College Football Season Nearing August Start

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016
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College Football Notes
By Bo Carter
National Football Foundation COO Matt Sign addressed the 21st annual Big 12 Conference Football Media Days last Tuesday on a variety of national issues, primarily – the cooperation of the Big 12 Conference and FWAA (especially FWAA executive director Steve Richardson), prospective and rejoining FWAA members, the 59th annual Awards Dinner Dec. 6 at the Waldorf=Astoria, and national awardees such as Texas Chancellor Adm. (U.S. Navy ret.) William McRaven who will receive the NFF’s 34th Distinguished American Award, the 15,000-plus high school football coaches nationwide and 1.1 million men they guide as well as the record 774 colleges and universities playing varsity intercollegiate football. Since 2013 there have been 36 programs added, 11 in 2016 and ’17, and the return of Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex NAIA football program Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth.
College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock also spoke about several nuances for the CFP in coming years and site selection procedures. Executive director of the CFP Foundation Britton Banowsky visited with media on hand about the CFP’s capstone project, Extra Yard for Teachers, which honors, celebrates, inspires, and empowers great teachers. Banowsky spoke of ways that the Foundation will be enhancing and building its sustainability in coming years.
2016 Summer Olympics Notes
Former California and Detroit Lions standout Jahvid Best has made the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games as a sprinter for Saint Lucia. He father is from Saint Lucia, and Best owns dual American and St. Lucian citizenship. New England Patriots safety Nate Ebner of Ohio State also has been named to the 2016 U.S. Olympic rugby team, which will be participating in first-time competition for the sport at the Olympiad.
There have been 300-plus collegians, dating to the likes of NFF College Hall of Fame member Jim Thorpe of Carlisle with dominant performances in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, and hundreds of others as well as 40-plus NFL players who competed in the Olympics as collegians prior to their NFL service. One of the most notable was 1982 Heisman Trophy recipient and NFF College Hall of Fame RB Herschel Walker of Georgia as a member of the U.S. bobsled team at Albertville, France, in the 1992 Winter Olympics. Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin of Texas was seventh in the long jump at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on July 3 and placed 10th in that event in the 2012 London Olympics before his NFL career began.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the July 26-Aug. 1 time period are July 26
(1869) Henry Williams, Hartford, Conn.; (1896) Everett Strupper, Columbus, Ga.; (1934) Tommy McDonald, Roy, N.M.; (1939) Bob Lilly, Olney, Texas; July 27 (1910) Fred Crawford, Waynesville, N.C.; (1950) Reggie McKenzie, Detroit, Mich.; (1959) Hugh Green, Natchez, Miss.; July 28 (1893) John “Jack” O’Hearn, Brookline, Mass.; (1943) Lawrence Elkins, Brownwood, Texas; (1957) Charles Alexander, Galveston, Texas; July 29 (1879) Dan McGugin, Ringgold County, Iowa; (1902) Herbert Sturhahn, Far Rockaway, N.Y.; July 30 (1894) Carl Snavely, Omaha, Neb.; (1903) Vic Hanson, Sacramento, Calif.; (1924) Dr. George Savitsky, New York City; (1945) Lloyd Carr, Hawkins Co., Tenn.; (1948) Jim Mandich, Cleveland, Ohio; July 31 (1918) Gene Goodreault, Haverhill, Mass.; (1919) Forrest Behm, Lincoln, Neb.; (1968) Andre Ware, Galveston, Texas; (1974) Jonathan Ogden, Washington, D.C.; Aug.1 (1929) Joe Palumbo, Beaver, Pa.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are July 26 July 26 (1966) Eddie Casey, Boston, Mass.; July 27 (1941) Howard Jones, Toluca Lake, Calif.; (1964) Willie Gallimore, Rensselaer, Ind.; (2010) Jack Tatum, Pittsburg, Calif.; July 28 (1979) Four Horseman Don Miller, Cleveland, Ohio; (2010) Bob Fenimore. Stillwater, Okla.; July 30 (2011) Dave Maurer, Springfield, Ohio; Aug. 1 (2013) Dick Kazmaier, Boston, Mass.; July 31 (1986) Mal Aldrich, Southampton, N.Y.; (2004) Ed Bock, St. Louis, Mo.;.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members July 26 Tommy McDonald, Bob Lilly, July 27 Reggie McKenzie, Hugh Green, July 28 Charles Alexander, July 30 Lloyd Carr, July 31 Andre Ware, Jonathan Ogden…
More College Football Notes
Idaho State and Nevada finalized the contract for their 2017 game in Reno. Nev…Bowling Green and Northwestern will meet in ’17. BGSU now will face Louisiana Tech in 2021, and the Tech Bulldogs need a replacement opponent for 2018…Kentucky will host Toledo to open the 2019 football season…Marshall will play at South Carolina in 2018…Michigan’s 2018 and ’19 schedules will remain the same unless the Big Ten Conference gives permission for changes…Rice has set its home kickoff times for the ’16 season…The NFL Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers veterans reported to camp today (Monday) to begin preparations for the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame preseason contest on Saturday, Aug. 7.
Former Seattle Seahawks and Auburn standout Byron Franklin called for all NFL players and NFL alumni to back first responders and peaceful demonstrations nationwide…Arlington, Texas, AT&T Stadium will host the Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith World Boxing Organization junior middleweight (154 pounds) title fight on Saturday, Sept. 17 with a percentage of the proceeds going to the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Area Rapid Transit after recent national tragedies…Rice Stadium west parking lot in Houston is the bi-weekly site for the area Farmers Market on designated weekday afternoons…East Carolina, St. John’s (N.Y.) and Harford (Md.) were two of the schools honored with 2016 ABCA Academic Excellence Awards…Michigan athletics will provide new and updated school jackets for women’s student-athletes…Clemson student-athletes and coaches have received extensive training about respect for the opposite sex and proper off-field conduct and etiquette.
Kansas State and NFF College Hall of Famer Bill Snyder reflected on the first 20 years of the Big 12 Conference and other key issues at the annual league media days as he starts his school-record 25th season at KSU…LSU head coach Les Miles excused himself from the ESPN Car Wash shortly after the events surrounding the shootings of Baton Rouge, La., first responders out of respect for the officers and their families…Oklahoma named Bill Bedenbaugh and Kerry Cooks assistant coordinators for 2016…Texas State tabbed Troy Douglas as safeties coach and Randall McCray inside linebackers coach…Georgia athletics named Bryant Gantt as special liaison to the Athens and legal community…Former Iowa State director of football scouting John Kuceyeski is the new running backs coach at Cornell…New Mexico named former Cal Poly assistant coach Saga Tuitele offensive line coach…West Virginia has added Stedman Bailey hired as an assistant coach…Aurora (Ill.) has filled its advertised linebackers coach opening from previous weeks.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2016 college head coaches – The Citadel: Brent Thompson, Norwich, Vt.; Clemson: Dabo Swinney, Pelham, Ala.; U.S. Coast Guard Academy: Bill George, Ithaca, N.Y.; Coe: Tyler Staker, Fredericksburg, Iowa; Colby: Jonathan Michaeles, Lewiston, Maine.
Florida director of athletics and 2006 NFF John Toner Award recipient Jeremy Foley reflected on the essence and value of naming rights as he nears the end of his UF tenure in October…Alabama AD Bill Battle has begun treatments for cancer and will be working on a limited basis until further notice…Former Tulane chief operating officer Barbara Burke has left New Orleans for a similar position in Iowa athletics.
Illinois associate AD for development Marcus Jackson was the subject of an extensive recent feature about future plans for UI athletics…Longtime college athletics publicist Niall Adler has been named senior communications director and athletics marketing director at Mission (Calif.) College…Texas A&M athletics added Stephen Grove and Kaitlyn Schindler to its facilities staff…Columbia (Mo.) College named Drew Grzella associate AD for advancement and marketing…Missouri has formed a search committee for the open AD’s post.
The Big 12 Conference board of directors last week expressed a desire to move forward with expansion, and schools expressing some fo the strongest interest are Houston, Brigham Young, Cincinnati, USF, Memphis, and Connecticut, among others. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Texas-Ex and Vanderbilt Law School alumnus, has advocated Houston coming into the Big 12 but has not lobbied for membership for his SEC member law school alma mater Vandy to break ranks. Colorado and Nebraska have responded publicly that they desire to remain with the Pac-12 and Big Ten Conferences, respectively, after being Big 12 members from 1994-2011…The Atlantic Coast Conference officially approved the ACC Television Network starting in August 2019 with a purported, 20-year contract. There will be a record 20 ACC intraconference football contests on the new network in the inaugural campaign. ACC commissioner John Swofford was lauded for his leading role in detailed negotiations for the new network…The Pac-12 Conference and Cox Sports have reached a new cable rights’ agreement to broaden the loop’s national spectrum…Conference USA, which is holding its 21st annual football media days in Irving, Texas, Monday and Tuesday with live ESPN3 and WatchESPN coverage, has a new internet and marketing agreement with SIDEARM Sports. Middle Tennessee is the preseason choice to win the C-USA East Division while Southern Miss gets the nod for the C-USA West Division ’16 crown in a vote of media members.
The Sun Bowl Association teamed up with Academy Sports and Outdoors to host a 2016 international youth soccer tournament in El Paso, Texas, with 145 teams and three different nations represented. The Hyundai Sun Bowl also selected Steve Beltran as 2016-17 president…NFF College Hall of Fame players Russell Maryland of Miami (Fla.) and Charles Haley of James Madison joined Dallas Cowboys CB Brandon Carr, emcee Brad Sham and a host of area clinicians for the annual Goodyear Cotton Bowl Youth Clinic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Conference USA pre-2016 award recipients as voted by coaches are Southern Miss senior QB Nick Mullens as repeat C-USA Offensive Player of the Year, Florida Atlantic senior DE Trey Hendrickson as Defensive Player of the Year, and FAU senior P Dalton Schomp and Louisiana Tech junior K Jonathan Barnes as co-Special Teams Player of the Year honors…Rice standout RB Darik Dillard was tabbed for two 2016 watch lists – one of 88 players to be named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List and one of 165 nominees for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team…TCU is No. 13 nationally in the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman’s exclusive pre-2016 Top 25 poll behind the likes of newcomer QB Kenny Hill, QB Foster Sawyer (a leading candidate for starting QB along with Hill), RB Kyle Hicks, WR KaVontae Turpin, and DL Josh Carraway…CBS College Sports rates Will Likely, CB/KR, Maryland; Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA; Arden Key, DE, LSU; DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State; Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: and Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh among the 50 Impact FBS Players for the ’16 season…Alabama OG Alphonso Taylor is seeking reinstatement for the upcoming season…Former Ohio State RB Bri’onte Dunn will transfer his skills to another program in ’16.
Longtime sportswriting sages Chris Dufresne of the Los Angeles Times, Herb Gould of the Chicago Tribune and Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe and Dallas Morning News have combined to form the TMG College Sports Network – daily columns and insider updates on collegiate and mainstream sports…Award-winning USA Today columnist and author Christine Brennan was named to the Washington, D.C., Hall of Fame…Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram columnist and former LSU student publicist Gil LeBreton has gained dozens of new Twitter followers with his Big 12 observations and cogent writings…The Nashville Tennessean has started a 64-person bracket for a fan vote for the greatest Southeastern Conference football player of all-time. NFF board chair Archie Manning of Ole Miss is among the 64 finalists chosen from approximately 60,000-plus SEC gridiron student-athletes since 1932…Several college head coaches have cautioned football student-athletes on the usage of Twitter and Facebook as preseason workouts near and the potential personal hazards of certain posts.
NFF board member and Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones was among the first to have his office moved from the historic Valley Ranch location in Irving to the new Cowboys’ offices and practice facilities in Frisco, Texas…2016 NFF Distinguished American Award recipient and Texas Chancellor William McRaven spoke at the McAllen (Texas) Leadership Series Breakfast last Friday…Three-time Olympic shot putter Michelle Carter of Texas has left Red Oak, Texas, to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics. She is the daughter of former SMU and NFL standout as well as field weightman Michael Carter…Former Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith’s preseason status still is undetermined as the Dallas Cowboys’ 34th selection in the 2016 NFL draft continues heavy rehabilitation for a knee injury…NFF College Hall of Fame coaching legend John Gagliardi signed a football to commemorate the return of Texas Wesleyan football. Dr. Jon Crook, an associate professor of graduate counseling at Wesleyan in Fort Worth, played for Gagliardi from 1965-68 ay St. John’s (Minn.) and delivered the pigskin to Rams’ new head coach Joe Prud’homme. The football was inscribed with “Welcome Back” to Texas Wesleyan, which will resume football in 2017 after a 75-year hiatus.
Wyoming athletics established a school record for fiscal year 2015-16 (ending June 30) with $20.4 million total, eight $1 million dollar contributors and 4,500-plus donors making gifts to the UW Athletics annual fund and Cowboy Joe Club…Penn State athletics continues to discuss Beaver Stadium renovations and seating adjustments…Bowling Green’s stadium facelift is nearing completion…Florida State’s television production studio has received new video and broadcast equipment for coaches shows and stadium use in 2016-17…Kentucky’s football team and coaching staff had a sneak preview of the $45 million training facility in Lexington…Miami (Fla.) is closing in on naming rights for its new indoor practice facility…Temple athletics is debating the merits for a possible new on-campus stadium…Hugh Culverhouse Jr. has and owed multiple new individual scholarships for Alabama athletics…Navy is constructing a new south end scoreboard and message board with the same dimensions as the north end scoreboard and Navy-Marine Stadium in Annapolis, Md….Kansas scheduled its grand opening scheduled for DeBruce Athletics Center…The high-tech aspects of Kentucky’s new indoor football practice facility were revealed last week….Penn State has installed new artificial turf inside its PSU indoor football practice facility…Louisiana-Lafayette is continuing summer renovations in several areas of athletics facilities.
Louisville assistant AD for communications Kenny Klein highlighted 12 current or former UofL student-athletes and coaches competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Duke features 13 head coaches, student-athletes and support personnel in Rio de Janeiro, and California is among the world’s collegiate leaders with 42 along with Florida State and its 21 count (and possibly more) and Indiana at 17 prior to additional late selections last week…Veterans Kentucky’s Tony Neely and St. Mary’s (Calif.) Richard Kilwien were cited for national updates in a recent CoSIDA daily digest blog…Oklahoma Baptist athletics communications director Ray Fink messaged on CoSIDA last week about 5-6 OBU current student-athletes and alumni competing in the Rio Olympics…Longtime USOC, SMU assistant AD and Texas Tech Journalism Alumnus of the Year/Olympics golf media coordinator Bob Condron reports that the alligator population may be decreasing after humane dispersion on the event’s course…Wesley Gullett of Greensboro (N.C.) opined possibilities for collegiate volleyball, coverage and promotions on the CoSIDA website blog last week…California SID Herb Benenson and San Jose State CoSIDA Hall of Fame member Lawrence Fan were denoted for their updates in a CoSIDA blog last week…Longtime NFL chief medical officer Dr. Elliott Pellman has retired after 20-plus years in his position.
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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