College football notes, coaching changes, signing day, football honors
Happy birthdays to National Football Foundation College Hall of Famers Chris Burford and Roosevelt Leaks (Jan. 31), Loyd Phillips (Feb. 2). Joe Fusco, Fran Tarkenton, Bob Griese, and John Jefferson (Feb, 3), Wayne Harris and Billy Neighbors (Feb. 4), Roger Staubach, Craig Morton, Ron Sellers, Terry Beasley, and Charles Young (Feb. 5), Major Harris, Dennis Onkontz, Rich Glover, and John Baker (Feb. 6). Interestingly, eight future Hall of Famers were born on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 5).
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts…
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Jan. 31-Feb. 6 time period are 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.; Feb. 2 (1945) Loyd Phillips, Ft. Worth, Texas; Feb. 3 (1938) Joe Fusco, Wilkinsburg, Pa.; (1940) Fran Tarkenton, Richmond, Va.; (1945) Bob Griese, Evansville, Ind.; (1956) John Jefferson, Dallas, Texas; Feb. 4 (1933) Leo Lewis, Des Moines, Iowa; (1938) Wayne Harris, Hampton, Ark.; (1940) Billy Neighbors, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; (1960) Tom Deery, Oaklyn, N.J.; Feb. 5 (1903) Morley Drury, Midland, Ontario, Canada; (1915) Walter Gilbert, Fairfield, Ala.; (1933) Bill Manlove, Barrington, N.J.; (1942) Roger Staubach, Cincinnati, Ohio; (1943) Craig Morton, Flint, Mich.; (1947) Ron Sellers, Jacksonville, Fla.; (1950) Terry Beasley, Montgomery, Ala.; (1951) Charles Young, Fresno, Calif.; Feb. 6 (1886) Jack Hubbard, Hatfield, Mass.; (1889) Bill Alexander, Mud River, Ky.; (1948) Major Harris, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1948) Dennis Onkotz, Northampton, Pa.; (1950) Rich Glover, Bayonne, N.J.; (1979) John Baker, Sacramento, Calif.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are Jan. 31 (1945) Al Blozis, Vosges Mountains, France; Feb. 3 (1974) Bob Suffridge, Knoxville, Tenn.; (2006) Johnny Vaught, Oxford, Miss.; Feb. 4 (1962) Pat O’Dea, San Francisco, Calif.; (2010) Bill Dudley, Lynchburg, Va.; Feb. 5 (1969) Dick Romney, Salt Lake City, Utah; (1994) George Sauer, Waco, Texas.
College Football Notes
Rice and Houston will play in the Battle for the Bayou Bucket in Houston’s Reliant Stadium on Oct. 13…BYU and East Carolina have signed a two-year agreement for 2017 and ’18 encounters…Anticipation is building for the Navy-Notre Dame encounter in Dublin, Ireland on Sept. 1, 2012, as Navy released its other 11 skirmishes last week…Oklahoma and Rutgers are in negotiations for a game at New York’s Met Life Stadium this fall…Army and Boston College have exchanged home dates for their scheduled meetings in 2012 and 2013. BC will travel to Army Oct. 6, 2012 with the Black Knights going to Chestnut Hill Oct. 5, 2013. Army will play seven home games at Michie Stadium for the first time since 1994 and has renewed its commitment as a FB independent for the near future…Houston and UAB are hoping to reach an Oct. 6 Conference USA contest agreement to complete the Blazers’ ’12 slate…East Carolina is renewing its series with Appalachian State to open 2012 on Thursday, Sept. 1…UC Davis starts its football association with the Big Sky Conference this year by facing Azusa Paficic on Sept. 1 in Davis, Calif…Texas A&M is seeking two FBS opponents for its 2012 schedule…Memphis’ 2012 football schedule does not contain a SEC opponent for the first time since 1949…Boise State is looking for a 13th foes in 2012 because of a trip to Hawai’i…Kansas and Missouri appear set to discontinue their scheduled game and series in Kansas City in 2012…UTSA is completing plans and starting fundraising for its Park West Athletics Complex, practice fields and offices…The final phase of construction has begun for Alabama State’s new campus stadium in Montgomery for the ’12 campaign…UAB athletics will host a football signing day social for alumni and friends Wednesday…Purdue and dozens of other athletics departments had similar gatherings with addresses by coaching staffs to highlight the day and evening after all signatures were submitted…Several orally (non-binding) commitments to schools switched allegiances in recent days to other top programs as signing day approaches Wednesday…Texas A&M’s Kyle Field is undergoing renovations in stages, but the Aggies do not anticipate having to move any contests to other sites this autumn…South Carolina will add new scoreboards and an expanded tailgating area for ’12 football…Michigan State also unveiled plans for new score and message boards for the upcoming grid campaign…Nevada athletics has been working to increase attendance at 2012 contests…Utah is contemplating a new athletics mascot and logo for future seasons…Michigan State adjusted its session ticket pricing for 2012 and has plans for remodeling Spartan Stadium…Central Michigan is rewarding loyalty for season ticket purchasers and longevity with its inside sales for a home game this year with Michigan State…Penn State illuminated all lights at Beaver Stadium for three days to honor the memory of NFF College Hall fo Fame coach Joe Paterno.
Kansas State athletics and the 299th Brigade U.S. Army Support Battalion have signed a support agreement for both groups on upcoming activities on the nearby Army base and at KSU…West Florida student-athletes held an All-Girls Sports Day to promote sportsmanship and fair play on campus last week…Missouri and Missouri Southern football student-athletes returned to tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo., to help with cleanup and families’ fundraising during semester breaks…Tulane Medical School and the FL are collaborating on continuing studies into head and cranial injuries in football and increased safety measures…Indiana athletics is at the “drawing board” stage for new practice and game facilities.
Former Rutgers head coach and longtime friend of the NFF Greg Schiano has accepted the same post with the NFL’s Tampa Bay franchise…Rutgers interim head coach Kyle Flood interviewed for the head coaching post last week and reported all 17 grants-in-aid offers for 2012 still were committed to sign with the Scarlet Knights Wednesday…Texas head coach Mack Brown had his contract renewed through the 2020 season…Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema had his contract extended through the 2016 campaign…San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre is under contract with the Spartans through 2017 after recent negotiations…Oregon head coach Chip Kelly renewed his commitment with the Ducks in the top post…Paul Hoffman has been named head coach at The Apprentice School…John Banaszak will replace Joe Walton as football coach after 2013 season at Robert Morris…Kent Anderson is the new head coach at Waldorf (Iowa)…Russ Martin has been tabbed as head coach at Colorado Mesa…New Yale head coach Tony Reno has hired three assistants from the Harvard staff…Head coach Brian and Paqui Kelly have established the Kelly Cares Foundation to assist underserved children and families…Former Kansas State defensive coordinator Chris Cosh has accepted the same post at USF…Andy Bul has been named linebackers coach at Wisconsin…West Virginia named Joe DeForest co-defensive coordinator…Bobby Engram has taken over receivers coaching duties at Pittsburgh…Jon Haskin now is director of football player personnel with Florida…Travis Niekant has been named tight ends coach at Louisiana-Monroe…Charlie Coiner has been selected as special teams/tight ends coach at Tennessee…Wake Forest assistant coaches Keith Henry and Tim Billings will not return to the staff in 2012…Jeep Hunter has left his South Carolina secondary coaching post while Joe Connolly is the Gamecocks strength and conditioning coach…Longtime UCLA coach, ESPN commentator and St. John’s coach Steve Lavin appears doubtful to coach the rest of the season while undergoing cancer treatment…Longtime Brigham Young coach Tim Powers is retiring after 37 seasons.
Bren Stevens has been named director of athletics at the University of Charleston…Concordia (Minn.) named Rich Glas AD…Texas A&M director of athletics and NFF Board member Bill Byrne is meeting with Dallas Cowboys officials about the future of such games as Texas A&M-Arkansas at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas…Ball State AD Tom Collins is resigning and plans to move back to Arizona. He was with Arizona State athletics for 20 years prior to his BSU hiring…Brown athletics has begun its search for a new AD and hopes to have a replacement by April. The university also is conducting a presidential search…Virginia Tech AD Jim Weaver recalled playing for late NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Joe Paterno as a senior and serving as an assistant coach at Penne State from 1967-72 in a national news feature…Noah LeFevre now is senior associate AD at Manhattan…Alex Tiseo has taken a post as assistant AD at Saginaw Valley State…Dick Reynolds is retiring as AD at Otterbein… Kansas State named Casey Scott to senior associate AD for operations and event management, Laird Veatch senior associate AD for strategic initiatives, Chad Weiberg senior associate AD for development, and Mike Clark to senior director of development…University of Mary Washington AD Edward Hegmann is retiring…Northern State (S.D.) has narrowed down its search for a new AD to four finalists.
Twenty-two alumni of Big Ten football programs will compete for New England and New York on Feb. 5 in Super Bowl XLVI…Navy has been invited to join the Big East Conference for the 2015-16 academic year during a national teleconference. The circuit also is seeking one more football member by 2013 for a 12-school and possible league championship game…Conference USA teams released their complete ’12 schedules last Friday…The Atlantic Coast Conference has sported 58 bowl teams since the league grew to 12 teams in 2004. That’s second to the SEC in total bowl berths nationally…Since the 2006 season the Big East (23-10, .697) and Mountain West (20-9, .690) have the best bowl winning percentages. The SEC leads the nation in appearances (55) and wins (36) over that stretch…Longwood will join the Big South Conference this year for 2012-13 competition…Big 12 Conference schools had been making contingency plans for an eight-game conference slate in case West Virginia cannot begin football play legally until the 2013 campaign. The conference office hopes to release the complete 2012 schedule Wednesday, and there are no further expansion plans at this time.
West Virginia broke Baylor’s brief record for most points scored in a bowl with 70 against Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl. The Mountaineers also are 3-0 in BCS tests…Recent research for the future of bowls indicated that 59 teams with 6-6 regular-season records played in 170 bowls from post-2006-11…Brigham Young’s scoring pass with 11 seconds remaining to down Tulsa in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl was the No. 1 highlight on ESPNEWS throughout the day. The BHAFB honored 75 wounded service veterans during the game and with Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band pregame VIP and postgame concerts.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation has denoted its 2011 FCS team, and please click here for the entire listing…Wake Forest OG Joe Looney received an invitation to the 63rd annual Senior Bowl All-Star Game last Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. He replaced center Garth Gerhart, an Arizona State stalwart who suffered a late-week injury…Cincinnati RB Iasiah Pead was chosen as Most Valuable Player in the 2012 Senior Bowl after two electrifying runs…Former Southern California WR Kyle Prater has transferred to Northwestern…SMU 2010 star QB Kyle Padron will transfer to another university and has been released from his scholarship for immediate 2012 eligibility…Former Texas QB Garrett Gilbert will be eligible at SMU this season after graduating early in Austin…The fifth annual Robert W. Maxwell Football Club High School Player of the Year Award has gone to Noah Spence, a senior DE at Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt HS…Air Force placed nine football student-athletes on the Fall 2011 Mountain West Conference All-Academic squad…The Texas Sports Writers Association released its 67th annual Collin Street Bakery Class A-5A All-State teams last week.
Oklahoma and Fox Sports Southwest have expanded their efforts to provide additional television coverage for Sooner squads…The Big Ten Network has revived its popular show “The Journey” this month.
Connecticut athletics has received three recent grants of $5.6 million for facilities’ upgrades and construction…SMU athletics has signed a marketing and apparel agreement with Nike…Wyoming’s Cowboy Joe Club noted that Albany County, Wyo., volunteers raised $380,678 in one week toward educational and operational costs of for UW student-athletes…Scott Slater and his family donated $250,000 to Bowling Green athletics’ Bring Back the Glory campaign…Southern Miss has joined state counterpart Mississippi State in a series of billboards to promote statewide booster support. Some appear just beyond the state’s borders with Alabama and Louisiana…Penn State athletics is breaking ground next month on its Pegula Ice Arena to begin intercollegiate hockey…UALR athletics is adding several marketing packages for 2012 home contests…Purdue athletics and Collegiate Consulting have signed a ticket sales and marketing agreement for football…LaSalle welcomed new scoreboard and LED systems from Daktronics this month.
Georgetown gridiron standout Clayton Wagner will be inducted into the Hoya Athletics Hall of Fame next month…Lawrence, Kan., city officials approved the naming of Fambrough Drive near Memorial Stadium in memory of late Kansas head coaching legend Don Fambrough…Florida State Senator Mike Bennett has requested the use of professional stadiums by homeless persons in the state…Head coach Mike McCarthy (Baker, Kan.) of the Green Bay Packers won the 24th annual Earl “Greasy” Neale Award and Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers (California) captured the 53rd annual Bert Bell Award presented by the Maxwell Club of Philadelphia for NFL superlatives in 2011.
The Borden Perlman Insurance Group is extending professional development grants to NCAA Division II NACDA members via the NACDA official site with a March 16 application deadline…CoSIDA held a monthly national teleconference moderated by president Eric McDowell on special usage of digital communications and online nuances…NCAA Compliance and the Southeastern Conference are allowing Texas A&M to continue to host summer 7-on-7 high school football competition in College Station.