College Football Notes – April 26, 2016

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 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 April 26-May 2 time period are April 26 (1927) John Ralston, Oakland, Calif.; April 27 (1887) Bishop Frank Juhan, Macon, Ga.; (1941) Lee Roy Jordan, Excel, Ala.; April 28 (1876) Frank Cavanaugh, Worcester, Mass.; (1947) Bill Enyart, Pawhuska, Okla.; (1955) Wilson Whitley, Brenham, Texas; April 29 (1914) Darrell Lester, Jacksboro, Texas; (1920) David Nelson, Detroit, Mich.; April 30 (1871) Fielding Yost, Fairview, W.Va.; (1887) Doc Fenton, Scranton, Pa.; (1895) Bernie Moore, Jonesboro, Tenn.; (1918) Augie Lio, East Boston, Mass.; (1935) Jon Arnett, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1941) Jerry Stovall, West Monroe, La.; May 1 (1900) Stan Barnes, Baraboo, Wis.; (1905) Chris Cagle, DeRidder, La.; (1907) Erby Pinckert, Medford, Wis.; (1910) Cliff Battles, Akron, Ohio; (1925) Chuck Bednarik, Bethlehem, Pa.; (1930) Ollie Matson, Trinity, Texas; (1937) Roger Brown, Surry County, Va.; (1950) Carlos Alvarez, Havana, Cuba; May 2 (1887) Joe Utay, St. Louis, Mo.; (1955) Richard Ritchie, Mineral Wells, Texas.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are April 26 (1974) Eddie Anderson, Clearwater, Fla.; April 28 (1962) Arnett “Ace” Mumford, Baton Rouge, La.; (1993) Ben Schwartzwalder, St. Petersburg, Fla.; April 30 (2012) Billy Neighbors, Huntsville, Ala.; May 2 (1983) Norm Van Brocklin, Social Circle, Ga.; (2000) Harry Newman, Las Vegas, Nev.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 27 Lee Roy Jordan, Excel, Ala.; April 28 Bill Enyart, Pawhuska, Okla.; April 30 Jon Arnett (a spry 81), Jerry Stovall, May 1 Roger Brown, Carlos Alvarez, May 2 Richard Ritchie…

More College Football Notes:

Rice and Texas have signed agreements for three games in 2019, ’21 and ’23…Arizona State and UTSA have moved their Sept. 17 encounter up to Friday, Sept. 16, to accommodate a probable national telecast…Colorado State and Texas Tech will play in 2025 and ’26 in a newly-denoted home-and-home series…NC State had added home-and-home games contracts with Vanderbilt, Texas Tech and Connecticut…Wisconsin will open the 2018 season in Madison against Western Kentucky… Georgia has added Murray State added to 2018…Colorado State and Toledo will play a split two-game series in 2019 and ’21…Georgia has slated a Nov. 17, 2018, contest with Massachusetts…Notre Dame is expecting to take a one-year hiatus from its traveling Shamrock Series in 2017…Colorado and Wofford are working on a future series…Former CoSIDA National Sports Writer of the Year Dave Campbell recounted several stories about the razed Floyd Casey Stadium at Baylor and the Dave Campbell Media Center…New artist renderings have indicated potential renovations for Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium…Old Dominion benefactor S.B. Ballard’s had a proposal with a generous personal donation to build 25,000-seat stadium on campus for ODU, but the plan has been put on a temporary hold.

Kansas athletics new Naismith Center contains Dr. James Naismith’s (the inventor of basketball and longtime college athletics pioneer in all sports) original rules for basketball and priceless sports artifacts. The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., is named in his memory…Wisconsin athletics continues to explore restoring the discontinued baseball. The final coach for the Badgers before the sport was dropped in 1989 was Steve Land, bother of longtime Fox Sports Net broadcaster Bill Land. Late NFF College Hall of Fame member Pat Richter also lettered in football, baseball and basketball and was forced to terminate the program because of financial and weather issues .The Badgers are one of four NCAA FBS members without a varsity baseball program…New Mexico State’s Athletic Advisory Committee is looking at proposals for NMSU athletics job posting policies…Whitman (Wash.) is dropping its Missionaries nickname…North Dakota athletics will eliminate baseball and men’s golf as part of cost-cutting measures.

Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino received a seven-year contract extension through the 2013 season… North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman signed new six-year contract…Georgia head coach Kirby Smart noted that the popular singer Ludacris (a native of Champaign, Ill., near the University of Illinois campus) was a special addition for last week’s G-Day spring football game…USF released the salaries of new assistant football coaches…Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville received a contract extension through 2019…Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen raised $40,000 for area charities by finishing the 2016 Boston Marathon…New Mexico head coach Bob Davie and his staff have been thoroughly briefed on new NCAA recruiting rules in a recent Albuquerque Journal feature…Former Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel is settling into retirement plans, visiting grandchildren and continuing to win the fight against cancer…Navy alumnus Napoleon Sykes has returned to his alma mater for a second time as an assistant coach…At least five Big 12 Conference head coaches, led by eight-time championship mentor Bob Stoops of Oklahoma, expressed concern over the possibility of the renewal of the Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship in future years…New West Virginia assistant coach Joe Wickline has been credited with increased development of WVU senior quarterback Skyler Howard during spring workouts…Calvin Powell has been named offensive coordinator for Texas Wesleyan…South Carolina equipment manager Chris Matlock is leaving his post…Tennessee strength and conditioning director Dave Lawson will not return for the coming season…Former Auburn RB Carnell “Cadillac” Williams is a new assistant coach at West Alabama…Former LSU assistant Alvin Slaughter has joined Northwestern State as receivers coach…Former SMU and Hawai’i head coach June Jones has become offensive coordinator at Honolulu’s Kapolei High School.

Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2016 college head coaches – Vanderbilt: Derek Mason, Phoenix, Ariz.; Villanova: Andy Talley, New Haven, Conn.; Virginia: Bronco Mendenhall, Alpine, Utah; Virginia Tech: Justin Fuente, Tulsa, Okla.; VMI: Scott Wachenheim, Encino, Calif.

Colorado director of athletics Rick George has thrown his support behind legendary UCLA AD Dan Guerrero on a number of key national issues…Kansas State AD John Currie received a two-year contract extension through 2022…Appalachian State associate AD David Jackson has completed his 16 seasons as a radio broadcaster in football…Delaware is making ample progress on the hiring of a new AD…Minnesota is seeking a new AD with a solid preference for previous experience in athletics…New Southern California AD and NFF College Hall of Fame member Lynn Swann has no sweeping changes planned in the immediate future in Los Angeles…New Texas A&M AD Scott Woodward is considering re-establishing football and other sports’ contracts with longtime rival Texas…Wisconsin’s associate AD for business development Chris McIntosh was highlighted in a recent Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story…Boise State’s longtime wrestling coach and staff administrator Greg Randall will not return for the 2016-17 season…Longtime Wake Forest coach and administrator Ken Murczek has left the university…Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst was featured about the future of NU’s overall programs…The UNLV Board of Regents approved a $3.75 million contract boost for the athletics staff…Veteran head coach and UT Rio Grande Valley athletics administrator Larry Tidwell had his contract extended through 2020…Eastern Michigan AD Heather Lyke expressed positivity about the future of the university’s football program…Tennessee named a campus street after former UT women’s AD Jean Cronin…Utah State chose Paul Finn as assistant AD for Aggies Unlimited.

Fox Sports will pay the Big Ten Conference $250 million over six years for TV rights to 25 football games and 50 basketball games each season…The Atlantic Coast Conference named Bryan Kersey officiating coordinator…New Mexico State’s Board of Regents and athletics are working on a new conference affiliation after NMSU leaves the Sun Belt in 2017… The Atlantic Coast Conference is working on measures to prevent gender discrimination bills by the North Carolina House of Representatives…Oklahoma president David Boren has been named as head of Big 12 Conference Board of Directors…The Toledo (Ohio) Blade published a story about the impact of the NCAA’s banning of satellite camps on the Mid-American Conference…Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Patty Viverito hopes that regionalization in NCAA FCS playoffs will be avoided under many circumstances.

The College Football Playoff held news conferences around last week’s CFP meetings in Irving, Texas. CFP executive director Bill Hancock again indicated that an additional victory in a conference championship game such as Ohio State’s victory over Wisconsin in 2014 and Michigan State’s triumph over Iowa in the 2015 Big Ten championship contest were deciding factors for Top Four entrants in the CFP final rankings. The NCAA FBS national championship group also will start the bid process for future game sites in 2017 and complete the process in ’18. There are six different city and state sites already selected for the 2015-2020 title tilts.

All-America candidates CB Tre’Davious White and RB Leonard Fournette were lauded for their work ethic and productivity in LSU spring workouts…Kansas quarterbacks Montell Cozart and Deondre Ford have received an additional season of football eligibility due to injury hardships…Texas running backs Chris Warren and D’Onta Freeman combined to average just under 11 yards a carry in the Orange-White. They had 16 rushing attempts for 174 yards…Baylor is hoping to solve injury issues among returnee Seth Russell and Jarrett Stidham over the summer and has the duo listed as co-No. 1 on the post spring depth chart…Texas Tech DT Breiden Fehoko was mentioned as one of the keys for a probable stronger defensive line in ’16…Tennessee receivers Jeff George and Preston Williams have asserted themselves as key targets for projected Vols starting QB Joshua Dobbs…Florida Atlantic RB Trey Rodriquez and Miami (Fla.) RB Mark Walton are not participating in current drills for their respective teams and may be headed for new schools prior to the ’16 season.

California athletics has finalized an Under Armour marketing and apparel contract for $85.6 million and 10 years…Michigan State athletics inked a $150 million, 10-year agreement with FOX Sports along with the new Big Ten provisions with FOX Sports…Villanova athletics accepted a Bill Finneran donation of $22.6 million for renovations and updates…LSU athletics as begun a $2.5 million renovation to its weight room.

Fresno State is working on promotions to increase season football ticket sales…Iowa State students again are camping outside its Hilton Coliseum for 2016-17 student section tickets to various athletics events…Utah athletics is working on a $7.5 million facility upgrade project…Nevada’s new $3.3 million video boards for Mackay Stadium and other facilities are going before the Nevada Board of Regents for approval…Kentucky football will offer new luxury tailgating options for the 2016 season…Penn State will work to renovate several sections of Beaver Stadium without totally reconstructing the historic facility…William and Mary’s completion of new Zable Stadium is ahead of schedule for the ’16 campaign…Arizona State athletics and IMG College have completed negotiations over recent media rights and contracts…Marshall athletics will be changing its policy for malt beverage sales at football games in 2016…Old Dominion athletics is working toward meeting Virginia’s student athletic fees’ provisions…Washington athletics is working to make up a slight deficit from 2015 with increased private giving…Colorado State has had a slight increase in university funding in 2014-15…Georgia State and Atlanta’s Regional Commission Livable Centers have developed proposals for the possible usage of Turner Field for GSU football and other activities…National athletics and collegiate job placement firm Heidrick and Struggles had a profit for its first 2016 quarter and added five major business clients in recent weeks…Jeff Faraudo of the Bay Area (Calif,) wrote a farewell column after several years of covering football and numerous college and high school sports in Northern California…Fort Worth Star-Telegram writer John Henry has elevated his Twitter followers in recent weeks with TCU and regional college football coverage.

NFF College Hall of Fame coach Woody Hayes’ family has blessed Ohio State athletics trademarking his name…Former North Texas assistant AD for communications and NASCAR track administrator Brian Briscoe has been hired as a senior account executive director at Brown Book Co….Former Houston Oilers team chaplain Dr. John Tolson is hosting the 2016 Gathering of Men Lunch Series April 20-27-May 4 at Dallas Highland Park Presbyterian Church with the themes The Man God Uses and His Leadership…ESPN columnist Kevin Seifert noted a historic meeting between the later singer Prince and 84-year Minneapolis Star-Tribune employee and sports columnist (starting when he was a delivery youngster at the age of 12 in 1932) Sid Hartman some seven years ago before the legendary entertainer passed away last Thursday near Minneapolis…The 2016 Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame inductees include former Air Force QB Marty Louthan, broadcaster Dan Karcher, marathon runner Arlene Pieper Stine, Olympian Rachael Flatt, sports entrepreneur and U.S. Navy veteran Dewey Reinhard, and the 2000 Colorado Springs Palmer HS state boys championship basketball squad.

NCAA President Mark Emmert visited Utah State on a recent speaking tour…Ole Miss’ next step in working with a NCAA episode has been delayed for one month…The NCAA denied SMU’s recent appeal to lift recruiting restrictions in golf and men’s basketball…The Texas University Scholastic League has reached another agreement with AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to host all 2016 high school football championships at the home of the NFL Dallas Cowboys in December.

2016-17 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule With New Year’s Six

(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times TBD)


Dec. 31 – Chick Fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta, Ga., Georgia Dome (one semifinal game will be afternoon and the other will feature a primetime kickoff) – 3 or 7 p.m.), ESPN

Dec. 31 – Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz., University of Phoenix Stadium, 3 or 7 p.m., ESPN

Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 – CFP National Championship, Tampa, Fla., Raymond James Stadium, primetime kickoff TBD, ESPN

Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 (New Year’s Six Bowls)

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC/Notre Dame, Orlando, Fla., Citrus Bowl

Stadium, 11 a.m., ABC

TaxSlayer Bowl, SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC/Notre Dame, EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla., 11 a.m., ESPN

Goodyear Cotton Bowl, At-Large vs. At-Large, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, 1 p.m. (tentative), ESPN

Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 – Outback Bowl, Big Ten vs. SEC, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla., 1 p.m., ABC

Rose Bowl, Big Ten vs. Pac-12, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., 4:30 p.m., ESPN

Allstate Sugar Bowl, Big 12 vs. SEC, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., 8:30 p.m., ESPN


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