College Football Notes – Feb. 22-28, 2016

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

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Note: The University of North Texas Sports Journalism 4350 Class recently submitted feature stories on area high school basketball…Following are two top examples of the project by UNT students Scott Sidway and Alex Lilley…

Link to Scott Sidway and Alex Lilley stories:

to come…

College Football Notes (Feb. 22, 2016)

By Bo Carter

The National Football Foundation is saluting Black History Month at the NFF College Hall of Fame in historic Atlanta, Ga., as well as through several initiatives with schools and conferences. Some of the African American pioneers in the sport have been Iowa’s Duke Slater, Brown’s Fritz Pollard, Amherst’s William H. Lewis, Alabama’s Wilbur Jackson and John Mitchell, and UCLA’s Jackie Robinson among the thousands who broke racial barriers in college football and became national leaders. For more information, please access

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Feb. 23-29 time period are Feb. 23 (1877) Bill Edwards, Lisle, N.Y.; (1934) Dick Strahm, Toledo, Ohio; (1937) Dr. Tom Osborne, Hastings, Neb.; (1943) Fred Biletnikoff, Erie, Pa.; (1950) Jim Youngblood, Union, S.C.; Feb. 24 (1903) Warren Woodson, Fort Worth, Texas; (1906) Bennie Oosterbaan, Muskegon, Mich.; (1910) Fred Sington, Birmingham, Ala.; (1923) Bob Chappuis, Toledo, Ohio; (1952) Fred Dean, Arcadia, La.; Feb. 25 (1942) Carl Eller, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Feb. 26 (1914) Gomer Jones, Cleveland, Ohio; (1930) Vic Janowicz, Elyria, Ohio; Feb. 27 (1887) Tad Jones, Excello, Ohio; (1932) Jim Ray Smith, West Columbia, Texas; Feb. 28 (1885) Ray Morrison, Sugar Branch, Ind.; (1929) Hayden Fry, Odessa, Texas; (1945) Bubba Smith, Beaumont, Texas.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Feb. 23 (1914) Alex Moffat, New York City; Feb. 24 (1963) Jack Harding, Miami, Fla.; Feb. 26 (1970) Bennie Owen, Houston, Texas; (1978) Pooley Hubert, Waynesboro, Ga.; Feb. 27 (1996) Vic Janowicz, Columbus, Ohio; Feb. 29 (1992) Don Heinrich, Saratoga, Calif.; (2008) Buddy Dial, Houston, Texas; (2008) Jerry Groom, Sarasota, Fla.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Feb. 23 Dick Strahm, Dr. Tom Osborne, Fred Biletnikoff, Jim Youngblood, Feb. 24 Fred Dean, Feb. 25 Carl Eller, Feb. 27 Jim Ray Smith, Feb. 28 Hayden Fry…

More College Football Notes:

Maryland and Virginia Tech will meet again four times from 2026-29…Northern Illinois and Toledo will kick off the first college game at U.S. Cellular Field (home of the American League Chicago White Sox) on Nov. 9 in Chicago…Colorado State and Oregon State will play in 2017 and ’20…Alabama and Arkansas State’s 2018 meeting will bring a solid reward in terms of a game guarantee for the Red Wolves…Nevada and Oregon State have decided not to play during the 2017 season and are seeking other opponents. The same goes for a previously-slated Boston College-Richmond matchup…Abilene Christian will travel to SMU in 2021 in the second-ever meeting between the schools after they played in 1925…Kickoff for the annual Nebraska Red-White spring game on April 16 will be 1 p.m. (CDT)…Texas University Interscholastic High Schools just completed classification and re-districting procedures for the 2016 football season…The NFF has requested a new helmet with updated logo for Texas Wesleyan for the NFF College Hall of Fame as the Rams resume their football program in 2017.

2009 William V. Campbell Award recipient Tim Tebow of Florida will be the featured speaker at the Blue Mountain (Miss.) College Scholarship Gala at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, Miss., on Tuesday, April 12. Tebow will be one of the most celebrated dignitaries to visit Tupelo since Tupelo native Elvis Presley left the city (and the building) in the middle-1950s… Alabama head coach Nick and Terry Saban have donated $100,000 to help build Habitat for Humanity home in Tuscaloosa, Ala….Kansas State athletics produced a video on sportsmanship at athletics events, and the NCAA Division III theme in 2015-16 programs and advertising has been sportsmanship and respect for game officials…Michigan State and Eastern Michigan football student-athletes have helped collect and distribute fresh water supplies during the Flint, Mich., water crisis…North Texas football players and members of the student body are taking part in Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day March 17 to help raise funds for the university and athletics…Texas A&M athletics has settled a lawsuit with the NFL Indianapolis Colts for the 12th Man mark and usage after earlier reaching an agreement with the Seattle Seahawks.

UAB head coach Bill Clark has finalized many of his coaching hires for the Blazers’ return to football in 2017…Mike Schmidt was named head coach at Wisconsin-Lacrosse…Hope’s new head coach is Peter Stuursma…Louisville’s Athletics Board okayed negotiations for a contract extension for head coach Bobby Petrino…Michigan State’s Board Regents approved updated contracts and financial arrangements for head coach Mark Dantonio and his staff…Alabama named Brent Key offensive line coach, Mario Cristobal tackles and tight ends coach and Bobby Williams special assistant to head coach Nick Saban…Auburn tabbed Kodi Burns as receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator…Arizona State named Joe Seumalo defensive line coach…Georgia’s new head coach Kirby Smart expressed gratitude for the support of the UGA Athletics Board and asked to group for assistance in increasing the annual G-Day spring game turnout…West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen and university administrators have put contract revisions on hold…Former Navy QB Craig Candeto is rejoining his college head coach Paul Johnson as the Yellow Jackets director of football operations…Kansas assistant coach Klint Kubiak is moving to Denver to assist his Super Bowl L-winning father and Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak…Louisville’s former grad assistant and cancer survivor Pete Nochta is now the Cardinals’ director of on-campus recruiting…Sam Houston State named Brad Sherrod defensive coordinator, Rodrique Wright defensive line coach and Troy Douglas secondary coach…First-year head coach South Carolina Will Muschamp is moving into an island home near the SC Columbia campus…South Dakota State completed its 2016 coaching staff with several former Minnesota State-Mankato assistants…Wake Forest named Clark Lea named linebackers coach…Thiel chose Jeff Stephens as defensive line coach…Former LSU receivers coach Tony Ball will seek a new coaching assignment for ’16…Indiana named Mark Hagen defensive line coach…Utah State’s Julius Brown is the team’s new cornerbacks coach…Arizona is working on multi-year contracts for assistant coaches Marcel Yates and Calvin Magee…Duke has added Boston College assistant coach Ben Albert as defensive line coach…Michigan named Antonio “Barn” Richards as an offensive team analyst…Purdue named Darrell Funk offensive line coach…Rutgers assistant coaches Zak Kuhr and Jafar Williams will switch their roles for the 2016 campaign…A number of Southern Miss assistant coaches from 2015 will be heading to new schools this spring…Temple named George Deleone run game coordinator…Ball State added Tim Daoust as defensive coordinator, Kyle DeVan as offensive line coach and Johnny Curtis as linebackers coach…UTSA named Patrick Toney defensive backs coach, Ryan Filo strength and conditioning coach and Spencer Ross assistant football strength and conditioning coach…JaMarcus Shephard has been selected as Washington State’s receivers coach…Eastern Washington named Troy Taylor quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator…North Texas completed its 2016 staff selection with Mike Ekeler as defensive coordinator, Troy Reffert as assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator, Derrick LeBlanc as defensive line coach, Nate Brown as quarterbacks coach, Zack Womack as strength and conditioning coach, and Shane Elder as assistant AD for football operations…Auston Peay named Carter Crutchfield as director of football operations and recruiting coordinator…Memphis selected Mark Bonis as director of football player personnel, and newcomer Kenny Dillingham will work with quarterbacks…Former New Mexico State head coach and 2015 Georgia State assistant head coach Tony Samuel is going to UNLV as a top assistant mentor…Jim Leonhard has filled the vacant coaching slot for Wisconsin’s defensive backfield in 2016…Boise State recruiting coordinator Antwon Murray has joined the staff of the NFL Tampa Bay ..Rutgers is proceeding to name Toby Neinas to be hired as director of player personnel…San Diego State’s Ernie Lawson is the new defensive line coach for 2016…South Carolina’s assistant coaching staff had its compensation package revealed in a media report…UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure will retain his post…USF hired Shaun Hill as quarterbacks coach and Darren Hiller as co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach…Former Arkansas defensive backs coach Clay Jennings is leaving for Texas…BYU added assistant coaches Jasen Ah You, Sione Kinikini and Jack Damuni…Colorado State named Jamie Bryant named special teams coordinator, and Iowa State tabbed Reid Kagy as assistant strength and conditioning coach…Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa is set with a new working pact for 2016…Texas assistant coach Brick Haley has opted to remain with the Longhorns in ’16 despite numerous ovations from other schools…Virginia Tech has interviewed Brian Mitchell as defensive backs coach…Arizona State has added Joe Seumalo as defensive line coach…The Citadel welcomed back Scott Yielding as recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach…Georgia named James Vollono special teams analyst and Kevin Beard off-the-field special staff assistant…Kennesaw State linebackers coach Shane Bowen has accepted a positon with the NFL Houston Texans…Louisiana Tech’s 2016 coaching staff salaries have been approved…Former high school coach Joe Schaefer had been named quality control coach at Maryland.

Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2016 college head coaches – Presbyterian: Harold Nichols, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; Princeton: Bob Surace, Harrisburg, Pa.; Rhodes: Jim Ryan (new at RU in 2016), Pueblo, Colo.; Rice: David Bailiff, Dallas, Texas; Richmond: Danny Rocco, Huntingdon, Pa.

Illinois named Josh Whitman director of athletics… Former Birmingham-Southern AD Joe Dean Jr. has been named vice president for development at BSC…Bob Clifford is new AD at New Mexico Highlands…Georgia director of athletics Greg McGarity noted challenges of rising cost-of-attendance figures throughout Georgia and Southeastern Conference universities in the coming 2016-17 academic year…Virginia Tech AS Whit Babcock revealed details on a VT athletics and Nike goodwill tour to China and Vietnam…Syracuse tabbed Anthony DiFino as associate AD for business development…Wisconsin named Chris McIntosh associate AD for business development…Bucknell chose Lauren Cavallaro as assistant AD for leadership development…Oklahoma president David Boren has suggested two membership additions for the Big 12 Conference and a possible return of the Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship if data collecting agencies show positive impacts in coming months’ studies…UTEP president Diana Natalicio is in stable condition after collapsing on campus last Friday. She is in her 19th year as UTEP president – one of the longest tenures nationally…Sean Lloyd is transferring all his efforts to heading the baseball program at West Virginia State after serving in dual positions as AD for the last 10 years.

The Football Bowl Association posted a story with the Top 10 most scenic bowl sites, and Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, University of New Mexico Stadium in Albuquerque and Arizona Stadium in Tucson were rated 1-3 for natural beauty and landscape around these facilities…Fans now have the opportunity to purchase face value tickets for the 2017 College Football Playoff in Tampa, Fla., through the CFP website – There also is a possibility that 2016-17 CFP selection committee chair Kirby Hocutt of Texas Tech may be re-appointed to the group for a second term in 2017-18…Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. noted an interesting connection between the company and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl going back 100 years. In the 1915 and ’16 era Goodyear helped found several communities to produce cotton content tires along with the standard rubber versions and led to the founding of sich towns as Goodyear, Ariz….The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl are completing lists of players in each bowl who later performed in NFL Super Bowls. The ZHODB, Oklahoma, Texas, and Goodyear Cotton Bowl also updated Cotton Bowl and Fair Park Stadium records (first compiled in 2013) after the 2015 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl between Southern Miss and Washington.

The Southeastern, Big 12 and Big Ten Conferences are ranked 1-2-3 for the 2016 season by Bleacher Report…Oklahoma Christian is joining the Great American Conference as an associate member in six sports…Women’s College Hockey Association commissioner Aaron Kemp has completed his tenure in this role. The former Men’s CHA commissioner from 1973-83 was late Fred Jacoby, 1995 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient.

Bleacher Report has signified 2016 defensive returnees such as Pittsburgh DB Jordan Whitehead, Southern California DB Adoree’ Jackson, Tennessee DE Derek Barnett, and Florida CB Jalen Tabor as being among the Top 20 potential All-America choices prior to the campaign…SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton recently scored his first collegiate basketball points as a wing guard for the Mustangs against USF…LSU wideouts Trey Quinn and Kelvin Spears have finished their tenures in Baton Rouge and are transferring to undisclosed schools…Notre Dame OG Steve Elmer has decided to sit out his senior season in 2016…Iowa State WR D’Vario Montgomery and RB Joshua Thomas are moving on to other programs during winter midterm…Clemson WR Germone Hopper will be playing at a new school in 2016 and will redshirt if that university is in NCAA FBS…South Carolina’s David Johnson and Al Harris Jr. have left the university’s football program and are seeking new locales.

ESPN’s longtime football sideline reporter Holly Rowe is recuperating from surgery and hopes to be at 100 percent for upcoming NCAA and NBA postseason broadcasts…The Outland Trophy has updated and revamped its Twitter feed in 2016.

South Carolina athletics and Under Armour have inked a 10-year marketing and apparel contract…Georgia’s new indoor practice facility for football received $20.3 million in donations prior to last week’s groundbreaking…UAB received a $15.3 million state appropriation for a new football operations building on campus…Louisiana-Monroe’s indoor workout arena is nearing completion…Arizona students are considering a $200 activities’ fees’ increase to help fund athletics’ updates…North Dakota State athletics is working to gain additional travel funds after passage of a student fee increase for 2016-17 failed recently…Colorado is working to raise an additional $24-25 million for completion of Folsom Field’s renovation…Ole Miss athletics’ Pavilion and revamped facilities are receiving ample use from student-athletes and praise from university benefactors and fans…Baylor’s Simpson Athletics and Academic Center will be expanded and will include a performance center and accompanying equipment and facilities…Montana athletics Champions Center groundbreaking and construction are set for April.

NFF College Hall of Fame coach and Akron U. president Jim Tressel is the featured speaker at the annual Eastern Michigan University Coaches Clinic…Texas A&M and Denver Broncos standout (2016 Super Bowl L MVP) Von Miller spoke to the Aggies’ men’s basketball team before A&M edged Southeastern Conference leader Kentucky 79-77 in overtime last Saturday at College Station, Texas…Former SMU QB Robert Richardson Jr. made history by becoming the first Mustang football alumnus to race in the famed Daytona 500 NASCAR event last Sunday at Daytona Beach, Fla….Former Miami (Fla.) safety Ed Reed has been rated by Athlon Sports as the nation’s top collegiate defensive back of the 1998-2013 BCS era…Former Dartmouth football-baseball standout and later Baylor football and baseball head coach in the early 20th Century Ralph Glaze was featured in a recent survey story about two-sport athletes who later went into coaching in multiple sports along with Mississippi State gridiron-diamond star an NFF College Hall of Fame coach Morley Jennings who coached football and baseball for over 50 total seasons at Ouachita Baptist U. and Baylor…Penn State supporters have been producing replica statues of late head coach and NFF College Hall of Famer Joe Paterno.

NCAA championships official Ron Prettyman has become the new tournament director for the 2016 NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., in June. He replaces Damani Leech, the former Princeton academic honors’ defensive back who moved into a position as an administrator at the NFL.

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, 2017 – CFP National Championship, Tampa, Fla., Raymond James Stadium, primetime kickoff TBD


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