College Football Notes – June 27, 2016

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2016

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By Bo Carter

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the June 28-July 4 time period are June 28 (1902) Ralph Baker, Rockford, Ill.; (1911) Jimmy Hitchcock, Inverness, Ala.; (1937) Charlie Flowers, Marianna, Ark.; (1960) John Elway, Port Angeles, Wash.; June 29 (1898) Dan McMillan, USC/Cal, Santa Clara, Calif.; (1908) Wes Fesler, Youngstown, Ohio; (1949) Dan Dierdorf, Canton, Ohio; June 30 (1930) W.C. Gorden, Nashville, Tenn.; July 1 (1922) Don Whitmire, Giles County, Tenn.; (1953) Michael Haynes, Denison, Texas; July 2 (1891) Gus Dorais, Chippewa Falls, Wis.; (1879) Bob Zuppke, Berlin, Germany; (1900) Ernie Vick, Toledo, Ohio; (1937) John Cooper, Knoxville, Tenn.; July 3 (1943) Steve DeLong, Norfolk, Va.; (1959) Frank Hawkins, Las Vegas, Nev.; (1976) Grant Wistrom, Webb City, Mo.; “Yankee Doodle Dandies” July 4 (1912) Edgar Manske, Nekoosa, Wis.; (1942) Floyd Little, New Haven, Conn.; (1953) Bob Breunig, Inglewood, Calif.; (1962) Willie Totten, Leflore, Miss.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are June 28 (1968) Paddy Driscoll, Chicago, Ill.; June 29 (1960) Bob McWhorter, Athens, Ga.; (1983) Joe Delaney, Monroe, La.; June 30 (1973) Elmer Layden, Chicago, Ill.; (1983) Matty Bell, Dallas, Texas; July 1 (1984) Ziggy Czarobski, Aurora, Ill.; (2010) Don Coryell, La Mesa, Calif.;

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members June 28 John Elway, June 29 Dan Dierdorf, July 1 Michael Haynes, July 2 John Cooper, July 3 Frank Hawkins, Grant Wistrom, July 4 Floyd Little, Bob Breunig, Willie Totten…

Colorado will host North Dakota State in 1924 and Kansas State in 2027…Kansas State and Washington State will meet twice beginning with the 2016 campaign…Arizona State and Oklahoma State will meet in a two-encounter series in 2022 and ’23. ASU also will face San Diego State in 2017 and ‘28…Utah will greet Weber State in 2021 at Salt Lake City…UCF will return a rivalry game at Texas in 2017…Indiana and FIU will begin a three-game set in 2016 and also play in ’17 and ’18…Georgia Tech and Ole Miss will renew their lengthy rivalry in 2022 and ’23…Anticipation is gathering for the Cowboys College Classic encounter at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with an ABC-TV prime time telecast on Sept. 3…The Big 12 Conference is seeking higher-grade NCAA FBS opposition on future schedules…Virginia Tech will host Fan Appreciation Day at Lane Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 14, after the squad reports Aug. 3. Media day on campus will begin at 9 a.m. (EDT) on Aug. 14 will fan festivities following…Nebraska’s aging fan base and possibly less enthusiasm for football by some younger alumni is causing some innovations for continuing its NCAA-record home sellout streak dating to the 1962 season and 100 percent season ticket sales…Nevada football is raising season ticket prices slightly to help pay for NCAA cost-of-attendance requirements…Penn State has sold out of student season tickets.

Navy athletics is utilizing a new yacht for training Midshipmen and student-athletes…Texas Longhorn student-athletes were treated to a recent “ultimate dining experience” by a local chef…The NFL Indianapolis Colts rookies were presented with a class on etiquette and table manners during recent OTA drills…Minnesota’s men’s gymnastics coach Mike Burns was featured for his labors on multiple sclerosis awareness and other charitable concerns…LSU’s current decision on not traveling its marching band to some 2016 road games is gathering discussion for possible funding by alumni…Baylor U. is appointing task forces and other teams to carry out Pepper Hamilton Firm recommendations for the future of athletics. BU also hopes to name an interim AD in coming days to replace 13-year veteran Ian McCaw…Nicholls State placed 73 student-athletes on the Southland Conference Spring Honor Roll…The one-month countdown for the Aug. 5 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is nearing, and the 31st modern Olympiad concludes on Aug. 21…BYU athletics its commitment to no games on Sunday in any sport in accordance with the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Coastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia was in the booth for part of the CCU-Texas Tech NCAA Baseball World Series Game 10 last Thursday night addressing his Omaha and South Carolina connections…Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has enjoyed a summer of coaching his son’s youth baseball crew…The Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune chronicled the 2015-16 academic/athletics year at Missouri and hopes for the future under new head football coach Barry Odom…2016 Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year and Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops received contract extensions and bonus salaries. OU head coach Bob Stoops had his personal pact renewed through the 2021 season…North Carolina coordinator and former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik spoke about his love for coaching in any college assignment during a recent story about North Carolina football in ’16…Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt officially signed his three-year contract and compensation agreement…Virginia Tech secondary coach Torrian Gray is starting his 11th season and working under Hokies’ first-season head coach Justin Fuente. Fuente also brought former Memphis assistant coaches James Shibest and Holman Wiggins from the Tigers’ 2015 bowl staff to VT for ‘16…UNLV’s Paul Pucciarelli is retiring after 31 years as the Rebels’ football equipment manager…Vanderbilt athletics hired Jeremy Anderson hired as strength coach…Tennessee chose Jacob Kirkendall as associate director of football operations…Bates assistant coach Skip Capone was inducted into the Auburn-Lewiston (Maine) Sports Hall of Fame…Penn State’s assistants coaches and strength and conditioning staff received two-year contract extensions.

Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2016 college head coaches – Ball State: Mike Neu, Indianapolis, Ind.; Bates: Mark Harriman, Westbrook, Maine; Baylor: Jim Grobe, Huntington, W.Va.; Beloit: Seth Duerr, Bolivar, Ohio; Birmingham-Southern: Eddie Garfinkle, Jacksonville, Ala.

North Texas acting director of athletics Hank Dickenson was featured in the UNT Alumni newsletter distributed to 150,000-plus individuals and companies last week…Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst sees improvement for the 2016 Huskers with more to come in the near future…Virginia Tech assistant AD Kevin Jones is leaving the department to work with his Blacksburg-based design firm and to pursue an MBA…Christopher Newport U. AD Kyle McMullin spoke about the pleasant conditions and “great people” at the favorite athletics’ assignment in his career…Virginia AD Craig Littlepage was lauded for his successful hires of head coaches in recent years…West Virginia AD Shane Lyons gave the Charleston, W.Va., Gazette-Mail an insiders “snapshot” of projections for WVU and the Big 12…Mississippi State executive associate AD Duncan McKenzie is retiring Friday. He has spent the last 28 years as an administrator at MSU and most of the last 42 years as a football student-athlete for the Bulldogs and later assistant AD at Texas…Appalachian State athletics media relations director Mike Flynn is leaving his post after 12 years to work at Georgia Tech.

Big South Conference commissioner Kyle Kallander had many memories when Coastal Carolina of the BSC faced Big 12 power Texas Tech in last week’s NCAA Division I Baseball World Series. Kallander is starting his 21st year with the Big South and was the final commissioner of the Southwest Conference with Texas Tech as a member from 1994-96. Tech began competing in the Big 12 in August 1996…Longtime NFL executive executive and former Iowa and San Francisco 49ers standout Merton Hanks has been chosen as senior associate commissioner with Conference USA…C-USA also is amping up its July 25-26 football media days in Irving, Texas, with a tentative schedule of coaches and interview formats…The Big Ten Conference tabbed Jason Yellin as assistant commissioner/communications, Chris Masters as associate director/communications, Megan Rowley as Bob Hammel communications intern, and Adam Augustine and Brett McWethy as directors of communications. Scott Chipman will remain at the Big Ten with expanded job responsibilities and assistant commissioner…Big 12 Conference head coaches were run through the ESPN “car wash” last week in Bristol, Conn., with features and individual segment reports…The Ames (Iowa) Tribune opined about the possible impact of Big 12 expansion on both football and basketball…The Oklahoma City Oklahoman purveyed an article on how television coverage’s role will affect the future of the Big 12 Conference…The Hampton Roads (Va.) Daily Press proposed a plan about a possible nine-game Atlantic Coast Conference football schedule might come to fruition…Southern Miss and other Conference USA members are hopeful for additional revenue under new circuit television agreements and possible new sponsorships…Drew Mitchell has been selected as associate commissioner/chief revenue officer at Conference USA…Incoming Colonial Athletic Conference commissioner Joe D’Antonio will add an associate commissioner for football staff post in 2016… Veteran official Ben Oldham will head the SEC football replay training and system.

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl is shipping copies of the historic annual Dave Campbell’s Texas Football to those renewing 2017 tickets and new purchasers…GCB and AT&T Stadium officials also offered a special presale of AdvoCare Cowboys Football Classic tickets for the Sept. 3 Alabama-USC game before general public ducats began to be sold on June 17,

Virginia Tech added junior college WR Henri Murphy to its cast, and he will become eligible in 2017…Birmingham-Southern football sported in 2015 seven All-Southern Athletic Association selections, SAA Special Teams Player of the Year Jamal Watkins and All-South Region LB Alex King…Washington returnees QB Jake Browning and RB Myles Gaskin were featured in a prominent national magazine along with WR John Ross…Lindy’s 2016 College Preview lauded Stanford OLB Curtis Robinson, Alabama CB Shyheim Carter, Auburn WR Kyle Davis, Maryland OG Terrance Davis, and Michigan TE Devin Asiasi among the Top 75 projected incoming freshmen for 2016 NCAA FBS programs…Alabama OL Cam Robinson and DB Hootie Jones are seeking complete reinstatement for 2016 after having charges dropped against them in a case in Louisiana…Ole Miss baseball pitcher Brady Bramlett has turned down a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox and said his goal is to receive his degree, become a college AD and eventually Southeastern Conference commissioner…Baylor has released five football student-athletes from their 2016 National Letters of Intent, and they will have to redshirt this autumn if they re-enroll at a NCAA FBS member.

ESPN has purchased the second half of the Big Ten Conference media rights with a six-year $1.14 billion contract…The Raleigh (N.C.) News-Observer ran a recent series on cleaning up rough play in college football and other sports…The ACC has renewed discussion of a possible ACC television network…ESPN also has utilized a series of teleconferences and web chats with national media expert Jay Bilas…The Longhorn Network is concluding its Longhorn Extra nightly sports updates…The Denver Post is providing large posters of Super Bowl L MVP Von Miller of Texas A&M as a premium for its summer subscription campaign.

Noted Jackson State standout, NFL record-setting kick returner and baseball umpire Eddie Payton (brother of NFF College Hall of Fame member Walter Payton) is retiring as JSU golf coach after 30 years…LSU publicist C. Kent Lowe penned a special tribute to 2015 NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient Jim Hawthorne and his four decades as the Voice of the LSU Tigers for football and multiple sports…Former Southern California AD and NFF College Hall of Fame member Pat Haden is a director for the Los Angeles Higher Education Foundation…Longtime Delaware SID Ben Sherman has joined the Athletes Network and is reconnecting with several media members and college student-athletes…Former Virginia Tech and NFL great Andre Davis has made a substantial and undisclosed donation the Hokies Leadership Institute and football program through his 2LiveBeyond Foundation…Longtime NCAA Championships volunteer and former Iowa State assistant SID Beth Haag and Middle Tennessee football have been gaining new followers daily on their Twitter feeds.

Arkansas’ proposed athletics budget for 3016-17 is $105 million…Marshall’s Vinny Curry has donated $200,000 for an endowed scholarship and athletics facility project…Arkansas football overcame several weeks of debate challenges to complete approval of Reynolds Razorback Stadium renovation…Old Dominion’s new stadium will be outfitted with a special Blue Monster scoreboard and message board as well as several other amenities. ODU officials also explained how aging Foreman Field’s renovation and expansion costs were prohibitive…Oregon’s famed Hayward Stadium is undergoing an expansive renovation…Ouachita U. is working on several updates and renovations to existing facilities…Numerous college programs continue to look at the financial impact of public malt beverage sales at home gridiron contests… Ohio State athletics is working to minimize the possible impact on nonprofit organizations, which run non-malt beverage concessions stands at Ohio Stadium…Louisville athletics and AD Tom Jurich are working through updating and getting to know several interim members of the university’s Board of Regents…Bowling Green completed installation of its new artificial turf surface…Charlotte athletics is installing a new $900,000 scoreboard…Harford (Md.) is completing construction on new athletics facilities for 2016…A report on top-paying private business positions in the United Kingdom showed that airline industry executives and CEOs of universities and athletics’ areas were at the top of the list.

CoSIDA assistant executive director Laurie Bollig provided links for various sessions at the group’s 60th annual national workshop in Dallas June 10-15. Northwest Missouri State assistant AD Marshall Fey also praised the event for helpful sessions and ample Division II training and functions…CoSIDA Hall of Fame member Dave Wrath of Augustana was featured in a recent weblog about former student-athletes requesting usage of head and action photos from many seasons ago…Drew Crofts of Genesee (N.Y.) College thanked CoSIDA staff for a successful 2016 workshop and for allowing a wide array of SIDs to participate in leadership and seminar roles…New Jersey City U. director of athletics communications Ira Thor spoke on creative methods of utilizing to-do lists and daily tasks, and the CoSIDA site had its largest one-week response and proactive Tweets and social media posts in history from a large contingent in Dallas. SID Geoffrey Henson of Olivet (Mich.) was one of the early Tweeters while Christopher Sabato of Willamette had a joint presentation with CoSIDA mainstay CBS StatCrew Software…Cal State Monterey Bay assistant AD Kevin Gilmore was highlighted for innovative game management techniques and media relations techniques for CoSIDAns for Olympic sports.

2016-17 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule With New Year’s Six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
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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