College Football Notes May 30, 2016

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, May 30th, 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 May 31-June 6 time period are May 31 (1912) Harold Burry, New Castle, Pa.; (1953) Richard Wood, Elizabeth, N.J.; (1967) Kevin Dent, Vicksburg, Miss.; June 1 (1901) Edgar Miller, Canton, Ohio; (1916) Ki Aldrich, Rogers, Texas; (1930) Carmen Cozza, Parma, Ohio; (1933) Alan Ameche, Kenosha, Wis.; June 2 (1895) Homer Hazel, Piffard, N.Y.; (1909) Ben Schwartzwalder, Point Pleasant, W.Va.; (1950) Jeff Siemon, Rochester, Minn.; June 3 (1959) Sam Mills, Neptune, N.J.; June 4 (1870) George Sanford, Ashland, N.Y.; (1876) Mike Donahue, County Kerry, Ireland; (1891) Bob McWhorter, Athens, Ga.; (1908) Skip McCain, Enville, Okla.; June 6 (1879) Jimmy Johnson (Carlisle, Northeastern), Edgerton, Wis.; (1901) Walter Koppisch, Pendleton, N.Y.; (1919) Darold Jenkins, Pettis County, Mo.; (1963) Rueben Mayes, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are June 1 (1963) Century Milstead, Pleasantville, N.Y.; June 2 (1943) Nile Kinnick, over the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Paria, in air combat; June 4 (2005) Banks McFadden, Ormond Beach, Fla.; (2015) Wayne Harris, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Canada; June 6 (1998) Eddie Talboon, Dunedin, Fla.; (2000), Sandy Stephens, Minneapolis, Minn.; (2009) Jim Owens, Bigfork, Mont.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members May 31 Richard Wood, Kevin Dent, June 1 Carmen Cozza (a spry 86), June 2 Jeff Siemon, June 6 Rueben Mayes…

More College Football Notes:

Auburn and Alabama State will meet for the first time in 2021…Ohio State has completed its 2018 schedule with the addition of Tulane…Maryland and Northern Illinois announced a 2020 and ’21 two-game series…Ohio and Massachusetts are slated for a pair of skirmishes in 2017 and ’18…LSU and UCLA have scheduled a “split series” in 2021 and 2024 at each school’s home base…As college football passes the 90-day mark before the NCAA FCS opener in Sydney, Australia, when California and Hawai’i meet, the Dallas Morning News listed five regional reasons for added gridiron excitement. Among the key points are the potent Texas Tech offense, the return of Baylor QB standout Seth Russell, players’ and formations’ experiments by the Texas Longhorns, and the buildup for the College Football Playoff in Phoenix, among others…The NFL has denoted its Monday night games and times for the upcoming outing…Schools hosting 2016 NCAA Division I Baseball Regionals and also competing in 2015-16 football bowl contests are LSU, Clemson, Texas A&M, Miami (Fla.), TCU, Florida, Louisville, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, NC State, Mississippi State, and Florida State. There are a NCAA-season-record 13 composite regional sites among Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conference members…Thursday’s opening round of the 34th annual NCAA Softball World Series features a football-famous (and in recent seasons softball) rivalry in Alabama and Oklahoma at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

Former Alabama deep snapper/center and 2011 Disney Sprit Award recipient Carson Tinker of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars has spoken at several recent functions for his Be a Blessing Foundation and is helping raise continued funds for Ashley Harrison Memorial Scholarships…LSU’s live mascot Mike the Tiger VI has a cancerous tumor on his face and will undergoing treatment in coming days by veterinarians…Several dual-sport college football athletes and rising high school seniors are attending the National College Golf Camps at selected summer locations. For information, locations and registration, please access

NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Bill Snyder of Kansas State is opening his school-most 25th season as Wildcats’ football master in two stints from 1989-2005 and 2009-present. He is the dean of Big 12 Conference head coaches…Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason was a special guest of VU alumnus and NBC-TV news reporter Willie Geist during a recent visit to NBC studios in New York City…Wofford head coach Mike Ayers is starting his school-record 29th season as chief mentor of the Terriers and 32nd college head coaching season overall after guiding East Tennessee State from 1985-87…Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl is 110-50 overall for 13 seasons as a college chieftain at North Dakota State (2003-13) and Wyoming (2014-present)…Middle Tennessee head coach Rick Stockstill is in a league-current-longest tenure of 11 seasons…Former Houston head coach Art Briles is leaving the Baylor football program as top mentor after going 65-37 with two Big 12 championships at BU from 2008-15. Former Wake Fores head coach Jim Grobe has become acting head coach for 2016 Baylor football.

Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2016 college head coaches – Williams: Mark Raymond, Buffalo, N.Y.; Wisconsin: Paul Chryst, Madison, Wis.; Wofford: Mike Ayers, Georgetown, Ky.; Wyoming: Craig Bohl, Lincoln, Neb.; Yale: Anthony Reno, Worcester, Mass.

Jennifer Cohen has been named permanent director of athletics at Washington after holding the interim AD’s post for the last four months…North Texas director of athletics Rick Villareal will retire June 20 after 15-plus years in the post. While he was at UNT, the student-athlete graduation rate advanced from 32 to 81 percent…Illinois chose Warren Hood as deputy AD…Longtime Canisius coach and administrator Jim Baron has retired…Former Baylor president/chancellor Ken Starr will remain at the university in the chancellor’s position and will teach law school classes at BU. Baylor AD Ian McCaw has completed his 13-year tenure with the Waco university…Longtime Alabama, Troy and Mississippi State assistant and head coach Don Maestri is moving to Texas A&M athletics as a special assistant…Baruch athletics tabbed Calvin Jurewicz-Johnson as a director of operations.

Conference USA has reached a new multi-year agreement for national television packages with key networks ESPN, CBS Sports Network, the American Sports Network, and beIN SPORTS…Southeastern Conference meetings in Destin, Fla., over the week and early this week are centering on multiple football issues such as satellite camps, transfer rules, future schedules, and academic requirements, among others…The Atlantic Coast Conference reported a record $400 million-plus in revenue for the 2014-15 academic year…

The The NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl will be played on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at University of Arizona Stadium, and actual game time is to be determined. The matchup features representatives from the Mountain West and Sun Belt Conferences…Goodyear Cotton Bowl officials report a late surge of ticket renewals and new buyer requests as well as another probable sellout for the 81st annual classic at Arlington, Texas, in AT&T Stadium on Jan. 2, 2017…The Sporting News has projected national 2016-17 College Football Playoff semifinals matching Alabama and Ohio State and Clemson and Oklahoma and a rematch of Alabama and Clemson in the CFP finale in Phoenix, Ariz.

South Carolina graduate QB Connor Mitch will transfer to another university for 2016 with two years of eligibility remaining. Gamecocks’ QB Perry Orth, an eight-game starter in 2015 for USC, is expected to be at full strength for August workouts after recovering from a collarbone injury…Auburn RB Roc Thomas is headed to NCAA FCS power Jacksonville State for the 2016 campaign… rates the five best incoming freshmen wide receivers for 2016 as Demetris Robertson of California, Tyrie Cleveland of Florida, Tyler Vaughns of Southern California, Devin Duvernay of Baylor, and A.J. Brown of Ole Miss…The publication also listed as the five defensive backs most likely to succeed as 2016 freshmen as

Levonta Taylor of Florida State, Kristian Fulton of LSU, Jack Jones of Southern California, Chauncey Gardner of Florida, and Saivion Smith of LSU.

The IFRA heartily endorsed ESPN’s 100 Summer Football Facts and Stats published last week. Three of the more interesting data points were Baylor has a NCAA FBS-most six 70-point games since 2008, a NCAA-record-tying 75 career tackles for loss each by Western Michigan’s Jason Babin (2000-03) and Buffalo’s Khalil Mack (2010-13), and Alabama’s 1961 national championship squad, which recorded a school-record five consecutive shutouts…Last week’s National Sports PR Summit presented by The Players’ Tribune featured the likes of College Football Playoff communications and branding director Gina Lehe, award-winning telecaster, NFF moderator and Campus Insider executive Bonnie Bernstein, Sports and Brand United Entertainment Group president Mary Scott, LPGA chief communications officer Kraig Kann, and Olympic basketball gold medalist and business executive Lisa Leslie…Longtime college football and basketball play-by-play man Marv Albert is working his 50th consecutive season of National Basketball Association playoffs. His son Kenny Albert has provided expert commentary on dozens of college bowls and National Football League tilts.

The 2019-21 NFL Super Bowl sites were designated last week with Atlanta in 2019 for Super Bowls LIII, Miami, Fla., for Super Bowl LIV in 2020 and Los Angeles’ new Inglewood stadium location for Super Bowl LV on in 2021…Former WR Brian Hartline of Ohio State and the NFL Cleveland Browns hopes to a new professional playing location this summer…The New York Jets are seeking a new agreement with former Harvard QB standout Ryan Fitzpatrick…The NFL Cleveland Browns named former John Carroll (Ohio) football standout and Cleveland St. Ignatius HS legend Chuck Kyle as the team’s youth football adviser…Former New England Patriots long snapper Chris Highland of Illinois State also is seeking new NFL employment.

Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium is looking at an early lineup of college encounters after its scheduled completion in June 2017…Colorado School of Mines Marv Kay Stadium at Campbell Field continues to draw raves after its initial season in 2015. The facility was built on the 90-year field site of CSM football at a cost of $26.3 million…The 65,400-seat U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is on schedule for completion in late summer 2016…Orlando City Stadium, slated to open in 2017 and built primarily for soccer, could become a venue for high school and small college football in the Central Florida area.

CoSIDA Hall of Fame member and 2016 Arch Award recipient Shelly Poe of Auburn was quoted in a national publication about the impact of individual honors on the 59-year-old organization…CoSIDA Hall of Famer and communications legend Ed Carpenter became the first non-student-athlete or coach inducted into the Boston University Athletics Hall of Fame…College of Idaho director of athletics communications Mike Safford captured the 2016 CoSIDA NAIA Ike Pearson Award for service to college athletics and his institution…Gallaudet’s assistant AD for communications Sam Atkinson was credited in a recently published national story for increased national exposure for the Bison in 2015-16…Georgia Tech assistant AD for communications Chris Yandle was saluted for being able to balance home life with multiple time demands in Tech athletics…Mount Holyoke sports information director Amie Caulfield was interviewed earlier this month about making a one-fulltime-person operation work in college athletics media relations…Nationally known entrepreneur and author Chris Winfield will be keynote speaker for the 60th annual CoSIDA National Workshop at the Dallas Hilton Anatole June 10-15…CoSIDA also is hosting a first-ever CoSIDA Communications Forum in Portland, Ore., Aug. 2, and registration is available at The initial forum will feature a variety of recognized speakers and presentations on crisis communications, strategic communications and working with the media.

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

(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times TBD)


Saturday, 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, 8:30 p.m., 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., ESPN2

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