College Football Notes – Jan. 25-31

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

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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 Jan. 26-Feb. 1 time period are Jan. 26 (1899) Marty Below, Oshkosh, Wis.; (1905) Allyn McKeen, Fulton, Ky.; (1906) Fred Miller, Milwaukee, Wis.; (1926) John Merritt, Falmouth, Ky.; (1948) Mike Kelly, Troy, Ohio; (1950) Jack Youngblood, Jacksonville, Fla.; (1960) Jeff Davis, Greensboro, N.C.; Jan. 27 (1894) Fritz Pollard, Chicago, Ill.; (1907) Peter Pund, Augusta, Ga.; (1920) Frankie Albert, Chicago; Jan. 28 (1937) Charlie Krueger, Caldwell, Texas; Jan. 29 (1896) Edwin “Goat” Hale, Jackson, Miss.; (1927) Arnold Galiffa, Donora, Pa.; (1945) Jim Donnan, Laurens, S.C.; Jan. 30 (1925) Bump Elliott, Detroit, Mich.; (1923) Frank “Muddy” Waters, Chico, Ga.; Jan. 31 (1909) Bert Metzger, Chicago, Ill.; (1913) Don Hutson, Pine Bluff, Ark.; (1913) Wayne Millner, Roxbury, Mass.; (1938) Chris Burford, Oakland, Calif.; (1953) Roosevelt Leaks, Brenham, Texas; Feb. 1 (1908) Albie Booth, New Haven. Conn.; (1915) Gaynell “Gus” Tinsley, Ruple, La.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Jan. 26 (1965) Harry Stuhldreher, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1983) Paul “Bear” Bryant, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; (1996) Frank Howard, Clemson, S.C.; Jan. 27 (2008) Mike Holovak, Ruskin, Fla.; (2011) Vaughn Mancha, Tallahassee, Fla.; Jan. 28 (1991) Red Grange, Lake Wales, Fla.; (2004) Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, Madison, Wis.; Jan. 28 (2013) Doug Kenna, No. Palm Beach, Fla.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Jan. 26 Mike Kelly, Jack Youngblood, Jeff Davis, Jan. 28 Charlie Krueger, Jan. 29 Jim Donnan, Jan. 30 Bump Elliott (a spry 91), Jan. 31 Chris Burford, Roosevelt Leaks…

More College Gridiron Notes:
Nebraska and Oklahoma have added 2029 and ’30 contests their series-renewing contests in 2021 and ’22…Baylor and Ole Miss may be closing in on a 2020 one-game contract to play at Houston’s NRG Stadium as the Bears improve their future non-Big 12 slates…East Carolina and Marshall will meet again in 2019 and ’20…Army and North Texas will tangle during a four-year pact from 2018-21…Arizona and Kansas State will play a home-and-home series in 2024 and ’25, and the Wildcats also have a future series set with Nebraska…NCAA FBS opponent Florida Atlantic of Conference USA, Southeast Missouri and Murray State highlight Southern Illinois’ non-conference slate for the recently-released 2016 schedule…Oklahoma’s 84th annual Crimson-Cream spring football contest will be played at 2 p.m. (CDT) on Saturday, April 9 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. All-day festivities for former student-athletes and fans begin on campus the same day at 8 a.m.

Alabama student-athletes, coaches and fans braved snowy conditions last Saturday for the 2015 ‘Bama National Championship Parade in Tuscaloosa, Ala….Former Pittsburgh standout Larry Fitzgerald is graduating from the University of Phoenix in May 2016 and has helped almost 200 undergraduate students receive scholarships to UofP over the last two years…Marquette athletics and Aurora Health Care are collaborating on a $120 million Athletics Research Center in Milwaukee, Wis….Northern State (S.D.) athletics unveiled the Don Meyer Memorial Cancer Center in Aberdeen, S.D., last week…The Tennessee Medical Center and Summitt Foundation are partnering with a $400,000 SF grant for the Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Research Center in Knoxville, Tenn.

Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst’s contract has been extended to Jan. 31, 2021…St. Francis (Ind.) extended head coach Kevin Donley’s contract through the 2020 season…Ohio State named Tim Hinton executive director for football relations/special assistant and Greg Studrawa offensive line coach…Akron head coach Terry Bowden guided Akron to its first FBS bowl triumph in history and took his first FBS assignment to a bowl game since Auburn in 1997. He placed North Alabama in the NCAA Division II playoffs each year during his 2009-11 tenure with the Lions…Iowa State’s football staff salaries are totaling $3.23 million in 2016…Mississippi State named former Southern California defensive assistant Peter Sirmon as defensive coordinator and former Florida State All-America and NFL DB Terrell Buckley as safeties coach and recruiting coordinator…LSU denoted terms for the contract of new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda…Maryland completed contract negotiations and formal hirings of assistant coaches Dave Borbely, Chris Beatty, Anthony Tucker, and Matt Barnes…Michigan football is making adjustments to scholarship offers for several earlier verbal commitments…Former Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel will remain with Mizzou athletics as a development director with a new, three-year contract…Jafar Williams has become Rutgers’ new running backs coach…Penn State may have set a school record with 38 different head and assistant football coaches since 2011 through January 2016…TCU’s Jason Phillips has been named linebackers coach, and Zarnell Fitch is new defensive line coach for the Horned Frogs…Pete Golding was chosen as defensive coordinator at UTSA along with Jason Rollins as associate head coach/defensive backs coach…Vanderbilt assistant coach Jeff Genyk is the new special teams coordinator and running backs coach for ’16…Lewis Caralla is the new strength and conditioning coach at Louisiana-Lafayette…Texas running backs coach Tommie Robinson has accepted an assistant coach’s positon at Southern California on offense…North Texas added Tommy Mainord as associate head coach, Brad Davis as run game coordinator and offensive line coach, Scotty Connell as director of high school relations, and Tommy Perry as running backs coach and special teams coordinator…New Arizona defensive coordinator Marcel Yates of Boise State is awaiting formal approval for his post by the UA athletics board…Previous Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English is now defensive coordinator at San Jose State…Wyoming named Mike Grant wide receivers coach…Georgia athletics released final contract terms for the staff of head coach Kirby Smart…Former Richmond defensive coordinator Bob Trott accepted the same position at James Madison…California offensive coordinator Tony Franklin has headed to Middle Tennessee in the same capacity…Hamline (Minn.) assistant coach Keanon Cooper accepted a coaching post at Minnesota…South Alabama tabbed Kane Wommack as defensive coordinator…South Carolina added Blake Gideon as an assistant coach…UCF named Mike Dawson defensive line coach…Former Allen (Texas) HS assistant coach and 2015 Waco (Texas) Midway HS head coach Terry Gambill has replaced Tom Westerberg as head coach of the fabled Allen program.

Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2016 college head coaches – NC State: Dave Doeren, Shawnee Mission, Kan.; North Carolina: Larry Fedora, College Station, Texas; Northern Arizona: Jerome Souers, Eugene, Ore.; Northern Colorado: Earnest Collins Jr., Denver, Colo.; Northern Illinois: Rod Carey, Madison, Wis.; North Texas: Seth Littrell, Muskogee, Okla.

Jennifer Cohen has been named interim director of athletics at Washington…Alabama AD Bill Battle was commended by media and fans for a reflective speech at UA’s national championship celebration last week…Connecticut AD Warde Manuel has been lauded by coaching staffs and UConn administrators for his guidance and successful squads throughout the Huskies’ department…Michigan interim AD Jim Hackett unveiled the hiring timeline for a new AD and department transition plans…Michigan State AD Mark Hollis is preparing for additional night games on national television at East Lansing, Mich., and is hoping for a continued daytime kickoff for the MSU-Michigan traditional clash…Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst remains committed not to offer alcohol sales at NU athletics events…Carolina Kingsdorf was tabbed as assistant AD for Finance at Furman…Holy Cross named Kirsten Britton associate AD for facilities, operations and events…Oklahoma President David Boren is advocating the addition of two members to bring the Big 12 Conference football membership back to 12 and to recommend changes to the Longhorn Sports Network…Retired Wake Forest AD Gene Hooks was chronicled in a regional feature for his innovative fundraising and leadership efforts with the Winston-Salem, N.C., university.

NFF College Hall of Fame coaches Lloyd Carr of Michigan and Herb Deromedi of Central Michigan have joined retired Southern Miss head coach and quarterback standout Jeff Bower and Oregon AD Rob Mullens as new members of the 2016-17 College Football Playoff selection committee.

Conference USA is working to maintain its post-2016 bowl contracts and to continue the 7-3 composite C-USA bowl mark over the last two seasons…The American Athletic Conference closed its post-2015 bowl campaign on a solid note as champion Houston thumped Florida State 38-24 in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. It capped the conference-high eighth bowl appearance by the AAC after the 2015 outing.

2015 Heisman Trophy winner RB Derrick Henry and DL A’Shawn Robinson have declared for the 2016 NFL draft…More returning national upperclassmen for ’16 and renowned nationally Heisman Trophy candidates are Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, LSU RB Leonard Fournette, Florida State RB Dalvin Cook, Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey, and Indiana OL Dan Feeney…Former Oregon kicker-punter Quinton Conaway is transferring to Kansas…Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes will concentrate solely on football in spring 2016 after playing both football and varsity baseball as a freshman in spring 2015…Former Kansas LB Kyron Watson will move to Southern Illinois for his final two seasons of eligibility…Colorado RB Sheriron Jones has been granted a release to return to the Tennessee program where he originally signed…Several key players among the 78 players who have declared early for the 2016 NFL draft are Notre Dame WR Will Fuller, UCLA LB Myles Jack, Rutgers LB Steve Longa, Oregon State C Isaac Seumalo, and West Virginia CB Daryl Worley, among others…The Carrollton (Texas) Leader newspaper recently saluted Dallas-Fort Worth area products and their bowl ventures with Iowa kicker Mick Ellis, WR Emmanuel Ogwo and DB Anthony Gair in the Rose Bowl as well as Northwestern’s DB Jake Murray, RB Austin Anderson and OL Brad North in the Outback Bowl…Missouri DT Terry Beckner Jr. is on indefinite suspension and hopes to appeal to join spring practice.

San Jose Mercury-News and College Hotline columnist Jon Wilner submitted his five top national championship teams by talent and results for the BCS/CFP era, and they are 1. Miami (Fla.), 2001; 2. Southern California, 2004; 3. Alabama, 2009; 4. Texas, 2005; and 5. Oklahoma, 2000…Twitter accounts from longtime media relations director and radio personality Dean Jackson, LSU and Vanderbilt chronicler Bryan Lazare and longtime LSU and national football/baseball purveyor Randy Rosetta have been gathering interest regionally and nationally since the start of 2016.

2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton of Auburn joins 1997 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy winner Peyton Manning of Tennessee, Alabama’s Joe Namath and Ken Stabler, and Notre Dame’s Joe Montana as quarterbacks who have played for the national college football championship and a Super Bowl crown. Manning is making his fourth overall Super Bowl appearance with both the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos…2008 NFF Distinguished American Award recipient Boone Pickens recently lad a group of West Texas historians on a tour of his complex, which includes a chapel, near Miami, Texas…Former Texas and Purdue head coach Fred Akers has developed a solid relationship with fellow Arkansas native and current UT head coach Charlie Strong. Akers owns a ranch outside Austin, Texas, and is about to turn 78…Historian Richard Pennington has started a campaign to help elect civil rights’ pioneer and former North Texas standout Abner Haynes to the NFF College Hall of Fame. Haynes recently celebrated his 78th birthday as well.

Oklahoma’s renovation of Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Owen Field is proceeding on schedule for 2016…Syracuse athletics is seeking concrete options for renovations to the Carrier Dome and will entertain suggestions at this week’s Board of Trustees meeting…Auburn’s 2015 fiscal year budget took a $22.8 million leap thanks to additional bowl and television revenue…Old Dominion athletics set a school record for fundraising in 2015 with $8.12 million…Missouri athletics showed a $4.36 million surplus for 2015…Southern California, UCLA and other area collegiate football teams are working on new marketing and promotional areas with the return of the NFL Los Angeles Rams to LA Coliseum in 2016…Baylor athletics has signed with Teamworks Software for internal and external budgeting and overall efficiency.

The NCAA will add public malt beverage sales for 2016 to the Women’s softball World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla., and the Men’s College Baseball World Series in Omaha, Neb….Louisville athletics is working closely with NCAA enforcement and infractions’ committee administrators on a recent investigation…The ITA recently named Chris Eriksson as championships and rankings coordinator.

2016-17 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times TBD)
Dec. 31 – Chick Fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta, Ga., Georgia Dome (one semifinal will be afternoon and the other will feature a primetime kickoff TBD)
Dec. 31 – Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz., University of Phoenix Stadium
Monday, Jan. 9 – CFP National Championship, Tampa, Fla., Raymond James Stadium, primetime kickoff TBD
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