College Football Notes March 28-April 4

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2016

College Football Notes

By Bo Carter

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 29-April 4 time period are March

29 (1902) Four Horseman Don Miller, Defiance, Ohio; (1906) Jim Bausch, Marion Junction, S.D.; (1955) Earl Campbell, Tyler, Texas; March 30 (1914) Bob Reynolds (Stanford), Morris, Okla.; (1935) Willie Gallimore, St. Augustine, Fla.; March 31 (1938) Bob Anderson (Army), Elizabeth, N.J.; (1950) Ed Marinaro, New York City; April 1 (1889) John Dalton, Town Unknown, Neb.; (1884) Hugo Bezdek, Prague, Bohemia; (1898) Joe Alexander, Silver Creek, N.Y.; (1929) Bo Schembechler, Barberton, Ohio; April 2 (1871) Marshall Newell, Clifton, N.J.; (1880) Harold Weekes, Oyster Bay, N.Y.; (1917) Hugh Gallameau, Detroit, Mich.; (1930) Bill McColl, San Diego, Calif.; (1965) Don McPherson, Brooklyn, N.Y.; April 3 (1903) Andy Gustafson, Aurora, Ill.; (1926) Joe Steffy, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1934) Jim Parker, Macon, Ga.; April 4 (1891) Bob Butler, Glen Ridge, N.J.; (1907) Bill Banker, Lake Charles, La.; (1917) Chet Gladchuk, Bridgeport, Conn.; (1947) Ed White, San Diego, Calif.; (1951) John Hannah, Canton, Ga.; (1965) Jessie Tuggle, Spalding County, Ga.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 29 (1986) Bill Murray, Durham, N.C.; 31

(1931) Knute Rockne, Bazaar, Kan.; April 1 (2013) Jack Pardee, Centennial, Colo.; (2015) Eddie LeBaron, Stockton, Calif.; April 3 (1994) Tom Hamilton, Chula Vista, Calif.; (2006) Marshall Goldberg, Chicago, Ill.; (2007) Eddie Robinson, Ruston, La.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 29 (1955) Earl Campbell, March 31 Bob Anderson (Army), Ed Marinaro, April 2 Bill McColl, Don McPherson, April 4 Ed White, John Hannah, Jessie Tuggle…

Upcoming events at the NFF College Hall of Fame in Atlanta:

April 9-10 Hall of Fame Chip-Off – Celebrate a Georgia tradition at the Hall of Fame April 9-10. Guests will enjoy “Masters style” food and beverage and have the chance to win prizes in our putting and chipping contests brought by TopGolf.

April 16 Football Blues – The offseason fun never stops at the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience. Bring your friends and family to chase away the “Football Blues” on April 16 at the Hall’s first football, music, food and fun-filled tailgate including southern style food and blues music from The Breeze Kings.

April 30 Teacher Appreciation Day – Join us on April 30 as we show teachers a little love. In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, all educators are invited to visit the Hall for free with their valid identification.

April 30 Girl Scouts Day – The Hall will celebrate the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta on Saturday, April 30, with a special $13.99 ticket offer, a custom patch and a photo opportunity with former Girl Scout and Miss Atlanta 2016 Lindsey Quandt.

BYU and Virginia have set up additional series games in Provo, Utah, in 2021 and in Charlottesville, Va., in 2023…Montana and Morehead State will meet in 2020…Illinois and UTSA have formalized their contract to play at Champaign-Urbana, Ill., in 2021…Houston and Rice officially extended their annual Bayou Bucket series through the 2021 campaign…UTSA and Houston have scheduled a four-game series…Nebraska is looking at the possibility of more meetings with Big 12 Conference schools in men’s basketball and football…Tickets for the 2016 Virginia-Tennessee opener at Bristol Motor Speedway are sold out with several waiting lists…Boston College will not play a game at historic Fenway Park in 2016…BYU and Virginia added a third game to their future series…Colorado’s 71st annual Black-Gold spring game will be Saturday, April 9, at noon (MDT) in Boulder…Fresno State athletics is working to hire head coaches for wrestling and women’s water polo.

Southeastern Louisiana and Louisiana-Monroe athletics are evaluating repairs and rescheduling after major flooding on their campuses from recent deluges. Several schools rescheduled springs sports contests with the schools after the natural disaster…Nebraska athletics is undergoing an external review to study its overall culture and reasons for past success…The Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes celebrates its 50-year anniversary this spring with the Tom Landry Open April 18 at McKinney’s Stonebriar Country Club and NFF College Hall of Fame member Tim Brown serving as honorary chair. A May 12 DFW FCA event at the Fort Worth Club includes a trio of NFF College Hall of Fame coaches – Grant Teaff, Lou Holtz and Gene Stallings – from a combined 11 head coaching stops with 526 victories…Houston Cougars football student-athletes had a fictitious dustup with a person dressed as the Easter Bunny after a spirited workout last week.

Florida head coach Jim McElwain has continued to seek upgraded facilities in several domains on campus for UF football…New Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall was featured in a recent regional story about his onfield intensity and hopes for a quick rebuild for Cavaliers’ football…Thiel selected Brian Radakavoch as running backs coach…Kansas named Tony Hull running backs coach…Missouri athletics utilized the agency College Sports Solutions in the hiring of new head coach Barry Odom…Alabama named Josh Chapman assistant strength and conditioning…Illinois’ new running backs coach is Thad Ward…LSU head coach Les Miles is exploring possible new recruits for football now that Cuba has been re-opened to U.S. relationships during a visit to the island nation…Louisiana-Lafayette tabbed Michael Desormeaux as receivers coach…Former Illinois tight ends/special teams coach Jeff Hecklinski will not return for 2016 while Garrick McGee was appointed officially as offensive coordinator…Louisville assistant coach Paul Petrino is seeking a new assignment at another school…Former Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer will be leaving Upstate New York as he seeks another coaching or administrative position after putting his home up for sale…Michigan State named Butler Benton III recruiting operations coordinator…UTSA chose Jacob LaFrance as director of player personnel for football…Georgia State has added former Tulane assistant coach John McDonell as an offensive analyst…Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh continues to target his daily Tweets and will assist in satellite football camps this summer in Pearl, Miss., Alabama and Texas…Montana State head coach Jeff Choate has realigned portions of his coaching staff prior to spring workouts.

Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2016 college head coaches – TCU: Gary Patterson, Rozel, Kan.; Tennessee State: Rod Reed, Marshall, Texas; Chattanooga: Russ Huesman, Cincinnati, Ohio; Texas: Charlie Strong, Batesville, Ark.; Texas A&M: Kevin Sumlin, Brewton, Ala.

New Connecticut AD David Benedict was featured on becoming settled and his warm reception in Storrs, Conn….UT Rio Grande Valley named James Martinez associate AD for business operations…Boston College AD Brad Bates was featured in a recent story about coaching changes and additions…Former Michigan interim AD Jim Hackett is the new chair for Ford Motor Company’s Smart Mobility LLC division in Detroit…UCF AD Danny White was highlighted for upcoming decisions on coaching changes and athletics budgets.

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl joined dozens of others with a solid campaign for 2017 GCB ticketholder renewals. The game has been a sellout annually since moving to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with an annual waiting list.

The Ivy League has continued its 2016 rule to eliminate full-contact tackling in regular season practices by conference members…The Sun Belt football will continue with 10-team football membership after the 2017 season and will compete with 11 members in 2016 and ’17 as Coastal Carolina awaits its upgrade from NCAA FCS to FBS in 2018…The Big Ten Conference has proposed that freshmen in football and men’s basketball sit out their true freshmen seasons…Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott spoke recently about the potential of the Pac-12 Networks. The Pac-12 also denoted new three-year agreements for postseason competition sites…The Mountain West Conference voted to keep postseason tournaments at 11 teams for the immediate future…With two team members – North Carolina and Syracuse – in the men’s basketball Final Four, the Atlantic Coast Conference may eclipse $30 million in revenues from the 2016 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship.

Athlon Sports has rated all NCAA FBS potential starting quarterbacks for 2016 spring drills and lists the likes of Georgia State’s Emiere Scafe (transfer from Utah), South Alabama’s Dallas Davis, Rice’s Nate German, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, Charlotte’s Kevin Olsen, and Tulane’s Devin Powell as players to watch in that slot…Former Colorado QB Cade Apsay and free safety Evan White will move to different schools for the 2016 season…Former Clemson CB Kaleb Chambers is seeking a new school for 2016 football transfer…BYU TE Josh Weeks hopes to return in coming weeks from a recent suspension.

NFF College Hall of Fame coach R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M joined hundreds of followers in congratulating the Aggies men’s basketball team via Twitter for making the 2016 NCAA Round of 16 with a double overtime win over stubborn Northern Iowa…The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame denoted its 2016 class of inductees as DePaul’s Mark Aguirre, Kansas State’s Bob Boozer, Illinois State’s Doug Collins, La Salle’s Lionel Simmons, UCLA’s Jamaal Wilkes and Georgia’s Dominque Wilkins along with famed coaches Hugh Durham and Mike Montgomery.

Colorado athletics held a gala affair on campus last month for several donors in the Drive for 105 (Million) capital improvements and $28 million for scholarship endowments campaign. CU alumnus and former sports information student assistant Chris Fowler of ESPN also emceed the event and later addressed Buffaloes donors, staff, student-athletes and journalism students before to the black-tie gala. CU athletics also has partnered with Global Down Syndrome for a new health and wellness program in summer 2016 after a generous donation from the CU Daniels Fund. Buffaloes athletics also will host both Global Dare to Play Football and Global Dare to Cheer camps in with CU football and cheer teams paired one-on-one with many of those participants…An anonymous donor has made a $20 million donation to name the playing surface Sonny Lubick Field at the new Colorado State stadium…Florida athletics’ $64.5 million renovation project has started on schedule…Wyoming will upgrade War Memorial Stadium with new video boards and sound systems…Florida State is installing a new video board at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee…UAB received a Protective Corp. donation of $500,000 gift to open the fundraising effort for a new $15 million football operations building …Rutgers’ administration is seeking to add supplemental funds to the athletics budget…UNLV continues the move to construct an on-campus stadium in the near future. Rebels AD Tina Kunzer-Murphy was highlighted in a recent story about the ins and outs of making head coaching changes…The #MeanGreenSports Twitter feed has gained dozens of additional followers in the midst of new head coach Seth Littrell’s first spring workouts at North Texas. UNT football also has an increased presence on Facebook with videos of current practices…North Dakota athletics Sioux nickname is no longer used…Connor Sports is the official provider for NCAA Division I courts throughout the regionals and Final Four…Oregon athletics is getting rave reviews on the new $17 million Jane Sanders Softball Stadium…UCF’s Center for Student-Athlete Leadership opened last week…Noted columnist Jay Mariotti is leaving the San Francisco Examiner and will concentrate on broadcast and internet assignments…The College Sports Weekly radio show featured the soon-to-be-demolished Los Angeles Sports Arena, which has been used by UCLA and Southern California in past years, in a lengthy segment last week. The arena is adjacent to the LA Coliseum where USC has played football since the 1932 season.

Anne Panella of Virginia Tech hosted a recent CoSIDA member session on the importance of athletics working with each university’s archives for stored and historical data – especially digitalized material…CoSIDA assistant executive director Barb Kowal recently held a podcast about pay scale changes for athletics media relations due to state cutbacks at several schools…Steve Sipple of the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal-Star chronicled some of the great national football recruiting stories from Marcus Dupree of Oklahoma to Hart Lee Dykes of Oklahoma State over the last 35 years in college football…CoSIDA administrator and former Kansas assistant media relations director and NCAA events manager Laurie Bollig pointed out the value of reading key blogs and staying informed in a CoSIDA webinar and online discussion last week…The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association & Hall of Fame, Inc. has changed its name to the National Sports Media Association and Hall of Fame and has relaunched its website www.nationalsportsmedia.org. 2016 inductees into the NSMA Hall of Fame are Chris Berman, Billy Packer, Gary Smith, and the late David Halberstam. The Hall of Fame weekend is set for June 18-20 in Salisbury, N.C.

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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