is serving as interim at Syracuse…Tulsa hired Anne Hogan as director of sports nutrition…Hawai’i women’s volleyball coach and athletics administrator Dave Shoji will return for 41st season in August 2015…Michigan administrator and famed hockey head coach Red Berenson will return for his 32nd campaign in 2015-16 at the university.

Former Vanderbilt and Furman head coach Bobby Johnson will replace NFF and College Hall of Fame chairman Archie Manning on the College Football Playoff selection committee…The Independence Bowl is seeking a new sponsor for 2015 after completing its agreement with the Duck Commander group.

The Atlantic Coast Conference started the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship with a 11-1 composite record and stands to net a minimum of $28 million from this year’s championship. The Pac-12 Conference achieved similar men’s financial and on-court success with a 8-1 mark over its first nine March Madness encounters…Conference USA Football Media Days have been set for July 21-22 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area…New Mexico State and UTEP are assessing their positions in current conference alignments.

The late Lindsey Nelson and Ray Scott were remembered for their commentary in the Dec. 26, 1960, NFL title game, in which Philadelphia edged Green Bay 17-13, at Philadelphia’s Franklin Field on NBC-TV…The SEC Network will offer coverage of all 14 spring football games and final scrimmages from April 11-25 with pre- and postgame features and analysis…Retired North Texas football and basketball commentator and popular Dallas-area radio talk show host George Dunham was inducted into the U. of North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame.

Iowa QB Jake Rudoch has been given a release to transfer for autumn 2015…Former Vanderbilt starting quarterback and Academic All-Southeastern Conference choice Patton Robinette has decided to forgo his final two years of possible eligibility and enter Vanderbilt Medical School…Texas Tech OL Josh Outlaw drew ample praise from head coach Kliff Kingsbury for his rapid improvement in 2015 spring practice…Baylor CB Xavien Howard hopes to return to spring drills after he suffered a foot injury…Louisiana Tech RB/WR Tevin King has left the program and is seekin a transfer…Texas is working to compensate for minor injuries to six of its 12 on-campus scholarship defensive linemen and is seeking comebacks by such returnees as interior and DE standouts Derrick Roberson, Caleb Bluiett and Desmond Jackson. Returning starting QB Tyrone Swoopes appears to have the upper hand at No. 1 on the depth chart after the initial spring workouts.

Penn State athletics has received a $1.1 million gift for a state-of-the-art film room and training table…New Mexico State athletics will close some of its facilities to general public to upgrade maintenance and to eliminate foot traffic…Florida athletics is expanding its weight room facilities…Avid TCU football enthusiast Natalie Baugh, a distant relative of NFF College Hall of Fame QB Sam Baugh of TCU, won $100,000 in the Albertsons Monopoly Game last week in Fort Worth, Texas. Albertsons (Boise State) and United Supermarkets/Market Street/Amigos (Texas Tech) are major supporters of college athletics and the College Baseball Foundation in Lubbock, Texas.

Sports Illustrated paid tribute to late NFF College Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik and his work ethic and toughness in its most recent issue…Former Miami (Fla.) standout and award-winning actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson drew dozens of laughs for impersonations and skits last week on NBC’s Saturday Night Live…Former Ohio State standout DB Kurt Coleman has signed a two-year contract with the NFL Carolina Panthers…OG Vladimir Ducasse of Massachusetts has inked a one-year pact with the NFL Chicago Bears.

David Berst will retire after 43 years with the NCAA in 2015 and will be replaced by former Southwest Conference assistant commissioner and Harvard rugby standout Kevin Lennon as NCAA vice president for governance…The NCAA is continuing its NCAA Division I Senior CLASS Awards for spring sports to recognize community and university student leaders…NCAA football and baseball championships’ administrator J.D. Hamilton has reached 600-plus followers on his popular Twitter feed…TIAA-CREF financial and retirement services have emailed coaches and administrators and seven tips to keeping retirement funding maximized during high and lows in the stock market…The USBWA is planning numerous activities and awards’ ceremonies around the Men’s Final Four Saturday and Monday in Indianapolis, Ind.

2015-16 College Football Playoff Schedule
(All Televised by ESPN, Times TBD)
Dec. 31, 2015 – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Host Bowl East
Dec. 31 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, CFP Semifinal Game
Dec. 31 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., CFP Semifinal Game
Jan. 1, 2016 – VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., Host Bowl West
Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by Northwest Mutual, Big Ten vs. Pac-12, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Calif., Host Bowl
Jan. 1 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., Host Bowl
Jan. 11- College Football Championship Game, U. of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

Quick College Basketball Updates:
Many referred to the Duke-Utah NCAA men’s Sweet 16 matchup in Houston last week as the Bill Foster Classic. Foster led total turnarounds for those two programs as head coach before moving into conference work with the Southwest, Big 12, Conference USA, and Western Athletic Conferences as a basketball administrator…Tarleton State made it to the NCAA Division II men’s Final Four foe the second time in school history before losing to Indiana (Pa.) 72-68 and ending the season 31-4 overall in the semifinals at Evansville. Fellow Lone Star Conference women’s champ West Texas A&M traveled as far as the NCAA DII Elite Eight before dropping a 62-50 quarterfinal clash to Emporia State. WT ended the women’s campaign at 30-3…Former Sam Houston State head coach Bob Marlin of Louisiana-Lafayette edged his former employer 71-70 at Huntsville, Texas, in the CollegeBasketballInsider.com Invitational before falling to Evansville 89-82 to end the Cajuns’ season at 23-14 overall…A quick glance at Final Four history of the men’s 2015 DI contenders: Duke: 38 NCAA appearance seasons, 99-34 record, 16 trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: 1991, 92, 2000, 2010. Kentucky: 54 NCAA appearance seasons, 118-48 record, 17 trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012. Michigan State: 28 appearances, 59-27 record, nine trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: 1979, 2000. Wisconsin: 20 appearances, 29-19 record, four trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: one.

Some quick Division I conference competitive comparions and standings to date:
2014-15 Conference Vs. Conference Athletics’ Success Survey
(Based on NCAA and Final Football Top 25 Ratings; Includes 23 Sports
In Which Most DI Conferences Compete in 2014-15)

Note: These conference compilations on the following page are patterned after the Knoxville (Tenn.) Journal’s initial National All-Sports competition among Division I schools in 1974-75 (conceived by former Tennessee media relations student assistant and later KJ sports writer Steve Williams), followed by USA TODAY rankings and the NACDA Directors Trophy (all divisions) recognition for individual schools in national competition, came into being in 1986 as the brainchild of Southwest Conference Commissioner Fred Jacoby, late commissioner also of the Wisconsin States, Mid-American, Lone Star, and American Southwest Conferences.

2014-15 Men’s Points (20 for 1st, 19 for 2nd, 18
for 3rd, etc. – women same scoring)
Basketball (1-4) – Duke, Kentucky, Mich. State, Wis.

+. Big Ten, 237.5 points
+. Pac-12, 236.5
+. Southeastern, 199
+. Big 12, 175
+. Atlantic Coast, 135
++. Missouri Valley, 69.5
+. Big Sky, 45
+. Colonial, 39
++. Big East, 38.5
++. West Coast, 35.5
++. Southland, 24
++. Ivy, 22
++. MAAC, 22
++. Big South, 20
++. Independents, 18
++. MAC, 17
++. Mid-American, 16.5
++. Mountain West, 14
++. Southern, 13
+. Ohio Valley, 12
++. Patriot, 7
+. American, 1.5

2014-15 Men’s NCAA or CFP Champions
Football—Ohio State
Cross Country—Colorado
Indoor Track—Oregon
Wrestling—Ohio State
Swimming—Texas

2014-15 Women’s Conference Points
Basketball (1-6, 12.5 for 7-8) – UConn, Md., Notre Dame, So. Car.

+. Southeastern, 275.5 points
+. Pac-12, 244
+. Atlantic Coast, 190.5
+. Big Ten, 152.5
+. Big 12, 138
++. Big East, 37
++. Mountain West, 36.5
++. West Coast, 36
++. Atlantic 10, 12.5
++. MAAC, 12
++. Missouri Valley, 11.5
+. American, 8.5
++. Big West, 4
+. Colonial, 4
++. Ivy, 2
++. Mid-American, 1

2014-15 Women’s NCAA Champions
Cross Country—Michigan State
Soccer—Florida State
Volleyball—Penn State
Indoor Track—Arkansas
Swimming—California

All-Time NCAA Division I School Championship Leaders (Excluding Football –
Total – Men and Women (Through March 26, 2015)
8. UCLA, 111
9. Stanford, 105
10. Southern California, 100
11. Oklahoma State, 51
12. Penn State, 46
13. Arkansas, 43
14. LSU, Texas, 42
13. North Carolina, 40
14. Michigan, 36
15. California, 33
16. Colorado, 30
17. Denver, 29

Men
11. Southern California, 84
12. UCLA, 72
13. Stanford, 61
14. Oklahoma State, 51
15. Arkansas, 42
16. Penn State, 36
17. Michigan, 34
18. Denver, 29
19. California, 27
20. Yale, 26
13. Ohio State, 25
14. Indiana, Iowa, 24

Women
3. Stanford, 44
4. UCLA, 39
3. North Carolina, 29
7. LSU, 25
8. Texas, 23
9. Maryland, 21
7. Georgia, 19
8. USC, 16
9. Florida, 15
10. Arizona State, 12
11. Penn State, 10

Coed Sports
3. West Virginia 17
4. Alaska-Fairbanks, Penn State 10
4. Utah 9
5. Denver 8
6. Colorado 7
7. Vermont 5
8. Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee Tech 3

College Football, Basketball and NCAA Standings Notes
By Bo Carter

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 31-April 6 time period are March 31 (1938) Bob Anderson (Army), Elizabeth, N.J.; (1950) Ed Marinaro, New York City; April 1 (1889) John Dalton, Town Unknown (research ongoing), Neb.; (1884) Hugo Bezdek, Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic); (1898) Joe Alexander, Silver Creek, N.Y.; (1929) Bo Schembechler, Barberton, Ohio; April 2 (1871) Marshall Newell, Clifton, N.J.; (1880) Harold Weekes, Oyster Bay, N.Y.; (1917) Hugh Gallameau, Detroit, Mich.; (1930) Bill McColl, San Diego, Calif.; (1965) Don McPherson, Brooklyn, N.Y.; April 3 (1903) Andy Gustafson, Aurora, Ill.; (1926) Joe Steffy, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1934) Jim Parker, Macon, Ga.; April 4 (1891) Bob Butler, Glen Ridge, N.J.; (1907) Bill Banker, Lake Charles, La.; (1917) Chet Gladchuk, Bridgeport, Conn.; (1947) Ed White, San Diego, Calif.; (1951) John Hannah, Canton, Ga.; (1965) Jessie Tuggle, Spalding County, Ga.; April 5 (1871) Pop Warner, Springville, N.Y.; (1951) Brad Van Pelt, Owosso, Mich.; April 6 (1901) Pooley Hubert, Meridian, Miss.; (1934) Aurealius Thomas, Muskogee, Okla.; (1944) John Huarte, Anaheim, Calif.; (1965) Sterling Sharpe, Chicago, Ill.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 31 (1931) Knute Rockne, Bazaar, Kan.; (1952) Bo McMillin, Bloomington, Ind.; (2003) George Connor, Chicago, Ill.; (2013) Dick Duden, Severna Park, Md.; April 1 (2013) Jack Pardee, Centennial, Colo.; April 3 (1994) Tom Hamilton, Chula Vista, Calif.; (2006) Marshall Goldberg, Chicago, Ill.; (2007) Eddie Robinson, Ruston, La.; April 4 (1989) Harvey Jablonsky, San Antonio, Texas.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 31 Bob Anderson, Ed Marinaro, April 2 Bill McColl, Don McPherson, April 4 Ed White, John Hannah, Jessie Tuggle, April 6 Aurealius Thomas, Sterling Sharpe.

More College Football Notes
California has added UC Davis in 2019 and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2020 for future schedules…Colorado and Texas A&M will play a home-and-home series in 2020 and ’21, and the Buffaloes will face TCU in 2022 and ’23. CU and Colorado State will not play in the Rocky Mountain Showdown in 2021…Stanford and Vanderbilt have slated a four-game series in 2021, 2024, 2025 and ’27, and the Cardinal will tangle with TCU in 2024 and ’27…Central Michigan and Oklahoma State will open the 2015 season on Thursday, Sept. 3, with a national telecast on a network to be determined…Arizona will play a home-and-home series with Texas Tech in 2019 and ’20…Ball State and Indiana will renew their football series in 2018-20 with a ’20 season meeting in Indianapolis, Ind….Idaho will receive a $1.3 million contract stipend for its 2017 game with Missouri…Liberty and Southern Illinois will tangle in 2015 and ’19…Arizona and Texas Tech are edging closer to a two-game series with history from their 1950s and 1960s Border Conference assictaion…Arizona (LubbockArmy’s new designation as a Power Five-capable opponent will open the way for the Black Nights to add Southeastern Conference and other major loop future foes…Texas Tech completed spring workouts with a game-type scrimmage at Midland, Texas, last Saturday.

New Mexico athletics is working to fund full-scholarship assistance in the near future for student-athletes…Nebraska athletics is closing the Bo Pelini Foundation (new head coach at Youngstown State) for cancer and diabetes research after the charity raised $1 million-plus during the last five years. Pelini and his family hope to establish a new charity in the Youngstown area.

The Big Ten Conference will allow Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff to lecture at summer football camps at Alabama and Texas in 2015…Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was lauded for his efforts to bring about racial harmony and equality with dignity after recent events involving OU social organizations… Illinois is completing its 2015 staff under head coach Tim Beckman…Navy’s Jeff Fair has retired after 18 years as athletics trainer at the academy…Northern Arizona named Tim Davis offensive line coach…Georgia named Brian Williams player relations coordinator for defense…Kansas head coach David Beaty had his contract finalized with incentives…Ball State has chosen Alex Bailey as wide receivers coach… Former Boise State assistant coach Kriss Proctor has become wide receivers coach Indiana State.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2015 college head coaches – Birmingham-Southern: Eddie Garfinkle, Jacksonville, Ala.; Colby: Jonathan Michaeles, Lewiston, Maine; Colgate: Dan Hunt, Canajoharie, N.Y.; Colorado Mines: Gregg Brandon, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Columbia: Al Bagnoli, New Britain, Conn.

Hawai’i named David Matlin director of athletics…Ryan Bamford is the new director of athletics at Massachusetts…California athletics has selected current Memphis AD Tom Bowen and Bears’ interim AD Michael Williams as finalists for the Cal director’s job… Air Force’s new AD Jim Knowlton officially began his AFA director’s post last Monday…Penn State AD Sandy Barbour and Washington State AD Bill Moos were featured in recent stories about their innovations at PSU and WSU… Georgia State AD Charlie Cobb met with key members of his coaching staff about their roles in 2015-16 Panthers’ athletics…Pittsburgh and Syracuse are utilizing search firms to help secure leading candidates nationally for their open AD positions. Pete Sala is serving as interim at Syracuse…Tulsa hired Anne Hogan as director of sports nutrition…Hawai’i women’s volleyball coach and athletics administrator Dave Shoji will return for 41st season in August 2015…Michigan administrator and famed hockey head coach Red Berenson will return for his 32nd campaign in 2015-16 at the university.

Former Vanderbilt and Furman head coach Bobby Johnson will replace NFF and College Hall of Fame chairman Archie Manning on the College Football Playoff selection committee…The Independence Bowl is seeking a new sponsor for 2015 after completing its agreement with the Duck Commander group.

The Atlantic Coast Conference started the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship with a 11-1 composite record and stands to net a minimum of $28 million from this year’s championship. The Pac-12 Conference achieved similar men’s financial and on-court success with a 8-1 mark over its first nine March Madness encounters…Conference USA Football Media Days have been set for July 21-22 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area…New Mexico State and UTEP are assessing their positions in current conference alignments.

The late Lindsey Nelson and Ray Scott were remembered for their commentary in the Dec. 26, 1960, NFL title game, in which Philadelphia edged Green Bay 17-13, at Philadelphia’s Franklin Field on NBC-TV…The SEC Network will offer coverage of all 14 spring football games and final scrimmages from April 11-25 with pre- and postgame features and analysis…Retired North Texas football and basketball commentator and popular Dallas-area radio talk show host George Dunham was inducted into the U. of North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame.

Iowa QB Jake Rudoch has been given a release to transfer for autumn 2015…Former Vanderbilt starting quarterback and Academic All-Southeastern Conference choice Patton Robinette has decided to forgo his final two years of possible eligibility and enter Vanderbilt Medical School…Texas Tech OL Josh Outlaw drew ample praise from head coach Kliff Kingsbury for his rapid improvement in 2015 spring practice…Baylor CB Xavien Howard hopes to return to spring drills after he suffered a foot injury…Louisiana Tech RB/WR Tevin King has left the program and is seekin a transfer…Texas is working to compensate for minor injuries to six of its 12 on-campus scholarship defensive linemen and is seeking comebacks by such returnees as interior and DE standouts Derrick Roberson, Caleb Bluiett and Desmond Jackson. Returning starting QB Tyrone Swoopes appears to have the upper hand at No. 1 on the depth chart after the initial spring workouts.

Penn State athletics has received a $1.1 million gift for a state-of-the-art film room and training table…New Mexico State athletics will close some of its facilities to general public to upgrade maintenance and to eliminate foot traffic…Florida athletics is expanding its weight room facilities…Avid TCU football enthusiast Natalie Baugh, a distant relative of NFF College Hall of Fame QB Sam Baugh of TCU, won $100,000 in the Albertsons Monopoly Game last week in Fort Worth, Texas. Albertsons (Boise State) and United Supermarkets/Market Street/Amigos (Texas Tech) are major supporters of college athletics and the College Baseball Foundation in Lubbock, Texas.

Sports Illustrated paid tribute to late NFF College Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik and his work ethic and toughness in its most recent issue…Former Miami (Fla.) standout and award-winning actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson drew dozens of laughs for impersonations and skits last week on NBC’s Saturday Night Live…Former Ohio State standout DB Kurt Coleman has signed a two-year contract with the NFL Carolina Panthers…OG Vladimir Ducasse of Massachusetts has inked a one-year pact with the NFL Chicago Bears.

David Berst will retire after 43 years with the NCAA in 2015 and will be replaced by former Southwest Conference assistant commissioner and Harvard rugby standout Kevin Lennon as NCAA vice president for governance…The NCAA is continuing its NCAA Division I Senior CLASS Awards for spring sports to recognize community and university student leaders…NCAA football and baseball championships’ administrator J.D. Hamilton has reached 600-plus followers on his popular Twitter feed…TIAA-CREF financial and retirement services have emailed coaches and administrators and seven tips to keeping retirement funding maximized during high and lows in the stock market…The USBWA is planning numerous activities and awards’ ceremonies around the Men’s Final Four Saturday and Monday in Indianapolis, Ind.

2015-16 College Football Playoff Schedule
(All Televised by ESPN, Times TBD)
Dec. 31, 2015 – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Host Bowl East
Dec. 31 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, CFP Semifinal Game
Dec. 31 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., CFP Semifinal Game
Jan. 1, 2016 – VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., Host Bowl West
Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by Northwest Mutual, Big Ten vs. Pac-12, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Calif., Host Bowl
Jan. 1 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., Host Bowl
Jan. 11- College Football Championship Game, U. of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

Quick College Basketball Updates:
Many referred to the Duke-Utah NCAA men’s Sweet 16 matchup in Houston last week as the Bill Foster Classic. Foster led total turnarounds for those two programs as head coach before moving into conference work with the Southwest, Big 12, Conference USA, and Western Athletic Conferences as a basketball administrator…Tarleton State made it to the NCAA Division II men’s Final Four foe the second time in school history before losing to Indiana (Pa.) 72-68 and ending the season 31-4 overall in the semifinals at Evansville. Fellow Lone Star Conference women’s champ West Texas A&M traveled as far as the NCAA DII Elite Eight before dropping a 62-50 quarterfinal clash to Emporia State. WT ended the women’s campaign at 30-3…Former Sam Houston State head coach Bob Marlin of Louisiana-Lafayette edged his former employer 71-70 at Huntsville, Texas, in the CollegeBasketballInsider.com Invitational before falling to Evansville 89-82 to end the Cajuns’ season at 23-14 overall…A quick glance at Final Four history of the men’s 2015 DI contenders: Duke: 38 NCAA appearance seasons, 99-34 record, 16 trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: 1991, 92, 2000, 2010. Kentucky: 54 NCAA appearance seasons, 118-48 record, 17 trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012. Michigan State: 28 appearances, 59-27 record, nine trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: 1979, 2000. Wisconsin: 20 appearances, 29-19 record, four trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: one.

Some quick Division I conference competitive comparions and standings to date:
2014-15 Conference Vs. Conference Athletics’ Success Survey
(Based on NCAA and Final Football Top 25 Ratings; Includes 23 Sports
In Which Most DI Conferences Compete in 2014-15)

Note: These conference compilations on the following page are patterned after the Knoxville (Tenn.) Journal’s initial National All-Sports competition among Division I schools in 1974-75 (conceived by former Tennessee media relations student assistant and later KJ sports writer Steve Williams), followed by USA TODAY rankings and the NACDA Directors Trophy (all divisions) recognition for individual schools in national competition, came into being in 1986 as the brainchild of Southwest Conference Commissioner Fred Jacoby, late commissioner also of the Wisconsin States, Mid-American, Lone Star, and American Southwest Conferences.

2014-15 Men’s Points (20 for 1st, 19 for 2nd, 18
for 3rd, etc. – women same scoring)
Basketball (1-4) – Duke, Kentucky, Mich. State, Wis.

+. Big Ten, 237.5 points
+. Pac-12, 236.5
+. Southeastern, 199
+. Big 12, 175
+. Atlantic Coast, 135
++. Missouri Valley, 69.5
+. Big Sky, 45
+. Colonial, 39
++. Big East, 38.5
++. West Coast, 35.5
++. Southland, 24
++. Ivy, 22
++. MAAC, 22
++. Big South, 20
++. Independents, 18
++. MAC, 17
++. Mid-American, 16.5
++. Mountain West, 14
++. Southern, 13
+. Ohio Valley, 12
++. Patriot, 7
+. American, 1.5

2014-15 Men’s NCAA or CFP Champions
Football—Ohio State
Cross Country—Colorado
Indoor Track—Oregon
Wrestling—Ohio State
Swimming—Texas

2014-15 Women’s Conference Points
Basketball (1-6, 12.5 for 7-8) – UConn, Md., Notre Dame, So. Car.

+. Southeastern, 275.5 points
+. Pac-12, 244
+. Atlantic Coast, 190.5
+. Big Ten, 152.5
+. Big 12, 138
++. Big East, 37
++. Mountain West, 36.5
++. West Coast, 36
++. Atlantic 10, 12.5
++. MAAC, 12
++. Missouri Valley, 11.5
+. American, 8.5
++. Big West, 4
+. Colonial, 4
++. Ivy, 2
++. Mid-American, 1

2014-15 Women’s NCAA Champions
Cross Country—Michigan State
Soccer—Florida State
Volleyball—Penn State
Indoor Track—Arkansas
Swimming—California

All-Time NCAA Division I School Championship Leaders (Excluding Football –
Total – Men and Women (Through March 26, 2015)
8. UCLA, 111
9. Stanford, 105
10. Southern California, 100
11. Oklahoma State, 51
12. Penn State, 46
13. Arkansas, 43
14. LSU, Texas, 42
13. North Carolina, 40
14. Michigan, 36
15. California, 33
16. Colorado, 30
17. Denver, 29

Men
11. Southern California, 84
12. UCLA, 72
13. Stanford, 61
14. Oklahoma State, 51
15. Arkansas, 42
16. Penn State, 36
17. Michigan, 34
18. Denver, 29
19. California, 27
20. Yale, 26
13. Ohio State, 25
14. Indiana, Iowa, 24

Women
3. Stanford, 44
4. UCLA, 39
3. North Carolina, 29
7. LSU, 25
8. Texas, 23
9. Maryland, 21
7. Georgia, 19
8. USC, 16
9. Florida, 15
10. Arizona State, 12
11. Penn State, 10

Coed Sports
3. West Virginia 17
4. Alaska-Fairbanks, Penn State 10
4. Utah 9
5. Denver 8
6. Colorado 7
7. Vermont 5
8. Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee Tech 3

College Football, Basketball and NCAA Standings Notes
By Bo Carter
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 31-April 6 time period are March 31 (1938) Bob Anderson (Army), Elizabeth, N.J.; (1950) Ed Marinaro, New York City; April 1 (1889) John Dalton, Town Unknown (research ongoing), Neb.; (1884) Hugo Bezdek, Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic); (1898) Joe Alexander, Silver Creek, N.Y.; (1929) Bo Schembechler, Barberton, Ohio; April 2 (1871) Marshall Newell, Clifton, N.J.; (1880) Harold Weekes, Oyster Bay, N.Y.; (1917) Hugh Gallameau, Detroit, Mich.; (1930) Bill McColl, San Diego, Calif.; (1965) Don McPherson, Brooklyn, N.Y.; April 3 (1903) Andy Gustafson, Aurora, Ill.; (1926) Joe Steffy, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1934) Jim Parker, Macon, Ga.; April 4 (1891) Bob Butler, Glen Ridge, N.J.; (1907) Bill Banker, Lake Charles, La.; (1917) Chet Gladchuk, Bridgeport, Conn.; (1947) Ed White, San Diego, Calif.; (1951) John Hannah, Canton, Ga.; (1965) Jessie Tuggle, Spalding County, Ga.; April 5 (1871) Pop Warner, Springville, N.Y.; (1951) Brad Van Pelt, Owosso, Mich.; April 6 (1901) Pooley Hubert, Meridian, Miss.; (1934) Aurealius Thomas, Muskogee, Okla.; (1944) John Huarte, Anaheim, Calif.; (1965) Sterling Sharpe, Chicago, Ill.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 31 (1931) Knute Rockne, Bazaar, Kan.; (1952) Bo McMillin, Bloomington, Ind.; (2003) George Connor, Chicago, Ill.; (2013) Dick Duden, Severna Park, Md.; April 1 (2013) Jack Pardee, Centennial, Colo.; April 3 (1994) Tom Hamilton, Chula Vista, Calif.; (2006) Marshall Goldberg, Chicago, Ill.; (2007) Eddie Robinson, Ruston, La.; April 4 (1989) Harvey Jablonsky, San Antonio, Texas.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 31 Bob Anderson, Ed Marinaro, April 2 Bill McColl, Don McPherson, April 4 Ed White, John Hannah, Jessie Tuggle, April 6 Aurealius Thomas, Sterling Sharpe.
More College Football Notes
California has added UC Davis in 2019 and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2020 for future schedules…Colorado and Texas A&M will play a home-and-home series in 2020 and ’21, and the Buffaloes will face TCU in 2022 and ’23. CU and Colorado State will not play in the Rocky Mountain Showdown in 2021…Stanford and Vanderbilt have slated a four-game series in 2021, 2024, 2025 and ’27, and the Cardinal will tangle with TCU in 2024 and ’27…Central Michigan and Oklahoma State will open the 2015 season on Thursday, Sept. 3, with a national telecast on a network to be determined…Arizona will play a home-and-home series with Texas Tech in 2019 and ’20…Ball State and Indiana will renew their football series in 2018-20 with a ’20 season meeting in Indianapolis, Ind….Idaho will receive a $1.3 million contract stipend for its 2017 game with Missouri…Liberty and Southern Illinois will tangle in 2015 and ’19…Arizona and Texas Tech are edging closer to a two-game series with history from their 1950s and 1960s Border Conference assictaion…Arizona (LubbockArmy’s new designation as a Power Five-capable opponent will open the way for the Black Nights to add Southeastern Conference and other major loop future foes…Texas Tech completed spring workouts with a game-type scrimmage at Midland, Texas, last Saturday.
New Mexico athletics is working to fund full-scholarship assistance in the near future for student-athletes…Nebraska athletics is closing the Bo Pelini Foundation (new head coach at Youngstown State) for cancer and diabetes research after the charity raised $1 million-plus during the last five years. Pelini and his family hope to establish a new charity in the Youngstown area.
The Big Ten Conference will allow Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff to lecture at summer football camps at Alabama and Texas in 2015…Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was lauded for his efforts to bring about racial harmony and equality with dignity after recent events involving OU social organizations… Illinois is completing its 2015 staff under head coach Tim Beckman…Navy’s Jeff Fair has retired after 18 years as athletics trainer at the academy…Northern Arizona named Tim Davis offensive line coach…Georgia named Brian Williams player relations coordinator for defense…Kansas head coach David Beaty had his contract finalized with incentives…Ball State has chosen Alex Bailey as wide receivers coach… Former Boise State assistant coach Kriss Proctor has become wide receivers coach Indiana State.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2015 college head coaches – Birmingham-Southern: Eddie Garfinkle, Jacksonville, Ala.; Colby: Jonathan Michaeles, Lewiston, Maine; Colgate: Dan Hunt, Canajoharie, N.Y.; Colorado Mines: Gregg Brandon, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Columbia: Al Bagnoli, New Britain, Conn.
Hawai’i named David Matlin director of athletics…Ryan Bamford is the new director of athletics at Massachusetts…California athletics has selected current Memphis AD Tom Bowen and Bears’ interim AD Michael Williams as finalists for the Cal director’s job… Air Force’s new AD Jim Knowlton officially began his AFA director’s post last Monday…Penn State AD Sandy Barbour and Washington State AD Bill Moos were featured in recent stories about their innovations at PSU and WSU… Georgia State AD Charlie Cobb met with key members of his coaching staff about their roles in 2015-16 Panthers’ athletics…Pittsburgh and Syracuse are utilizing search firms to help secure leading candidates nationally for their open AD positions. Pete Sala is serving as interim at Syracuse…Tulsa hired Anne Hogan as director of sports nutrition…Hawai’i women’s volleyball coach and athletics administrator Dave Shoji will return for 41st season in August 2015…Michigan administrator and famed hockey head coach Red Berenson will return for his 32nd campaign in 2015-16 at the university.
Former Vanderbilt and Furman head coach Bobby Johnson will replace NFF and College Hall of Fame chairman Archie Manning on the College Football Playoff selection committee…The Independence Bowl is seeking a new sponsor for 2015 after completing its agreement with the Duck Commander group.
The Atlantic Coast Conference started the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship with a 11-1 composite record and stands to net a minimum of $28 million from this year’s championship. The Pac-12 Conference achieved similar men’s financial and on-court success with a 8-1 mark over its first nine March Madness encounters…Conference USA Football Media Days have been set for July 21-22 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area…New Mexico State and UTEP are assessing their positions in current conference alignments.
The late Lindsey Nelson and Ray Scott were remembered for their commentary in the Dec. 26, 1960, NFL title game, in which Philadelphia edged Green Bay 17-13, at Philadelphia’s Franklin Field on NBC-TV…The SEC Network will offer coverage of all 14 spring football games and final scrimmages from April 11-25 with pre- and postgame features and analysis…Retired North Texas football and basketball commentator and popular Dallas-area radio talk show host George Dunham was inducted into the U. of North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame.
Iowa QB Jake Rudoch has been given a release to transfer for autumn 2015…Former Vanderbilt starting quarterback and Academic All-Southeastern Conference choice Patton Robinette has decided to forgo his final two years of possible eligibility and enter Vanderbilt Medical School…Texas Tech OL Josh Outlaw drew ample praise from head coach Kliff Kingsbury for his rapid improvement in 2015 spring practice…Baylor CB Xavien Howard hopes to return to spring drills after he suffered a foot injury…Louisiana Tech RB/WR Tevin King has left the program and is seekin a transfer…Texas is working to compensate for minor injuries to six of its 12 on-campus scholarship defensive linemen and is seeking comebacks by such returnees as interior and DE standouts Derrick Roberson, Caleb Bluiett and Desmond Jackson. Returning starting QB Tyrone Swoopes appears to have the upper hand at No. 1 on the depth chart after the initial spring workouts.
Penn State athletics has received a $1.1 million gift for a state-of-the-art film room and training table…New Mexico State athletics will close some of its facilities to general public to upgrade maintenance and to eliminate foot traffic…Florida athletics is expanding its weight room facilities…Avid TCU football enthusiast Natalie Baugh, a distant relative of NFF College Hall of Fame QB Sam Baugh of TCU, won $100,000 in the Albertsons Monopoly Game last week in Fort Worth, Texas. Albertsons (Boise State) and United Supermarkets/Market Street/Amigos (Texas Tech) are major supporters of college athletics and the College Baseball Foundation in Lubbock, Texas.
Sports Illustrated paid tribute to late NFF College Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik and his work ethic and toughness in its most recent issue…Former Miami (Fla.) standout and award-winning actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson drew dozens of laughs for impersonations and skits last week on NBC’s Saturday Night Live…Former Ohio State standout DB Kurt Coleman has signed a two-year contract with the NFL Carolina Panthers…OG Vladimir Ducasse of Massachusetts has inked a one-year pact with the NFL Chicago Bears.
David Berst will retire after 43 years with the NCAA in 2015 and will be replaced by former Southwest Conference assistant commissioner and Harvard rugby standout Kevin Lennon as NCAA vice president for governance…The NCAA is continuing its NCAA Division I Senior CLASS Awards for spring sports to recognize community and university student leaders…NCAA football and baseball championships’ administrator J.D. Hamilton has reached 600-plus followers on his popular Twitter feed…TIAA-CREF financial and retirement services have emailed coaches and administrators and seven tips to keeping retirement funding maximized during high and lows in the stock market…The USBWA is planning numerous activities and awards’ ceremonies around the Men’s Final Four Saturday and Monday in Indianapolis, Ind.
2015-16 College Football Playoff Schedule
(All Televised by ESPN, Times TBD)
Dec. 31, 2015 – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Host Bowl East
Dec. 31 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, CFP Semifinal Game
Dec. 31 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., CFP Semifinal Game
Jan. 1, 2016 – VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., Host Bowl West
Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by Northwest Mutual, Big Ten vs. Pac-12, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Calif., Host Bowl
Jan. 1 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., Host Bowl
Jan. 11- College Football Championship Game, U. of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Quick College Basketball Updates:
Many referred to the Duke-Utah NCAA men’s Sweet 16 matchup in Houston last week as the Bill Foster Classic. Foster led total turnarounds for those two programs as head coach before moving into conference work with the Southwest, Big 12, Conference USA, and Western Athletic Conferences as a basketball administrator…Tarleton State made it to the NCAA Division II men’s Final Four foe the second time in school history before losing to Indiana (Pa.) 72-68 and ending the season 31-4 overall in the semifinals at Evansville. Fellow Lone Star Conference women’s champ West Texas A&M traveled as far as the NCAA DII Elite Eight before dropping a 62-50 quarterfinal clash to Emporia State. WT ended the women’s campaign at 30-3…Former Sam Houston State head coach Bob Marlin of Louisiana-Lafayette edged his former employer 71-70 at Huntsville, Texas, in the CollegeBasketballInsider.com Invitational before falling to Evansville 89-82 to end the Cajuns’ season at 23-14 overall…A quick glance at Final Four history of the men’s 2015 DI contenders: Duke: 38 NCAA appearance seasons, 99-34 record, 16 trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: 1991, 92, 2000, 2010. Kentucky: 54 NCAA appearance seasons, 118-48 record, 17 trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012. Michigan State: 28 appearances, 59-27 record, nine trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: 1979, 2000. Wisconsin: 20 appearances, 29-19 record, four trips to Final Four, NCAA titles: one.
Some quick Division I conference competitive comparions and standings to date:
2014-15 Conference Vs. Conference Athletics’ Success Survey
(Based on NCAA and Final Football Top 25 Ratings; Includes 23 Sports
In Which Most DI Conferences Compete in 2014-15)
Note: These conference compilations on the following page are patterned after the Knoxville (Tenn.) Journal’s initial National All-Sports competition among Division I schools in 1974-75 (conceived by former Tennessee media relations student assistant and later KJ sports writer Steve Williams), followed by USA TODAY rankings and the NACDA Directors Trophy (all divisions) recognition for individual schools in national competition, came into being in 1986 as the brainchild of Southwest Conference Commissioner Fred Jacoby, late commissioner also of the Wisconsin States, Mid-American, Lone Star, and American Southwest Conferences.

2014-15 Men’s Points (20 for 1st, 19 for 2nd, 18
for 3rd, etc. – women same scoring)
Basketball (1-4) – Duke, Kentucky, Mich. State, Wis.
+. Big Ten, 237.5 points
+. Pac-12, 236.5
+. Southeastern, 199
+. Big 12, 175
+. Atlantic Coast, 135
++. Missouri Valley, 69.5
+. Big Sky, 45
+. Colonial, 39
++. Big East, 38.5
++. West Coast, 35.5
++. Southland, 24
++. Ivy, 22
++. MAAC, 22
++. Big South, 20
++. Independents, 18
++. MAC, 17
++. Mid-American, 16.5
++. Mountain West, 14
++. Southern, 13
+. Ohio Valley, 12
++. Patriot, 7
+. American, 1.5
2014-15 Men’s NCAA or CFP Champions
Football—Ohio State
Cross Country—Colorado
Indoor Track—Oregon
Wrestling—Ohio State
Swimming—Texas
2014-15 Women’s Conference Points
Basketball (1-6, 12.5 for 7-8) – UConn, Md., Notre Dame, So. Car.
+. Southeastern, 275.5 points
+. Pac-12, 244
+. Atlantic Coast, 190.5
+. Big Ten, 152.5
+. Big 12, 138
++. Big East, 37
++. Mountain West, 36.5
++. West Coast, 36
++. Atlantic 10, 12.5
++. MAAC, 12
++. Missouri Valley, 11.5
+. American, 8.5
++. Big West, 4
+. Colonial, 4
++. Ivy, 2
++. Mid-American, 1
2014-15 Women’s NCAA Champions
Cross Country—Michigan State
Soccer—Florida State
Volleyball—Penn State
Indoor Track—Arkansas
Swimming—California
All-Time NCAA Division I School Championship Leaders (Excluding Football –
Total – Men and Women (Through March 26, 2015)
8. UCLA, 111
9. Stanford, 105
10. Southern California, 100
11. Oklahoma State, 51
12. Penn State, 46
13. Arkansas, 43
14. LSU, Texas, 42
13. North Carolina, 40
14. Michigan, 36
15. California, 33
16. Colorado, 30
17. Denver, 29
Men
11. Southern California, 84
12. UCLA, 72
13. Stanford, 61
14. Oklahoma State, 51
15. Arkansas, 42
16. Penn State, 36
17. Michigan, 34
18. Denver, 29
19. California, 27
20. Yale, 26
13. Ohio State, 25
14. Indiana, Iowa, 24
Women
3. Stanford, 44
4. UCLA, 39
3. North Carolina, 29
7. LSU, 25
8. Texas, 23
9. Maryland, 21
7. Georgia, 19
8. USC, 16
9. Florida, 15
10. Arizona State, 12
11. Penn State, 10
Coed Sports
3. West Virginia 17
4. Alaska-Fairbanks, Penn State 10
4. Utah 9
5. Denver 8
6. Colorado 7
7. Vermont 5
8. Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee Tech 3
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