College Football Notes April 27-May 2

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2015

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College Football Notes By Bo Carter
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the April 28-May 4 time period are April 28 (1876) Frank Cavanaugh, Worcester, Mass.; (1947) Bill Enyart, Pawhuska, Okla.; (1955) Wilson Whitley, Brenham, Texas; April 29 (1914) Darrell Lester, Jacksboro, Texas; (1920) David Nelson, Detroit, Mich.; April 30 (1871) Fielding Yost, Fairview, W.Va.; (1887) Doc Fenton, Scranton, Pa.; (1895) Bernie Moore, Jonesboro, Tenn.; (1918) Augie Lio, East Boston, Mass.; (1935) Jon Arnett, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1941) Jerry Stovall, West Monroe, La.; May 1 (1900) Stan Barnes, Baraboo, Wis.; (1905) Chris Cagle, DeRidder, La.; (1907) Erby Pinckert, Medford, Wis.; (1910) Cliff Battles, Akron, Ohio; (1925) Chuck Bednarik, Bethlehem, Pa.; (1930) Ollie Matson, Trinity, Texas; (1937) Roger Brown, Surry County, Va.; (1950) Carlos Alvarez, Havana, Cuba; May 2 (1887) Joe Utay, St. Louis, Mo.; (1955) Richard Ritchie, Mineral Wells, Texas; May 3 (1919) Gil Steinke, Brenham, Texas; (1927) Bobby Davis, Columbus, Ga.; (1941) Dave Robinson, Mt. Holly, N.J.; May 4 (1903) Elmer Layden, Davenport, Iowa; (1910) Barry Wood, Milton, Mass.; (1928) Don Coleman, Ponca City, Okla.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are April 28 (1993) Ben Schwartzwalder, St. Petersburg, Fla.; April 30 (1974) Claude Reeds, McClain, Okla.; (2012) Billy Neighbors, Huntsville, Ala.; May 2 (1983) Norm Van Brocklin, Social Circle, Ga.; May 3 (1976) Ernie Nevers, San Rafael, Calif.; (2007) Alex Agase, Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 28 Bill Enyart, April 30 Jerry Stovall, May 1 Roger Brown, Carlos Alvarez, May 2 Richard Ritchie, May 3 Bobby Davis, Dave Robinson…

More College Football Notes:
Navy and Notre Dame are in the final stages of contracting a neutral site game in San Diego, Calif., in 2018…Alabama drew just over 60,000 partisans for its annual Red-White A-Day spring game.

The 11th Annual Pat’s Run, honoring 2006 NFF Distinguished American and College Football Hall of Famer Pat Tillman (Arizona State), was held last Saturday in Tempe, Ariz., and raised thousands of additional dollars in scholarship funds for Tillman Scholars who strive to make a significant impact for the U.S. and Western communities in honor of the fallen military hero.

The NFF presented Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer with the MacArthur Bowl, the organization’s national championship trophy for the Football Bowl Subdivision, during a ceremony at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga., yesterday. ESPN broadcaster Brad Nessler emceed the event, which included remarks from Meyer, NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell and College Football Hall of Fame President and CEO John Stephenson. Earlier in the week, U.S. President Barack Obama honored the Buckeyes as the first College Football Playoff champion and joked that was one of his campaign promises in 2008 to help NCAA FBS to begin a playoff system…Head coach Bob Stoops and brother Mike Stoops who serves as defensive coordinator at Oklahoma are the highest-compensated head coach and coordinator combination in the Big 12 Conference…Texas A&M mentor Kevin Sumlin is the second-highest head coach on the Southeastern Conference ledger behind Alabama’s Nick Saban.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2015 college head coaches – Grambling: Broderick Fobbs, Monroe, La.; Grinnell: Jeff Pedersen, Grinnell, Iowa; Hamilton: Dave Murray, Scotia, N.Y.; Hampden-Sydney: Marty Favret, Washington, D.C.; Hardin-Simmons: Jesse Burleson, Clyde, Texas.

Wisconsin director of athletics and NFF College Hall of Fame coach Barry Alvarez is working on new apparel contract negotiations for Badger athletics…North Texas athletics communications and media relations specialists Eric Capper, Steven Bartolotta and Stephen Howard have devised their master game plans for social media updates in coming weeks.

Officials of the Rose Bowl have decided not to bid on the 2020 College Football Playoff championship game…Writer Robert Moran penned an insightful column for Huffington Post on the impact of the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl and its impact on postseason activity.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is staying with the two-division format for its 14 football squads…The Mountain West Conference is scheduling future events in the Cayman Islands.

Verizon has signed internet and webstream TV contracts with ESPN, CBS Sports and other regional networks for college football…Longtime baseball and football play-by-play announcer Vin Scully is celebrating his 66th consecutive season as broadcaster for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers…ESPN released a statement that 2009 NFF William V. Campbell Award recipient QB Tim Tebow of Florida has a home with the network if his association with the NFL Philadelphia Eagles comes to end end…The Los Angeles Times and South Bay (Calif.) Daily Breeze celebrated recent Pulitzer Prizes for feature and investigative reporting…Mike Klis, who has been the Denver Broncos beat writer for the Denver Post, has moved to the 9News sports department in Denver.

Georgia’s Todd Gurley, Northern Iowa’s David Johnson, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, and Boise State’s Jay Ajayi were mentioned among the prominent running back prospects prior to the start of the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday…Alabama’s Landon Collins, Arizona State’s Damarious Randall, Virginia’s Anthony Harris, and Samford’s 6-1, 221-pound (one of the largest prospects in the field) Jaquiski Tartt were featured among USA Today’s top NFL draft possibilities in the upcoming April 30-May 2 selections…LSU OT La’el Collins, Washington CB Marcus Peters, Oregon DT Arik Armstead, and Louisville WR DeVante Parker also have been tabbed as first 20 probable selections among the NFL choices later this week…Iowa OT Brandon Scherff may be moved to OG during NFL training camps while Stanford OT Andrus Peat was rated as one the fastest-rising NFL prospects after his showing in the NFL Combine in February…Kansas QB Michael Cummings was injured in a freak accident during the Jayhawks’ spring contest last Saturday as he was hit during a non-contact on quarterbacks play…Kansas State’s spring game was played in Kansas City, Kan., last weekend as quarterbacks Joe Huebner and Jesse Ertz competed in their final live work for the starting post prior to fall workouts. Incoming freshman Alex Delton had a 39-yard option run in the tilt and just missed on a 60-yard toss in the second half. WR Deante Burton paced both squads with four catches for 107 yards…West Virginia received solid performances from potential starting running backs Jacky Marcellus and Dontae Thomas-Williams during the Mountaineers’ annual spring fracas in Morgantown, W.Va…Ohio State CB Doran Grant was mentioned in a national publication for his role in the Buckeyes’ CFP title over Oregon last January.

The Dallas Cowboys, Texas University Scholastic League and NFL are trying to look at scheduling options at AT&T Stadium for Saturday, Dec. 19. Dallas is slated to host the New York Jets, and the UIL had corresponding football championships for AT&T Stadium on the same date. Houston’s NRG Stadium has been mentioned prominently as a possible replacement venue on Dec. 18-19…Montana athletics is working on solutions for increasing its cost-of-attendance plans for student-athletes in 2015-16…Houston athletics will construct one of the largest scoreboards in college baseball for the 2016 season…South Dakota athletics is on schedule with a new training and medical facility in autumn 2016…Omaha and Lincoln, Neb. – longtime hotbeds of fan support for Nebraska athletics – are among the Top 175 cities nationally in percentage of millionaires and college graduates per capita.

1998 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy recipient Peyton Manning of Tennessee was featured in a story about his game preparation routines from the time he drew his first start as a yearling at UT in 1995…Dallas Cowboys head coach and longtime NFF clinician and benefactor Jason Garrett of Princeton will deliver the keynote address at the Panini America Lecture Series on May 20 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas…Former North Texas punter and longtime high school coach (also a member of the Texas Gymnastics Hall of Fame) Gregg Larimer of Carrollton, Texas, is retiring from coaching after 39 years (the last 35 in the Richardson, Texas, Independent School District)…Football historian and NFF member Mike Burrows of Centennial, Colo., recently discovered historic program covers from Memorial Stadium at Nebraska in 1936 and Air Force at Stanford in 1958. Burrows also uncovered two of the more unique covers from the inaugural U.S. Football League season from Chicago and Pittsburgh squads…The National Athlete Network continues to expand its connections among former college student-athletes and college administrators.

The College Football Research Association has compiled the five-highest season scoring averages in the first 146 seasons of intercollegiate football. They are Yale, 1886, 583 points, seven games, 83.3 average; Princeton, 1885, 635, nine games, 70.6; Pittsburg State, 2004, 634, 10, 63.4; Georgetown (Ky.), 1991, 637, 11, 57.9; Tulsa, 2008, 672, 14, 48.0 average…The estate of NFF College Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno is seeking some additional replies from the current NCAA Executive Committee on Penn State sanctions and game outcomes, some of which have been changed back to scoreboard realities.

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.

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