College Football Notes June 29-July 6

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, June 29th, 2015

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College Football Notes June 29-July 5
By Bo Carter

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the June 30-July 6 time period are July 1 (1953) Michael Haynes, Denison, Texas; (1922) Don Whitmire, Giles County, Tenn.; July 2 (1891) Gus Dorais, Chippewa Falls, Wis.; (1879) Bob Zuppke, Berlin, Germany; (1900) Ernie Vick, Toledo, Ohio; (1937) John Cooper, Knoxville, Tenn.; July 3 (1943) Steve DeLong, Norfolk, Va.; (1959) Frank Hawkins, Las Vegas, Nev.; (1976) Grant Wistrom, Webb City, Mo.; Born on the Patriotic 4th of July (1912) Edgar Manske, Nekoosa, Wis.; (1942) Floyd Little, New Haven, Conn.; (1953) Bob Breunig, Inglewood, Calif.; (1962) Willie Totten, Leflore, Miss.; (1923) John McKay, Everettsville, W.Va.; (1951) Johnny Rodgers, Omaha, Neb.; July 6 (1924) Darrell Royal, Hollis, Okla.; (1946) Fred Dryer, Hawthorne, Calif.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are June 30 (1922) Bob Maxwell, Norristown, Pa.; (1973) Elmer Layden, Chicago, Ill.; (1983) Matty Bell, Dallas, Texas; July 1 (1971) Jesse Harper, Sitka, Kan.; (1984) Ziggy Czarobski, Aurora, Ill.; (2010) Don Coryell, La Mesa, Calif.; July 3 (1975) Elmer Oliphant, New Canaan, Conn.; July 5 (1998) Sid Luckman, No. Miami Beach, Fla.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members July 1 Michael Haynes, July 2 John Cooper, July 3 Steve DeLong, Frank Hawkins, Grant Wistrom, July 4 Floyd Little, Bob Breunig, Willie Totten, Johnny Rodgers, July 6 Fred Dryer…

More College Football Notes
Alabama will meet Fresno State in 2017 while Appalachian State and Marshall have contracted for a home-and-home series in 2021 and ’22…Bowling Green will face Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., in 2017…BYU and Toledo have set a two-game series in 2016 and 2019…It will be OSU vs. OSU when Oklahoma State and Oregon State meet in for 2019 and ’20. Oregon State also will face Idaho State in 2016, Portland State in 2017 and Southern Utah in 2018…SMU and North Texas will kick off at 6 p.m. (CDT) at SMU’s Ford Field on Saturday, Sept. 12, with telecast plans to be determined…The GEICO ESPN Summer High School Kickoff Series includes Friday, Aug. 28: Booker T. Washington (Fla.) at Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.); Oxford (Miss.) vs. Starkville (Miss.); Saturday, Aug. 29, Miami Central (Fla.) at Landover (Md.) DeMatha (Md.); Spartanburg (S.C.) at Crawfordville Wakulla (Fla.); Benedictine (Ohio) at Toledo Central Catholic (Ohio); Arlington Martin (Texas) vs. DeSoto (Texas) at Vernon Newsom Stadium in Mansfield, Texas; Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) at Lawrenceville Archer (Ga.); De La Salle (Calif.) vs. Trinity (Texas) at Newsom Stadium in Mansfield, Texas; Chandler (Ariz.) vs. Las Vegas Bishop Gorman (Nev.); Sunday, Aug. 30: Miramar (Fla.) at Bradenton IMG Academy (Fla.). There are dozens of members of the ESPN 300 involved in the eight contests…Purdue athletics has made extra pushes for season ticket purchases and long-range plans for future facilities’ upgrades.

Oklahoma athletics will not serve malt beverages or win in concession stands at 2015-16 events…More than 40 FBS schools are slated to serve alcoholic drinks from their concessions at latest count for 2015…Vanderbilt had a special watching party for Games 1 and 2 of the NCAA World Series championship last week as the VU baseball team faced Virginia. The original stadium turns 93 years old this season.

Temple head coach Matt Rhule has received a four-year contract extension…Former NFL head coach Jim Haslett has been hired as a special consultant for Penn State football…Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer had extensive basement damage after recent flooding in Columbus, Ohio…Wyoming football named Matt Gaynor director of player personnel and Gordie Haug as receivers coach.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2015 college head coaches – Chattanooga: Russ Huesman, Cincinnati, Ohio; Southern Illinois: Dale Lennon, Rugby, N.D.; Tennessee State: Rod Reed, Marshall, Texas; Texas Southern: Darrell Asberry, Baton Rouge, La.; Trinity (Conn.): Jeff Devanney, Newington, Conn.; Trinity (Texas): Jerheme Urban, Victoria, Texas.

Milton Overton is the new director of athletics at Florida A&M…Curt Apsey is the new AD at Boise State after an official announcement… Santa Clara named Rene Baumgartner AD…Alabama AD and NFF board member Bill Battle was featured in a regional newspaper headliner about the future of college athletics…Football head coach George O’Leary has been named interim director of athletics at UCF…Fresno State director of athletics Jim Bartko has laid out plans for renovations for Bulldog Stadium…Dee Brown has joined the Illinois athletics staff as special assistant to AD Mike Thomas…Kansas State named Laird Veatch deputy AD and Jill Shields executive associate AD…The Columbia Daily Tribune named its top story for the first half of 2015 as the passing of the ceremonial torch from retiring AD Mike Alden to Mack Rhoades…North Carolina AD Bubba Cunningham has pledged a full return to academic integrity as well as athletics excellence for the Tar Heels in 2015 after NCAA investigations. UNC also named Nicki Moore as senior woman administrator…Oregon State AD Todd Stansbury has contract formalized by the university’s Board of Regents…Penn State’s longtime Beaver Stadium ticket distributor Bud Meredith has retired…New Pittsburgh AD Scott Barnes explained how the 2015 Panthers’ football program must raise its bar while helping to boost interest in all athletics teams through the auspices of the Panther Fans Experience Committee…Virginia Tech AD Whit Babcock was featured in a two-part series by the Roanoke Times…Illinois athletics selected Darren Hertz as a special assistant for operations…Texas-Pan American named Vince Volpe deputy AD and chief operating officer…Former Brigham Young and Alabama AD Glen Tuckett voiced his opinions about conference realignment the Power Five group in a recent national story.

The Pinstripe Bowl is off to a solid start in pre-2015 ticket sales as it prepares for its sixth annual contest at Yankee Stadium…The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, a strong partner with the new NFF College Hall of Fame, is nearing its 50th anniversary contest (48th in 2015) after playing the inaugural tilt on Dec. 30, 1968 – a 31-27 win by LSU over Florida State…Shreveport, La., and local sports authorities are working for draw more neutral site games to Fairgrounds Stadium and to enhance the Independence Bowl.

BYU-TV aired Brigham Young’s football media day last Wednesday worldwide as one of the first such media occurrences in the 2015 preseason…The Athlete Network carried a feature on the parents of football and other gifted athletes and how their upbringings helped them to greatness…ESPN’s third annual Summer of Next includes hundreds of aspiring high school student-athletes on national telecasts in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse tourney in Towson, Md., July 3; the Opening at the NIKE World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., with multiple football and skills’ camps July 9; the EYBL finals at the NIKE Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., July 12; the adidas Uprising in Las Vegas, Nev., July 26; adidas Nations in Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 3; the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C., Aug. 17-18.

Conference USA football media days are set for July 21-22 in Boca Raton, Fla., and West Palm Beach, Fla., home of the American Sports Network studios…The Southwestern Athletic Conference awarded Texas Southern the E.C. Henry Trophy for overall athletics excellence in 2014-15…Oklahoma president David Boren asked for discussion about adding two schools to the 10-university Big 12 Conference alignment…The NCAA Football Oversight Committee has recommended for the January 2016 NCAA Convention a measure to allow conferences with 10 or more members (instead of current minimum of 12) to host league football championship contests…Among the standouts nominated for the 15th annual Big 12 Conference Sportsperson of the Year are Baylor football standout Collin Brence (son of NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas president Gerald Brence), Kansas football stalwart JaCorey Shepherd and Oklahoma basketball student-athlete and community leader James Fraschilla (son of ESPN commentator Fran and former Southwest Conference media relations maven Meg O’Connell Fraschilla)…Maryland was highlighted for on-field success and financial return after its first full academic year in the Big Ten Conference…The Big West Conference added sand volleyball as a varsity sport…A story last weekend noted that the Mountain West Conference hopes to maintain stability after several changes among ADs.

2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota of Oregon and ’13 recipient Jameis Winston of Florida State were among the notables at the NFL’s four-day mandatory rookie seminar in Berea, Ohio, last week. Both participated in an instructional football throwaround and clinic for area youngsters in the Cleveland suburbs…LSU NFL free agent signee La’el Collins of the Dallas Cowboys was featured in a recent Dallas Morning News story about his upbringing and community service…Baylor defender Shawn Oakman is the 2015 Big 12 Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine…Texas Tech WR Keke Coutee has been tabbed for several 2015 Big 12 All-Freshmen squads…Missouri standout and All-Big 12 Conference defender Michael Sam has returned to the CFL Montreal Alouettes and will resume workouts with the pro squad this week…UCLA’s ’15 outfit features DB Justin Combs, WR Cordell Broadus and two-sport RB/basketball rebounder Soso Jamabo among its celebrity family ranks…Washington QB Cyler Miles is giving up college football because of illness and injuries.

A fire has caused severe damage but no loss of life at the home of NFF Hall of Fame coach and national television commentator Lou Holtz. No one was injured in the blaze…The Grambling Legends Hall of Fame will induct six gridiron greats at July 10-11 ceremonies in Grambling, La. They are Willie Armstrong, Walter Dean, J.D. Garrett, Clarence Harris, Albany Jones, and Goldie Sellers…Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame executive director Rick Cleveland wrote a tribute to Football Bowl Association executive director Wright Waters, and Waters noted how great an early influence in athletics that NFF College Hall of Fame coach Paul “Bear” Bryant at Alabama was in his career…NFF late tri-founder Grantland Rice would have cherished the recent Vanderbilt-TCU duels in the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb. Rice played football and baseball at Vandy and was head coach of the 1908 VU squad while serving as sports editor of the Nashville Tennessean. He also penned a special poem and fight song lyrics to TCU’s mythical national championship team (the favorite squad of NFF historian Dan Jenkins) in 1935…SMU faculty representative and longtime NFF member and enthusiast Paul Rogers recently participated in NCAA Football Oversight Committee meetings in Indianapolis, Ind…Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and active U.S. armed services supporter and entertainer Gary Sinise has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame…Fort Wayne (Ind.) sportscaster and former Trine (Ind.) media relations director and broadcaster Dean Jackson has seen a dramatic increase in his recent football Tweets and blogs…Award-winning writer and longtime FWAA member Tom Kensler is retiring from the Denver Post after a 38-year journalism career…Former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor is seeking to make the 2015 Cleveland Browns’ roster as a wide receiver…Florida State broadcaster Gene Deckerhoff (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Pittsburgh’s radio voice and 2007 NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient/Pittsburgh Panthers’ broadcaster Bill Hillgrove are the only two radiocasters to work college and pro football teams’ play-by-play in 2015. Deckerhoff was featured on College Sports Weekly as having covered FSU’s Jameis Winston in 2013 and ’14 and now will be broadcasting 2015 contests by Winston as a member of the Bucs…Dallas Cowboys standouts Tyron Smith of Southern California, Dan Bailey and Dez Bryant of Oklahoma State and Ronald Leary of Memphis played in the annual Dirk Nowitzski Children’s and Military Families Foundation charity baseball game in Frisco, Texas, last week. Smith was named MVP…Former Mississippi State standout Ronnie Cuevas was elected into the Mississippi Coaches Hall of Fame.

The Baylor Bear Foundation raised $16.2 million from private donations in 2014-15 and was able to fund scholarships for all 19 varsity sports with the proceeds…Tennessee athletics goes exclusively to branding by Nike starting Wednesday…LSU’s football operations center has new expansion and renovation plans while the Tigers’ nutrition center is set to break ground in autumn 2015…Utah State athletics and Maverik completed the formal contract for Maverik Stadium with a $6.3 million sponsorship through the 2037 season…The College Baseball Foundation formally held its groundbreaking for a new museum and baseball stadium in Lubbock, Texas, last Friday…Missouri athletics has completed architectural renderings for several new facilities…Louisiana Tech football will name its new end zone training and workout facility the Davison Family Center after the donating group…Utah athletics has conceptualized future renovations and improvements for Rice-Eccles Stadium…The Des Moines Register had a partial portrayal of proposed renovations of Jack Trice Stadium at Iowa State…Indiana athletics is considering auctioning off the chair that Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight tossed across the court during an IU-Purdue basketball contest in February 1985.

The FWAA has honored its sixth annual Super 11 group of sports information departments deemed the best in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision for the 2014 season. The winners are Auburn, Bowling Green, Colorado, East Carolina, Iowa State, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Rice, Rutgers, UNLV, and Southern California.
USC is a five-time winner of the award and Auburn, Bowling Green, Colorado, East Carolina, Nebraska, Pittsburgh and Rutgers are multiple recipients. New to the list are Iowa State, Rice and UNLV. Since 2009 he FWAA has honored 45 different schools.

2015-16 College Football Playoff Schedule
(All Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
Dec. 31, 2015 – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Host Bowl East, Noon
Dec. 31 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, CFP Semifinal Game, 4 or 8 p.m.
Dec. 31 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., CFP Semifinal Game, 4 or 8 p.m.
Jan. 1, 2016 – VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., Host Bowl West, 1 p.m.
Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by Northwest Mutual, Big Ten vs. Pac-12, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Calif., Host Bowl, 5 p.m.
Jan. 1 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., Host Bowl, 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 11- College Football Championship Game, U. of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., TBD
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