College Football Notes July 28. 2015

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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College Football Notes
By Bo Carter

Donnie Duncan, who resides in Dallas and who has been involved with the game of college football at every level, will receive the 2015 NFF Legacy Award during the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8 at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. The NFF Legacy Award, established in 2007, honors individuals and organizations who have made extraordinary contributions to the NFF and/or embody its mission.
Prior to helping launch the Big 12 Conference in 1994, Duncan served as Oklahoma’s eighth athletics director from 1986-96. Along with former Texas AD DeLoss Dodds and NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell, Duncan played a key role in the formation of the Big 12 Conference. At the conference from 1996-2006, he oversaw everything from selection of officiating crews and negotiating television agreements to ticket sales for the Big 12 championship game before becoming a consultant for the past nine years. Named one of Sporting News’ 10 most powerful people in college sports, he served on the College Football Association’s TV committee, and he chaired the NCAA Special Events Committee, which oversaw all-star and bowl games. He also served on the research committee that studied the feasibility of a college football playoff. In Norman, Okla., Duncan helped open the OU Academic Center in Memorial Stadium in 1992. Oklahoma led the Big Eight Conference with a football graduation rate of 57 percent during his tenure as AD. Before coming to Oklahoma, Duncan served as executive director of the Sun Bowl from 1984-85 and the Gator Bowl from 1985-86 and also was head football coach at Iowa State 1979-82. He assisted NFF College Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer at Oklahoma from 1973-78.

NFF chair Archie Manning was featured in an ESPN SEC Stories profile last week on ESPNU with rare film footage of a 80-8 Ole Miss freshman team triumph over Vanderbilt in Oxford, Miss., on Nov. 11, 1967. It also chronicled the storybook career of the youngster known sometimes as “Archie Who?” in a newspaper comment from an opposing defensive player during one of Manning’s All-Southeastern Conference seasons from 1968-70 with the Rebels.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the July 28-Aug. 3 time period are July 28 (1893) John “Jack” O’Hearn, Brookline, Mass.; (1943) Lawrence Elkins, Brownwood, Texas; (1957) Charles Alexander, Galveston, Texas; July 29 (1879) Dan McGugin, Ringgold County, Iowa; (1902) Herbert Sturhahn, Far Rockaway, N.Y.; July 30 (1894) Carl Snavely, Omaha, Neb.; (1903) Vic Hanson, Sacramento, Calif.; (1924) Dr. George Savitsky, New York City; (1945) Lloyd Carr, Hawkins Co., Tenn.; (1948) Jim Mandich, Cleveland, Ohio; July 31 (1918) Gene Goodreault, Haverhill, Mass.; (1919) Forrest Behm, Lincoln, Neb.; (1968) Andre Ware, Galveston, Texas; (1974) Jonathan Ogden, Washington, D.C.; Aug. 1 (1929) Joe Palumbo, Beaver, Pa.; Aug. 2 (1901) Charley Caldwell, Bristol, Va.; (1905) Billy Nicks, Griffin, Ga.; (1933) Matt Hazeltine, Ross, Calif.; (1937) Billy Cannon, Philadelphia, Miss.; Aug. 3 (1898) Gordon Locke, Denison, Iowa; (1932) Jackie Parker, Knoxville Tenn.; (1934) Don Holleder, Rochester, N.Y.; (1938) Maxie Baughan, Forkland, Ala.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are July 28 (1930) John DeWitt, New York City; (1979) Four Horseman Don Miller, Cleveland, Ohio; July 30 (1989) Wes Fesler, Laguna Hills, Calif.; (2011) Dave Maurer, Springfield, Ohio; Aug. 1 (2013) Dick Kazmaier, Boston, Mass.; Aug. 3 (2011) Bubba Smith, Los Angeles, Calif.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members July 28 Lawrence Elkins, Charles Alexander, July 30 Lloyd Carr, Jim Mandich, July 31 Andre Ware, Jonathan Ogden, Aug. 1 Joe Palumbo, Aug. 2 Billy Cannon…

NFF research has noted that since 1978 when the NCAA changed its method for tracking attendance figures, the number of schools playing NCAA football (FBS, FCS, DII and DII) has increased steadily by 179 schools from 484 in 1978 to a record high of 663 in 2014, an average increase of 4.9 schools per year. With the addition of the NAIA and independent schools playing football and the schools across all levels of play adding programs in coming years, the number of colleges and universities now offering football has been increased to the all-time high 773 for 2015. In the previous four seasons (2011-14), 32 football programs were added at NCAA, NAIA or independent institutions. All 773 schools will be represented on the helmet wall at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta by the start of the ‘’15 campaign.

Rice and Southern California are set for a one-time meeting in 2022…Navy and Notre Dame will meet in San Diego, Calif., in 2018…Arizona State and UNLV will meet twice in 2020 and ’21…Georgia Tech and Tennessee have signed their contracts to meet in the 2017 Chick-Fil-A Classic to open that season in Atlanta, Ga….The AT&T Stadium and Goodyear Cotton Bowl ticket offices in Arlington, Texas, have started advance ticket sales for the Arkansas-Texas A&M Southeastern Conference contest at the facility this season…Texas athletics detailed its football season ticket policies in a recent document revealed by the Austin American-Statesman…Western Michigan made summer adjustments for ticket prices for the WMU-Michigan State contest…Louisiana-Monroe is working to gain more profitability in future football contracts…Illinois athletics still is seeking a new public address announcer for 2015 football.

UAB officially will return to varsity intercollegiate football in 2017 as a member of Conference USA…A new BTN documentary has explained the Big Ten Conference’s role in the integration of college football…North Texas will be giving away special tickets for the Sept. 19 UNT-Rice Conference USA home opener to celebrate Founder’s Week and the 125th anniversary of the opening of classes at the Denton university Sept. 16, 1890…North Dakota athletics is finalizing its choices for a new nickname. One of the possibilities is simply North Dakota.

NFF College Hall of Fame player and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier has called for an end to rival recruiters using the “age” card against the Gamecocks and him…Wofford head coach Mike Ayers enters a school-record 28th season as a top mentor in 2015… Wisconsin’s new head coach Paul Chryst was featured in a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profile piece…UAB named veteran assistant coach Les Koenning offensive coordinator…Illinois football added Reilly O’Toole as a graduate assistant.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2015 college head coaches – Wofford: Mike Ayers, Georgetown, Ky.; Worcester Tech (WPI): Chris Robertson, Albany, N.Y.; Yale: Tony Reno, Worcester, Mass.; Air Force: Troy Calhoun, McMinnville, Ore.; Akron: Terry Bowden, Douglas, Ga.

Missouri director of athletics Mack Rhoades has finalized his compensation contract with the university…Kansas State AD John Currie is anticipating and promoting the next renovations and seat additions for Snyder Family Stadium…California named Jeremy Wang associate AD for development…Clemson named Jon Allen assistant AD for event management…Fordham named Katherine White assistant AD for compliance and Mark Richmond director of player development…Coker (S.C.) tabbed Karen Carpenter as faculty athletics representative…Rice selected Tim Andrezejewski associate director of athletics communications…Longtime sports television representative and most recently Longwood (Va.) administrator Bill Irish is assuming new duties with the university after being directly involved in college athletics for 32 years…San Jose State named Liz Jarnigan senior associate AD and senior woman administrator.

The inaugural Arizona Bowl is scheduled tentatively for Dec. 29 in Tucson, Ariz., between teams from Conference USA and Mountain West Conference on the CBS Sports Network…CFP executive director Bill Hancock noted that the Big 12 Conference’s careful approach to possible expansion fits in with CFP semifinalist qualifiers’ guidelines and solid chances for placement in the top four in future years.

The Missouri Valley Conference and ESPN signed a 10-year contract extension with 800 additional events on ESPN3 and related entities…ESPN and ESPN3 will air all or parts of several NFL Dallas Cowboys workouts from Oxnard, Calif., beginning Tuesday…Colorado athletics has hired award-winning writer Neill Woelk as contributing editor for its official website…Navy athletics has renewed its radio agreement with WBAL-AM for football…The Salt Lake Deseret News recently penned a story about cable TV programming adjustments and what these could mean for ESPN…Texas Radio Hall of Fame member Norm Hitzges will celebrate his 40th year of sports talk in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Aug. 10…Award-winning sports columnist Bernie Miklasz is leaving the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after 26 years. His final column will be published on Aug. 9…ESPN Radio has denoted its 24-game schedule for 2015, and it includes the Alabama-Wisconsin contest from Arlington, Texas, as part of a tripleheader on Sept. 5, five Saturday double- or tripleheaders, the Pac-12 and ACC championship contests, and four Thursday night encounters featuring eight Top 25 teams. Bill Rosinski, Dave Norrie and Joe Schad will form the lead ESPN Radio broadcast team…The ESPN Top 25 Games of 2014 television highlights’ program features some of the most dramatic regular-season and bowl bouts of the previous campaign…The Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail recently reported on the pre-2015 status of West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen and NCAA cost-of-attendance stipends…Illinois added Martin O’Donnell and Carey Davis added to its football radio broadcast team…The Pac-12 Network is expected to benefit from the possible merger between AT&T and DirecTV in distribution and TV ratings.

Conference USA will provide $450,000 payments in NCAA cost-of-attendance to each conference school…The Big 12 Conference had its turn last Wednesday at the ESPN Car Wash where several coaches and administrators made appearances on live ESPN programming throughout the day…Southwest Conference football officiating alumni gathered last week at the Sheraton Arlington (Texas) Hotel, and some of the many luminaries were Wendell Shelton, Tommy Moore, Bud Alexander, Dotson Lewis, Frank Shepard, Len Williams, Freeman Johns (who worked the 2015 College Football Playoff title game), Ed Knetig, George Coleman, Phil Luckett, Dr. Rogers Redding (NCAA football officiating coordinator), and Mike Liner. They were celebrating and remembering the 20-year anniversary of the final football season in the SWC in 1995. NFF President/CEO Steve Hatchell was scheduled to attend the event but was detained by an airline delay…West Virginia president Dr. E. Gordon Gee has become a key component and adviser for Big 12 Conference expansion possibilities…Coastal Carolina and Eastern Kentucky are two schools under possible consideration for admission into the Sun Belt Conference as a possible 12th team to lead to a SBC championship contest in future years…The Omaha World-Herald reported that four other Big 12 Conference schools besides Nebraska became interested in a possible 16-team Big Ten Conference alignment at one time…The Sun Belt Conference is working with Group of Five FBS conferences to receive additional financial assistance from College Football Playoff payouts.

Ohio State has moved former starting QB Braxton Miller to a H-Back position prior to the start of fall drills…Some of the more nationally known names on the 11th annual Manning Award (named in honor of NFF chairman Archie Manning and his quarterbacking family) for top NCAA FBS quarterbacks are Fredi Knighten of Arkansas State, Joe Licata of Buffalo, Paxton Lynch of Memphis, Maty Mauk of Missouri, Dak Prescott of Mississippi State, Keenan Reynolds of Navy, and Sam B. Richardson of Iowa State…Arizona OL Jordan Poland will not return for 2015…Louisiana-Lafayette’s C.J. Bates and Marquis White join UTEP TE T.J. McFarland and Washington LB Drew Lewis are seeking to transfer to other schools for the 2015 outing…Wallington (Texas) HS was featured in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine for a 6-9, 280-pound freshman (yes, he is a freshman) OL/DL Trevor Roberson.

2015 NFF John Toner Award recipient and Michigan State AD Mark Hollis will serve as chair of the 2016-17 NCAA men’s basketball committee… listed five prominent celebrities who starred in college football as Dean Cain (Princeton), Dr, Bill Cosby (Temple), Josh Guhamel (Minot State), Matthew Fox (Columbia), and John Goodman (Missouri State), among others.

Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium renovation hopes to help generate more season ticket sales…NC State football has moved into its new indoor practice facility…South Carolina athletics is completing an extensive landscaping project around Williams-Brice Stadium…UNLV’s upgrades to Sam Boyd Stadium feature new turf and a widened field area.

The NCAA will distribute $18.9 million to member-universities for 2015-16 cost-of-attendance measures for student-athletes…An extensive nationwide group of college presidents, athletics administrators, faculty, students, and conference commissioners who will convene in Indianapolis Aug. 4-5 for the NCAA Division I Strategic Summit on the future of college sports…The NCAA is continuing to grant hardship injury waivers to several student-athletes after summer appeals by colleges…The FWAA Digital Library and Phil Steele’s Football updates now are available to FWAA members online – plus, FWAA, USBWA and NCBWA current and prospective members can go online and pay membership dues via and the official sites for these media organizations…Hawai’i athletics will have its NCAA infractions committee hearing on Oct. 15.

2015-16 College Football Playoff Schedule
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
Dec. 6, 2015 – CFP Bowls Selection Sunday, Time TBD
Dec. 31 – 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., 8:30 p.m.

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