College Football Notes May 25-June 1, 2015

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, May 25th, 2015

College Football Notes
By Bo Carter

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the May 26-June 1 time period are May 26 (1887) Ed Hart, Exeter, N.H.; (1895) Ira Rodgers, Bethany, W.Va.; (1902) Bernie Shively, Oliver, Ill.; (1939) Herb Deromedi, Royal Oak, Mich.; May 27 (1889) George Little, Leominster, Pa.; (1904) Les Lautenschlaeger, New Orleans, La.; (1960) Randy Trautman, Caldwell, Idaho; (1974) Danny Wuerffel, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; May 28 (1888) Jim Thorpe, Prague, Okla.; (1948) Bruce Taylor, Perth Amboy, N.J.; May 29 (1892) Earl Abell, Portage, Wis.; (1949) Dr. Rex Kern, Lancaster, Ohio; May 30 (1891) Bob Peck, Lock Haven, Pa.; (1915) Larry Kelly, Conneaut, Ohio; (1941) Charlie Richard, Grain Valley, Mo.; (1943) Gale Sayers, Wichita, Kan.; (1946) Dick Farley, Danvers, Mass.; (1949) Lydell Mitchell, Salem, N.J.; May 31 (1912) Harold Burry, New Castle, Pa.; (1953) Richard Wood, Elizabeth, N.J.; (1967) Kevin Dent, Vicksburg, Miss.; June 1 (1901) Edgar Miller, Canton, Ohio; (1916) Ki Aldrich, Rogers, Texas; (1930) Carmen Cozza, Parma, Ohio; (1933) Alan Ameche, Kenosha, Wis.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are May 26 (1965) Homer Norton, College Station, Texas; (1994) Pug Lund, Minneapolis, Minn.; May 28 (1979) Lou Little, Delray Beach, Fla.; (1982) Harry Van Surdam, Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; (2014) James Saxton, Austin, Texas; June 1 (1963) Century Milstead, Pleasantville, N.Y.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members May 26 Herb Deromedi, May 27 Randy Trautman, Danny Wuerffel, May 28 Bruce Taylor, May 29 Dr. Rex Kern, May 30 Charlie Richard, Gale Sayers, Dick Farley, Lydell Mitchell, May 31 Richard Wood, Kevin Dent, June 1 Carmen Cozza…

Oklahoma and Tulane will play a three-game series in 2017, ’21 and ’24…Arkansas State and Nebraska will meet in 2017…Mississippi State and Tulane canceled their previously-scheduled 2016 contest to allow Tulane to attract another opponent…LSU and Texas A&M have confirmed they will play on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, instead of a Thanksgiving primetime game Nov. 26 on ESPN…The football scheduling of Texas and Texas A&M remains in firm limbo, but the schools are competing in other sports…Louisiana Tech is changing its 2016 schedule to alleviate some rugged matchups with SEC West Division opponents…All 11 Montana regular-season games will be televised this autumn.

Penn State has created a Nittany Lion Fan Council for 2015-16… UAB administrators, the Alabama legislature, Alabama Board of Regents, UAB student groups continue to discuss the merits and financial challenges of bringing back varsity football before a June 1 deadline. UAB’s leading football proponents and boosters also met with university president Ray Watts last week…Texas basketball and golf teams are scheduled to compete in first-ever events overseas in Dubai in coming months…Utah athletics is working to tailor classes and activities around the church schedules of student-athletes belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh met with Muslim students on campus after a recent showing to the UM team of the movie “American Sniper”…Changes and salary upgrades for the contract of Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel fall in line with those of fellow Southeastern Conference mentors…Ball State head coach Pete Lembo received a salary boost and contract update in recent days…Penn State head coach James Franklin disavowed the promotion of satellite football camps by Nittany Lions coaches…Former Wisconsin recruiting coordinator Ben Strickland has been named defensive backs coach at FAU…Mississippi College and second-year head coach John Bland have denoted dates and age groups for their popular 2015 summer football camps…Army football chose Mike Viti as director of high school and alumni relations.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2015 college head coaches – Millsaps: David Pelch, Ogden, Utah; Mississippi College: John Bland, Knoxville, Tenn.; Mississippi Valley State: Rick Comegy, Chester, Pa.; Montana: Bob Stitt, Tecumseh, Neb.; Montana State: Rob Ash, Ottumwa, Iowa.

Oklahoma director of athletics and NFF board member Joe Castiglione expressed his thoughts recently about a NCAA minimum teams’ alteration for the Big 12 Conference championship game and expansion of the conference…Illinois director of athletics Mike Thomas was featured for several innovations for Illini athletics in recent months…Wisconsin AD, College Football Playoff selection committee member and NFF College Hall of Fame coach Barry Alvarez emphasized the strengthening of schedules and opportunities for semifinal placement in the CFP for conferences with championship contests…Temple deputy Pat Kraft has become AD while current AD Kevin Clark has been named executive vice president/COO for athletics…Longtime U. of New Orleans AD and former New Orleans Bowl executive director Ron Maestri is retiring for a second time as UNO baseball coach…Penn State AD Sandy Barbour continued her first-year speaking duties during the annual PSU Coaches Tour last weekend…Kansas State named Andrew Hamor as associate AD for development…Missouri added Wren Baker as deputy AD…New Missouri AD Mack Rhoades spoke to an enthusiastic crowd on his first visit to Kansas City alumni and related groups…New Mexico State AD Mario Moccia spoke of conference membership and NCAA reforms after the recent Sun Belt meetings…NC State AD Debbie Yow was saluted for one of the school’s most overall productive academic years in school annals in 2014-15. She also will be featured for her pioneer efforts in athletics in an upcoming book on the first fifty years of the National Association for Collegiate Directors of Athletics…Arizona State AD Ray Anderson was cited for the Sun Devils’ overall success and financial gains in 2014-15 athletics…Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst gave his take to the media about changes in student-welfare support and NCAA legislation…Pittsburgh AD Scott Barnes expressed full agreement in Power Five conferences’ autonomy and NCAA legislative activity…Former West Virginia AD Ed Pastilong made a plea for financial sanity and collegiality in college football in light of rising expenses and salaries…Chad Weiberg has been selected as deputy AD at Texas Tech…Butler assistant AD for media relations Jim McGrath is retiring after 34 years and had the Butler football pressbox named in his honor…Noted Old Dominion assistant AD for communications Carol Hudson also is completing a 31-year run with the Monarchs and retiring…Brian Hardin has left Ball State to become associate AD at Marquette…Todd Dooley has completed his tenure as assistant AD for compliance at Tennessee.

Several of the post-2014 NCAA FBS bowl participants also garnered 2015 NCAA Baseball Championship bids Monday morning. Among some of the two-sport notables are LSU, TCU, Illinois, Louisville, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, and Rice.

Conference USA has moved its traditional football media days to a South Florida location in July and will have updates posted shortly on the C-USA official website…Stephen F. Austin utilized a solid football showing to capture the 2014-15 Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cup…The Big Ten and Western Athletic Conferences had academic reforms (including freshman eligibility changes for the Big Ten) high on the agenda at both their spring meetings. That also will be a key topic for the American Athletic Conference when it meets in West Palm Beach, Fla., later this week…A majority of Big Ten Conference ADs favors an early NCAA signing period for football, according to an informal media survey. Big Ten schools are studying the possibility of facing one another as non-conference future opponents similar to an ACC proposal in recent months…The American also will be holding additional championship events in Connecticut in 2015-16…The Sun Belt and Western Athletic Conferences continue to hold discussions about membership additions and possible divisional standings…Pac-12 Conference football coaches reported very productive meetings as they discussed league championship contests and future schedules, among other topics, at circuit meetings…UAB just missed on becoming the first Conference USA school to win men’s basketball and baseball championships in the same year in the 19-year annals of C-USA. FIU ended the Blazers’ hopes with a 8-2 win Sunday and advanced to the NCAA regionals.

The Sports Business Journal named the College Football Playoff the 2015 Sporting Event of the Year while honoring executive director Bill Hancock And his staff…The ACC Network and its continuing development and television umbrella were prime topics at last week’s Atlantic Coast Conference spring meetings…ESPN captured 11 Sports Emmy Awards during recent presentations…Butler athletics and Learfield Communications continue to negotiate for an extended broadcasting and marketing contract…Georgia State athletics renewed its broadcast agreements with Dickey Broadcasting for major sports…The Dallas Morning News reported on the importance of the recruiting and media databases for ADs and football staff in Big 12, SEC and North Texas areas…Pittsburgh and SMU football have been gaining followings in larger numbers since February 2015…The Pac-12 Network continues to makes strides and gain cable subscribers in spite of some tough negotiations at the bargaining table with some entities.

Among the prominent names mentioned in the summer watch list for the annual Rimington Award for the nation’s top FBS team center are Louisiana Tech’s Kirby Wixson, Marshall’s Michael Selby, Middle Tennessee’s Josh Chester, North Texas’ Kaydon Kirby, and UTEP Eric Lee, among others…Former Notre Dame QB Everett Golson has signed with Florida State and is eligible for the 2015 season…Penn State CB Da’Quan Davis will not return for the upcoming season.

1998 NFF William V. Campbell Award recipient Peyton Manning of Tennessee appeared on the final episode last Wednesday of Late Night with David Letterman on CBS to honor Letterman with some final quips…World soccer standout David Beckham and NFF Board member and retiring Miami (Fla.) president Donna Shalala have opened dialogue on a possible new football/soccer stadium for the Hurricanes and professional sports franchises…2008 NFF Distinguished American Award winner Boone Pickens celebrated 87th his birthday with family and friends in Oklahoma City last week…NFF board member and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft accepted the NFL sanctions applied to the Patriots for the 2015 season without making an appeal…NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas and area bowl emcee Scott Murray helped host a special Memorial Day recognition at Dallas’ Restland Funeral Home Monday for the families of veterans and first responders…St. John’s (N.Y.) named its newly-remodeled baseball pressbox after SJU former football and baseball student-athlete and renowned public address announcer Bob Sheppard. Sheppard held PA duties for the New York Yankees and New York football Giants for six decades before he passed away in 2010 and was a speech professor for over half a century at St. John’s…Texas A&M and NFL New York Giants standout DL DaMontre Moore is finishing his final 25 hours and will receive his undergraduate degree from A&M within the next 12-18 months. He hopes to become the first of 11 children in his family to receive a college degree…Syracuse will put the famed and previously retired No. 44 of NFF College Hall of Fame members Jim Brown, Floyd Little and Ernie Davis back into the uniform rotation for 2015…Retired Major League Baseball pitcher Jeff Suppan, professor Clark Power of Notre Dame and several team owners of NFL and MLB teams were invitees to the recent World Seminar on Sport sponsored in Rome, Italy, by the Roman Catholic Church and Vatican City.

Michigan athletics released early renderings of the university’s $168 million Stephen Ross Athletic Complex. Nike and adidas are competing the bid and negotiation processes for possible long-term uniform and marketing agreements with the Wolverines…Kansas State athletics is adding a $2.1 million soccer field among its 2015 upgrades and amenities…Georgia State athletics is awaiting building permits to start construction on its new strength and conditioning facility…San Diego State athletics is studying the impact of a new municipal stadium proposal for the San Diego Chargers and other groups…Georgia athletics again made contributions to the university’s general budget after a finance-plus academic year in 2014-15…Buffalo athletics is continuing and making alterations to its premium club seating plan at UB stadium…Houston athletics unveiled options for the renovation of historic Hofheinz Pavilion and adjoining offices and facilities…Hawai’i athletics dedicated a new office and multi-purpose facility last week…North Dakota State athletics High Performance Center is slated for completion in August…Wyoming athletics renovated arena/auditorium complex is undergoing some cosmetic and pre-construction changes.

FWAA past president and 75-year FWAA anniversary all-college football team ballot coordinator Kirk Bohls is a featured guest on the nationally syndicated College Sports Weekly radio program this week…The NCAA has granted Hawai’i athletics a two-week period to respond to NCAA recruiting allegations and will address the latest case during summer months.

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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